UL in History: Academic Awards Banquet

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Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Last week we honored the graduates of the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969; this week we shall recognize the accomplishments of our current students. On Friday, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi will induct their new members, and the college family will gather to honor academic achievement and faculty service. For over four and a half decades, the Academic Awards Banquet has marked the beginning of the end of the college year.  It one of the traditions of which I am most pleased.

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UL in History: A Night at the Movies Concert

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

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Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the 2019 “A Night at the Movies Concert,The Wonderful World of Walt,” which celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of Walt Disney as well as the “ninetieth birthday” of Mickey Mouse. The University of Lynchburg Wind

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UL in History: Memories on Jim

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Last Sunday I attended a lecture by Ted Delaney, the Director of the Lynchburg Museum System, at the Old City Cemetery on free persons of color in Lynchburg from 1805 until 1865. It was very informative and I learned a great deal that I did not know, but there is still  much to discover on this topic. When I returned home I was sorting through the contents of one in my desk, and I found a photograph that brought back a flood of memories. It was a picture of some of the students who were arrested for staging a sit in at the Patterson’s Drug Store lunch counter on December 14, 1960.   The central figure in this photo was Jim Hunter,’63. His hands are unconsciously in an attitude of prayer—and that says it all. The night before the sit in—the first one was in Greensboro—the Young Democrats Club had met to choose the two students who would risk arrest and incarceration. Jim and Terrell Brumback volunteered.  Along with two students from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and two from Virginia Seminary and College they were arrested for trespassing and sentenced to spend time in the Lynchburg Jail.

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UL in History: Memories of Dr. Ashe

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

A friend of mine was the first person I knew who had the chance to study abroad.  He was enrolled in a program sponsored by the University of Birmingham at Stratford upon Avon during the summer of 1960.  The chance to study under Allardyce Nicoll, one of the recognized authorities on British drama, made the program particularly attractive.  When he returned in September, I asked my friend about his experience. He enjoyed working with Dr. Nicoll, but he did not hesitate to tell everyone he knew that the course on Shakespeare taught by Dr. Dora Jean Ashe, was better than one he had just finished in England. Those of us who had taken one or more of her literature courses were not surprised.  Dr. Ashe was the best of the best.

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UL in History: Office Clean Up

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Cleaning out one’s office is like an archeological dig, even if the “debris” dates back to 1965 and not to 1665.  Recently I found something I “lost” twenty years ago. Now at least I know where it is, although I cannot remember why I needed it in 1999!  Last week my wife, who is helping me, found a copy of the address I gave at Freshman Convocation almost forty years ago. As I read it, I realized that some of my comments are still pertinent today. I did a bit of editing to fit the limits of my column, and  I trust my readers will find something of value.

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UL in History: Memorial Hall

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

January is the “longest” month of the year, but it is almost done! There was a time, not so long ago, when the first month of the year seemed even longer.  Exams were not given before the Christmas holiday, but in early January. Despite the best of intentions, very few students were ready for finals. As the first month of the year ended, a new semester finally began, and many the activities, both academic and social, centered around Memorial Gymnasium, now the Hall Campus Center.

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UL in History: Christmas Traditions

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

With Thanksgiving behind us, all thoughts are on the long vacation. However,

there is one great barrier to cross before we can enjoy the holiday season—final exams.

There was a time, not so very long ago when exams were given after Christmas vacation

and not before it. One would drag all the books and research materials home with every

intention of studying for finals during the holidays or writing that term paper which had

been hanging around your neck like the albatross. Only the highly disciplined were able

to study and write a paper during Christmas; I was not among them.

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