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In 1959 the first National Science Foundation Summer Institute for
Teachers of Science and Mathematics brought sixty-five teachers to
the campus and it was to become a regular summer feature. During
several summers, Dr. George P. Williams conducted a Summer
Science Institute in Physics for two dozen high school teachers. Of a
different nature was the Experiment in International Living, directed
by Dr. John E. Parker, which brought students from abroad to Wake
Forest for two weeks. Other summer activities from time to time
included programs in Asian Studies, remedial reading, youth fitness,
humanities, and the annual visitation to the campus by the bright
young high school politicians gathered in Boys State.
Summer school over the years changed from a rather sleepy college
appendage to a vibrant and important part of the total college
The Evening College
In the second year after Wake Forest's removal to Winston-Salem,
and for six years thereafter, the college offered a program of evening
classes for the benefit of residents of the city and the surrounding
area. Support for the venture was provided by the R. J. Reynolds
Tobacco Company with a grant of forty-five thousand dollars,
intended primarily to pay the salaries of the professors on the evening
staff. Dr. Henry S. Stroupe, then chairman of the Department of
History, was appointed director of Evening College.
Several local firms, notably Reynolds and the Western Electric
Company, offered to pay half of the tuition costs for those of their
employees signing up for classes. The charge per semester hour,
which carried college credit and could be counted toward a Wake
Forest degree, was seventeen dollars. Thus the equivalent of a regular
three-hour course could be taken for fifty-one dollars, and evening
students were allowed to take as many as nine hours per week during
any semester.
The nighttime venture was inaugurated in the fall of 1957 with 341
townspeople as students and a faculty of seventeen. Among the
courses available were: Principles of Economics, History of Modern
Europe, French, Spanish, Physics, Cost Accounting, Principles of
Management, Chemistry, Measurement and Guidance, English
Composition, Analytic Geometry, Introductory Psychology, the
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