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The lamp and the cross : a history of Averett College, 1859-2001

Author: J I Hayes
Publisher: Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This work examines the birth and maturation of Averett College, an institution of higher learning in Southside Virginia. The school's official seal - an elliptical medallion with the words "Averett College, Danville, Virginia" surrounding a lamp and cross - was emblematic of the institution's history and mission. The lamp represented learning, while the cross stood for the Southern Baptist environment in which
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayes, J.I.
Lamp and the cross.
Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607894448
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J I Hayes
ISBN: 0865548544 9780865548541
OCLC Number: 56014621
Description: xxxvi, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An antebellum environment --
The flowering of the Roanoke Baptist Association --
An infant survives troubled times, 1859-1871 --
The Averett years, 1872-1892 --
From the gay nineties to World War I --
Cross currents, 1914-1927 --
A happy issue out of many difficulties, 1927-1936 --
The lengthened shadow of one man --
Student life : from New Deal to new morality --
Metamorphosis, 1966-1973 --
Conwell Anderson's "second term," 1973-1979 --
The presidency of Howard W. Lee, 1980-1985 --
The presidency of Frank R. Campbell, 1985-2002.
Responsibility: Jack Irby Hayes, Jr.
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"This work examines the birth and maturation of Averett College, an institution of higher learning in Southside Virginia. The school's official seal - an elliptical medallion with the words "Averett College, Danville, Virginia" surrounding a lamp and cross - was emblematic of the institution's history and mission. The lamp represented learning, while the cross stood for the Southern Baptist environment in which learning took place. Yet these two symbols were never static representations. Learning in 1859, when the college was founded, was designed to produce a "finished" young lady who could model high culture while attending to hearth and community.

Refinement of this curriculum during the next four decades preceded dramatic change in the early twentieth century: job-related education, an elective system, and junior college status. Pre-professional programs, coeducation and a baccalaureate program followed. Next came new degrees and new venues. The 1980s and 1990s brought non-traditional adult education at twenty-five sites throughout Virginia that soon eclipsed the traditional program."

"Just as the lamp and cross continued to be enduring motifs, the mission of the institution also reflected the purposes of education in the United States. Since colonial times, Americans have regarded education as essential to representative government. By the 1820s, Americans considered schooling essential to democracy. In the emerging industrial age of the nineteenth century as financial necessity and opportunity continually challenged traditional female roles, Americans were forced to concede the urgency of educating women. The place of Averett College in this larger educational milieu is a secondary theme of this work."--Jacket.

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