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Wofford bloggers included in Chicago Tribune article

January 17, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College’s student blogs were included in a feature article published this week in the Chicago Tribune. The article, in a special “Education Today” section, titled “College blogs click ... as a marketing tool,” appeared in Sunday, Jan. 15, editions and quotes Jenni Lister, a Wofford admission counselor.

The reporter, Leslie Levine, wrote:

“Students usually are approached by the administration to become bloggers. Hannah Dinnen, a freshman at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., was contacted a week before orientation by a representative from the admission office. ‘Based on her application, Hannah seemed really excited about college,’ said Jenni Lister, admission counselor. ‘We had a good sense of what she would contribute to and take away from her experience.’”

The article included links to blogs by Dinnen, a freshman from Cincinnati; and Wofford blogger Wes Strawn, a freshman from Greenwood, S.C. Other Wofford bloggers are Achini Bandara, a freshman from Sri Lanka; Kyle Horne, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla.; Doug Thie, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C.; and Anya Young, a senior from North Augusta, S.C. Also blogging are Julius Richardson, a senior from Kingstree, S.C., who recently returned from studying abroad in Italy; Russ Sandifer, a junior from Columbia, S.C., who is traveling abroad as Wofford’s Presidential International Scholar; and Lister. Meredith Smith, a junior from Mount Pleasant, S.C., will begin blogging from Copenhagen during the spring semester.

“These student blogs provide prospective students an ‘insider’s view’ at what life at Wofford College is like,” says Brand Stille, director of admission. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to do when we are recruiting students, helping them get a better understanding of how they might contribute and fit into the Wofford community.”