STUDENT LIFE AT CULLOWHEE: THE HUNTER YEARS, 1923-1947

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Carol Lorraine Bellamy (Creator)
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Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Abstract: This study is an investigation of student life at Cullowhee(Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School, Cullowhee State Normal School, Western Carolina Teachers College) during the administration of President Hiram Tyram Hunter. Numerous factors which affect the quality of student life were reviewed. The effects of national and international developments such as the Great Depression and World War II were considered along with the impact of local and campus developments. President Hunter's leadership was seen as a determining factor in how these events affected student life.Considerable attention was also given to the day-to-day life of the students at the school . The evolution of student rules and regulations was traced as were student attitudes toward discipline.Extra-curricular and social activities were discussed .The strong ties with the local churches were brought out in a study of religious influences. The development of a curricula with a strong emphasis on teacher training was examined. Finally,President Hunter's effectiveness as an administrator and his contributions to the institution were evaluated. H. T. Hunter was a dedicated but cautious administrator who placed great importance on quality education and sound moral training .The majority of material utilized in this study came from primary sources housed in the Western Carolina University Archives. These primary sources included the President's Office Papers of both H. T. Hunter and William Ernest Bird; the college bulletins ; Executive and Faculty Committee minutes; University Papers and the school yearbooks and newspapers. Oral interviews were conducted with people who were present at the college during Hunter's administration. W. E. Bird's A History of Western Carolina College served as the major secondary source .While H. T. Hunter was president of the school it developed from a two year Normal school in to a four year teachers college.Student enrollments steadily increased between 1923 and 1947 .Students also become more autonomous as Hunter's administration progressed. Both the Great Depression and World War II brought difficult problems for the college during this period. President Hunter led the school through twenty-four challenging years with characteristic warmth and respect. The success of Western Carolina University today is a testimony to Hunter's wise leadership and supreme dedication during such a crucial era in the school's history.

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Language: English
Date: 1979

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