Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Oct 3 1970, Page 6

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - October 3, 1970, Florence, South Carolina.4 Unm Oay of Tom Fiat Antt morning background in College Field a Rich educational background both in teaching and administration accompanies or. Walter a Smith to his position As presi Dent of Francis Marion College. A native of Harriman term., or. Smith entered i Lincoln memorial University i after graduation from High school. Following his graduation he spent three years As a naval officer in the Pacific and Atlantic during world War ii., or. Smith acquired an in Terest in psychology in Early studies and. After completing j his military assignment he entered graduate school at the University of Michigan. In 1947 he was awarded his i masters degree and three. Years later his . In 1950, or. Smith joined the teaching staff of Florida state i University. He spent nine years in the research and graduate programs of the University. I when a new president was i named to Winthrop College in 1959 or. Smith became Dean of the College and later in 1966, i vice president for academic affairs. His activities also expanded to include service on j state and regional planning committees for the develop ment of higher education. Service on the admissions committee of four year col Leges for the Southern association of colleges and schools followed and he later accepted a Grant for travel and research in the far East in 1968 or. Smith became president of Salisbury state College in Salisbury he returned to South Carolina to become president Marion the first four year state supported College created in the state in this Century. Of More than 500 listen As ceremonies Are conducted to inaugurate first fac president historic inauguration ceremonies sparked with color in sight sound Francis Marion College received its first president Friday in historic ceremonies that were sparked with color both in sight and sound. In the ceremonies held in front of Stokes Hall on the col lege Campus East of Florence or. Walter Douglas Smith officially accepted the reins of leadership of the College in View of some 550 visitors and special guests. Perhaps the most colourful aspect of the event for the eyes was a formal academic procession made up of members of the administration and faculty of Francis Marion College along or. Walter Smith leads recessional after inauguration with representatives of various colleges and universities and delegates from Learned societies and professional organizations. The guests came from the Carolines As Well As Georgia and Tennessee. The procession gave the event an air of dignity As the delegates marched in their Robes of various hues and with sashes in a variety of colors. Striking colors of velvet Royal Blue red Orange White and Green were evident each signifying the wearer s achievements in academics. As for sound the classical tones of the Florence sym phony orchestra conducted by Franklin West provided processional and recessional music that was elevated and stirring. Visitors were also treated to a performance of festive ode by the Francis Marion College chorus in their initial Public performance. The group of students organized about three weeks ago were directed by or. Adrian Peteham chairman of the Fine arts department at Francis Marion. Included in the audience were government officials journalists novelists lawyers businessmen teachers and musicians. It was an audience that perhaps represents some of the varied Fields and occupations that Francis Marion will be preparing students for in the future. Individual reasons for Atten Ding the ceremony were pro Bably As varied As the make up of the audience. Many of the government officials came to Greet the president and lend their support while educators came out of respect for a new member of their ranks or to launch the new president successfully. Many Francis Marion students were on hand for the occasion perhaps because they Are the ones who will be directly affected by the new president s ideologies and plans. And As or. Smith pointed out in an announcement to students some May have attended because of sentimental reasons so he can dream of the Distant future where he can Tell his great grandchildren that was there to see the inauguration of the first president of Francis Marion or. Smith gives inaugural address stories by Jerry Allegood photos by Sonny Smith mrs. Smith left and son join applause during inauguration ceremonies fac Seal is made Public during event location founding and purpose of Francis Marion College Are represented in the institution s new Seal which made its first Public appearance Friday. The Seal approved by the state College Board o f trustees on aug. 13, 1970, was designed by j. Allen Dexter. It was first made Public on pro Grams distributed during inauguration ceremonies for or. Walter d. Smith As fac president. Three sort idols have been chosen to signify the ideas of Francis Marion and All Are set in the Center of an Oval that bears the name of the College on the outside. A Palmetto tree a rendering of a River and an open Book each represent a different aspect. According to College officials the River at the Center of the design represents the pee Dee area of South Carolina in which the College is located and to which it will offer special service. The Palmetto symbolizes the institution s role in joining ranks of other colleges and universities offering educational opportunities to students in the state. And the open Book represents the intent of the College to create an atmosphere of free inquiry and to direct its programs toward All qualified students who would achieve knowledge. The program says the Seal blends the traditional and the modern in lines of simplicity. Blending is symbolic of the aspiration of Francis Marion College to offer the Best of past and present educational practices in establishing a College for the fac Seal shows tree River and Book College chorus and symphony orchestra present inaugural Anthem

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