Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 26
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 26

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
Page 26
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WeJ., 'Jan. 30, US7 OSKALl 1873 to 1957 Eighty-four years of... By WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE serving the Oskaloosa community The Penn Plan of Education . . . William Penn College is a four-year, coeducational, church related, liberal arts college. At Penn. a splendid liberal arts and pre-educaiiona! education is offered in a wholesome Christian environment. Costs are reasonable. Loan?, scholarships and work grants are available for qualified applicants. The Penn Plan of Education may be described as student-centered education emphasizing 1 the building of persons. What happens to students is a primary concern of the faculty and staff at William Penn. Young men and women of free spirits and clear minds are being prepared to iead in the progress of Christian democracy aid human freedom. The claim to success in this purpose is based on the success of Penn graduates. At Penn, we propose to maintain and increase the output of such leaders -men and women of ability, integrity and influence like the man whose name the college bears. The Penn Plan of Education has four main divisions each of which includes item^ of definite importance . . . 1. A co-ordinated counselling system to help students find themselves; 2 A four-year sequence of general education studies for a clearer understanding of man and his world; 3. The study of a major field of · knowledge dependent upon the individual student's interests and aptitudes; and 4. Practical experience in the vocational field in which the student plans to work after completing his college career. In summary, the Penn Plan of Practical Education develops the student intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually for a wholesome, happy and productive life. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you your educational future. SENIORS HONORED AT 82ND ANNUAL GRADUATION Penn College Offers * . . Complete selection of general and basic courses for freshmen and sophomores. Advanced courses for majors and minors are offered in ... English Mathematics History Physics Education Psychology Religion Philosophy Home Economics Physical Education Social Sciences Chemistry Music Biology The professional and academic courses in the Teacher Education program may be applied to meet the requirements of the State Board of Public Instruction. NEW WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE GYMNASIUM SEATS 2,000, COST $230,000 New Goals for New Opportunities * . The Amazing Recovery . . . In 1950 a new administration accepted the challenge which William Penn College represented. The men and women who took responsibility for leadership at Penn were committed to the great tradition of Quaker education and had experience in guiding other Quaker colleges through difficult periods. They were determined that the values which William Penn held should not be lost. Since 1952, the churches, the local community, and the alumni have rallied to the needs and possibilities of Penn and have shared the deep satisfaction of bringing this fine little college back to a position of strength. The patient building of goodwill and confidence in the churches, among the alumni and in the local community has had its reward. The Remarkable Achievements . » . The first step toward firm foundations for William Penn College came in the build up of the annual Living Endowment income. The increased interest and confidence of the constituency was registered in the marked increase of annual gifts for current operations. These were increased from S25,693 in 1950-51 to a peak of $49,457 in 1953-54. Enrollment began to grow. From a low point of 97 in 1952-53 the numbers built up steadily in the following years to 206 in 1955-56. By 1955, the college officers were ready to launch the gymnasium campaign. This campaign gathered conviction and enthusiasm as it progressed and achieved a success which many thought would be impossible. By the spring of 1956, the original goal of $200.000 had been passed and rapid progress made toward an additional $50,000 made necessary by costs which proved higher than the original estimates. Ready for Further Development . . . William Penn now stands in a position of greater strength for the next steps of the development program. A host of now enthusiastic and confident friends, men and women in the churches, business and professional leaders in Oskaloosa and Mahaska County, alumni the nation over, have worked with remarkable devotion for Penn and have had the thrill of bringing this fine little college back to effective operation. Two sroals, achievable in the immediate future, will stph*li7e finances at a satisfactory level. Certainly, by 1957-58, the college can expect . . . 1. Annual Living Endowment Income at $60,000 or more. 2. Enrollment at 300 or more full-time students. With these levels reached, the college will be able to consolidate the faculty gams and other improvements, which will merit North Central approval. "GOOD Today, BETTER Tomorrow A Sound Investment . . . William Penn is a sound educational investment because of the faith, steadiness and courage that brought Penn through crippling misfortunes to new strength and effectiveness; Plus the demonstrated loyalty and enthusiasm of a constituency -- church, alumni, and local community -- not large in numbers, but devoted to Penn and now inspired by the thrill of re-creating their potentially strong and needed instruction. The Friends churches, while one of the smaller denominations numerically, have demonstrated a devotion to their college -in good times and bad -- which makes Penn indestructible. The city of Oskaloosa has given im- pre--ive financial proof that William Penn College is recognized as a primary factor in the area's own prosperity and welfare. The city is recognizing in Penn, the most economical and effective way to open advanced educational opportunity to its able young people in the home city, and so to retain more of the benefits of trained capacity for the needs and possibilities of the local community. This, in itself, guarantees Penn's future. And the alumni have renewed enthusiasm and their ability to help Penn will increase, year by year. Development Goals For The Years Ahead . . . The 1952 development goals were modest ones -- minimum achievements necessary to get the college out of its periods of weakness and re-established at its old strength. With those goals due to be reached in the immediate future, the college can now look forward to further developments which will give Penn an assured and permanent place among the fine small colleges of the nation . . . 1. A new Men's Dormitory--$250.000 To replace the present residence building ·which was converted to dormitory use. 2. A President's Home and Facultv Housing: --SI 50.000 At present the college lacks a president's residence which is an important center for the social life of the campus. Now the president must live away from the campus in an apartment in the city. Faculty housing also will improve the attractiveness of service at Penn for able faculty members. 3. Industrial Arts--S150.000 Penn's service in its own area would be greatly enlarged by offering beginning courses in subjects important to boys looking forward to industrial arts teaching and farm or business management. 4. Scholarship Endowment--§250,000 To open opportunity to young people of ambition and ability but limited financial reeources. 5. General Endowment--$250,000 · This is a minimum need. Penn's educational program should eventually have the support of $l-million or more unproductive endowment. 6. Library--S150.000 Penn's fine library is at present housed in quarters in the administration and classroom building. This central feature of a strong college should have a building of its own. 7. Plant Modernization--5100,000 To install new boiler and retube old boiler; complete repairs and painting of all buildings: beautify campus by paving all drives, add sidewalks, remove drive in front of William Penn Hall and widen Trueblood Avenue; modernize kitchen and dining hall; rebuild manual in Kilgen organ. 8. Science Equipment--S50.000 To bring the excellent science laboratories up to modern standards. OVER 1,800 ENJOY FIRST GAME IN NEW GYM Your support is assuring the future of William Penn College "The Friendly College"-Since 1873 Oskaloosa, Iowa Dial 3-6567

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