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Wofford College’s ‘Shining with Untarnished Honor’ ready for holiday giving

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – “Shining with Untarnished Honor,” an historical anthology of Wofford College’s first 150 years, is available for pre-orders and will be ready for purchase in time for holiday giving at Ben Wofford Books on campus and through the Hub City Writers Project, which partnered with the college on the publication.

The book, which takes its title from the translation of the college motto, “Intaminatis Fulget Honoribus (“Shining with Untarnished Honor”), includes 230 pages with several hundred photographs and illustrations, many in full color. Six sections, or chapters, correspond with each generation over the college’s history since its founding in 1854. It also includes an afterward by Wofford’s president, Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap. More than 70 writers contributed to the project, which was undertaken as part of the college’s sesquicentennial celebration last year.

The book is “not a traditional institutional history of Wofford College, but attempts to be a study of how a successful college has interacted with the world around it and, from time to time, changed it for the better,” says Dr. Doyle Boggs, one of the editors of the book and executive director of communications at Wofford.

“The founder (Benjamin Wofford), along with trustees and the administrative leaders of a college state its mission and set its vision, but the faculty gives the place its ethos and its personality,” Boggs says. The book is dedicated to Dr. Lewis P. Jones (Wofford College Class of 1938), whose association with the college has spanned four of Wofford’s six generations.

In addition to Boggs, the book was edited by JoAnn Mitchell Brasington (Class of 1989) and Dr. Phillip Stone (Class of 1994), Wofford’s archivist.

Mark Olencki (Class of 1975) was the designer of the book as well as having served as Wofford’s official photographer for many years.

The book contains generational essays along with a detailed chronology of the college’s history. It also includes listings of trustees, faculty and staff through the years.

With a suggested retail price of $29.95, “Shining with Untarnished Honor” is available for pre-order through the Hub City Writers Project Web site at www.hubcity.org or at Ben Wofford Books on the Wofford College campus. Pre-ordered books will arrive in time for Christmas giving, and Ben Wofford Books and other local bookstores will have them in the stores for the holidays. They also are available on Amazon.com and other electronic booksellers.

The Hub City Writers Project is a collaboration of local writers that has marshaled the talents of writers across South Carolina to create a series of books characterized by a strong sense of place. Its mission is to foster a sense of community, advance the careers of local writers and make Spartanburg a hub for the literary arts. The group has published more than 100 writers.