Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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ACU celebrates a 6Beulah-full, da She was a calendar girl, sharing the cover of the ACU calendar with Mrs. Don H. Morris, former first lady of ACU. She was on TV and in newspapers, and was the oldest living ACU alumna. Her name was Beulah Cain Arvin, and she was 101 years old. Originally, the idea of presenting the school's oldest living alumnus was intend- ed to be a highlight of the 75th Anniver- sary celebration. But Beulah was such a hit on campus that she was recognized again on Nov. 24, 1981, her l0lst birthday. Norman Archibald, associate dean of students, directed the birthday celebration. As he outlined the details for the second "Beulah bash," Archibald said that the celebration required a great deal of plan- ning and the help of many people, but the excitement of the day and the fun of being around Beulah rewarded those involved for their efforts. "She is probably the most unique woman that I've ever met - to know all these facts and to remember all these events like they just happened yesterday," Archibald said. "She is really neat, and she was a lot of fun to be around." With Abilene media representatives in attendance, the celebration began in Chapel as the Big Purple marched in, play- ing "March Grandiosof' The student body responded with a standing ovation and enthusiastic cheers. Lights and cameras framed the stage, 52 Beulah Cain Arvin which was filled with school dignitaries bearing gifts for the honoree. And graciously, amid fanfare worthy of any Broadway opening, Beulah's hanky - her symbol to ACU students - began to flut- ter. From the audience, a few responded by waving tissues. An enormous cake, complete with lOl candles, was wheeled in. Gifts from ACU included a stuffed bear with "Number 1" on it and a plant. Several birthday cards from students were read aloud. One card, which won great approval from students, suggested that Beulah meet the writer's great- grandfather, if she didn't mind younger men - he was 99. Following the ceremony, a balloon- covered golf cart, driven by Courtney Con- nell, a senior from Sweetwater, whisked the birthday girl off to her reception. After Beulah was helped into the sporty cart, she was driven down the center aisle of Moody Coliseum. She didn't even seem alarmed at the quick take-off. From the continual cheering of the crowd, it seemed that Beulah was their sweetheart. "She didnlt know until she got in the golf cart that she was going to ride in it," Archibald said. "Her great-niece told me that if she knew, she might tell everybody that she wanted to walk." Archibald continued, "So I didn't give her a chance. They brought her from the stage, and she climbed up in that thing just like we had planned. She's spunky - quick mind." Beulah was the guest of honor 2 luncheon for her family and special fri: where Vice President Robert D. Hu read more birthday cards. Archibald said he was pleased with the really sincere things our students cz up with." ACU gave Beulah a photo album, wl contained photographs of her various cj pus visits, and a music box that playedl alma mater. For a student body that had bect sated with "uncommon" events previous year, the response to the day surprisingly warm. An unconscious grin curled across face of freshman Sue Christmas as reflected on the big day. The descriptio her feelings about Beulah showed typical wonder at Mrs. Arvin's longevit She said the real fascination Beulah was that she "represents what ' be. She's special because she was hex the beginning." . Did Sue think all of the celebration justified? "Definitely," she said. - Amy Hatf This page: President William J. Tet congratulates Beulah Cain Arvin. posite page: Mrs. Arvin celebrates l0lst birthday with her ACUfamily.

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