Chieftain, Volume 7, Number 2, February 1959 Page: 1
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DL WcWurru CHIEFTAIN
Vol. 7, No. 2
Published monthly except June, July and August at McMurry College, Abilene, Texas
Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at Abilene, Texas, February, 1953
McMURRY EXES MAKE HEADLINES
G. B. Wadzeck Heads
San Angelo Schools
A former McMurry student is
head of the San Angelo public
school system, which now claims
to be the best in the United
Gerald B. Wadzeck, a 1933
graduate, has instituted in th^
school system a plan where the
superior, the average, and the
slow student can be given an ade-
quate education according to his
needs and his abilities.
The plan is worked on the rail
system, which is begun in the
first grade. The student is ob-
served and classified into Rail I,
Rail II, or Rail III.
The Rail I students, by the time
they reach high school, are taking
college-level courses. Rail II
students are taking courses that
will prepare them for college,
while Rail III students are taking
This theory of education was
expounded by Dr. James B. Con-
ant in Parents Magazine, June,
1956. In the article, Dr. Conant
wrote that "America should
keep its present theory of educat-
ing everyone, but we also should
incorporate a system such as the
European school system has by
which the superior student could
Wadzeck, after leaving Mc-
Murry, worked for the Roby
public schools for one year. He
then moved to Spur where he
was athletic director, coach, high
school principal, and school co-
ordinator until his entrance into
the Air Force in 1942.
After his release in 1947, Wad-
zeck went to Lamesa as school
superintendent for five years. He
assumed his duties with the San
Angelo school system in 1952.
Wadzeck was elected to Who's
Who in McMurry College in 1951.
McM Senior Students
Get Semester Degrees
Seven McMurry seniors re-
ceived degrees at the end of the
fall semester for 1958. Four of
the seven majored in education.
These seven are Jack Burton,
Ann Capps, Wayne Dickey, Ted
Harris, Mrs. Evelyn Leonard, Mrs.
Nancy Quattlebaum, and Sara
Mrs. Leonard, Mrs. Quattle-
baum, Miss Scherpereel, and Miss
Capps were the four who majored
in education. Miss Scherpereel's
MOTHERS-AWAY-FROM-HOME—If there is one thing a student
needs, it is a shoulder to cry on every now and then. Mrs. Amanda
Phillips (left) over Hunt Memorial Dormitory and Mrs. Alia Rochelle,
President Hall, provide those sympathizing words.
Named Outstanding Man
A former Ex-Student Associa-
tion president was recently nam-
ed Abilene's Outstanding Young
Man of 1958.
William M. Fiveash, the imme-
diate past president of the or-
ganization, was given this honor
by the Abilene Junior Chamber
Two of the other six major
contenders are also McMurry
degree was taken in music educa-
Burton received a B. A. in ac-
counting; Harris, drama; and
Dickey, English and math.
Before entering McMurry, Bur-
ton served four years in the
Navy. He was discharged with
a rank of RM3. Miss Capps, a
member of Gamma Sigma, plans
to teach now that she has re-
ceived her degree.
Dicky plans to enter a gradu-
ate school to continue his studies.
A member of Ko Sari, men's so-
cial club; Alpha Chi, scholastic
society; and Sigma Tau Delta,
honorary English society, Dickey
has served as editor of the
A charter member of Senatus
Romanus, men's social club, Har-
ris was a member also of Alpha
Psi Omega. He was elected the
Best Actor on the McMurry
campus in 1956.
Miss Scherpereel was a mem-
ber of the band and Kappa Phi.
exes. These are Brad Rowland,
president of the Ex-Student As-
sociation and Hubert A. Middle-
brook, 1951 graduate.
Fiveash was selected for his
civic accomplishments and his
sense of responsibility. Accord-
ing to Sid Parks, Jaycee presi-
dent, the selection went to Five-
ash because "if any one thing
separates the men from the boys
it is dependability."
Associated with his father in
business, Fiveash is married to
the former Jerry Phillips. They
have three children, Jandra, Su-
zanne, and William M., Jr.
Some of his civic accomplish-
ments include membership of the
educational committee of the
Abilene Chamber of Commerce,
captain for the employee division
of the United Fund, membership
of the queen selection commit-
tee and parade marshal for the
West Texas Fair, and presidency
of the Jaycees during the first
four months of 1958.
As a member of St. Paul's
Methodist Church, Fiveash has
served as a member of the board
of stewards, chairman of the
board of missions, vice-president
of the Gold Band Church School
class, and usher.
In service to his college alma
mater, he has served as president
of the Ex-Students Association
and as president of the Ex-Band
Stephen F. Austin
Gains New President
A member of the 1927 McMurry
graduating class was inaugurated
recently as president of Stephen
F. Austin State College in Nacog-
Dr. Ralph Wright Steen, who
was a member of the first gradu-
ating class to go all four years at
McMurry, was installed as the
third president of Stephen F.
Before the acceptance of the
new position, Dr. Steen had been
serving as chairman of the his-
tory department of Texas A & M.
He received both his master's
degree and his doctor's degree
from the University of Texas.
A recognized authority on Texas
history, Dr. Steen has written 12
books on that subject. Some are
used in -junior high and senior
high school as text books.
He now is president of the
Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. W. B. McDaniel, vice-presi-
dent of McMurry, attended the in-
augural ceremonies as the official
representative from McMurry
Dr. Harold A. Bosley
Minister of the First Methodist
will speak on "What Should A
Bishop Fred Pierce Corson
"* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
will speak on "Jesus and Our
For Spring Semester
Registration for the spring se-
mester, 1959, was completed Feb-
ruary 11, according to James Van-
noy, registrar. A total of 763 stu-
Out of the 763 who enrolled,
637 of them are full-time stu-
dents. There are 101 special stu-
dents, and 25 graduate students.
The break-down by classes:
freshmen, 228; sophomores, 170;
juniors, 121; and seniors, 118.
There were 29 new or transfer
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