Professor giving a lecture to students in old main

Wofford College students to return to new look on campus

August 30, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College students returning to campus in September will find a decidedly different look in some of the more familiar hang outs. Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 6.

Major renovations have been completed in the Burwell Dining Hall and the Andrews Field House, while in the Campus Life Building construction is under way to make it a center of social activity on campus. In addition, the campus bookstore will be relocated, and construction has begun on a new residence hall.

“Our students will be greeted with some exciting, dazzling improvements on campus,” says Dr. David S. Wood, Wofford’s senior vice president. “Burwell, where they spend a lot of their time, has been transformed. Sororities and other student groups will have a wonderful new area in Andrews Field House, and later this fall, the bookstore will be moved to the former Wayside Garden Florist building on North Church Street, where it will provide more opportunities for our students and the public. Also, the Campus Life Building will shine with a new food court and other changes, and a new dorm will come in the fall of 2005.”

Wood noted that work on renovations to Wofford’s historic Main Building and its Leonard Auditorium will begin in December, following the end of the fall semester.

In the upstairs of the Burwell Building, students will find a more open, inviting food service and preparation area. “This is an area where students spend a lot of time, and now they will find it to be a tremendous improvement,” Wood says. “The service area was gutted and we have installed a completely new program of presentation and cooking, where food will be prepared in front of the students.”

In the Andrews Field House, there are six offices/small conference rooms, along with storage areas, a large meeting room and a catering kitchen. “We have really taken a sow’s ear and made a silk purse,” Wood says of the 1930s building that also houses the Campus Safety Department.

As students return to Wofford’s campus, they also will find numerous activities to keep them busy.

Here are some other key events surrounding the opening of the 2004-05 academic year at Wofford:

Tuesday, Aug. 31 – First-year students attending The Summit adventure orientation arrive on campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 3 – The Summit, Tuxedo, N.C.

Friday, Sept. 3 – New resident students arrive on campus beginning at 9 a.m., move into residence halls. Opening orientation session, 3 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building; other orientation meetings continue throughout the day in various locations. Other on-campus social activities for students only will be held in the evening.

Saturday, Sept. 4 – “Introduction to the Curriculum” and “Wofford College: 150 Years,” orientation sessions, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Leonard Auditorium. Other meetings take place throughout the day in various locations.

Sunday, Sept. 5 – Class of 2008 photograph, 10:50 a.m., front steps of Main Building; worship service, 11 a.m.; other orientation meetings continue throughout the day in various locations.

Monday, Sept. 6 – Regular classes begin, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 7 – “Ultimate Road Trip for All First Year Students,” orientation session, 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

“The Novel Experience” freshman reading program. All new students and their advisors will meet for dinner and a discussion of “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. Restaurant assignments made at 6 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium. (Orson Scott Card will be on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for “The Novel Experience” Convocation at 11 a.m. as well as a reading at 7:30 p.m., both in Leonard Auditorium.)

Thursday, Sept. 9 – Faculty photograph, 10:30 a.m., front steps of Main Building.

Opening Convocation. Special speaker scheduled, to be announced. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building. (Public is invited to attend this free event.)

Interest, Religious Life and Community Service Fair. 5 p.m., front lawn of Main Building.

Sunday, Sept. 12 – Worship Service. 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 18 – College Fest 2004, featuring Nappy Roots and Sister Hazel. 6-11 p.m., Barnet Park. Tickets for students at the six College Town colleges in Spartanburg are available on the individual campuses. Tickets to the general public are $20 and are available through Ticketmaster and at Spartanburg Ticketmaster locations. All tickets at the door are $20. (Rain location is Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.)

Thursday, Sept. 28 – Class of 2008 Convocation: “The Novel Experience.” Speaker, Orson Scott Card, author of “Ender’s Game.” 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium. Meet the Author, Orson Scott Card, time TBA, Leonard Auditorium. (Public is invited to attend both of these free programs.)