The Register, 1979-10-23, page 1
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THL^ REGISTER "COMPLETE AWARENESS FOR COMPLETE COMMITMENT' VOLUME XL1 NUMBER 13 NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY C.PEENSBOPP NC OCTOBER 23. 1979 A&T Receives $160,000 Grant From R.J. Reynolds A&T State University has received a grant of $160,000 from the R.J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. to support a new scholarship program for students in business and engineering. The grant was announced during a press conference Wednesday by Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, chancellor of A&T, and Marshall B. Bass, corporate director of personnel development for Reynolds. Dowdy said the grant is the largest ever received from a North Carolina-based corporation. R.J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. is based in Winston-Salem, N.C. "This grant will greatly enhance our position with respect to attracting high- quality students for these two highly visible and highly competitive academic programs at our university," said Dowdy. "We are extremely grateful to R.J. Reynolds Industries for establishing this scholarship program." Bass said, "We believe that the R.J. Reynolds Industries Inc. scholarship fund is an investment in the future of this university. We believe that it is an investment in the lives of many Black Americans, and we also believe that this program is a sound investment for our company." Although Reynolds Industries is home-based in North Carolina, the firm is a diversified international corporation engaged in the manufacture and sales of tobacco, foods, shipping and products packaging. Dowdy said recipients of the A&T scholarships will be designated as R.J. Reynolds scholars. The first 10 students will be selected for the program beginning in the fall of 1980, and the grant will be paid over a period of seven years. At its peak, according to Dowdy, the scholarship program will support up to 40 students. Dowdy pointed out that more than 30 A&T graduates art* currently employed by R.J. Reynolds Industries in managerial, professional and sales job categories. and Economics gained national accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) last May. The school became only the fifth accredited business program in the state and the third predominantly Black school in the nation. The school offers undergraduate programs in accounting, business education and administrative services, business administration and economics. The school also operates the Transportation Institute, a regional research and training project. The Reynolds' funds will be divided between the two schools and Dowdy said an effort will be made to recruit academically outstanding students from the state who wish to study business or engineering. Blacks Show Educational Progress Marshall Bass A&T's School of Engineering has been nationally accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development since 1969. The school offers undergraduate programs in electrical, mechanical, architectural, and industrial engineering, a master of science degree program in engineering, and master's programs in electrical and industrial engineering. A&T has been authorized by the Board of Governors to plan a master's program in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree program in chemical engineering. A&T's School of Business By Manning Marable One of the principal "success stories" for the 1960s was the advance of Black Americans in the area of education. At every academic level, from high school to graduate study, more Afro- Americans were enrolled than ever before. Obscured within these rosy statistics, however, are hidden problems which have been solved neither by traditional white and Black academicians, nor by their Black nationalist critics. To grasp the significant impact the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements had upon Black educational opportunity, we need only to review Afro-American history prior to 1960. About one fifth of all Blacks were illiterate as late as 1930. Over one third of all Black children between the ages of 5 to 20 were not enrolled in school in 1940. Only seven percent of all Black adults had a high school education in 1940; less than one percent of all Black adults had completed four years or more of college. W.E.B. DuBois' "Talented Tenth", those Blacks who had received a university education and were trained in the arts, humanities and natural sciences, was considerably less than 10 percent of the total Black population. The demand for an end to Jim Crow restrictions in public accommodations swiftly became a general critique of Pan-Hellenic Chooses Theme By Larry L. Jenkins "The New Horizon", the 1978-80 theme of the Pan- Hellenic Council, signifies a new beginning of diminishing the sterotype that is viewed by many students at A&T, according to James Galbreath, president of the Pan-HeUeme- Council. Galbreath hopes to get the students body to formulate its own opinions about fraternities and sororities, rather then relying on hearsay. "We want to expose students to what we are doing as individual organizations and as a Council as a whole," said Galbreath. The Pan-Hellenic Council strives to develop' mutual respect among the eight- member Greek Letter initiation and, serve as a forum for the consideration of mutual interest to the member (See Council, Page 3) Griot Society Sponsors Film James Galbreath Organizations at A&T; assist college and university administration in attaining high scholastic and social standards; serve as a standard setting and implementing body for the affiliates organization in the areas of pledging and By Regina Duren The Griot Society (History Club) will sponsor a showing of the file "Birth of a Nation" October 24 at 7:30 in Bluford Library Auditorium. A discussion will follow the film. The 1915 film is based on the racist anti-Negro writings of Thomas Dixon. The film depicts an overwhelming distortion of Negro (See Birth, Page 6) segregationist civil society, especially its educational institutions. "All-white universities, medical and technical schools were forced to admit Black pupils for the first time. Private foundations and the federal government gave scholarships and grants to Black students. Thousands of Afro-Americans completed college and subsequently were able to become more competitive in various job markets. Affirmative action programs, racial quotas and aggressive recruitment policies were largely responsible for these and other progressive changes. The statistical evidence or overall Black educationa advancement for the pasi twenty years is impressive. From 1960 to 1975, the percentage of Black adult; over 25 years old who hac completed high school rose from 20 percent to 43 percent. Median school years completed for this group climbed from an average oi 8.2 to about 11 years. Six percent of all Black adults had received four or more years ol college. These educational advances were acquired by persons between the age of 25 to 34. In 1960, for example, the median school years completed for Blacks and whites between 25 to 34 was 9.3 years and 12.1 years, respectively. Whites were over twice as likely io finish high school and college as Blacks. By 1975, whites still held a lead over Blacks, but the distance had diminished considerably. About twe thirds of all Blacks and 78 percent of whites in the 25-34 (See Black, Page 2)
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