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Wofford Students Selected for Lilly Foundation Conference

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Two Wofford College rising seniors, Allyn Steele of Cleveland, N.C., and Jeff Labban of Columbia, S.C., will represent the college in June at a Lilly Foundation conference aimed at students who are considering careers in church-related higher education.

The conference will be held June 16-19 at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., for students from Lilly Network Schools in the Southeast. In addition to Wofford, the network includes Belmont Abbey College, Berea College, Columbia College, Davidson College, Eastern Mennonite University, Furman University, Georgetown College, Loyola College, Presbyterian College, Roanoke College, Rhodes College and University of the South.

Steele, who recently was named the 19th Presidential International Scholar at Wofford, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Steele of Cleveland, N.C. He is a history major and a Charles E. Daniel Scholar. He is a dean’s list student and is a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, Twin Towers student volunteer organization, and assistant editor of The Journal literary publication.

He studied in Thailand at the Council for International Educational Exchange and the Research and Development Institute of Khon Kaen University during the fall of 2002. He also studied abroad, in London and Ireland, during Interim 2002. During the summer of 2002, he worked at the Center for Talented Youth Summer Program of Johns Hopkins University, Siena College site, in New York.

Steele also is a member of the Wofford Singers, the Wofford Men (an a cappella group), is a Wofford Ambassador, a Wofford Scholar, and a member of the Women’s History Month Committee. He plays intramural soccer and is lead singer, violinist and writer in a contemporary folk-rock band called The Chinese Cowboys.

Labban, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Labban of Columbia, is a psychology major who is completing his thesis and will be doing an honors thesis beginning in the fall. A dean’s list student, he was a preceptor in one of Wofford’s learning communities in the fall of 2002, “Reality’s Dark Dream: Madness in Literature.” He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities. The program consists of two distinct but integrated program initiatives: 1) A national network of church-related institutions of higher learning as a forum for sustaining discussions of Christian understandings of the nature of the academic vocation; and 2) A postdoctoral teaching fellowship program that allows several young scholars the opportunity to renew and deepen their sense of vocation and enrich their postdoctoral intellectual and spiritual lives in preparation for careers at church-related institutions.