Howell speaks of challenges
"In harmony and trust amongst ourselves we can convey to
society at large our sense of commitment to the needs of
future student generations, our immediate region, and the
nation ass whole,..."said Dr. John M. Howell at his formal
installation as chancellor on Feb. 2. He old It was
challenging goal and "I pledge my wholehearted effort to
this end and look forward to our forming a highly rewarding
near and far future together."
The veteran academic administrator who has been
associated with the University for 25 years took the oath
of office before an audience of 11,00 which included Gov.
lames Hunt. Jr., University of North CarolinaB. President
William C. Friday, and John R. Jordan, r., chairman of the
UNC Board of Governors.
It is up to universities to reaffirm the belief in the
values of college education. the nation deals with tight
money policies. said Chancellor Howell. We most preserve
the humane values that are the hallmark of our civilization
as our rapidly-changing society deals with the
technological age, he continued. "For what will It profit
us to encode countless messages on one minute silicon chip,
if we have nothing of human value to inscribe thereon?"
The Chancellor also addressed the need for the
University to effectively deal with the demographics of
college-age people as the present decade indicates a
decline in high school students and the 1990% can expect to
bung a reversal of that trend. He
said, "The role of a chief executive officer in either
period is limited to charting a general course, pointing
out the hazards that are discernible from that office, and
working with the University community as it marshals its
vast and varied skills to devise the details of the plan of
He continued by pointing out some of the hazards in the
years which lead to the year 2W. One of these hazards
concerns the competitive and conflictive processes between
elements within the overall higher education structure 01
the state. "Private and public universities are In
competition for scarce financial support as well as for
students, community colleges are emerging as formidable
competitors .re within public higher education. When any
part of this education family mod. another for finan- cial
gain, the family reputation is likely to suffer," said Dr.
Gov. Hurt spoke of Chancellor Howell as a gentleman and
a scholar who w dedicated to the advancement of the miss
sion and well-being of the University and eastern North
Carolina. ''He is loved and respected because of what he
is," said the governor.
The chancellor's installation ended a two-day symposium
sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi honor society on the
theme."Toward the New Millennium, Challenges and Dreams."
Chancellor Howell, a founder of the annual Phi Kappa Phi
event, requested his installation be scheduled as part of
the symposium program.
On February 4 in historic Wright 00211060m judge Gerald
Arnold. '68, of the North Carolina Cour of 600000.
administered in oath of office to John M. Howell, who
became the eigth chief administrative of I ice, of the
University, Two former leaden of the University who were
present were John Met. and Leo W Jenkins, as well as Gov.
James B. Hunt, the president of the UNC system, the
chairman of the UNC Board of governors, and dignitaries
from state government and other institutions of higherThe ECU ReportComments by alumni president John Lennon at
Contrary to what I have led my family and those who work
for and with me to believe. I have no supernatural ability
to foresee the (mute- I would wonder if any- one can do
more than make an educated speculation as to the course
that education. or for that matter. any other basic
institution in our society might take as we move into the
Attempting to define the role of East Carolina
University in the 21st century is difficult and it is
impossible to determine the forces which will directly or
Indirectly cause it to move in one direction or the other.
We can, however, predict with some degree of accuracy that
the fosses will be many, and they will be significant
Because of the multitude of variables which we cannot
predict. we must then focus on those constants which have
historically been foundations of our progress. Again, they
are many, but we can isolate
in predictable factors which will help stabilize the
course of this great University and cause it to attain the
same name recog- nition as is now enjoyed by a select few
of the most respected American universities. I interpret
alumni attitudes as reflecting the belief that the destiny
of this University is manifested in this type or national
feel confident In predicting that our leadership
positions will be blessed with educators who are truly
outstanding scholars. This Is evidenced by the man who is
being formally installed here today. One cannot
overestimate the importance of this factor.
I am convinced, however, that one of the most constant
and stabilizing factors which will serve to undergird this
University as it moves toward and into the new millen-
nium, is its alumni family. ew positions in life are as
permanent as that of alumni status. Leadership changes,
faculty members serve for varying periods of One. students
come and go and become alumni; however, once you become an
you are an alumnus forever; the title can never be
As we move toward the prospects of increasing
impersonalization due to the age of high technology, the
alumni popula- tion will continue to provide the warmth and
a sense of belonging and acceptance that one finds in the
family environment. The alumni will be stalwarts of support
for the University. If we can refer to students as the
life's blood of the University,and faculty as its heart, we
might, then, refer to the alumni as its eyes and ears, and
in a sense its very sod. The alumni have evolved as a
viable influence in the life of the University, and it can
be reasonably predicted that alumni impact will grow
steadily stronger- No group can be expected to be as
caring, as concerned, and, yes, even as objective. the
alumni of the University.
I pledge to you. Mr. Chancellor, and to those who might
come after you, that the alumni of this University will
keep con- stant vigil. We will serve to enhance your
efforts whenever we are given the opportunity.
Many of us have partaken of your wisdom and been
beneficiaries of your warm, understanding teaching skills.
We have known you longer than any other prior to assuming
the chancellorship. we trust your integrity, we respect
your ability: and feel not form only comfortable but
excited that you are ally assuming the leadership of our
alma toter. We will be by your side — an army of
10,000 strong as you labor over the issues of each new
day,as you dream,as you build, and as you and your staff
insure that this great University. which we love and
proudly call alma mate, move toward the new millennium
serving living humanity well.
Your alumni wishes you Godspeed —
May the roads rise with you.
And the winds be always, at your back And may the Lord
hold you in
the hollow of his mighty hand.Sports Roundup
First-year head basketball coach Charlie Harrison heard
all the negatives about the Pirate basketball program a
could ad how it could not win in
But he didn't believe that. Now he's proven that it
The Pirates ended Me regular season first winning season
in three years at ad Carolina. But perhaps more important
than the winning mark was the change inanimate and Moans
style of the Pirate". season.
Stressing strong defensive play, the Pirates exhibited a
never say-die attitude with hustle mike fans have seen in
years al ECU basketball games. The results of the change
are obvious. Freshmen Johnny Edwards paced the Pirates from
start to finish, but win strong help from Charles Green,
Barry Wright and Tony Robinson. Edwards. earned to be named
ECAC-South rookie of the year, was the team's leading
scorer and rebounder, number two in the ECAC-South in both
categories and third in the nation at the last reporting of
all freshman scorers In the
p. The Pirates were to enter the ECAC-South tournament
in Richmond. VA, March 10-12 The winner got an automatic
bid Into the NCAA championship tournament.
All-America forward Mary Denkler paced the Lady Pirate
basketball team to in sixth consecutive
and season. Finishing as the second all-time scorer In
ECU history, the senior led ECU in scoring and rebounding
throughout the season. Injuries plagued the filth season
for coach Cady Andruzzi, losing two starters midway the
year. Despite that, the Lady Pirates finished 14-12 for the
Cardin University baseball, last year's club, the
school's 50th. gained a won-loss record of 33-13. recorded
the 30th winning, season in 31 years. earned an NCAA
Playoff sweeping the inaugural ECAC-South conference
championship in three games, defeated in-state in North
Carolina for its first NCAA playoff win in ten years, and
had four players signed in the professional ranks.
No sooner than had coach Hal Baird could
say, -for the first time since 1977 we have an
identifiable route for participation in the NCAA
tournament-- did the third-seeded Pirates welts through Me
ECAC-South tournament. But main-
at titles says Baird, looms as an even
"It is always more difficult to defend a championship
rather than to win one,says Baird- who had led the Pirates
into two NCAA playoffs Is in three years and a 90-36
record. •'We are looking forward to that challenge.
Provided everyone has a good year. I don't think it is
Many new laces wig be seen on the sidelines for pal
Carolina University football thls season, as all but two
assistant coaches have changed. Art Baker, formerly Mad
coach at The Citadel and Furman, is now associate head zee.
and offensive coordinator. replacing Larry Beckish. who
joined the Arizona flub of me 13311. as offensive
Tom Throckmorton is the new defensive coordinator.
coming from a similar position at VW. He replaces Norm
Parker- who moved to Michigan State University as
linebacker coach. Other additions include Res Kipps.
defensive line. formerly at Clemson: Charlie Elmquist-
offenses, Vine with tight ends. moved up from parttime
coach at ECU, Phil Elmassian. defensive secondary, formerly
with Ferrum Junior College; and Ken Matous, receiver coach,
formerly with Wichita State.
The two returning staff members are Bob Sanders. outside
linebackers, and John Zernhelt, offensive line.
Editor, Jan Lyons Publisher, East Carolina