Students studying outside the library

2008 Fall Update


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – First-year students won’t be the only ones arriving next week on Wofford College’s campus with giddy excitement for the start of the 2008-09 academic year. This year will mark the opening of the third phase of The Village apartment-style housing on Evins Street that will house all members of the Class of 2009.

Also, Wofford has an exciting new academic program, the Environmental Studies (ES) Program, which will operate both on Wofford’s campus and at the new Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center at Glendale, S.C.

As for the housing Village, it’s the best kind of neighborhood for a college senior – a place with a sense of community built around interesting residential architecture, front porches (complete with rockers), bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets, outdoor recreation and “hang out” places, college officials say.

The opening of the third phase means that the entire senior class now will be housed in The Village.

Each 1,200-foot apartment has four private bedrooms, two full baths, a full-sized kitchen, dining area with dinette and four chairs furnished, four kitchen bar stools furnished, a large front porch or balcony with one rocking chair per student furnished, electronic card key access, cable TV, high speed Internet, and telephone service for each student, spacious living/dining/kitchen area with chair rail and crown molding. Apartments are arranged in one-, two- and four-unit buildings.

The apartment option is available to seniors at no extra cost.

Seniors, along with juniors and sophomores, will arrive on campus on Friday, Aug. 29, for move-in day.

Before that, 416 first-year students will move onto campus on Tuesday, Aug. 26. They will check in from 8:30 a.m. to noon in The Commons in the Campus Life Building, and will move into their residence halls – Marsh and Greene – on the Campus Drive during those hours. A number of orientation meetings and sessions will be held on Tuesday, and then all first-year students will attend The Summit adventure orientation at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C., from Wednesday to Friday.

Classes begin on Monday, Sept. 1.

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 (but coverage is invited and can be arranged per the Editor’s Note above). Also listed are presentations and performances available to the campus community and the general public during September. (Please check the Wofford Web site – – for frequent updates).

Thursday, Aug. 21:

6 p.m. – 2nd Annual “Terrier FanFest.” Verandah parking lot, next to Gibbs Stadium. Free and open to the public. Fans can watch football, soccer and volleyball teams practice and tour the renovated Richardson Physical Activities building.

Tuesday, Aug. 26:

8:30 a.m.-noon – All first-year students arrive on campus for check-in and move-in. The Commons, Campus Life Building, and Marsh and Greene Residence Halls.

3 p.m. – Opening session for first-year students and parents, with presentations by President Benjamin B. Dunlap and other senior administrative staff. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building.

6 p.m. – Dinner for first-year students and parents. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Other orientation meetings will occur throughout the day and after dinner as students meet with Residence Life staff, their humanities sections and other groups. Coffee and an after-dinner First Night Social also are planned following dinner.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

9 a.m. – First-year students depart for The Summit adventure orientation, Camp Greystone, Tuxedo, N.C. Campus Drive at Marsh and Greene Residence Halls.

Thursday, Aug. 28:

The Summit and On-Campus Adventures orientation programs continue all day.

Friday, Aug. 29:

3 p.m. – First-year students Service Learning Program. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building.

Explanation of Class of 2012 Service Project: “What’s Your Issue?” – At Wofford, we want all students, faculty and staff to learn about the current issues that affect the health and well-being of our community. Students will gather for a 20-minute presentation by other students who have been highly involved in service learning and social justice activities. Then they will break into their PE sections in locations in Main Building to discuss an issue or idea that relates to service and social justice about which they are passionate.

Following dinner, students will meet with their humanities sections and peer leaders, followed by a band party (open to campus community only).

5 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Canisius. Snyder Field.

Saturday, Aug. 30:

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Back to School Picnic (Wofford community only). Liberty Trail.

6 p.m. – Tailgate for the Terriers. For Wofford students and their guests only. Student Lot, Gibbs Stadium.

7 p.m. – Wofford Terriers vs. Presbyterian (SC). Gibbs Stadium. For ticket information call 597-4090.

Sunday, Aug. 31:

A variety of meetings will take place throughout the day for first-year students during orientation.

10:45 a.m. – Class of 2012 photograph. Front steps of Main Building.

2 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. East Tennessee St. Snyder Field.

2:30 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Coastal Carolina.

Monday, Sept. 1:

8:30 a.m. – Regular class schedule begins.

Exhibits: Teszler Collection of Hungarian Paintings (Sandor Teszler Library Gallery) and Paintings by Nikki Caulk (Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery). Both exhibits run through Oct. 28.

Tuesday, Sept. 2:

6 p.m. – The Novel Experience. Town and Gown meeting of first-year students. Students, in their humanities sections, will go to local restaurants for dinner and discussion of Sheri Reynolds’ “A Gracious Plenty.” Leonard Auditorium.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

5:15 p.m. – Catholic Mass. Mickel Chapel.

6 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Southern Wesleyan. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Thursday, Sept. 4:

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. -- Blessing of the Books & Ice Cream Social. Yorke Family Portico.

7 p.m. – Troubadour Series Concert, featuring Ernest Tamayo. Leonard Auditorium.

9 p.m. – WAC Welcome Back Event (Wofford students and their guests only).

Friday, Sept. 5:

5 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. High Point.

7 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. South Carolina State. Snyder Field.

Sunday, Sept. 7:

2:30 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. James Madison. Snyder Field.

Thursday, Sept. 11:

11 a.m. -- Opening Convocation. Presentation of Sandor Teszler Award for Courage and Service to Humankind to guest speaker Vernon Baker, who also will receive an honorary degree. Baker, 89, is the only living African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor during World War II. He destroyed four German machine gun nests near Viareggio, Italy, killing nine enemy soldiers with a gun and hand grenades. Free and open to the public. Leonard Auditorium.

Friday, Sept. 12:

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Revolutionary War Symposium. Papadopoulos Building. For information, contact Charlie Gray, 864-597-4204,

Sunday, Sept. 14:

4 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Kennesaw State. Snyder Field.

Monday, Sept. 15:

6 p.m. – Civil War Roundtable. Montgomery Room, Burwell Building. For information contact Charlie Gray, 864-597-4204,

Tuesday, Sept. 16:

7 p.m. – Spiritual Cinema Circle. Leonard Auditorium.

Wednesday, Sept. 17:

8 a.m. – Liberty Fellowship: “Challenge of Leadership” Seminar. Open to Liberty Fellows only.

Thursday, Sept. 18:

8 a.m. – Liberty Fellowship: “Challenge of Leadership” Seminar. Open to Liberty Fellows only.

11 a.m. – The Novel Experience Convocation. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building. Sherri Reynolds, author of “A Gracious Plenty,” will speak. First-year students were assigned to read her book and write essays on a theme of the book; one essay from each humanities section will be selected, and those students will have lunch with Reynolds following the convocation. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 19:

8 a.m. – Liberty Fellowship: “Challenge of Leadership” Seminar. Open to Liberty Fellows only.

5:15 p.m. – Volleyball vs. The Citadel. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

7:30 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. USC Upstate. Snyder Field.

7:30 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Saturday, Sept. 20:

8 a.m. – Liberty Fellowship: “Challenge of Leadership” Seminar. Open to Liberty Fellows only.

1 p.m. -- Volleyball vs. Coastal Carolina. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

3 p.m. – Volleyball vs. North Carolina Central. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Sunday, Sept. 21:

8 a.m. – Liberty Fellowship: “Challenge of Leadership” Seminar. Open to Liberty Fellows only.

3:30 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Georgia State. Snyder Field.

Thursday, Sept. 25:

12-1 p.m. – Communion & A Simple Meal. Mickel Chapel.

Friday, Sept. 26:

6 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Georgia Southern. Snyder Field.

7 p.m. – Volleyball vs. College of Charleston. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Saturday, Sept. 27:

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – High School Quiz Bowl Tournament. Open to public. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building.

1-6 p.m. – Girl Scouts Sports Day at Wofford III.

6 p.m. – Volleyball vs. The Citadel. Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Sunday, Sept. 28:

2 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Davidson. Snyder Field.