SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Victoria Biggers, a Wofford College junior, never knew the late Martha Cammack (Class of 2013), but that didn’t stop Biggers from creating a new green space on campus in Cammack’s memory.
Martha’s Garden will be dedicated during Homecoming Weekend with a special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. The new green space, which will be located beside Lesesne Hall on Evins Street, across from the Pavilion, will honor Cammack’s love of people and the environment.
Cammack passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2013, while visiting Wofford for Homecoming.
Other activities surrounding Homecoming weekend include the Black Alumni Summit, the Wofford Alumni Association awards presentations, Classes Without Quizzes, class reunions, the annual Terrier Ball, the annual downtown Street Party, participation in a day of service volunteering at Spartanburg Cleveland Park playground build, departmental drop-ins, the Terriers’ football game against Chattanooga, and other events. (See the full schedule below. Many events are open to Wofford alumni only while others are open to the general public. Ticket costs are noted, where appropriate.)
At the time of Cammack’s death, Biggers was a first-year student who had just been initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta, also Cammack’s sorority.
“I had never met Martha, but it was really hard for me to see the rest of the women of Theta grieving so hard from losing their friend. I wanted to be able to support my sisters, but I didn’t know how,” says Biggers.
The more she learned about Cammack, the more Biggers felt compelled to honor her.
“One of the reasons I came to Wofford is because the campus is so beautiful, it is absolutely gorgeous, but there’s not really a space to go that’s in nature,” says Biggers. “There are tables outside the library, a bench here or there besides academic buildings, but there’s not really a space that encompasses nature.”
Biggers connected with Ryann Kroske McCall (Class of 2013), a dear friend of Cammack’s. McCall works on campus as the marketing coordinator for Department of Alumni and Development. Cammack was a bridesmaid in her wedding, and McCall’s husband designed the plans for the garden.
“Victoria reached out to me, and I’m so thankful she did,” McCall says. “Since both my husband and I knew Martha personally, we have worked with Victoria to create a space that encompasses Martha’s personality.”
The two-year process to create Martha’s Garden has involved gaining project approval, designing the space and raising the funds to make the plans a reality. Biggers raised more than $22,000 for the project, including from Cammack’s family and friends.
“It’s amazing to see this project coming to fruition,” McCall says. “Despite the sadness of the situation, so much positivity has come about from this project. The widespread support and the opportunity to meet people who are willing to invest their time and money makes me especially grateful for the Wofford community.”
Biggers hopes that, following the completion of the project, the green space will be a popular gathering space on campus.
“The design plans are very much representative of Martha’s personality. The benches face each other so that people can sit together and interact. We want it to be a space that students can use, friends can use and classes can use,” says Biggers. “It isn’t that she was in Theta, or in RUF, or an environmental studies major. She was a Wofford student and was involved like all other students here, so I hope that the Wofford family can think of it as a Wofford space meant to memorialize a special woman.”
According to McCall, “The project speaks volumes, not only to the kind of person Martha was, but to the kind of person Victoria is.”
Here is a schedule of major events for Homecoming Weekend:
Friday, Oct 23:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Black Alumni Summit, Room 113, Michael S. Brown Village Center, featuring a reunion of the Gospel Choir. For information, contact Valerie Billy Sullivan (Class of 1987) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 p.m. – Chemistry Department Seminar featuring Dr. Dan Slade (Class of 2002), assistant professor of biochemistry at Virginia Tech, Room 326, Roger Milliken Science Center. Slade’s topic will be “Decoding the Role of our Microbiome in Health and Disease.”
3:30-5 p.m. – Moyers Men Practice, Montgomery Music Building. The Moyers Men will perform for the 50-Year Club dinner. Former members of Moyers Men or any Glee Club member during Sam Moyers’ time at Wofford may join the rehearsal.
3:30-5 p.m. – Classes Without Quizzes, various campus locations. Wofford faculty, staff and alumni will present courses on a variety of topics. Questions may be directed to 864-597-4185 or email@example.com.
7-11 p.m. – Terrier Ball and Class Reunions, Spartanburg Marriott, downtown Spartanburg. Silent and live auctions, food and drink. Music by Back 9. Tickets are $75.
Saturday, Oct. 24:
All Day – Wofford Service Day at Cleveland Park, Asheville Highway less than a mile from Wofford’s campus. The park has a rich history and soon will have the largest playground in Spartanburg, which will be constructed through a community build project that coincides with Wofford’s Homecoming. Jim Hipp (Class of 1973), the deputy administrator for Spartanburg County, has invited Wofford alumni and current students to participate. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a variety of jobs and may sign up to work any amount of time, based on their availability. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Marcia Murff at 864-494-1801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m. – Dedication of Martha’s Garden, green space across from the Pavilion, adjacent to Lesesne Hall on Evins Street.
10 a.m. – Dress Drive to benefit Guardian ad Litem, Shipp Hall Lounge. The sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta invite all Wofford women, including alumni, to donate their used formal gowns to Guardian ad Litem. Many young women in high school are unable to afford a prom dress, but your donation provides them a chance to have a new dress to wear. If there is not a sister on location to collect your dress, there will be a place for you to leave your contact information. For information, contact Elaine Donohue at email@example.com.
10:30 a.m. – Alumni Association Service Awards Presentation, Papadopoulos Room, Papadopoulos Building. The Wofford College Alumni Association will present its alumni service awards, sponsored by the WCAA Board. Award recipients will be Benjamin W. Ingram IV, Class of 2005 (Young Alumnus Award), Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, Class of 1979 (Distinguished Service Award) and the Northside Voyagers (Distinguished Citizen Award)
10:30 a.m.-noon – Department Drop-Ins. These departments have scheduled drop-ins: -Economics (Economics Suite, 3rd floor of Main Building (West)), Theatre (Tony White Theatre, Campus Life Building), Accounting, Business & Finance (Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 107), Chemistry (Chemistry Suite, Roger Milliken Science Center, Room 306) and Government (Daniel Building, Room 203)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Men’s Basketball “Black & Gold Game,” Benjamin Johnson Arena. Get the first look of the season at the two-time defending Southern Conference Champion basketball team as Coach Mike Young puts the Terriers through an open practice and intra-squad scrimmage before the football game.
11:30 a.m. – Adopt a Boston Terrier, Gibbs Stadium Plaza. Boston Terrier Rescue Team of the Carolinas will have several adoptable Boston Terriers looking for a new home. Visit http://www.bostonrescueteam.com for more information.
1:30 p.m. – Kick-off of Wofford vs. Chattanooga football game, Gibbs Stadium. Wear your old gold and black and come to Gibbs Stadium ready to cheer on your Terriers! Halftime will include the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and presentation of the men’s basketball team’s Southern Conference championship rings. All seats are reserved and are $27 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3-12). To purchase tickets, contact the Wofford Athletic Ticket Office at 864-597-4090.
6-10 p.m. – Street Party, Morgan Square, downtown Spartanburg. It’s back – come to Morgan Square for the 13th Annual Downtown Street Party! This is Wofford’s largest college-wide party. Entertainment will be provided by Sandy B and the Allstars. Drinks and snacks will be served and plenty of parking is available within walking distance. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online or at the door. Bring a photo ID.
6 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Mercer, Benjamin Johnson Arena. Come cheer on the Terrier volleyball team against the Mercer Bears. Admission is free.