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The Thunderbird Monday, October 17, 1983 Page 3 U of U prof will speak The Fall Convocations series continues this Thursday, Oct. 20, with the renowned J.D. Williams as the speaker. Dr. Williams is a professor of political science at the University of Utah, where he has been on the faculty since 1952. The topic which Williams will address is The Beauty of Freedom. The lecture will take place in the SUSC Auditorium at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Williams as a convocation speaker, said Lana Johnson, convocations coordinator. He is an extremely popular speaker, a prominent opinion leader and a revered teacher. Williams received the U of U's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983. He is the founding director of both the Bureau of Community Development and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The East High School graduate received a BA in political science from Stanford University in 1946. He received a masters of public administration in 1949 and a Ph.D. in political economy and government in 1952 from Harvard University. Armstrong recounts his dreams by Cal Rollins He invited students to dream dreams as he did 50 years ago walking the campus of Southern Utah State College, but few will even dream dreams as grand as the life Dr. Ellis Armstrong has lived. Armstrong, whose life has involved putting various sciences and technologies together to make life better for people, returned home to Cedar City and to his alma mater to discuss The Challenges of Todays World during this years third Convocation lecture held last Thursday. The Cedar City natives career in public service has spanned half a century. It includes the basic designing of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, heading the Public Roads Commission during the Eisenhower years and working as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation during the Nixon presidency. Dream your dreams, lift up your eyes to the stars, and then get with it. The internationally renowned civil engineer who has designed many dams told the lecture audience that he learned at an early age of the destructive force of water out of control. At four years of age, young' Ellis left Cedar City with his family to live on an Idaho farm near the Snake River. During an overflowing of the rivers banks, the Armstrongs watched the farm and the familys lifetime savings being washed away. Armstrong was later to design the Palisades Dam which now stores the waters of the Snake River. With the familys life savings washed away, the Armstrongs returned to Cedar City where Ellis attended junior high and high school and later attended SUSC (then the BAC). After Armstrong graduated from Utah State University, he began what would be a long and rewarding career in public service. He received $25.50 a week to assist the Bureau of Reclamation. The Trenton Dam in Nebraska, which he designed, was listed in the master plan to cost $38 million. When Armstrongs design team built the dam for $21 million, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee cautioned Armstrong about letting this be known. "He was afraid it would undermine the very foundations of the federal governments fiscal policies. Armstrongs expertise then took him to Egypt, where he was named special consultant to the government and formulated the basic design of the Aswan Dam, built later by the Soviet Union. From the Middle East, Armstrong returned to Utah to design the interstate highway system. His work so impressed President Eisenhower that Armstrong was named Commissioner of Public Roads, overseeing the interstate system for the entire nation. These roadways loosened the bonds of distance and created more opportunities, said Armstrong. This is a world of great potential, Armstrong told the audience. We dont have time to fumble around and procrastinate. The responsibility is greater now than ever before for everyone in our democracy to be truthfully informed and to participate in our government with maturity and honesty. to a climactic Armstrong brought his finish with the strains of America the Beautiful providing the background for Armstrongs plea to the students to have great hope. Dream your dreams, lift up your eyes to the stars, and then get with it. There is a work to be done, and that is the challenge of todays world. slide-lectu- Team notes College's strengths (continued from page 1) business courses and clubs, our students have been leaders in state and national competition, Hiskey said. And were on the verge of making some major growth in the communications department, especially in the fields of broadcasting and journalism. Hiskey said many students are beginning to realize that both business and communications backgrounds are necessary for success in the professional world. Consequently, you see a lot of students majoring in business and minoring in communications, or majoring in communications with a business minor, Hiskey .".aid. We have a unique role, he said. We are preparing people for employment, and we want to prepare them to be as professional as we can make them, and train them as well as we can train them. The School of Business, Communications and Technology has an impressive track record for placing students in professional capacities following college, Hiskey said. There are weaknesses in all departments, Hiskey said. We dont offer as many courses as other schools do, he said. We cant afford it, so we take a no frills approach. We offer only the courses that are needed to get a full background. The largest problem the college as a whole faces is low faculty and staff salaries, said Hiskey. I would like to see our faculty paid better. Anytime you have a faculty member so poorly paid he has to moonlight just to make ends meet, theres a problem. Though there are weaknesses in the college, Hiskey said he drinks SUSC is still the best small college in the intermourtain area. You woi.t find a better small school in the west, he said, i think our accreditation will be -- xtremely favorable. Mark Smith, going up against Don Sunderland, will be one wholl beneit from Senate funding of the Open Rec program. Senate OKs funding Ethel by Lyman The future of Open Recreation at SUSC was assured last week as the ASSUSC Senate unanimously passed a bill to allocate $4,000 to the program. The allocation was one of a number of such actions taken each year by the ASSUSC Senate. The money is given to the senate from student fees to allocate funding to various clubs and organizations. The resource committee of the senate is in the process of making a packet which will aid clubs in writing bills to request funds. The packet will be designed to answer questions concerning bill writing. A bill to amend the constitution was tabled, as Senate President Jeff Maxwell noted that the proposed amendment needed to be reviewed carefully. According to the Elections Committee Chairman Scott Johnson, there are six candidates for the two offices of freshman senator. The primaries for these elections will be held on Oct. 19. Johnson also said that there are four candidates for the office of attorney general. Primaries for that election will be held on Oct. 26. Johnson encouraged senate members to review the rules of the election and to encourage all students to vote. It was proposed that the SUSC Senate Elections Committee be allocated $150 for the purpose of assisting the committee in the election of two freshman senators and an attorney general. The bill will be posted for one week. The Homecoming Committee proposed a bill that would allocate $700 to the homecoming activities, which is $100 above last years allocation. Barbara Smith, homecoming chairwoman, said, We have tried to be as conservative as possible this year. Dave Taylor, director of student activities, asked senators to consider providing courtesy telephones for students in the Library and Student Center. No decision was made on this matter.