This is the
The Ncmpaper Voice of Charlotte College
Members Sept. 26
Vol. 9, No. 1
CHARLOTTE COLLEGE, CHARLOTTE, N. C.
September 18, 1957
Charlotte College Obtains Campus
Site For School’s
Future Home Chosen
Mr. J. Murrey Atkins, chairman of the Collette Advisory Committee,
announced that a site has l>een chosen for the future home of Charlotte
Collep:e. This announcement was made at a meeting of the Charlotte
School Board on Aujjust 29.
Aerial Pholojiraph of I’rcjposed Site
(Charlotte News Photo I
College Names William
New Technical Director
Announcement of the a))point-
ment of William Robert Halstead
to the faculty of Charlotte College
was made this summer by Dr. E. H.
Garinjfer, superintendent of city
schools. Mr. Halstead will head the
technical terminal division.
Miss Bonnis Cone, director of
Charlotte College, expressed de
light at the appointment. “We have
been trying to get Mr. Halstead
for more than two years. We are
more than delighted that he is
coming to head our technical divi
sion,” she said.
.Mr. Halstead is already judged
one of the top men in (he nation in
the technical terminal education
He joined the faculty of Southern
Technical Institute, in (ieorgia, in
194!), an(i has served as head of
the departments of electrical tech
nology and electronics and com
munications technology there since
1951. A World War II veteran, Mr.
Halstead is a graduate of Georgia
The appointment was unani
mously recommended to the school
lioard by members of the Charlotte
College advisory committee, who
express their belief he is the man
to promote the technical division of
Miss Bonnie Cone announced
that Mrs. Mozelle Spainhouer
Scherger has joined the staff of
Charlotte College as head librarian.
Mrs. Scherger is the first full-time
librarian that the college has em
ployed. She will be assisted by Mar
garet Fisher, a student.
Mrs. Scherger’s experience ex
tends beyond that of a school li
brarian. In addition to having
worked in a public library, she has
practiced her profession in the
armed forces, at Camp Brecken-
ridge and at Pope Field, an air
force base in North Carolina.
She was librarian at Piedmont
,Iu:nior High School, in Charlotte,
during the year 1944-45.
Mrs. Scherger earned her Bache
lor of Science degree at Appala-
chirn State Teachers College,
Boone, North Carolina. Her bache
lor’s degree in library science was
conferred at the University of
Mrs. Scherger is the mother of
Ball and Shot
Girl of the Month
The technical division, in a form
ative stage for several years, is de
signed to prepare people for im
mediate employment after comple
tion of the two year course.
An attempt to provide this type
of program was made in 195) but
failed because of lack of adequate
laboratory space. The erection of
a new building last year provided
the needed space, and equipment
was added throughout last fall
Over 100 students are expected
to enroll in one of the three study
fields offered through the program.
Miss Cone pointed out that Char
lotte College is the only community
college in North Carolina in which
all three courses—mechanical, elec
trical and electronics technology—
are being offered.
The land, a 210-acre tract, is
located about eight and one-half
miles northeast of the Square.
The cost of the land is estimated
at more than $151,000. The School
Board had previously requested a
special election for a bond issue of
$915,000 for college buildings, as
well as a county-wide tax levy of
2 cents for college operations. Mr.
Atkins said that everything de
pends upon the success of the bond
and tax election.
“If and when the people approve
the bond issue and the special tax,”
he further stated, “the way will bo
cleared for the execution of con
tracts to purchase the land now
Mr. Atkins pointed out that the
two-cent tax levy for the two com
munity colleges, now city-wide in
effect, should be extended to a
county-wide status. The newly sit
uated college will be in the county,
and of course, students residing in
Mecklenburg County will be at
He continued, explaining that the
bond election is necessary in order
that Chai'lotte College may ob
tain state funds on a matching
No formal resolution requesting
the bond issue and tax election was
passed by the School Board since
there was some question as to who
would be the proper authority to
undertake such an action.
'I'he $913,000 figure was reached
in this manner: the cost of the
property will be $.315,000; the re
maining $600,000 will be combined
with stale funds for financing the
c(mstruction of the buildings.
Mr. W. Cleve Davis, who has
worked in close connection with col
lege officials in investigating the
site, summed up the several ad
vantages of the proposed location
Its proximity to well-traveled
highways with adequate access for
safe entrance and exit for a large
number of automobiles.
Its accessibility to the area to
The land’s sufficiency for normal
growth with additional acreage for
The community’s trend of past
development to indicate continued
proper use of the area to guarantee
growth of the community college.
A rolling site affording good
drainage and accenting the archi
tectural beauty of the l)uildings.
The exact location of the pro
posed site is 1 '2 miles from the
intersection of U. S. 29N, the new
I'. S. 29 bypass and N. C. 19N. It is
located eight and one-half miles
from downtown Charlotte, K miles
from the ('harlotte Coliseum, and
11 miles from (’oncord. Salisbury,
Concord, Monroe, (Jastonia, .Albe
marle. Mount Holly, Kock Hill, S.
and Fort Mill, S. C. all lie with
in a 30-mile radius.
The County Home’s 500 acre
tract adjoins the rear of the prop
erty. Its land has frontage on U. S.
Mr. Atkins recalled that Dr. Har
ris Purks, chairman of the State
Board of Higher Education, had
appropriately styled the future
Charlotte College as a “drive-in”
institution. That is to say, students
will be commuting, and hundreds
of cars will be driven to and from
the college every day. The property
under option meets the require-
(See NP:W SITE, P. 3, Col. 3)
; New Students
On behalf of the faculty and ad-
j ministration, I am happy to wel
come you to Charlotte College. We
! sincerely hope that as a member
of this student body you will enjoy
pleasant and profitable experiences
I in the classrooms and in your as
sociations with the staff, faculty,
I and fellow' students.
This fall our college will begin
its twelfth year of operation. For
^ the first tt"3C years as the Char
lotte College Center, the University
of North Carolina was responsible
I for its administration; but since
1949 it has truly been Charlotte
i College. W'e know' that students and
faculty working together make a
college, and it is our belief that
your happiness in college will de
pend upon your successful achieve-
(See MESSAGE, P. 4, Col. 4)
Day Classes Attract
New Record Registration Predicted
On Friday, September fi, the
Charlotte College office closed with
a total registration of 360 students.
That was one hundred more than
the day before school opened last
On the date that this material
was collected, Miss Bonnie Cone,
the director of Charlotte College,
stated that a final enrollment of
at least 450 students is anticipated.
“Of this number, from seventy-five
to one hundred students will prob
ably be enrolled in day classes,”
Miss Cone explained.
Day classes will be scheduled
from 9:00 A. M. to 3:00 P. M. Mon
day through Friday. They will be
held in the education building of
the A. R. P. Tabernacle Church,
which is located on Elizabeth Ave
nue about a block west of the
school. These classes now consist
of freshman subjects.
“At present, courses in history,
botany, elementary Spanish, F^ng-
lish, engineering drawing, engi
neering algebra, review algebra,
college algebra, and elementary
chemistry are being offered,” said
standing in Line to Register