“Roughly a quarter of our students organize and underwrite the Row as a safe and central gathering space for all—contributing to our social environment in a way comparable to the Wofford Village, but altogether student-led. It deserves our fervent support.” – Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap President of the College
Fraternities are a historic and indelible component of the social fabric and culture of Wofford College, nurturing ideals of brotherhood, leadership, philanthropy, fellowship, scholarship, integrity, and loyalty for over a century. They have played an integral role in the cultivation of young men who exemplify honor and intelligence. With your help, we can continue this illustrious tradition.
In 2011, over 20% of Wofford’s students were members of one of the six IFC fraternities on campus. Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Nu collectively welcomed 87 new members last year. Greeks have been well represented in student government, including the three most recent Campus Union Presidents. In addition, 15 of the 31 members of the Board of Trustees are also members of Greek-letter organizations.
During the 2010-2011 academic year members of the Greek community at Wofford raised over $87,000 for their philanthropies and performed more than 10,000 hours of service. They also took strides in helping to institute cultural change in recruitment methods by implementing a dry recruitment period.
In 1956, the “Horseshoe of Fortune,” as it was dubbed in an article written in the Wofford College Journal in 1955, was first opened. It was “a hopeful vision for Wofford fraternities.” In the 56 years since then, some 5,000 students have assembled in the current houses at Fraternity Row.
As Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean Roberta Bigger put it, “These small 1,400+ square foot buildings and their back decks have outlasted more activity than any architect could have imagined in 1955 when they were originally designed. I wonder if President Gaines and Dean Logan had any idea of the number of meetings, ceremonies, band parties and fraternity cheers would take place at what we now call ‘the Row’.” The need for renovation and reconstruction of the Row is evident, and the time is now.
The Row project will include construction of seven new houses, which will reside in the same location as the current structures, preserving the history of this social area. Each of the seven single-story brick houses will be 4,500 square feet, with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, including a large indoor social hall, a gate outdoor patio, interior and exterior storage spaces, an indoor kitchen area, a covered patio area, a covered outdoor stage, and men's and women's restrooms. As with the current houses, there will be no residential component. Dean Bigger says the students are excited about the plans to build seven new houses that will “be built to handle the demands of 21st century Greek-letter organizations as well as their social events.”
This $3.25 million project provides a unique opportunity for fraternity members to give back to their brotherhood, and offers Wofford parents and friends the chance to enhance student social life. Dean Bigger can attest to the importance of students developing an active social life. “At Wofford we have found that many students choose Greek life to make friends. Greek alumni confirm that many of their fraternity and sorority members have become lifelong friends…It is only fitting that Wofford has the facilities to support its award winning programs and services.” You can make an impact on the development of students at Wofford for decades to come with a financial commitment to this project.