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Wofford Plans Convocations, Special Events

Thursday, February 28, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College is planning a number of convocations and special events over the next couple of weeks. Here is a list:

Tuesday, Feb. 26—The Rev. Lyndon F. Harris, a Wofford alumnus and member of the clergy staff at Trinity Parish, Wall Street in New York City, will speak at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Saint Paul’s Chapel, where Harris is on staff, has served as a relief center for those working in the World Trade Center site at the edge of “Ground Zero.” Harris is a Th.D. candidate in theology at The General Theological Seminar, where he served as a tutor in theology for four years. He also taught theology at The George W. Mercer Jr. School of Theology and is a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation. He received a master of divinity degree from The School of Theology at The University of the South in 1990 and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Wofford in 1983. He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter, Gaia. (This event is free and open to the public.)

Wednesday, Feb. 27—James Cheek, one of Wofford College’s first African-American graduates and a local attorney, will be the featured speaker at the “Renew the Spirit” program, part of the campus Black History Month celebration. The program will be at 6:30 p.m. in the AAAS Room in the Burwell Building. (This event is free and open to the public.)

Thursday, Feb. 28—Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, will speak at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree during the event. Fuller’s leadership has helped forge Habitat for Humanity into a worldwide Christian housing ministry. Habitat volunteers have built homes with more than 120,000 families in need in nearly 3,000 communities worldwide. Habitat is at work in more than 80 countries. The international organization has grown to be one of the top house builders in the United States and the largest among non-profit organizations. More than 600,000 people now have safe, decent, affordable shelter because of Habitat’s work around the world. (This event is free and open to the public.)

Thursday, Feb. 28—Dr. George B.N. Ayittey, president of the Free Africa Foundation, will be a guest speaker of the department of economics. His talk will be at 3 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium. A native of Ghana, West Africa, Ayittey is Distinguished Economist in Residence at the American University in Washington , D.C. He started the Free Africa Foundation in 1993 to serve as a catalyst for reform in Africa. He has published four books and numerous articles on Africa and the Third World. (This event is open to the CAMPUS COMMUNITY only, but news media are invited to attend.)

Monday, March 4—Dr. Donald L. Winkelmann, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow will conduct a lecture on “Protecting the Environment in the Poorest Countries,” at 4:30 p.m. in the Olin Theater in the F.W. Olin Building. Winkelmann is the former chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, whose goals are to alleviate poverty and protect the environment in developing countries through improved agricultural technologies based on research. Winkelmann spent 10 years as director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, one of 16 international centers of the CGIAR. He also was director of the economic program at the center. (This event is free and open to the public.)

Thursday, March 7—Dr. Doug Rayner, associate professor of biology at Wofford, will hold a book signing for his newly published book, “A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina.” He co-authored the book with Richard Dwight Porcher, professor of biology and director of the herbarium at The Citadel. Rayner teaches botany, ecology and evolution. A native of Berlin, N.H., he holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. The book signing will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Acorn Café and Great Oaks Hall of the Roger Milliken Science Center at Wofford. (This event is free and open to the public.)

Monday, March 11—Dr. Michael Copps, a Wofford College alumnus and one of five members of the Federal Communications Commission, will speak in the Montgomery Room of the Burwell Building at 4:30 p.m. The FCC, the independent government agency that since 1934 has regulated interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable, is directed by five commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Wofford, Copps earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and served on the faculty at Loyola University of the South in New Orleans. In 1970, he moved to Washington to join the staff of Sen. Ernest Hollings, serving 12 years as chief of staff. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Commerce before accepting the FCC position. He is married to Elizabeth Catherine Miller Copps; they have five children and live in Alexandria, Va. (This event is open to the CAMPUS COMMUNITY and invited guests only, but news media are invited to attend.)

Tuesday, March 12—Violinist Ayako Yonetani will perform at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium. Yonetani performed in April 2001 at the inauguration of Wofford’s 10th president, Dr. Benjamin Dunlap. She will perform the world premiere of “Elegy,” a piece for violin and strings composed by Dr. Stella Sung. Yonetani will be accompanied by Evan Solomon. Yonetani, a native of Kobi, Japan, began violin studies at age 5 and had her solo debut in Tokyo at 10 after winning the Japan National Competition. Recently, her solo career has included appearances with the New Tokyo and Kosice State Philharmonic; the NHK, Gunma, Rio Hondo, Brevard and Okaloosa symphonies; and the Chamber Orcestra of Zilina (Slovak Republic). Solomon, who has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and internationally, recently served as official accompanist for the 200 Hannover International Violin Competition in Germany. (This event is free and open to the public.)