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Wofford psychology facilities named for professor emeritus

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Dr. James Seegars, professor emeritus of psychology at Wofford College, was honored this week as the newly renovated facilities for the psychology department were dedicated in his name. The college’s Board of Trustees, along with students, professors, faculty members, staff and donors to the project were on hand for the dedication on Tuesday.

At the beginning of the Spring 2004 Semester, the department moved into new, carefully designed laboratories and classrooms on the second floor of the east wing of the Roger Milliken Science Center. This relocation marked the completion of the renovation and modernization of a 1960 building that has been incorporated into the new science center, winner of several major architectural awards and dedicated in 2000.

Dr. Alliston Reid, chairman of the psychology department, described the newly appointed department, which includes laboratories for the study of health psychology, behavioral processes, neurosciences, clinical and social psychology, and cognitive perception. The wing is specifically designed to serve the needs of psychology students, including laboratory and work areas designed for smaller groups and an animal facility that meets all national standards, increasing opportunities for grants.

Seegars was a member of the Wofford faculty from 1962 until his retirement in 1999, serving as chairman of the department for 37 years. As one of the first psychologists in the Spartanburg area, Seegars helped to establish Wofford’s psychology department and was a part-time mental heal practitioner in Spartanburg for many years. In 1997, he received the Davenport Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of the Piedmont.

Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, president of Wofford, praised Seegars for “expending himself on behalf of the college, his profession and, above all, the students.”

The facility is described as “one of the finest in the Southeast,” said Dr. David Wood, Wofford senior vice president.

For more information about the psychology department's new facilities, see this web site:
http://dept.wofford.edu/psychology/facilities/facilities.html.