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VOL. XLX, NlllBER 12
FRIDAY^ MARCH 19. 1976
Lenburg to Head
History Department
Dr. Evelyn Underwood, Afro-American and A- both her master's de- has been extremely
a native of Haywood
County who has taught
at Mars Hill College
for 32 years and
guided the college's
history department
since 1962, will give
up the chairmanship
of the department at
the end of the cur
rent academic year.
She will continue to
concentrate on tea
ching and other spe
cial interests.
Appointed to succeed
Dr. Underwood as head
of the department is
Dr. James Lenburg, a
native of Indianapo
lis. A member of the
Mars Hill faculty
since 1973, Lenburg
earned his undergra
duate degree from
Butler University in
Indianapolis, and his
master's degree from
Bowling Green State
University in Ohio.He
was awarded the Ph.D.
in political science
from Penn State Uni
versity in 1973.
While at Penn State,
he tauaht courses in
merican History. In
a special class, he
taught history cour
ses to the inmates of
Rockview Correctional
Institution. Prior
to that, he taught
American and Asian
History at Alfred
University in New
York and from 1967-
1968 he taught Ameri
can History at Bow
ling Green. He was
awarded the John
Schwartz History
Prize for an essay,
"The Emergence of the
GOP as a Majority
Party," he authored
at Bowling Green.
Lenburg will take
over leadership, of
the department at
Mars Hill from Miss
Underwood on June 1.
Miss Underwood, who
began her career at
Mars Hill in 1944,
attended the public
schools of Haywood
County and finished
her undergraduate
work at Women's Col
lege , now UNC-Greens-
born. She earned
gree and the Ph.D.
from UNC-Chapel Hill.
She has also studied
at the University of
Edinburgh (Scotland).
Dr. Underwood began
her teaching career
In Clyde. After one
year in the public
school there, she
transferred to the
Waynesville Township
High School. Later
she taught in the
Gastonia city schools,
and came to Mars Hill
when the school was
still a junior col
In addition to her
teaching duties. Miss
Underwood is involved
in numerous civic and
cultural affairs of
both Madison County
and the Western North
Carolina region. She
is county-wide chair
man of the local bi
centennial celebra
tion and is a member
of the Western North
Carolina Historical
Throughout her ca
reer, Miss Underwood
New SGA Off icers
New SGA offioevs. From left to right: Eal Hill-Chief Justice,
Patti Mills-Pv&sident, Steve Webb-Vioe-Pres. (Martha Kimsey-Seo-
retary ccnd Ruth 'Rohleder-Speaker of Joint Council not pictured).
active in the Baptist
Church. Over the
years she has been a
leader in the Women's
Mission Union and o-
ther phases of mis
sion action. Pre
sently she teaches a
women's Sunday School
class; and she was
recently elected
chairman of the Board
of Deacons of the
Mars Hill Baptist
Church, a rare dis
tinction among Sou
thern Baptists. She
was first ordained a
deacon in 1970.
Schooled in the trar
ditional approaches
to the study of his
tory and its presen
tation in elementary
and secondary schools
as well as colleges,
she has become in
volved in recent
years with oral his- ,
tory, an* approach
that utilizes inter
esting bits of local
history that have
been passed from one
generation to anotlier
cont. on p. 6
Dr. Lenburg (TOP)
takes over the chair
manship of the histo
ry department from Dr.
Underwood (BOTTOM).
I i
HT: How do you feel, as a woman, having
been elected SGA President for 1976-
Patti; I don't look as myself as being a wo
man president, I just look at myself
as being president of the SGA.
HT: Why did you run for this office?
Patti: I felt that I had the qualifications
that were needed for president. I've
been involved in SGA since I was a
freshman; I feel' that I have done
my best,and I will continue to do so.
T?iat is, I will continue to stand un
for student's rights. Just as Mars
..ill College is known for its innova
tive curriculum, I would also like it
to be known for its interest in the
rights of the students.
HT: How did you feel running un-opposed?>
Patti: I wish I had had some opposition be
cause it created problems as to what
lengths I should go in my campaign.
I did not know whether to think that
the job as president was too much to
tackle or that there was so much apa
thy that no one else wanted the job.
cont. on p.4

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