The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 197
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 197

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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of scholarships are available through the school, further reducing the cost of a college education. Dr. Moody proudly notes that Palm Beach Atlantic unlike many other new colleges has not started its infant years heavily in debt. "We owe about $100,-000," he says. "That's not much at all." Besides accreditation (A minimum of four years of operation is required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Committee), Dr. Moody looks forward to building a campus at the Palm Beach Gardens site. When will that be? "When we raise five million dollars," he says. "We hope with college library, a book store, several offices and classrooms. Almost 50 students live in campus housing nearby homes and a motel converted into school dormitories. A unique work program is popular among the students, according to director Jim Moore, a retired Roanoke, (Va.) radio and television executive. Under the p r o g r a m, called "Operation Others," students are required to work five hours a week in community projects. Several students read to the blind, others do Scout work, some paint houses in slum neighborhoods or any one of a number of other local projects. Students involved in the program are given a $125 reduction in semester tuition. Several types in three or four years." lege choice by May was handed over to Director of Student Enlistment Bill Derryberry. Recalling his exhaustive work, Derryberry says with a good-natured groan: "I made 1000 phone calls. I went to 200 homes across the state. I talked to many, many groups." Derryberry's efforts were aided by newspaper advertisements, appearing in dozens of cities throughout southern United States. A television broadcast also helped. And a controversial radio advertisement, which suggested that Palm Beach Atlantic College was not looking for students like the familiar movie hero of "The Graduate," also brought attention to the school. Only a month before classes were scheduled to begin, a mere 41 students had enrolled. Dr. Moody was ready to give up. By the time classes began in early September, however, 112 daytime students were registered for the fall semester; another 114 were enrolled in the evening division. "I wanted at least 71 students," recalls Moody. "I thought if only we can get that many...." The most popular course at the new college is oceanography, with 62 students enrolled. The college is affiliated with the Rebikoff Institute of Underwater Technology and college credit is given in cooperation with the Ft. Lauderdale institute. Many of the students enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic are not Baptists. Though twice a week chapel is compulsory and six semester hours of religion are demanded for graduation, Dr. Moody points out: "The school is not just for Baptists. The idea is Christian education." Campus buildings are converted church structures. A former nursery school has been transformed into a student union. An old church sanctuary houses the KiTfK Z" V0Zrri Christine Morrison (left) of Riviera Beach and Garnett lee Sullivan of Vero Beach help each other with their English lesson. All Florida Magazine 35

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