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Vol. LIL, No. 5, November 10, 1978
A. W. Mellon Foundation grants
$140,000 to MARS HILL COLLEGE
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City has awarded Mars Hill
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$140,000 for programs to enrich the teaching and learning environment
a Baptist-related school.
8ra ^'^‘^‘“'ding to Dr. Richard L. Hoffman, vice-president for academic affairs, the
Cf®* resulted from a request by the Mellon Foundation that Mars Hill submit a
j such a prestigious organization as the Mellon Foundation should ask us
liigl^oinit a grant proposal and then see fit to be so generous in their award is
Slat 1‘^‘hute to the administration, faculty, and students of Mars Hill College,
Mellon Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic foundations
Qojll^htsburg financier and former Secretary of the Treasury and awards grants to
Hg p® ‘•ountry with assets totaling over $636 million. The foundation is named for
We' Public and private agencies in the arts and humanities, health, social/wel-
p® Well as educational fields.
(i^fj^nds from the grant will be applied to projects in two areas, according to Dr.
‘man. The first area will be the immediate introduction of curriculum develop-
“>em The second area will cover programs which grow out of faculty develop-
Will K Hrst area of the two-part plan will be four curriculum programs which
^evei ‘‘nplemented during the 1979-80 school year. The first priority will be to
disgj > a science curriculum for non-science majors. This will include three inter-
tlijt ^ ‘nary courses: one in the social sciences, one in the natural sciences, and one
Scjgp''““tbines elements from both natural and social sciences areas. The
> department faculty will also be revitalized under this program,
of g a Second program under curriculum development will be the establishment
teacher/scholar-in-residence plan to enrich the teaching and learning
sepj °nment. It will be designed to attract outstanding scholars to Mars Hill each
^‘6r over a three year period to perform a variety of duties including faculty
^^“ars; lectures to the total college community; special topic seminars with
ntionwide Vs M H C
■ if • ~~ estimates of fall enroll-
^‘Herican colleges and uni-
, ®ee an increase of 2.8 percent
®H’s level. The National Cen-
3 '‘‘s g j national Statistics (NCES) ex-
li million on campus,
t ^Han 1977’s 11.28 million.
Wq ?®l‘mates prove true — the Cen-
^ have final figures until the
a^Utiv^ ‘his will be the second con-
®atumn increase. Many schools,
^8 f„.’, are still trying to recover from
^ Uc 1976, when enrollment in
"Ptecip,. . ages and universities dropped
K dious nine percent.
JWariJdany administrators are still
’Pon. 'afi . ., r , r-._
drops in the future. De-
ai“^^jl( nation simply
producing enough 18-year-
.^BBd's to allow schools to
0 Plant course diversity and phys-
th>ar-o|?fly®ts also think that fewer
in college in
> Qf ® because of a predicted slack-
>ecifi ^jaand for educated workers.
’ Hy 1980 there should be
‘aillion 18year-olds who might
honor students at the junior and senior levels; workshops for the college faculty to
improve their skills in teaching, research, assessment, and course design; and
evaluating portions of Mars Hill’s educational plan.
The third program will be to develop a honors project for gifted and motivat
ed students by utilizing selected faculty members to cultivate special education
al experiences in both the general educational field as well as in major studies.
The fourth program will be a series of projects related to the college’s historic
commitment to the Appalachian Center, primitive artifacts collections, oral history
tapings, and books and materials relating to the region housed in the Appalachian
Room of Memorial Library.
The second area of the two-part plan will fund four faculty development
components. The first of these will be college directed short-term projects design
ed to tap the creative resources of the faculty and direct them to the solution of a
specific college environment issue.
The second component will be faculty initiated projects which will define
goals for self-development. Groups consisting of three to five faculty members
will be encouraged to submit proposals for self-development projects which the
college would provide released time to pursue. The master teacher/scholar mention
ed under the curriculum development part of the plan would serve as a major re
source to such groups.
The third component will be faculty workshops and seminars directed to spe
cific skill development and an increased understanding of the Appalachian region.
The final component will provide for the enlargement of the Social Science Research
Center. This center provides a limited number of students with an opportunity to
acquire skills in research methods and has worked with a variety of local agencies
and businesses in formulating and carrying out research projects.
By utilizing the faculty and curriculum components together,” noted Dr. Hoffman,
“Mars Hill will be able to support a broader profile of students through the en
richment of the total community and its surrounding environments.”
S.G.A. Senate Report
go to college. By 1990, that number
will fall to 3.4 million. Even fewer
18-year-olds will be available to popu
late the campuses in the early 1990’s.
For the moment, though, the NCES
sees enrollment at public colleges and
universities hitting 9.1 million, with
another 2.5 million at private schools.
Regular student enrollment at Mars
Hill College has been slowly decreasing
since 1976. The Fall semester figures of
1976, show 1,445 regular students en
rolled, Fall semester figures of 1977,
show 1,409 students enrolled and Fall
semester figures of 1978 show a student
decrease of two, the number of regular
students enrolled being 1,407. The num
ber of regular male students has de
creased, while the number of regular
female students has increased.
However, the number of CEP (Con
tinuing Education Program) students
has increased. The number of CEP
students in Fall 1976 was 311, the num
ber in Fall 1977 was 346, and the cur
rent number of CEP students is 401,
with a large percentage of them being
by Steve Harrell
The second senate meeting of the year
was held Wednesday, the 25th of Octo
ber at seven p.m. in Belk auditorium.
In this meeting it was taken note that
several members of the senate were miss
ing due to miscommunication. It was
agreed that their absences would not
be counted against them.
Out of the many topics discussed
during the meeting, the most signifi
cant were installations of telephones,
Richard Heaton’s meeting with Presi
dent Bentley, and washing machine
It was proposed that phones be in
stalled in individual dorm rooms and
apartments on campus for private use.
Payment, of course, would be up to the
individual student. The topic was held
over for further discussion in the next
Richard Heaton then spent some
time talking about his meeting with
President Bentley. Said Heaton, “I
discussed with President Bentley the
fact that I thought he could do more
as an individual and as president of the
college to get out and work with the stu
dents of this college just in letting us
know that he exists. President Bentley
then came up with the idea of opening
his house once a week for the students.
Each senator would be able to select a
person on his or her hall to go with them
to the president’s house to sit around
and talk.” Heaton went on to say that
Bentley needed the senate’s approval
on this matter.
Following the open-house item,
Heaton gave Steve Wilent the floor to
comment on the washer and dryer
situation. Said Wilent, “Students on
campus depend on the washers and dry
ers belonging to the college. I would
say the majority of the students do not
have enough money to go to the washer-
ette up town and spend three dollars a
week for clean clothes. 1 think the wash
er and dryer situation is pathetic. First
you can’t find a washer to wash your
clothes and if you find a washer, you
can’t find a dryer that works.”He went
on to say, “It upsets me to think that
the administration here, at least up to
now, has been fickle about the whole
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