Students studying outside the library

Wofford set to begin classes Sept. 2

First-year students move in held Aug. 28

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Members of the Orientation Staff, athletes, faculty and staff traditionally assist with moving in first-year students at Wofford.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The adventure begins this week for the Wofford College Class of 2017 as they move into their residence halls for the first time and participate in orientation activities.

Move-in for the new class was this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 28, with classes to start on Monday, Sept. 2.

As is Wofford’s tradition, first-year students were greeted by upperclassmen who are members of the Orientation Staff as well as Wofford athletes and members of the faculty and staff, who assisted with unloading vehicles and moving furniture, clothing and other belongings into rooms. 

While today has been filled with routine activities such as checking in, attending the opening orientation session, and meeting with advisers, the real orientation adventure starts on Thursday when members of the class participate in The Summit at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C. There, they will swim, canoe and have all sorts of other outdoor fun while getting acquainted with each other. 

On Friday, students will participate in a Field Day Competition at 2 p.m. on the front lawn of Main Building, pitting them against each other in everything from tug-of-war to water balloon fights. 

Then, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, Summit Adventures 2013 will provide them with fun, focused activities to acquaint them with their surroundings and their classmates and to give them creative and stimulating outlets. 

They will participate in one of several offered activities:
• Beach Volleyball Cookout – The Village on Wofford’s campus
• Day of Adventure at U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.
• Visit the historic Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.
• Creating with Clay – Lessons by Wofford professor Dr. Natalie Grinnell at the Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg
• Salsa Dancy/Zumba – fun, high-energy activities on campus
• Find and Design: A Wet Paint Workshop – Taught by Wofford professor Kris Neely, who will introduce students to opportunities for finding second-hand bargains and “upcycling” them into original art pieces
• Pull Back the Curtain – Led by the Theatre Department faculty, students will collaborate on an original piece to be performed during orientation.

On Sunday, things turn to a more serious issue as the first-year class prepares 25,000 packaged meals for families in Honduras during the Stop the Hunger Now service project. The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

In a Wofford town-and-gown tradition, on Tuesday (Sept. 3), the first-year class will meet at 6 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building for the restaurant selection games for The Novel Experience program. In The Novel Experience, students in the class read the same book over the summer – this year, it was “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Divakaruni – and meet with their Humanities Sections in downtown restaurants to discuss the work. The exercise also gives the students an opportunity to get to know the community better, and to illustrate the impact Wofford has on the surrounding area. Later in the semester, on Sept. 26, the author will be on campus for The Novel Experience Convocation (11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium), and select student essays about the book will be published in a book handed out at that event.

Opening Convocation, the official opening gathering of the campus community, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, in Leonard Auditorium. Wofford’s new president, Dr. Nayef F. Samhat, will address students, faculty and staff. The event is free and open to the public.

Here is the schedule of major events for the beginning of the fall semester:

Wednesday, Aug. 28
8:30-11 a.m. – New resident students check-in and begin moving into their residence halls. (Note that Campus Drive will be one-way from Church to Memorial Drive.)

Thursday, Aug. 29
11:30 a.m. – First-year students load buses for The Summit at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C.

Friday, Aug. 30
2 p.m. – Field Day Competition will be held on the front lawn of Main Building.

Saturday, Aug. 31
Noon – The Summit Adventures, in which first-year students participate in a variety of group activities.

Sunday, Sept. 1
1:30-4:15 p.m. – Stop Hunger Now Service Project. First-year students again will prepare 25,000 packaged meals for families in Honduras and other locations during the Stop the Hunger Now service project. This will be held in Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Monday, Sept. 2
8:30 a.m. – Fall classes begin

Tuesday, Sept. 3
6 p.m. – The Novel Experience restaurant selection event in Leonard Auditorium.

Thursday, Sept. 5
11 a.m. – Opening Convocation. Wofford’s new president, Dr. Nayef F. Samhat, will address members of the campus community.

Thursday, Sept. 26
11 a.m. – The Novel Experience Convocation. Author Chitra Divakaruni will address the campus community in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The public is invited to attend this free event.