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Wofford to welcome largest first-year class of 450

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Senior Village features new apartments, The Mungo Center for Professional Excellence

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As Wofford’s largest incoming first-year class – nearly 450 students – giddily move into their residence halls soon, 390 seniors are just as eager to get back to campus and into The Village – apartment-style housing built especially for them.

That’s doubly true for the 80 seniors who will be the first to live in the new loft-style housing of The Village’s Phase V, opening this fall. In addition to the new housing on the top two floors, Phase V, located along Evins Street just off North Church Street, will house the college’s The Mungo Center for Professional Excellence as well as a grand galleria for student gatherings; a deli and market for students, faculty and staff alike to shop and eat; and new high-tech classrooms and meeting spaces.

In addition to the new construction, upgrades and renovations have taken place over the summer in other residence halls, including Shipp and DuPre for sophomores and juniors.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Monday, Sept. 5.

First-year students will move in from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, while returning students will move in from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3.

For first-year students, 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 students getting settled in before they can even think about becoming homesick.

This Wofford tradition is the college’s way of saying “welcome.”

New arrivals will have a packed schedule during their first few days as Wofford students. Following check-in and move-in, they will attend a variety of orientation programs. The opening session for first-year students will be held at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on the lawn of Main Building. That will be followed by other orientation meetings, academic advisor meetings, a picnic dinner, and social activities.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, new students will have a full day and evening of outdoor and other activities at The Summit at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C. They will leave campus at 11:30 a.m. and return late that night. On Friday, Sept. 2, activities and meetings on campus and around the community continue, along with social activities.

First-year students will participate Saturday, Sept. 3, 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. They can explore their creative side by participating in “Pulling Back the Curtain,” an exploration of the Wofford Spartanburg performance arts scenes, or the “Wet Paint Workshop,” an introduction to the visual arts, including several experimental exercises with art materials. Some students will have a real adventure on the Pigeon River in Tennessee. About 200 of them will participate in whitewater rafting and canopy ziplines in the Tennessee mountains.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. there will be a First Service of Worship and Blessing of the Class of 2015 in Leonard Auditorium, followed by a “Stop Hunger Now” Service and lunch at noon in Benjamin Johnson Arena. The traditional group class photograph will be taken at 5 p.m. on the steps of Main Building. Other social events will follow, including the 14th annual Cosmic Bowling.

Here are key events as Wofford opens the new academic year.

(For a full schedule of orientation events, go to

(For other events, check the Wofford Calendar at

Wednesday, Aug. 31:
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. – All first-year resident students arrive on campus for check-in and move-in. The Commons in the Campus Life Building (check-in), and Marsh and Greene 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

Thursday, Sept. 1:
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – First-year students participate in The Summit at Camp Greystone, Tuxedo, N.C. Departing on Campus Drive at Marsh and Greene Residence Halls

Friday, Sept. 2:
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Returning students move into residence halls

2:30 p.m. – Class of 2015 Competition, recreational activities. Mall of Main Building (Evins Street side)

6 p.m. – Luau. Lawn of Burwell Building

Saturday, Sept. 3:
All day – The Summit Adventures orientation, on campus and surrounding Spartanburg community; orientation sessions and social activities planned for the evening

9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Returning students move into residence halls

Sunday, Sept. 4:
11 a.m. – Class of 2015 Photograph. Steps of Main Building, followed by First Service of Worship and Blessing of the Class of 2015 in Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Noon – “Stop Hunger Now” Service and Lunch. Benjamin Johnson Arena 

Monday, Sept. 5:
8:30 a.m. – Regular class schedule begins

Tuesday, Sept. 6:
6 p.m. – The Novel Experience Town and Gown event for the Class of 2015. 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, “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden. Golden will be on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 27, for a convocation and reading.

Tuesday, Sept. 22:
11 a.m. – Opening Convocation. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building. Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, a national foundation that is working to end childhood hunger in America, will be the featured speaker.