Hill, N.C. 28754
Vol. LII., No. 8. FEBRUARY 23, 1979
M.H.C. Receives $2 Million Bequest
^'*1 Colley will recieve approxi-
niillion in a bequest from the
ij- ^fs. Burette Myers of Statesville,
,ii December 12, according to an
^ ^tient this week by Dr. Fred B.
li L of the college. It will be
^ bequest in the 123-year history
I^jjj^'nary estimate values the total
million. Included are Myers Oil
'’OijJ' Amoco dealership in States-
‘ ly business interests; as well as
Ihe terms of Mrs. Myers’ will.
is to be sold; and the col-
- V * entire estate is to be put
i,\J "'bich will be administered by the
Dank of Statesville. Income
^ at t'^i***’ "'bich is conservatively esti-
*40,000 per year, will be paid to
“This money,” explains Dr. Bentley,
“will go into the unrestricted endowment of
Mrs. Myers, an alumna of Mars Hill,
suffered an apparent heart attack on Decem
ber 12 and was dead on arrival at Iredell
Memorial Hospital. She was 79.
Her bequest to the college grew out of
a long and close friendship between Mrs.
Myers and her late husband and Dr. Hoyt
Blackwell, president emeritus of Mars Hill.
Dr. Blackwell and Mr. Myers were friends
and classmates at the college during the
school years of 1919-1922.
Mr. Myers founded the oil company soon
after completing his studies at Mars Hill.
He married Elizabeth Austin, also of States
ville and also a former student at the college.
They labored together and became success-
'*8 man who came our way, stayed awhile, and moved on, left many
that only a gentlemen can leave.
kind, honest, respectful, athlete who hardly ever missed a class,
Sjf * had his assignments, and who never asked for special favors won
iHeij^tion as A after A was recorded on his permanent record.
who made his way to the church regularly on Sunday mornings
\^^Ple that friends and peers might look up to and wish to follow.
Dinn with a determination to carry his load in the game and in life,
him may wish to say, “Greg, I’m a stronger person because
your influence will linger on both on and off the field.”
ful business and community leaders in
In 1945 Mr. Myers was appointed to the
Board of Trustees at the college. By that
time Dr. Blackwell had become president.
He talked with Mr. and Mrs. Myers and
reached a verbal understanding with them
that the college would benefit from their
accumulation of wealth and property. The
Myers had no children.
In November of 1949 Mr. Myers was
fatally injured in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Myers was appointed to fill his unex
pired term of the Board of Trustees. She
became president of the oil company and
continued actively in the management of
the business. She was later appointed to full
terms as a trustee before officially retiring
from the board in 1974. A large men’s resi
dence hall built in 1956 was named in honor
of Mr. and Mrs. Myers and was dedicated
during the college’s centennial celebration.
Soon after her husband’s death Mrs.
Myers formalized the understanding which
she and her husband had reached with Dr.
Blackwell. She had a will drawn in which
the college was named as her major bene
ficiary. In April 1977 she re-wrote the will,
reaffirming her commitment to Mars Hill.
“Mrs. Myers was a wonderful woman
and an interesting person with whom to work
on the Board of Trustees,” recalls Dr.
Bentley. “Her business judgment was excep
tionally keen. She and her husband were
staunch in their friendship with Dr. Black-
well and generous in their loyalty to the
college. It is extremely encouraging to me
to know that their commitment to Christian
higher education will continue to be felt
through this generous bequest.”
WANTED: NOT DEAD,
WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Persons with the time,
with the energy,
with the ability and desire to have an
impact on Mars Hilt College.
With graduation approaching, positions
will be coming available on the Residence
Hall Staff. This means that the search is on
for “new blood” for RA and RD spots.
Believing that the Residence Hall Program
is vital to the present operation and future
development of the Mars Hill College com
munity, interested students are encouraged
to apply for a staff position. This is an
opportunity to be innovative in a leadership
role, involved with individual and group con
cerns, and actively striving toward personal-
social, educational, and cultural values for
a specific residence hall. That may sound
dry to you. Actually, living and working in
the residence hall is some philosophy, but
S.G.A. SCHEDULE OF ELECTION
February 26-March 2 — Petitions to obtain
signatures for S.G.A. offices*
March 5-March 9 — Campaign week for
March 13 — Election Day
March 12-March 16 — Petitions to obtain
signatures for class officers and campaign
for office desired
*For the offices of President of the S.G.A.,
Vice-President of the S.G.A., Secretary of
much more action! Responsibilities range
from being a handy man/woman, to an
advisor, to an activities programmer. Ih any
of these roles, the major objective of the
RA/RD is to make the hall living experience
worthwhile for all residents. If the job is
done properly, the residence hall becomes
more than just a place to sleep.
The Resident Director and Resident
Assistant are special people doing work that
demands special attention. Rewards are both
intrinsic and extrinsic. Although staff mem
bers receive a check each month, the real
payment comes from the satisfaction of run
ning an exciting building.
If you arc interested in more details, feel
free to talk with your RD. Beginning Febru
ary 19th, the Housing Office will have appli
cations available for all interested students.
Come by the Housing Office because we
want you “NOT DEAD, BUT ALIVE.”
the S.G.A., Treasurer of the S.G.A., and
Chief Justice of the S.G.A.
‘•President, Vice-President, Secretary and
Treasurer, plus Senators-at-Large from
Petitions for all elected offices require at
least two hundred signatures. If anyone has
questions regarding procedures for the elec
tions, contact Richard Heaton at the S.G.A.
office (tel. 254).