1. NEW article: The Historic Meeting that Changed CNC from Junior to Senior College (A Memories Book Bit).
2. The Grand Opening of Klich Alumni House on February 24, 2017: A Photo Gallery.
3. NEW Feedback: Updates on Some Possible 1967 Class Members
4. Feedback: More Memories of Don Riley.
5.NEW Humor: Advice from my Favorite Doctor.
6. NEW Cartoons: Spring Equinox ... or EquiNOT?
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CNC MEMORIES BOOK BITS
A Memories Book Bit:
The Historic Meeting that Changed CNC
from Junior to Senior College
Dr. Barry Wood's Accounton pages 25 - 27 *
Professor Barry Wood teaching. 1969 Trident, p. 22.
Background: Debated toward the end of CNC's first decade was the question of whether our young college was ready to grow beyond junior college level to senior college level. CNC, supported by the Peninsula community, wanted the college to move forward to baccalaureate status, and had asked William and Mary for permission to do so. Barry Wood describes what happened early one Monday morning in the spring of 1968, when he received a phone call at home, while shaving, from President H. Westcott (Scott) Cunningham's secretary, Mrs. Edna Carney.
Her call was to alert me to an emergency meeting of the college and the community's most important political and economic people at four that afternoon in Newport Hall's Auditorium, where they would hear [William & Mary's] President Paschall, with the board's rector, explain the [W&M] Board's negative decision on our being advanced to a baccalaureate institution. She said in a subdued voice that President Cunningham had asked the Board for this meeting.
On campus, all day there was buzzing. When I arrived at the auditorium, I saw Gary Hammer from Chemistry and took a seat beside him. Soon mayors and their councils, corporate CEOs and their vice presidents, service club presidents and their leading members, and residents of Riverside appeared to fill the hall to capacity. They had come, I found out later, because on Sunday (the Board's meeting had closed Saturday afternoon) Scott and Cecil Cary [Cunningham] had called them to ask them to show by their presence and by their voice their protesting the William and Mary decision.
President Paschall and his rector, upon entering the auditorium with Scott, seemed very surprised to be looking at 250 faces that showed no friendship. Now he had seen faces like this before, and thus adjusted to show confidence in his Southern-bred Ciceronian Silver Tongue which he was sure could move any face into the smiling position and do that in the quickness of a wink. His eyes moved to charm.
What President Paschall did not know was how well Scott had woven his college into the fabric of the community's carpet of self-understanding. And so, quicker than his eye could act, Paschall lost the floor never to get it back for an extended Ciceronian flourish. While many voices came at him, none achieved the status of a death knell more than that of King Meehan. A Peninsula old-timer and the executive officer of the Industrial Development Committee--with his lit pipe in hand--rose to dismiss William and Mary's negativity as being ill founded:
E.J. (King) Meehan. Family photo reproduced on p. 21 of Memories.
"I've heard all this before, when Newport News and Isle of Wight wanted to build what is now the James River Bridge. There was opposition fully equipped with charts, like you have, and those charts' numbers were negative--like yours. But the favoring foresighted group decided this is no way to build a bridge: 'Build the bridge and then cars will come.' We built it and the rest is history. As far as we are concerned here, 'Build the College's programs and students will come!'"
He puffed his pipe and sat down amid heated applause. Paschall understood that the "People's" wisdom had chosen Scott's way into their future. And thus, at meeting's close, he announced his willingness to lead the Board of William and Mary through a reconsideration of its decision. Three months later, we were advanced to baccalaureate status with the first degrees to be in biology, English, history, political science, and psychology [in June 1971].
H. Westcott (Scott) Cunningham at his CNC desk.1966 Trident photo reproduced on p. 34 of Memories.
Looking back ... I am proud to have been present at such a change-making event, and to have worked so near with its leader--H. Westcott Cunningham--who on that day, out of his duty to a vision of the larger good of the Peninsula, had put on line his very job (his legal contract having tied him to Dr. Paschall and the Board of William and Mary even as an emotional contract bound him to his alma mater [W&M]).
*"H. Westcott Cunningham: The Dutiful Man,” by Barry Wood, in Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, by A. Jane Chambers, Rita C. Hubbard, & Lawrence B. Wood, Jr. (Hallmark, 2008). TO ORDER BOOK: Send check for $20 made out to Jane Chambers to: Dr. Jane Chambers, 15267 Candy Island Lane, Carrollton, VA 23314. Money (minus mailing cost) is donated to the First Decaders' Treasury.
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Published March 17, 2017
The Grand Opening of Klich Alumni House,
February 24, 2017:
A Photo Gallery
by A. Jane Chambers
The weather was spring-like and the crowd enthusiastic as alumni from the 1960s to the 2016s, Christopher Newport staff, and others gathered at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Gregory P. Klich Alumni House. Located at 72 Shoe Lane on the CNU campus, the first building ever to be named in honor of a Christopher Newport alumnus was ready to open its doors to them all. And all were eager to enter and explore it.
The opening speeches were brief and informative. CNU President Paul Trible greeted everyone, introduced CNU's Rector of the Board of Visitors, Scott Millar, and then turned the program over to Scott, who is also an alumnus (Class of 1985). This photo of Scott speaking (right), which was taken by our webmaster, Ron Lowder, also shows CNU's First Lady, Rosemary Trible (seated) and Alumni Relations staff (standing). Scott also introduced the audience to the building's namesake, Gregory P. Klich, and his daughter, Hannah.
Having neither a bow nor a stern, the building was christened on each side, simultaneously, by Mr. Klich and his daughter, Hannah (left above) and by President and Mrs. Trible (right above). As the dripping bottles show, all went well. Only the corner bricks were drenched. Next came the ceremony of the ribbon cutting.
Various dignitaries and Alumni Relations Office personnel, each armed with scissors (left above) lined up for the ceremony. The close-up of some of them (right above) shows (L - R), Mr. Klich and daughter, Rector Scott Millar, and President and Mrs. Trible--all ready to cut the ribbon.
BOOM! went the cannons and down rained the streamers--blue, silver, and gold. It was a moment of both surprise and joy! This picture was made by our multi-talented First Decader and webmaster Ron Lowder.
Following the initial rush to tour the inside of the building, there was some quiet time outside during which a few people posed for pictures. The Tribles wanted a photo with Lois Wright, who was the first and only degree recipient in the first year (1961-62) of what was then Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary. They asked me to get into the picture also (below L). The photographer was current student Benjamin Leistensnider. Meanwhile, a CNU staff member photographed Mr. Klich and his daughter, Hannah, with the University's mascot, Captain Chris (below R).
I was amazed at how fast the work on the interior of the Alumni House had proceeded. Much of the credit goes to Rosemary Trible, who was in charge of all the furniture, rugs, and general decorations. The following are two views of the Reception Hall, taken from the second floor corridor.
The above view is looking east, toward the front entrance of the house. In addition to the staircase, there is also an elevator located here. The windows above the front entrance enclose part of the second floor Conference Room, which is windowed both inside and outside.
The view below is looking west. On the second floor, located at the back (the bright area) is the West Upper Terrace, an outside place to enjoy during pleasant weather. Located also on the second floor are the offices and work spaces of the Alumni Relations Office personnel.
The remaining photos here are just a sample of the numerous things you might see while touring the house. There will also be rotating displays of memorabilia as time passes, covering the five plus decades of the history of our institution.
Appropriately, a portrait of Mr. Klich (left above) is on the north wall of the Reception Hall. To learn more about this major benefactor, for whom the building is named, go to HOME page here and the link Alumni House in the left margin. You can also find there, in the third article, detailed floor plans for the building.
The compass (right) is one of many nautical-themed items on display in the house, reminders of the Jamestown founders of 1607, led by Captain Christopher Newport.
This first picture (above left) was made inside the Library, which is to the left of the Reception Hall. The north wall of this room has a large built-in bookcase with seating. The lady with the short dark hair is Ellen Babb Melvin, one of my students in the mid-1960s and an active CNC First Decader. She just happened to be looking at CNC's 1966 Tridentyearbook when a CNU staff member took this picture. Ellen did not know the blonde lady beside her, but remembers that the woman told her she was an alumna of the 1990s.
The china plate (above right) is a souvenir from CNC's 25th Anniversary celebration. The inscription below the ship reads: THE SUSAN CONSTANT Flagship of the captain for whom Christopher Newport College is named. Below that is the College seal.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that same CNC seal (minus the anchor) on the wooden backs of chairs around the table in the first floor Conference Room, the glassed-in room next to the Library (above left). It was pleasing also, but not surprising, to see Dr. Lois Wright's unique diploma on display in the Sitting Room, which is to the right of the Reception Hall.
CNU officials have guaranteed that Dr. Wright's diploma will never be removed from the Alumni House. How many institutions of higher learning not only have an original first diploma to show, but also a first diploma that was the only diploma for the first year of their existence? In 1962, Lois was CNC's graduating class of one! Her article on this subject is published in our bookMemories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-1971 (Hallmark, 2008). Expect to see a few copies of this first book about Christopher Newport on display in the Alumni House Library.
Klich Alumni House is the working home (M - F) of the Alumni Relations Office staff. Students past and present, their families and friends, and the community as a whole are welcome to visit the House on those days. Someone will be stationed on the first floor to welcome visitors during normal working hours. On weekends, events may be scheduled such as wedding receptions, class reunions, family reunions, club reunions and so forth. Arrangements may be made through the University.Except where otherwise noted, all photos in this article were taken by CNU staff photographers.
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Published March 3, 2017
on Some Possible 1967 Class Members
(CNC Freshmen in 1966)
KATHRYN RACKLEY LEIGH: FOUND through Candy Hixson Whitley.
CHRISTINE CARNEY CAPPS: FOUND through her sister, Gretchen Carney Blankenship.
BETTY JO SUDDITH SLIDER: FOUNDthrough Phylora Feeback Shrieves.
MICHAEL COBURN: FOUNDthrough Dr. Cones, plus Facebook & Isle of Wight County.
SUSAN WILLIS LOUKES is DECEASED. Reported by Jay Dunn.
FRED CUNNINGHAM is DECEASED (2012). Reported by Phylora FeebackShrieves
ROBIN VAN THIEL is DECEASED (2014). Reported by her brother, Bill.
ROSE ANNE WILLIAMSON is DECEASED. Reported by Dalton Kelley Blankenship.
ALICE YOUNG COLLIERis DECEASED (2001). Reported by Phylora Feeback Shrieves.
The search has not ended. It will HAVE to end by mid-April, however. The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1967 is May 12 & 13.
THANKS to all who have helped so far!
FEEDBACK: More Memories of Don Riley
Edited by A. Jane Chambers
FROM FORMER STUDENTS:
I'm so very sorry to see Mr. Riley has passed. I took one class from him in 1967 and it was memorable. I only saw him virtually speechless once during the semester. We were discussing personal budgeting and one, obviously very young and very protected young lady blurted out in class, "You mean you have to PAY for electricity?!?"
There was complete silence for almost two full minutes. Then he gave that smile he always had that suggested he knew more about, or was at least more interested in, what was being discussed than everyone else.
"Yes," he said, and moved along the discussion.
I wish I could have seen him once more. Dalton K. Blankenship
I had Don Riley for a statistics class. He was great at relaying complex concepts in a form that I could understand. I didn't know him personally, but he seemed to be a really nice guy. Ron Lowder
I am sorry to hear about Don's passing. He tried to teach me accounting, and I know what a great supporter he was of the First Decaders. However, being the Crabber that I am, I am distressed that he was Typhooner. Well, no one's perfect.
RIP, Don Ken Smith
I was sorry to hear of Professor Riley's passing. He was one of my professors and my guidance counselor. Danny Campbell Sr.
Sorry to hear about Mr. Riley's death. I had more classes with him than any other professor at CNU. Doug Duncan
Too bad about Don. I had him for Business. He was a very nice guy.
And this observation from a student who did NOT know Don Riley:
Thank you sharing this information regarding Professor Riley's death. I did not have any classes of his, and did not know him, but we have come to a time when many of the professors, staff (and students) of the CNC years are dying. It is so sad, albeit not unexpected, each time we learn of another death.
However, their legacies live on in every one of us who knew these people, worked with them and were taught by them. We were enriched by their dedication to teaching and to preparing us to carry on.
Also, you all built an extraordinary strong foundation (physical and mental) that nurtured and has sustained what has become one of America's great universities. I am so grateful to have been a FIRST DECADER.
Thank you! Jan Giguere Clarke
FROM FORMER COLLEAGUES:
The CNC faculty all knew each other during those early years and served on committees almost daily (or so it seemed). I always thought Don was a "cool" guy--great sense of humor, dedicated to teaching and the task he was working on, and a man about town. Although he often changed the nicknames he wanted folks to call him, I knew him as "old golden throat". Many of us were also admiring of his very attractive companion, Nellie Horton, who was, as I recall, a waitress at Sammy's at one time. I smile when I think of Don, which I think is a pretty good compliment (I don't smile when I think of xxxx). One more piece of history gone. Harold Cones
After one of CNC's out-of-town basketball games, I sat beside Don when we were riding back to the College on the old bus we called the "Blue Goose." The bus was almost totally silent; most of the players had fallen asleep after our food stop. Don and I got into a conversation about music. I learned that he had played the clarinet as a student both at Newport News High School and William and Mary. He told me that he loved playing it and that sometimes he wished he had become a professional clarinetist in a symphony orchestra. I knew he was quite a joker, but there was in his voice a tone almost of sadness, which told me he was not kidding. I saw a side of him I had not seen before. Jane Chambers
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Published March 3, 2017
Advice from My Favorite Doctor
by A. Non
with Thanks to Fred C. Hardy
After many years of searching, I have finally found a doctor whom I like. His advice makes such good sense to me that I have recorded him during my visits. I am happy to share his answers to my questions with you. I hope his advice will clear up any misconceptions you might have had about food, drink, exercise and diets.
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Italians drink lot of wine; have fewer heart attack than Americans.Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Germans drink lot of beer; have fewer heart attack than Americans. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.. If you have two body, your ratio two to one. Fat good for you. Germans eat lot of sausages, lot of fat. Have fewer heart attacks than Americans. Mexicans eat lot of fat. Have fewer heart attacks too..
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!
Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me? A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure? A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!
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Published March 17, 2017
Spring Equinox ... or EquiNOT?
Published March 17, 2017
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