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Wofford opens with larger faculty, enhanced programs

Monday, August 29, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As Wofford College students return to campus over the next week, they will find a larger faculty and enhanced academic programs, along with new and upgraded facilities.

The 2005-06 academic year begins on Monday, Sept. 5, as nearly 1,180 students, more than 320 of them freshmen, start classes. Before classes begin, first-year students have a full schedule of orientation meetings and activities.

Eight of 10 new professors being added to the Wofford faculty this academic year will begin their duties during the fall semester. The additions represent a 10 percent increase in faculty members and are part of Wofford’s ambitious plan to transform the academic experience for its students. “Increasing the size of the faculty creates new innovative learning opportunities that our students deserve,” says Dr. Dan Maultsby, dean of the college. “More professors mean faculty members can devote more time directing students in research and writing projects and leading internships and team projects. It also helps reduce the student to faculty ratio, which now stands at 12 to 1.”

Wofford is increasing the size of the faculty members through a number of avenues, including major gifts that provide funds for endowed chairs, professorships and scholarships.

Enhancements of Wofford’s academic programs, and the scheduling of numerous fine arts programs and performances, will enrich the student experience, says Maultsby. “We’re entering our second full year of our Chinese studies program. Foreign language is a pinnacle of excellence in Wofford’s programs, and providing the opportunity to study the language and culture of China further enhances the opportunities for our students as they get out into the world of business. It also is the second year for our innovative Success Initiative. This scholarship-supported student-led learning community reinforces the traditional liberal arts concepts of critical thinking, effective communications, knowledge of self and others, creativity and collaborative problem-solving. These students are participating in some extraordinary projects and will be doing some very exciting, innovative things using new technologies this year.”

In the fine arts, Wofford will offer a full schedule of theatrical and musical performances as well as hosting some of the country’s most well-known and respected authors and speakers. Most of these programs will be open to the public, and most will be free of charge.

A sampling of these programs include strings performances by nationally and internationally renowned artists, along with the Wofford Chamber Players; performances by Wofford Theater; readings and convocations; the Troubadour Series of guitar concerts; the World Film Series; the Cornbread and Sushi program in Southern literature; and other programs. (See the calendar below for details on these events.)

New and returning Wofford students will see some changes in the physical facilities on campus. The major project is the completion of a new 100-bed suite-style residence hall located on Evins Street, which will house upperclassmen. A new outdoor pavilion will be constructed during the fall semester near the new residence hall; it is expected to be ready for use by mid-year. Also, at the same time, the newly renovated west wing of Wofford’s historic Main Building is expected to be completed. During the second semester in spring 2006, students and faculty will be able to enjoy convocations and programs in the restored and improved Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

Here are some key dates as Wofford opens the academic year; orientation meetings and events are open only to the campus community unless otherwise indicated. Also listed are presentations and performances available to the campus community and the public during the fall semester:

Monday, Aug. 29 – First-year students attending The Summit adventure orientation arrive on campus.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, through Thursday, Sept. 1 – The Summit, Tuxedo, N.C.

Thursday, Sept. 1 – New resident students arrive, move into residence halls between 9 a.m. and noon. Opening orientation session, 3:45 p.m.; other orientation meetings and programs continue throughout the day in various locations for students and parents. Other on-campus social activities for students only will be held in the evening.

Also, opening of the exhibition of photographs by J. Frank Toms in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery; the show continues through Oct. 27, and the opening reception is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 2 – “Introduction to the Curriculum” begins at 8:30 a.m. with Dr. Dan Maultsby, dean of the college. Other orientation sessions and events occur throughout the day and evening.

Women’s soccer vs. High Point, 7 p.m. at Snyder Field.

Saturday, Sept. 3 – Residence halls open to returning students; this is when the majority of Wofford College students will move into their residence halls.

“Institutional Research” at 8:30 a.m. and “Wofford College: 151 Years” at 9:30 a.m. Other programs and activities throughout the day.

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Asheville, 1 p.m. at Snyder Field.

Wofford Terriers football vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. in Gibbs Stadium. For tickets, call 597-4090.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – Class of 2009 photograph, 9:30 a.m. on front steps of Main Building; Worship Service and Honor Code Ceremony, 10:30 a.m. on lawn of Main Building. Orientation Service of Worship, 10:45 a.m., Great Oaks Hall. Class of 2009 service project, 2-5 p.m., lawn of Main Building. Other activities throughout the day.

Monday, Sept. 5 – Regular classes begin, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Opening Convocation, 11 a.m. in Benjamin Johnson Arena, featuring guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Tim Aumen, chaplain at Wake Forest University and Wofford graduate; free and open to the public.

“The Novel Experience” first-year reading program “Town & Gown” program. All new students and their advisors will meet for dinner and a discussion of “Waiting” by Ha Jin. Restaurant assignments made at 6 p.m. in Benjamin Johnson Arena in the Campus Life Building. (Ha Jin will be on campus on Thursday, Sept. 22, for “The Novel Experience” Convocation at 11 a.m. as well as a reading at 7:30 p.m.)

Opening Troubadour Series concert, featuring guitarist Salome Sandoval, 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building; open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 9 – Men’s soccer vs. Lipscomb, 6 p.m. at Snyder Field.

Saturday, Sept. 10 – Strings Masterclass with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, 2-4 p.m. in McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building; free and open to the public.

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., between Gibbs Stadium and the Wofford Intramural Field.

Opening reception for photographer J. Frank Toms, 6 p.m. in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery; free and open to the public.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – Men’s soccer vs. Belmont, 1 p.m. at Snyder Field.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Cornbread and Sushi Southern Literature Lecture, featuring Jack Temple Kirby, 4 p.m., location to be announced; free and open to the public.

Open House for Wofford Theatre, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building; free and open to the public.

Volleyball vs. Western Carolina, 7 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 – World Film Series, “The Motorcycle Diaries,” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, $2 admission for non-students.

Friday, Sept. 16 – Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern, 3:30 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Volleyball vs. East Carolina, 7 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Saturday, Sept. 17 – Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern, 1 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Thursday, Sept. 22 – “The Novel Experience” Convocation, 11 a.m. in Benjamin Johnson Arena, with author Ha Jin; “Meet the Author” and reading with Jin, 7:30 p.m. in McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Troubadour Series concert featuring guitar duo Maccari-Pugliese, 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building; open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 23 – Wofford/adidas Invitational Soccer Tournament, Furman vs. Georgia Southern, 3:30 p.m., Snyder Field; Wofford vs. Cornell, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24 – Volleyball vs. College of Charleston, 2 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Sunday, Sept. 25 – Wofford/adidas Invitational Soccer Tournament, Cornell vs. Furman, 1 p.m., Snyder Field; Wofford vs. Georgia State, 3:30 p.m., Snyder Field.

Volleyball vs. The Citadel, 2 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – World Film Series, “The Chorus,” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, $2 admission for non-students.

Volleyball vs. Furman, 6 p.m., Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Thursday, Sept. 29 – Troubadour Series concert featuring pianist Ana Lourdes Rodriguez, 7:30 p.m., McMillan Theater; open to the public.