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and it was governed by a board of thirty-one members representing faculty in sixteen
departments and the Calloway School. Director Katy Harriger (Political Science) was
in the center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and a work-study student filled in
on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
The public program in Wait Chapel honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Janu-
ary 15 featured an address by the Reverend John Thomas Porter, a pastor of the Sixth
Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and long-time associate of the late
civil rights activist. Tony Campolo spoke on Founders’ Day, January 22. A Baptist min-
ister, sociology professor, prolific writer, and producer of his own weekly cable televi-
sion show, Campolo served as President Bill Clinton’s spiritual adviser and the Year of
Religion’s resident scholar during January. After Campolo spoke, David J. Anderson
(Biology) and Paul Anderson (Physics) received awards for Excellence in Research;
Katy J. Harriger (Political Science) received the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa
Award for Contribution to Student Life; Michele S. Ware (English) was awarded the
Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching; and Law School Professor Carol Ander-
son was presented the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. Henry Stroupe
(History), former Dean of the Graduate School, was presented the Medallion of Merit.
The undergraduate faculty approved a new humanities minor, to be offered
beginning in fall 1998. Chair Charles Kimball took all eleven members of the
Religion department on a two-week trip to Israel in June 1998. They visited bibli-
cal, historical, and archeological sites, as well as Palestinian refugee camps and
Jewish settlements, and met with religious and political leaders. The trip pro-
moted bonding within the group.
Three accounting students in the Calloway School earned the highest scores of
all candidates taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in North Carolina
in May 1998. Wayne Smith Jr. was the Gold Medal winner for the highest score in
the state. Calloway accountancy students ranked first in North Carolina and second
in the nation in passing the Certified Public Account exam on the first try based
on the May 1997 exam, the most recent avail-
able. Of the thirty-three students who took
the exam during the summer of 1997, almost
80 percent passed all four parts the first time,
according to the National Association of State
Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
The Theatre department sponsored an
“endow a chair” program, which offered
patrons a chance to “purchase” one of the new
theatre seats in the Scales Fine Arts Center
for $1,000. By the start of the academic year,
fifty-five of the 341 seats had been endowed.
A seminar room in the Anthropology
department’s lab building was dedicated to
founder and first chair, E. Pendleton Banks,
and featured his portrait. Banks had a forty-
year career at the University, retired in 1994,
and died in 1995.
E. Pendleton Banks