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Citation: “Navy Officers to Train At Baldwin-Wallace,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 9, no. 4 (1943): p. 2.

V-12 candidates grabbing a meal at one of B-W's mess halls. Source: Student Organizations, Box 2, File BW.04.52.1 V12.

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The War Man Power Commission at Washington has just released information that will be eagerly sought by younger draftees. Known as V-12, this Navy College Program is for the training of Naval officers. The course is open to high school seniors, high school graduates and college students who qualify.

Baldwin-Wallace College is named as one of the Ohio institutions at which the government expects to offer this instruction. Persons selected w i l l be on active duty and receive pay during the period of instruction.

The following are eligible providing they have attained their seventeenth but not their twentieth birthday by Julv 1, 1943:

(a) High school and preparatory school graduates, regardless of whether they are now attending college.

(b) High school and preparatory school seniors who will be graduated bv July 1, 1943.

(c) Students who do not hold certificates of graduation from a secondary school, but who are now attending an accredited college or university.

To be eligible each applicant must (a) Be a male citizen of the United States; (b) be morally and physically qualified, including a minimum uncorrected visual acuity of 18/20 for each eye; (c) be unmarried and agree to remain unmarried until commissioned, unless sooner released by the Navy Department; and, (d) evidence potential officer qualifications including appearance and scholastic records.

Men now enlisted in any branch of the armed services, including reserves on in active status, are not eligible.

The qualifying test for this training will be given on Friday, April 2, 1943, from 9:00 to 11:00 A. M., at Baldwin- Wallace and other colleges as well as high schools. This will be the only date on which eligibility tests will be given with no further opportunity to qualify for this training within another six months. If application forms are not available at local high schools they may be procured by writing to Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.

Citation: “B.-W. Commissioned to Train Navy Officers,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 9, no. 6 (1943): p. 2.

Word received from Washington assures Baldwin-Wallace College that a minimum of 353 Officer Training Candidates will be assigned to the institution about July 1st under the Navy V-12 program. These will include Navy, Marine and Coast Guard trainees.

V-12 students participating in a talent show. Source: Student Organizations, Box 2, File BW.04.52.7 V12. Click on the image to enlarge.

The Navy has definitely ok'd the plan of President Louis C. Wright whereby residence halls on the South Campus, together with all the fraternity houses will be at the disposal of the government. This will ·enable the college to retain for regular college training for women and other civilian students, the North Campus residence halls.

An intensive program of "Education for Reconstruction" may now be offered students beyond the present emergency. The Baldwin-Wallace Plan is an attempt to equip workers for desperate needs as they may appear in any and all of the wasted areas of humanity. Cutting across traditional lines, it will offer (1) a Major in a chosen subject; business, foods, teaching, etc. (2) a Major in the social sciences; (3) a Major in languages. Receiving a college degree, students will be prepared for a life's work and at the same time be ready for any emergency service at home or abroad.

Eighty per cent of the Navy Officer Candidates will come from other colleges of the nation, while twenty per cent will be from high school graduates who passed the V-12 examination on April 2nd. The upper classmen of the group will continue their "Major" college courses as far as possible. The Freshmen will have a prescribed curriculum including. Mathematics, Physics, English, Engineering, Drawing Descriptive Geography, Historical background of present World War, Naval Organization and Physical Training. It is expected that three Navy officers will be assigned to Baldwin-Wallace Campus and have charge of Navy drill and indoctrination courses. All other instruction will be offered by the regular college faculty.

Citation: “New Swimming Pool,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 10, no. 4 (1944): p. 3.

The new swimming pool at Baldwin- Wallace was formally dedicated on Wednesday, February 23, at 4:00 p. m. At 4:30 the dedicatory service was held within the new structure. The architects, Mellenbrook, Foley and Scott, formally presented the building. It was accepted by Mr. A. Fred Crossman, chairman, for the Board of Trustees, by President Louis C. Wright for the administration, and by Coach Ray Watts for the Department of Physical Education. Each of these persons spoke briefly, and Acting-Chaplain Dr. Ernest Knautz offered the dedicatory prayer.

On February 23 at 7:00 p. m. a service of recognition was held for civilian students and Navy V-12 graduates. Thirteen civilians received certificates confirming the completion of work for degrees. The degrees will be formally conferred at the Commencement Exercises on May 1. Forty Navy men who were completing the required work for the V-12 Trainees' Course were also recognized. One of them, Henry George Miller, of Akron, was completing degree work in the college as well as the Navy course.

President Wright and Lieutenant Kenneth O. Wilson shared in conducting the service of recognition which included academic honors. Navy awards, and special recognition for extra-curricular activities.

The following Navy V-12 students received awards at the Convocation:

To A. Fred Portman of R. F. D. 2, Amherst, a citation was awarded for highest honors in scholarship. Mr. Portman not only completed the Navy V-12 course but college requirements as well for a Bachelor of Arts Degree. To John Harold Rutledge of Akron a citation as "Unit honor man" given for general military bearing, neatness, and attention to rules and regulations; to Paul Eugene Weimer of Akron a commendation for dramatic ability and "complete willingness to use his outstanding talents for the entertainment and pleasure of the members of the Unit"; to David Nash Planton of Girard a commendation for "artistic talent and many hours of time and work in properly fitting out the Seamanship room at Headquarters" ; to Joseph George Bandy of Alliance a commendation for "devotion of organizational experience and musical ability to the formation and direction of the V-12 Unit band." Henry George Miller of Akron received honors in economics. Mr. Miller completed the required Navy V-12 course as well as all requirements for an A. B. Degree.

Special recognition was given to one of the civilian students, Ada Batchelor Stein of Rocky River, for special honors in speech.

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “Navy Fire Fighters,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 21, no. 4 (1943): p. 9.

Berea was visited by a disastrous $100,000 fire, one of the worst in its history, on Tuesday, October 5. Starting about 4 :30 in the afternoon from a rubbish pile at the rear of the Fisher Brothers grocery store, the fire spread rapidly to adjacent store buildings and apartments. Navy V-12 men under their efficient officers proved themselves heroic firefighters working along beside the firemen from Berea and neighboring villages.

When the flames were finally extinguished eight stores and contents were all but completely destroyed, together with all household effects of six families. The stores involved were: Art's Men's Shop, Berea Cash Market, Fisher Brothers, Milady's Dress Shop, Isaly's Dairy, Paul's Fruit Store, DeLuxe Tailor Shop, and Roy's Meat Market.

Varsity Song

Citation: Harold A. Speckmann, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1914), p. 137.

Here's to our Alma Mater dear,
Here's to Alumni true,
Here's to the Prof's, we all revere,
Here's to her Women, too,
Here's to her Men, who'll back her boasts,
Here's to traditions old;
Here's to her stately, classic Halls,
Here's to the Brown and Gold.
Oh ! Baldwin-Wallace College,
We come as children thine,
Bringing praise and glory,
To offer at thy shrine.
We're gathered here from far and near
To laud thy honored name.
May every deed throughout our lives
Lend lustre to thy fame.
May every deed throughout our lives
Lend lustre to thy fame.
Here is the kind of a life we live,
Full of its slams and knocks,
Full of its strolls out Bagley Road,
Down to the roaring Rocks.
Rah ! for the good old Monday Walks,
Rah! for the kindly Deans,
Rah! for every Co-ed fair;
That's what College means.
Here's to our valiant Varsity,
Here's to the games we've lost;
Here's to the games we've fought and won,
Here's to the price they've cost.
Here's to the Men who've coached the team,
Here's to the loyal Scrub.
Here's to the Men who've played the game,
Here's to the waiting Sub.

Vesper Recitals

Citation: William. G. Halley, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1918), p. 125.

Baldwin-Wallace College is very fortunate in having in its midst such a master of the art of organ playing as Mr. Albert Riemenschneider. In addition to playing an organ prelude almost every day in chapel, Mr. Riemenschneider has given almost one hundred vesper recitals, in sixty-two of which no numbers were repeated. A regular series of recitals is given by Mr. Riemenschneider on the second Sunday of each month. At intervals his advanced organ pupils have substituted for him at these recitals. The auditorium is always well filled not only by the B.-W. students and residents of Berea, but also by admirers from Cleveland and the surrounding vicinity.  

Virginia Witwer Nursery School

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “Our Nursery School,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 21, no. 4 (1943): p. 9.

The Virginia Witwer Nursery School is the youngest child of the growing Baldwin-Wallace family of departments. It was opened on September 7 at 118 Bagley Road with a session each morning, five days in the week, for children aged three to five. The departments of Home Economics and Education are cooperating in this work with Miss Witwer, the supervisor, and students at the college assist in the work as apprentice teachers. They serve for a period of eight weeks and receive college credit for this work.

Other students use the school as an observation laboratory in the study and evaluation of child behavior.

This new phase of work at Baldwin-Wallace keeps the college abreast of leading schools in this field.