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That amou®' _Mars Hill, N.C. 28754
Vol. LIL. No. 2, September 22, 1978
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M.H.C. Reeeives Million Dollar Gift
bur $1,000,000 — largest eontri-
•pn in its 122-year history — has been
M£^^~ycai iii.oi.KJL y iiao uc
eeived by Mars Hill College from
^®^ey Grayson of Laguna Hills, Calif.
money will be used to ereate the
of Seholarship Endowment, out
S(,h ] the eollege will offer $4,000
s{ j*®^ships to outstanding high sehool
cg ®*\ts graduating in the upper 10 per
Ug ]°t their elass. This will make the
Vgi y endowed seholarships the most
thp D ^ nil scholarships offered by
Baptist college.
sairi thrilled almost beyond words,”
Coll Bentley, president of the
fro accepting the gift personally
thi*'' Grayson Thursday. “I accept
Qj ® niagnificent gift as an experession
fg *^°nfidence in the college and in our
jJBty, staff and students.”
for diehard Hoffman, vice president
, academic affairs, was equally elat-
„°yer the gift.
Bdents with superior academic
Sent- leadership qualities are es-
cqII *nl to the vitality of a liberal arts
8e such as ours,” he said. “They
Iggb Provide the stimulation and chal-
g "'hich are needed in order to have
Wiij^^^’nic community of learning. We
atrp^^n Mr. Grayson’s gift to help us
•j,, *^t more such students.”
Vdt established endowment
"'til K ^Bpport the scholarship program
, sctj tee f nianaged by the finance commit-
’ J. , the college’s Board of Trustees.
it) TPhilpott of Burlington Industries
men>, berg f'ngton is chairman; other mem-
ocia*'^ Ed Beach of Lenoir, Roy
jg^j of Canton, Rom Sparks and Ben-
^ nrf of ^oott of Charlotte, Carl Meares
Gg,.®^*' Bluff, and Dr. Robert Wren of
begg'y^otired, Mr. Grayson has long
iiaricg^'^^^tified with education and fi
ler’s d earned bachelor’s and mas-
'^ogrees from DePauw University in
"I am thrilled almost beyond words," said Dr. Fred
Bentlev in accepting the gift . from Mr. Grayson.
"I accept this magnificent gift as an expression of
confidence in the college and in our faculty, staff
and students." (Photo- Kjrk.Jialli
Greencastle, Ind., and for many years
was associate professor of economics
and finance at the University of Kansas
and at Ohio State University.
He established and managed the O-
hio office of a brokerage firm with mem
bership in the New York Stock Ex
change and the Chicago Board of Trade.
For 20 years prior to his retirement he
was a tax economist with the Internal
Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Grayson’s wife, Polly, is an alum
na of Mars Hill College, Class of 1934;
and her family has long been associated
with the school. Her uncle. Dr. Robert
Lee Moore, was president from 1897
until 1938. Her mother, Mrs. Clara Wall
of Mars Hill, and her late father, Roy
Wall, both attended the college as did
her sister and two brothers.
Final details on the guidelines
under which the scholarships will be
offered will be worked out soon, ac
cording to Dr. Hoffman, and information
will be circulated to prospective stu
dents who are interested in applying.
Being chosen as a Grayson Scholar
will mean more to a student than simply
receiving financial aid. Dr. Hoffman
elaborated. Each Grayson Scholar will
participate in a specially designed
academic component intended to en
hance his/her capacity for leadership
and to enrich life.
The million-dollar gift comes at a
particularly auspicious time for the
Baptist college, which is in the midst
of a 10-year, $10 million, “Excellence in
Action” development plan. Campus
buildings and other facilities, the aca
demic program, scholarships, and en
dowment are all a part of the develop
ment plan.
“Wes Grayson’s gift,” added Dr.
Bentley, “is not only an expression of
faith in the college but also an expres
sion of his appreciation for America and
of his belief in the free enterprise sys
tem. He tells me he counts himself
fortunate to live in a land whert he has
been free to work hard, invest wise
ly, take the risks, and reap the benefits.
His upbringing impressed him with the
integrity of hard work, and he knows and
appreciated the value of a good educa
tion. He takes great pride in being able
to make this generous gift to a Christian
college which is striving to offer its stu
dents exceptional educational oppor-
^estival Foresight
weekend in October,
craff musicians, dancers, and
Marg will gather on the campus of
of College to honor the memory
* OaSr ..... ........— j
On tj. Lamar Lunsford, and to carry
lUrva^ li'adition he started a half-cen-
®!®venth annual Bascom Lamar
Ministrel of the Appalach-
°Pen Thursday evening, Octo-
ors a program of mountain danc-
Nitnl^!!!"'"8 at 7 p.m. in Moore
Over 14 dance teams,
^8 both clogging and smooth
bugr,’, "'ll! perform as will several
, Oqp cancers.
em^L^ay evening, October 6, a spec-
®'ngij| Bhasis will be placed on ballad
8- According to many mountain
music aficionados, old-time ballad sing
ing is becoming a lost art. Festival
officials have asked several of the a-
rea’s best known ballad singers to par
ticipate in a more intimate, workshop-
type event which will be held in the col
lege’s Owen Theatre, beginning at 7
Saturday still remains the big day for
the festival. Lunsford originally con
ceived of the festival as a celebration of
the mountain way of life; a time when
old friends could get together, play the
old tunes, dance the dances, and pre
serve these traditional ways by pass
ing them on to a new generation. To
this end, festival administrators have
enlisted the help of numerous crafts
men, homemakers, musicians, and
dancers who know the old ways inti
mately and still practice them. Begin
ning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7,
demonstrations in spinning and weaving,
wood carving, quilt and doll making,
shingle splitting, and whittling will be
held. A homemaking exhibition will
also be held, featuring cooking on wood-
burning stoves, home-made sausage
biscuits, buttermilk churning, and
making apple butter.
A special event for children is also
planned and there will be songs and
dances as well as handicrafts which the
child can take home with him. There
will also be workshops featuring well-
known musicians in flat-picking a gui
tar, clawhammer and old-time banjo
playing, old-time fiddling, and playing
the Appalachian dulcimer among
others. These events, including the
jam sessions that go on all day, will be
held on the lawn between the Country
Boutique and Bridges Cafeteria, with
the exception of the workshops which
will be held in and around Anderson
Several special events are planned for
the Appalachian Room of Memorial
Library on Saturday. These include a
photographic exhibition and an exhi
bition of artifacts and tools from the
college’s Edward W. Stock Collection.
This collection is made up of primitive
tools and implements used in the every
day lives of early mountain settlers.
All events during the day Saturday are
free of admission charges.
On Saturday evening, the Ministrel
of the Appalachias will start at 7 p.m. in
Moore Auditorium. Musicians and
dancers from throughout the area will
gather to celebrate the memory of
Lunsford and the way of life he dedicat
ed himself to preserving.
(Cont. On Pg. 4)
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