Students and alumni raised $100,000 for construction of a new
gymnasium (now known as Alumni Gym).
Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society, was installed
President Blackwell died; Dr. S. C. Hatcher served as president
J. Earl Moreland assumed the Randolph-Macon College presidency,
remaining in the position until 1953. The student body numbered
307 with 20 faculty members.
Naval Aviation cadets were sent to Randolph-Macon for preliminary
The Army created a Specialized Training Program on campus, using
college faculty as instructors.
$1 million was raised for a building fund by Dr. Moreland and
loyal Methodist ministers, resulting in a new dining hall, Fox Hall,
Smithy Hall, and Blackwell Auditorium.
There was a major revision of the curriculum. Students were
to follow a planned course of study for the first two years and
take electives and major courses the second two years.
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