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Page 2-The Kernel-January 22, 1987
Dr. Edward Tarratus, director of the Dublin Center, delivers the Albany Junior College fall commencement
address. Photo courtesy Albany Junior College.
Dr. Ed Tarratus Addresses
Kim Leggette meets with 3rd District Congressman Richard Ray in Ray's
Warner Robins office. Photo courtesy of the WARNER ROBINS SUN.
By Robin White
Dr. E.A. Tarratus, Jr. presented the second
annual fall commencement address for Albany
Junior College on December 5, 1986.
He was a member of AJC’s original faculty. He
served as the director of the Arts Divison from
1966-1970, and then as the dean of instruction. He
also served as the conductor of the Albany
Symphony Orchestra for eleven years. Dr.
Tarrantus has been director of the University
System's Dublin Center since 1984.
Dr. Tarratus did not fall into the trap of many
commencement speakers by saying, “The world’s
a mess, my generation botched it up, and it’s up to
your generation to save it. ” He pointed out that the
main fault with this point of view is, “Generations
don’t cause problems or solve them! Individuals
do.” So instead of speaking to the students as a
group, he spoke to them as individuals. He stated
that, “No one else can improve your effectiveness
and success in life. Other people can provide
guidance and opportunities for you, but each one of
you must decide for yourself if you are going to do
something about the quality ofyour own life.’’
Dr. Tarratus then mentioned five broad
dimensions of life: Educational development,
physical development, a positive self-concept,
personal organization, and spiritual values,
including ethics and personal relationships.
Dr. Tarratus just briefly mentioned the first two
dimensions, educational and physical develop
ment. He said that the student's presence there
indicated that they were already tuned into them.
He mentioned four areas of the third dimension,
positive self-concept: self-awareness, self-control,
self-motivation, and self-image. In the fourth
dimension, personal organization, he gave this
definition: “This is getting hold of yourself,
knowing where you are going, and getting there.”
The fifth dimension concerned spiritual values,
including relationships. “There will be times when
family and friends are what matters most. ’ ’
Dr. Tarratus then concluded the address by
making this statement: ‘ ‘I’m going to say I hope for
you courage and power, and love and discipline.
And if you have these, all of those other things will
be added to you.”
Black History Week Plans
Announced For February
By Sherrie Taylor
Jackie Freeman, a member of
the Executive Board at Milli-
ken, will be the guest speaker at
MGC for the 1987 Black History
Freeman will speak on Wed
nesday evening, February 4, at
7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall on
the college campus. The meet
ing is open to the public and is
free of charge.
Freeman is a native of
Montezuma. He graduated
from Fort Valley State College,
and is presently a resident of
Other activities are a gospel
concert in Walker Hall at 4:30
p.m. Sunday, February 1. Sev
eral choirs from surrounding
churches will perform.
Monday evening, February 2,
there will be a talent show at
7:00 p.m. in Walker Hall.
Admission is free, and students
are encouraged to participate.
Entrance fee is $5.00 per
person. Winners will receive
$15.00 for first place, $10,00 for
second place, and $5.00 for
third place. Tuesday afternoon
at 6:00 behind Eastwood Dorm
a picnic and recreational activi
ties will take place.
In conclusion on Thursday
night, February 5, a dance will
be in the student center at 8:00
p.m. Admission will be $1.00.
“The purpose of Black His
tory Month is to celebrate the
black heritage and recognize
famous black ancestors who
have made meaningful accom
plishments,” according to Wan
da Bonner, minority recruiter at
Ricky Law, president of the
Black Students Club, encour
ages attejs dance. -
As Kay ’s Intern
By Jay Echols
This past summer, Kim Leg-
gette, a sophomore at MGC,
spent his time as a political aide
to congressman Richard Ray.
Kim got the job after learning of
it from Dr, Bernadette Loftin,
chairman of the social Sciences
Division at MGC.
Among Kim's duties were
filing, working with a computer,
and other such office work. He
also did case work, which
involved sending copies of bills
to citizens, getting their opin
ions sent to Congressman Ray,
who was in Washington most of
the time, and helping work out
problems citizens may have
such as getting checks from the
Most of the case work is not
done by Congressman Ray but
is done by three ladies: office
manager Jessie Bush, Helen
Poole, and June Meeks, who
work for Congressman Ray at
the office where Kim worked.
Kim, a political science and
pre-law major, received five
hours credit under Public Ad
ministration and learned quite a
bit, he said.
"I learned a lot about how
laws are made, and how much
Congressman Ray’s consti
tuents can affect how he votes.
We send all opinions from
citizens on to Congressman
Ray. Even if only three people
call in with opinions, we pass it
on to him.'' Kim said.
’ 'Although Congressman Ray
ran unopposed this year, I
learned quite a bit about how an
election campaign is run and
how contributions are taken and
Leggette managed to meet
Congressman Ray only once,
when Kim accompanied him to
a meeting in Reynolds.
IF®®# For Need
By Michael Sanders
Phi Beta Lambda, the organi-
during its f»d dSVL'^
of the fall quaner. The fonH ' "
turned „v„ r to the .ri
closets- , o, «ea churches
distribution to needy families.^*’
Gus Minix, Jr., PBL ad
extends a hearty “thank
to all of the students staff
faculty who donated food
Minix also thanks the
members who solicited
food, as well as Dr. Mark I
for encouraging so many <
students to participate.