tended for men was made available to women. It could accommodate
150 students, and with the 110 housed in Bostwick, it provided space
for more women than could be accepted before.
Earlier in that year the new honor society Tassels was founded as
the female counterpart of Omicron Delta Kappa, with membership
based on scholarship, leadership, and character. The charter members
were Vivian Kerbaugh, North Wilkesboro, president; Kay Williams,
Zebulon, vice-president; Doti Haworth, Knoxville, Tennessee,
secretary; Frances Harrell, Monroe; Elizabeth Hutchins, Newton; and
Virginia Norment and Wilhelmina Rish, Lenoir.
Tassels joined ODK and these other honorary organizations then in
existence at Wake Forest: Phi Beta Kappa, scholarship; Delta Kappa
Alpha, for ministerial students; Pi Kappa Delta, speech; Sigma Pi
Alpha, modern languages; Eta Sigma Phi, classical languages;
Gamma Sigma Epsilon, chemistry; and the Monogram Club, for all
athletic lettermen. Also active were Phi Delta Omega for prelaw
students and Gamma Nu Iota, premedical.
Religious participation was heavily emphasized in the postwar life
of the old campus, and the standing of Bible studies was enhanced. At
the Baptist State Convention in early November 1945, the Durham
Ministers Conference offered a resolution urging that the Wake Forest
Religion Department be upgraded sufficiently in curriculum, faculty,
and equipment to warrant the granting of theological degrees. The
Board of Trustees responded by reconstituting the department as the
School of Religion with Dr. Sankey Lee Blanton, former pastor of the
First Baptist Church in Wilmington, as dean.
Other members of the faculty were Dr. Easley, who had been made
acting head of the department in 1944 when Dr. Binkley left to join
the faculty of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Dr. Owen F.
Herring, Durham; Rev. Marc H. Lovelace, a doctoral candidate at the
Louisville seminary; and two instructors who taught one day each
week. They were Rev. Garland A. Hendricks, pastor of the Olive
Baptist Church in Apex, and Rev. Fon Schofield, director of radio and
visual aids for the convention. Somewhat earlier the department had
started offering a major in religious education.
At this time a survey of the religious affiliation of Wake Forest
students showed 1,064 Baptist, 227 Methodist, 97 Presbyterian, 40
Episcopalian, 31 Congregational, 27 Roman Catholic, 14 Lutheran,
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