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Presidential inauguration, musical theater highlight April

Wofford calendar of events
Dr. Nayef Samhat
President Nayef H. Samhat
2014-03-21

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will install Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as president of the college during inauguration ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, on the lawn of Main Building. Other April events include a musical theater performance and a gallery showcasing student artwork.

These events are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Please check the online calendar at calendar.wofford.edu for frequent updates. For athletic events, please go to athletics.wofford.edu.

For more information, contact Laura Corbin at WoffordNews@Wofford.edu or 864-597-4180.

Tuesday, April 1
4-6 p.m.
Conference on Gender
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building

Selected students from area colleges present examples of excellent research on the topic of gender. Presentations are 10 minutes each, and are followed by dinner and discussion.

Wednesday, April 2, through Friday, April 4
Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building; Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

The 75th annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists will take place in Spartanburg, with events occurring at the Spartanburg Marriott as well as on Wofford’s campus, including evening plenaries in Leonard Auditorium, workshops in the Roger Milliken Science Center, and a reception in Great Oaks Hall. Subject areas are ASB include floristic and plant systematics, entomology, invertebrate zoology, community and population ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, microbiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, as well as scientific pedagogy.

Tuesday, April 15
7 p.m.
Musical Performance: “The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Redhead”
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
The soprano trio “The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Redhead” are three classically trained singers who perform a variety of musical genres. They are educators at either the high school or college level and have performed throughout South Carolina. Their concerts feature selections from Dvorak, Verdi, Mozart, Rogers and Hart, Sondheim and Lloyd Webber. These selections are chosen to appeal to a diverse audience from students and opera novices to the seasoned opera audience. Their concerts are performed in the Three Tenors-style, meaning that arias will be split into solo parts, with the trio singing the most climatic parts together. Leigha Pace, the blonde, is the director of Choral and Drama Activities at Union County High School. Cathy Siarris, the brunette, is a professional music teacher for the Lawson Academy at Converse College, Limestone College and Spartanburg Community College. Lisa Odom, the redhead, a professor of voice at Clemson University, has served on the music faculties of North Greenville University and Western Carolina University. All three women hold degrees from Converse College.

Wednesday, April 16
3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
World Film Series: “Remembrance”
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Inspired by actual events, “Remembrance” depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amid the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland in 1944. In a daring escape, Tomasz, a young Polish prisoner, rescues his Jewish lover, Hannah Silberstein. During the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died. More than 30 years later in New York City, the happily married woman Hannah believes to have seen her Tomasz in an interview on TV. She begins to search for him again. Director: Anna Justice; Germany, 2011: 105 mins; Language: German, English, Polish, Russian (English subtitles)

Wednesday, April 16
5-7 p.m.

Opening Reception: f5.0 -- Five Wofford Photographers/Five Perspectives
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
For 40 years or more, Wofford faculty members G.R. Davis, Terry Ferguson, Peter Schmunk and David Whisnant and campus photographer Mark Olencki all have been engaged seriously with photography as an artistic medium. As a corollary to travel and scientific investigation, as a serious avocation, as a profession, and certainly as a passion, photography has been a frequent, even daily, activity through most of their adult lives. Longtime friends and travel companions in various combinations, they have gathered photographs across the United States as well as in Europe, Africa and South America. For this exhibition, each photographer will display a group of images that focuses on a theme of his own choosing. The collection of works on view reveals the overlapping interests and individual perspectives of these five Wofford photographers. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the gallery.

Thursday, April 17
4-5:30 p.m.
Natives Tongues: International Poetry Reading
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

This event features Wofford community members reading their favorite poems in their original language (translations will be provided) and discussing them in English. The presentation will be followed by refreshments during which attendees will be able to further their discussion of the poems.

Monday, April 21
1 p.m.
Guest Lecture Series on Health Care Policy and Administration: “The Affordable Care Act and South Carolina”
Speaker, Tony Keck, S.C. director of Health and Human Services
Room 113, Michael S. Brown Village Center

Tony Keck, director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, will speak on “The Affordable Care Act and South Carolina” at 1 p.m. in the Michael S. Brown Village Center. The talk is part of the Guest Lecture Series on Health Care Policy and Administration.

Monday, April 21
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Guy Jacobsohn Mathematics Colloquium
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh, a 2006 Wofford graduate, will give a mathematics talk titled “Gaps Between Primes.” Prime numbers are the building blocks of the integers, and much thought has been given toward understanding their behavior. In this talk, Turnage-Butterbaugh will discuss some recent, exciting results on the distribution of the primes. In particular, she will illustrate how the recent work of Maynard and Tao settles an old problem of Erdõs and Turán. Refreshments will be served in Olin 205 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22
4-6 p.m.
Opening Reception, 4th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

Reception for an exhibition of the best student art produced over the past year. The exhibition will run from April 21 through May 9.

Wednesday, April 23
1 p.m.
Guest Lecture Series on Health Care Policy and Administration: “The Future of Medicine”
Speaker, Tim Yeatman
Room 113, Michael S. Brown Village Center

Dr. Tim Yeatman, president of the Gibbs Research Institute and director of Gibbs Cancer Center, will speak on “The Future of Medicine” at 1 p.m. in Room 113 of the Michael S. Brown Village Center. The talk is part of the Guest Lecture Series on Health Care Policy and Administration.

Wednesday, April 23
4-5 p.m.
Pregnancy Resource Forum
McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

A panel discussion about resources for pregnant women in the area who may be seeking information, assistance and alternatives to abortion. Sponsored by Catholic student groups at Wofford and Converse.

Friday, April 25
10-11:30 a.m.
Inauguration of President Nayef H. Samhat
Lawn of Main Building

Wofford College will install Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as president of the college during inauguration ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, on the lawn of Main Building. Wofford alumni and friends from around the country also will have an opportunity to view the inauguration online via live webcast (www.wofford.edu/inauguration). In addition, a live Twitter feed will run with congratulations and notes. Use #welcomenayef to participate. The college invites the community to a picnic luncheon on the grounds following the event.

Friday, April 25
1 p.m.
Series on Health Care Policy and Administration: “Health Care and Fiscal Responsibility”
Speaker, Paul Howard, Manhattan Institute senior fellow
Room 113, Michael S. Brown Village Center
Paul Howard, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress, will talk on “Health Care and Fiscal Responsibility” at 1 p.m. in Room 113 of the Michael S. Brown Village Center. The talk is part of the Guest Lecture Series on Health Care Policy and Administration.

Saturday, April 26
10 a.m.
Reading: John Lane, author, professor and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center
The Shi Center, Furman University; Swamp Rabbit Trail Walk
John Lane, Wofford professor, director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center and author, will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Younts Center at Furman University. He will do a reading of some of his works at 10 a.m. at The Shi Center at Furman and the Swamp Rabbit Trail Walk.

Saturday, April 26
6 p.m.
Reception and Induction Ceremony: South Carolina Academy of Authors
Younts Center, Furman University
John Lane, Wofford professor, director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center and author, will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

Wednesday, April 30
3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
World Film Series: “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea”
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Director: Thierry Binisti; France/Israel/Canada, 2011; 100 mins; language: French, Arabic, Hebrew (English subtitles). The film may not be appropriate for younger viewers. It may contain violence, nudity, sensuality, rough language, or contain or refer to drug use.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Through April 4
Selections from the Broadus R. Littlejohn Jr. Collection
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
In 2007, the Sandor Teszler Library began the acquisition of the diverse personal collection of historical manuscripts and archives, ephemera, books, objects, and textiles accrued by Broadus R. “Dick” Littlejohn Jr. In 2011 the whole of the collection was generously bequeathed to the Library, so that present and future students of Wofford College would benefit from the study and use of its contents and thus deepen not only their understanding of past events but also the human condition. The addition of the Littlejohn Collection to the library’s Special Collections adds to the legacy of the Littlejohn family at Wofford: in the early 1970s a room that holds special collections materials was named for Dick’s father, Broadus R. Littlejohn Sr., a 1917 graduate of Wofford College Fitting School. This exhibit features just a fraction of materials held in Mr. Littlejohn’s wide-ranging collection, including historical objects and facsimiles of precious manuscripts and ephemera.

Through April 4
Cats! By Southern Exposure
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

Southern Exposure is a group of mature artists from the upstate South Carolina area who have been exhibiting together for about 30 years. The organization is well recognized regionally for its works in both two and three dimensions. Practically every medium is represented in their work. The organization is made up of Carol Augthun, Jessica Barnes, David Benson, Amy Goldstein-Rice, Cynthia Link, Claire Miller Hopkins, Linda Hudgins, Mark Olencki, Sara Dame Setzer, Doris Turner, Ann Wenz, and David Zacharias. Most are represented in the exhibition.

Tuesday, April 15, through Sunday, June 1
Exhibition Julia Elizabeth Tolbert, Paintings and Drawings:2
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Julia Elizabeth Tolbert was a native of Ninety Six, S.C. She earned the M.A. from the University of Georgia, where she studied under Lamar Dodd. Throughout her life she worked variously in Athens, Ga.; several South Carolina locations; Cashiers, N.C.; and Syracuse, N.Y. Her active period was through the 1940s into the mid-1950s. Because she was not interested in selling her work or even showing it very much, except for a few museums, such as the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., and Atlanta’s (Ga.) High Museum, she is now unknown. In 2011, the Tolbert family donated nearly the entire life-work corpus of her art to Wofford College, including paintings in oil and watercolor, drawings, prints and ceramics. The first small group from the collection was presented to the public in 2012. This second group continues the college's effort to bring a worthy artist back to the public eye.

Wednesday, April 16, through Friday, May 30
f5.0 -- Five Wofford Photographers/Five Perspectives
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
For 40 years or more, Wofford faculty members G.R. Davis, Terry Ferguson, Peter Schmunk and David Whisnant and campus photographer Mark Olencki all have been engaged seriously with photography as an artistic medium. As a corollary to travel and scientific investigation, as a serious avocation, as a profession, and certainly as a passion, photography has been a frequent, even daily, activity through most of their adult lives. Longtime friends and travel companions in various combinations, they have gathered photographs across the United States as well as in Europe, Africa and South America. For this exhibition, each photographer will display a group of images that focuses on a theme of his own choosing. The collection of works on view reveals the overlapping interests and individual perspectives of these five Wofford photographers. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the gallery.

Monday, April 21, through Friday, May 9
4th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

An exhibition of the best student art produced over the past year, adjudicated by professor Teresa Prater of Converse College. An opening reception will be held on April 22 from 4-6 p.m. in Great Oaks Hall in the Roger Milliken Science Center.