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Wofford students, administrator participate in Sumner Symposium

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Three students and an administrator from Wofford College joined teams from 10 other institutions at the Charles Sumner School in Washington, D.C., April 26-27 for the Sumner Symposium. An activity of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Program for Health and Higher Education, the symposium is funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), Atlanta.

Attending were students Amelia Ruth Snider, Lauren Rae Dempsey and Sheldon Anthony Bates, along with associate dean of students and director of health services Beth Wallace.

By participating, Wofford served as a founding and charter member of the Sumner National Network. The Wofford team worked on a project that focused on a proactive approach to “The Wofford Way to Wellness” through freshman programs in the areas of residence life, orientation and academic life.

In the 2004-05 academic year, Wofford will organize an on-campus symposium modeled on the national Sumner Symposium. Teams will recruit involved students and host a forum in which they can share their work with other students, faculty, administrators, and members of the community.

“Only a handful of colleges were selected to participate in the symposium. Wofford’s selection allowed us to showcase our innovative freshman programs to other institutions of higher education,” says Dempsey, who recently graduated from Wofford.

Dempsey, an English major, was an Anna Todd Wofford Scholar, a dean’s list student, member and secretary of Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, member and president of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, member and president of the Teacher Education Student Society and editor-in-chief of the Bohemian yearbook. She also was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority. Parents: Chris and Candy Dempsey (1679 Kenbrook Trace, Acworth, GA 30101).

Snider is a class of 2005 history major. Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Snider (P.O. Box 425, Barnesville, MD 20838).

Bates, a member of the class of 2006, is a Charles E. Daniel Scholar and dean’s list student. Parents: Robert and Alexa Bates (22 Hunters Point, Lugoff, SC 29078).

David Burns, the director of this initiative, expressed his appreciation for the leadership that Wofford is bringing to this national effort. “Students possess exceptional power as well as the special knowledge and experience to help us find effective solutions to persistent and vexing health issues. We are pleased to be partnered with Wofford in focusing the intelligence and capacity of students, faculty, and academic leaders on some of the hardest problems of our time.”