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Wofford celebrates Homecoming 2012 this weekend

College connects with community with reunions, street party, more

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2012-10-23

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Homecoming Weekend 2012 at Wofford College will bring new improved schedule changes, with the Terrier Ball occurring Friday night and the downtown Street Party immediately following the game on Saturday. “Get Back to Your Roots” is the theme of weekend, full of opportunities to revisit memories and reconnect with the Wofford family of alumni, fans and friends.

The activities emphasize the continued town-and-gown relationship of Wofford and the city of Spartanburg. This is the 10th year the college has celebrated the partnership with the Spartanburg community by taking Homecoming activities downtown.

“The city of Spartanburg always welcomes our alumni, and those who have been away from the area are amazed at the growth of the downtown and the beauty of Morgan Square area,” says Debbi Thompson, director of alumni and parenting programs. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the downtown area to our returning alumni and cultivate the community feeling beyond the college gates.”

Friday afternoon, alumni will be able to attend the popular “Classes without Quizzes: Wofford’s Mini Alumni College,” giving them the opportunity to explore a variety of topics with college faculty and staff. Course offerings include “The Dark Knight Dominates: Why Batman is America’s Most Popular Superhero,” “Obamacare and Healthcare Reform in America” and “The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination: Preparing for the Onslaught.”

This year, various class reunions will be held on Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the Terrier Ball in Benjamin Johnson Arena. For all others, the 13th annual Terrier Ball will begin at 7:30 in the arena. The event will feature music and dancing to the sounds of Too Much Silvia, food and silent auction bidding to support scholarships for Wofford student-athletes. Tickets are $50 per person and items for sale can be viewed at terrierclub.wofford.edu.

Saturday’s activities include a dedication of Wofford Village houses in memory of Dr. John C. Cobb, Dr. H. Donald Dobbs and Dr. Lewis P. Jones on the green behind the Michael S. Brown Village Center. Friends and alumni are encouraged to attend. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a book signing on the lawn of Main Building. Various Wofford faculty members, including Dr. Doyle Boggs, the Rev. Dr. Talmage Skinner and John Lane will be available to sign their books, which also will be available for purchase.

The “State of the College” address by President Benjamin B. Dunlap and the presentation of the Wofford National Alumni Association Awards will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. James Meadors (Class of 1981) will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Former “voice of Wofford Terriers athletics” Bill Drake will be presented the Distinguished Citizen Award. Sam Clowney (Class of 2001) will be recognized as Young Alumnus of the Year. The program is free and open to the public.

The Terriers kick off their football game against The Citadel in the Beacon Iced Tea Bowl VIII at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Gibbs Stadium, featuring the crowning of Homecoming Queen at halftime. Tickets are $27 for adults and $12 per child; for ticket information contact Shelby Taylor in the athletic ticket office at 864-597-4090.

Wofford alumni and friends are invited to attend the 10th annual Wofford Downtown Street Party in Morgan Square, immediately following the football game on Saturday. Expected to be the best street party yet, the event will feature music from the popular band Root Doctors as well as drinks and snacks. Tickets are $10 per person and attendees are asked to bring an ID.

Here is the schedule of Homecoming 2012 activities open to the public (unless otherwise indicated):
Ben Wofford Books, Wofford’s campus bookstore on North Church Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Friday, Oct. 26
7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. – 13th Annual Terrier Ball, Benjamin Johnson Arena. Tickets are $50; dress is casual. For tickets, call 864-597-4090.

Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. – Village Houses Dedication, green behind Michael S. Brown Village Center. Alumni and friends are invited to attend.

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Wofford faculty book signing, front lawn of Main Building. Authors will have books for sale and will be available for autographs.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “State of the College Address” by President Benjamin B. Dunlap. National Alumni Association awards presentation. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building.

1:30 p.m. –  Wofford Terriers vs. The Citadel, Gibbs Stadium. Cost is $27 per person; children $12. Call 864-597-4090 for ticket information.

Immediately following football game – 10th Annual Downtown Street Party, Morgan Square, downtown Spartanburg. (OPEN TO WOFFORD COMMUNITY ONLY).