Fall session opens Sept. 6
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – New Wofford College students needn’t worry about getting all that stuff they’ve packed into their cars, vans and trucks out and into their dorms come move-in day on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Swarms of helpers will take care of that.
The Orientation Staff of upperclassmen, along with some faculty and staff members will swoop down on the packed-to-the-gills vehicles, unload them in a flash and have the first-year students getting settled in before they can even think about getting homesick.
This Wofford tradition is the college’s way of saying “welcome.”
First-year students arrive on campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, while returning students arrive Saturday, Sept. 4, in preparation for fall semester classes to begin on Monday, Sept. 6.
The new arrivals will have a packed schedule during their first few days as Wofford students. Following check-in from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Campus Life Building, and move-in at their residences halls – Marsh, Greene and Carlisle along Campus Drive – they will attend a variety of orientation programs. The opening session will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of Main Building.
On Thursday, Sept. 2, new students will have a full day and evening of outdoor and other activities at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C., for the traditional Summit Orientation at Lake Summit. On Friday, Sept. 3, activities and meetings on campus and around the community continue, along with social activities.
Saturday morning (Sept. 4), returning students arrive on campus to move into their residence halls, and new students continue their orientation activities.
First-year students will participate Saturday in The Summit Adventures orientation programs designed to provide focused activities to acquaint students with their surroundings and their classmates, and to give them creative and stimulating outlets. This year, The Summit Adventures covers a wide range of activities, including a “home base” scavenger hunt; opportunities to learn about the culture and history of Spartanburg; an examination of Wofford’s “waste stream;” and an adventure on a different kind of stream – the Pigeon River in Tennessee. The evening will be capped off with a “Welcome Back” band party.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, the Class of 2014 will have its traditional group photograph taken on the front steps of Main Building before the Orientation Service of Worship and Blessing of the Class in Leonard Auditorium. Other social events follow, including the 13th annual Cosmic Bowling.
Classes begin on Monday, Sept. 6.
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. – All first-year resident students arrive on campus for check-in and move-in. The Commons, Campus Life Building (check-in), and Marsh, Greene and Carlisle Residence Halls
3 p.m. – All new commuting students check in. The Commons, Campus Life Building
3:30 p.m. – Opening session for first-year students and parents, with presentations by President Benjamin B. Dunlap and other senior administrative staff. Lawn of Main Building
6:30 p.m. – Picnic dinner for first-year students and parents. Lawn of Burwell Building
Other orientation meetings will occur throughout the day and after dinner as students meet with Residence Life staff and other groups. A First Night Social also is planned following dinner.
Thursday, Sept. 2 10 a.m. – First-year students depart for The Summit adventure orientation, Camp Greystone, Tuxedo, N.C. Campus Drive at Marsh, Greene and Carlisle Residence Halls
11 p.m. – Students return from Camp Greystone
Friday, Sept. 3 Academic advising throughout the day
2:30 p.m. – Class of 2014 Competition, recreational activities, Intramural Field and Disc Golf Course (meet on lawn of Main Building)
5:30 p.m. – Dinner with Humanities Groups, followed by a Class Social at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Glendale, S.C.
Saturday, Sept. 4
All day – The Summit Adventures orientation, on campus and surrounding Spartanburg community; orientation sessions and social activities planned for the evening, including a “Welcome Back” band party
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Returning students move into residence halls
Sunday, Sept. 5 11 a.m. – Class of 2014 Photograph, steps of Main Building, and Orientation Service of Worship and Blessing of the Class, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
A variety of orientation meetings and social events for first-year students will take place throughout the afternoon and evening.
Monday, Sept. 6 8:30 a.m. – Regular class schedule begins
Tuesday, Sept. 7 6 p.m. – The Novel Experience Town-and-Gown event for the Class of 2014. Begins in Leonard Auditorium, Main Building, where a lottery game will determine the local restaurant where each humanities section will go to eat, socialize and discuss the summer reading book, “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. (Otsuka will be on campus on Sept. 28 for a convocation and reading; see later listing.)
Wednesday, Sept. 8 12:20 p.m. – Blessing of the Books. Yorke Family Portico, Main Building
Friday, Sept. 10 11:30 p.m. – Constitution Day program. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Tuesday, Sept. 14 5 p.m. – Organization/Club Interest Fair and picnic dinner. Lawn of Burwell Building
Thursday, Sept. 16 11 a.m. – Opening Convocation. Bill Barnet, former mayor of Spartanburg and professor of civic engagement and leadership, speaker. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Friday, Sept. 17 2 p.m. – Wofford College Invitational Volleyball Tournament. Wofford vs. S.I.U. Edwardsville. Benjamin Johnson Arena, Campus Life Building
6 p.m. – Men’s soccer vs. USC Upstate. Snyder Field
Saturday, Sept. 18 7 p.m. – Wofford Terrier Football vs. Union College (Ky.). Gibbs Stadium. For tickets, call 864-597-4090.
Tuesday, Sept. 28 11 a.m. – The Novel Experience Convocation: Speaker, Julie Otsuka, author of “When the Emperor Was Divine,” the first-year summer reading. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building