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WKU Archives - WKU 1956-1957

Citation: "Herald Reviews Past Year," College Heights Herald, July 19, 1957, p. 2.

Western's 50th anniversary dominated the college scene of the school year 1956-1957.  The anniversary Homecoming activities began on October 19 with a bonfire on the baseball field.  On that night the Homecoming Dance was held in the Student Union Building.

Commanding the two top posts of the 1956-57 College Heights Herald staff were editor-in-chief, Betty Spradlyn and advertising manager, Colburn Stuart.

Ann Meredith and Nancy Hightower were named editor and assistant editor respectively of the Talisman.

Charles A. Keown assumed the duties of Dean of Students at Western September 1, the first time in the history of Western that the college has had a Dean of Students.

Scabbard and Blade held its first meeting of the year and elected Bonnie Drake as student sponsor.  Fifteen new members were added to Western's staff.

Go Toppers go! This yell was heard long and loud at the annual election of cheerleaders during chapel.  Last year's cheerleaders were Pete Mahurin, Phyllis Robinson, Coco Richardson, Jody Spradlyn, Martha Sue Fuqua and Ken Burch.

The Third District Education Association convened on the Western campus on October 12.  Over one thousand educators attended this 29th annual meeting of the T.D.E.A.

Jim Owens, junior, was elected president of his class for the third straight year.  Gregg O'Neil won the vice-presidency and John Blair the second vice-presidency.  Jane Lovell was elected as secretary.  Martha Fuqua served as treasurer.

Carol Cheal and Bill Riggs held leading roles in Western Players' presentation of "the Show Off."

Western sparked by Ken Griffith and Jerry Brewer, roared to a staggering 26-9 victory over a fast Youngstown University football crew.

Thirty senior students were elected to appear in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Robert G. Cochran, AB '47, MA '53 was named as president of the Alumni Association.

Dero Downing, principal of the Training School, was elected chairman of the Secondary Principals of the Third District Education Association.

Beegie Long and Donna Potts were presented in a music recital on November 19 in the Choral Room of the Music Building.

On November 26 the second annual Speech and  Drama Clinic for High Schools was held.  The clinic was repeated largely in response to numerous requests from teachers who had attended the year before.

Patricia Pullum and Patricia Parrish were selected by AFROTC cadet Corps as sponsors for the first semester.

Pushing across scores in the first and last quarter, Western dropped Mississippi College 14-0 after two brilliant defensive plays by tackle Ted Revack, giving Coach Jack Clayton his 50th win since coming to Western.

Twyman Patterson of Louisville and Carroll Van Hooser of Marion were elected co-captains of the 1957 Western Hilltoppers football team.

The annual All State High School band Clinic was held on the campus in December.

The Hilltopper powerful quintet, spearheaded by Junior Bill Case, made their 1956-57 debut in a brilliant last half surge to crush an outmanned Gustavus-Adolphus basketball five.

Miss Phyllis Dawn Robinson was selected to represent Western at the 1957 Mountain Laurel Festival. East and South Halls for men were occupied at the beginning of the second semester.

Western's Hilltoppers finished the first semester leading the Ohio Valley Conference with a record of three wins and no losses against loop foes.  For the season Coach Ed Diddle's racers won nine and lost four as the campaign was half over.

Mrs. E.A. Moore, wife of Dr. Earl Moore died January 17.

Guest speaker for Religious Emphasis week was Dr. H. Franklin Pashcall, pastor First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee.

Western picked Nick Denes as head football coach.  The former Male High pilot, Denes is considered one of Kentucky's most renowned high school coaches.

Jimmy Feix, former Little All-American (1952) at Western, was signed as student-assistant coach.

Towering Ralph Crosthwaite garnered 39 big points that enabled Western to pull out a 75-70 decision of their invasion of the balliwick of Coach Paul McBrayer's Eastern Maroons.

Western's program of expansion and improvement received additional acceleration with the announcement that $250,000 had been earmarked for the college by the State of Kentucky for new buildings.

Nancy Lee Owen, a history major from Louisville and Judy Moore, an education major from Island, Kentucky were chosen to head the 1958 Talisman staff.

Henrik Ibsen's "Pillars of Society" was presented March 12, 13 with Betty Gayle Jones, Dianne Michael, Jean Reid-Smith, Bill Coleman, Julius E. Rather, and Jane Lovell sharing leading roles.

Flashy Eric Back, turning in some last minute fancy-dan ballhawking tactics, broke loose for three easy lay-ups to propel the Toppers to an 82-76 win over highly touted Wichita.

Mary Ruth Grise, freshman from Bowling Green, was declared the winner of the 1957 A.A.U. Oratorical Contest.

The Hilltoppers staved off a late Middle Tennessee rally to clip the Blue Raiders 86-82 and become co-champions of the OVC, sharing the limelight with Morehead.

Golia E. Rather, BS '31, a former teacher at Western died unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack.

The College Heights Herald was granted a first place award by Columbia University.

Soloists and members of the Red and White Dance Band spent a two-day tour at schools in central Kentucky, making appearances in Greensburg, Campbellsville, Lebanon, Hodgenville, and Elizabethtown.

The Talisman Ball took place the night of April 5 in the Paul L. Garrett student Center. Neill Owens Orchestra provided the music.

Jim Owens, junior from Hazard, was declared winner of the 1957 Ogden Oratorical Contest.  He won the Robinson Oratorical Award in 1955 as a freshman and placed second in the Ogden competition in 1956.

Julius Rather and Jean Reid-Smith starred in Western Players production "The Man Who Would Not Tell."

Billie R. Earle, a sophomore from Greenville, was awarded a $400 scholarship from the Boys Clubs of America.

Winner of the 1957 Robinson Oratorical Contest was Henry Stone sophomore from Franklin.

Six of the twelve educators nominated from the educational districts across the commonwealth of Kentucky for "Teacher of the Year" were Western graduates.  They were Paul P. Gardner Jr., Mrs. Catherine H. Briscoe, James R. Hopkins, Miss Nancy D. Watts, Mrs. Bernice Flowers, and Miss Lee Smith.

For the first time in history, Western captured first place in both divisions of the Kentucky Oratorical Association state contest held at Georgetown College.  Jim Owens won the Men's division of the contest, while Mary Ruth Grise, freshman English major from Bowling Green, took first place in the Women's division.

Miss Doris Ann Gaines, junior from Bowling Green, was elected vice-president of the Kentucky Association of Future Teachers of America.

Hugh Poland, BS '34 and Sam Ezelle were appointed to the Western Board of Regents by Governor A.B. Chandler.

Mitchell Davis, MA '50, superintendent of Barren County schools, was elected president of the Kentucky Education Association.

Approximately 700 people attended Western's annual K.E.A. "Get Together" breakfast which was held in Louisville, April 12.

Joe Chatham and Dixie McGreger Duncan were named king and queen of the 1956-57 Talisman Ball held at the Garrett Student Center.

Western's basketball team accepted an invitation to compete in the eight-team All College Tournament to be played in Oklahoma City.

Ballard Moore, the Hilltop's number one tennis ace, gave Coach Ted Hornback's netters their second straight triumph of the season by slaughtering Bellarmine 6-1.

Judy Moore was elected 1958 president of the Lee Francis Jones Chapter of the Student National Education Association at a meeting held in the Kentucky Building.

The Board of Regents approved an $850,000 building program for Western.

Accepted to enter medical and dental schools next fall were thirteen of Western's more prominent seniors.

Mr. L.T. Smith, head of the industrial arts department, received the highest honorary award in the field of industrial arts and vocational education at the Kenlake Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the guests of honor at the Beta Gamma Chapter of the Epsilon Pi Tau Fraternity Banquet.

Dianne Michael and Charles F. Shields were elected to guide Western Players through its 1957-58 season on the Hill.

Western's second annual Senior Day since World War II was held on campus May 3 with an estimated attendance of three thousand.

Dr. D.K. Wilgus, associate professor of English was granted a John Simon Guygenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the amount of $4,500. 

The graduation class of 1957 presented to the college a pair of stone seats located opposite the new entranceway to the Hill.

After a little more than ten years as a part of the body and spirit of Western, the Air Force ROTC unit bade farewell to Western.

Betty Gayle Jones, Western senior P.E. major, received the top award for outstanding loyalty and service to Western Players at the annual Awards Dinner held at Manhattan Towers.

Ray Law, a junior, fired a 76 and a 70 over a par 72 course at Richmond to lead the Hilltoppers to the O.V.C. golf championship ending a brilliant season for Coach Griffin's protégées.

President Thomas A. Spragens, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, delivered the spring commencement address and President John B. Horton, Lindsey Wilson, Columbia, Kentucky, delivered the baccalaureate sermon.

Two hundred and twelve candidates received their degrees at the spring commencement exercises on Thursday, May 30 in the Stadium.

Facts & Figures


instate - $222.75 - $234.75

out of state - $242.75 - $254.75

Dorm Rent - $45 - $54

Board - $126

Books & Supplies - $15

A WKU or BGBU Degree - priceless


1957 Talisman

1957 Towers

WKU Class of 1957    

Red & Grey Orchestra


Basketball Game 


Baptist Student Union

Music Recital



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