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Wofford College Holds Spring Honors Convocation May 7

May 6, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College will hold its Spring Honors Convocation on Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium. The event will include the announcement of the 18th Presidential International Scholar and the welcoming home of the 17th Scholar, Allyson Gibson. In addition, major academic and other awards will be presented.

The scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford’s president as “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.” An anonymous donor funds the scholarship. The scholar spends his or her senior year traveling the world conducting research, returning for a fifth year to complete regular coursework and sharing what was learned during the travels.

Traditionally, the Presidential International Scholar has been announced in the fall. At the request of the donor, the announcement will be made at the Spring Honors Convocation in May of each year, where the returning scholar will be welcomed home and the new scholar will be named. This provides the new scholar with the entire summer to prepare his or her project and to make travel arrangements before departing in the fall. The scholar will return in the spring of 2003.

Allyson Gibson, a senior from The Woodlands, Tex., will be welcomed home from her academic year of travel as the 17th Presidential International Scholar. “ ‘What have you learned’ is too difficult a question to answer about my experiences traveling through Thailand, South Africa, South America and beyond,” Gibson said, “because this whole experience has been one of discovering and learning, and I hope to continue understanding my trip for the rest of my life. I learned about people, music, culture, food, customs, social problems, globalization, religion, art. Basically, fill in the blank, and I have probably learned about it.” Her studies centered on indigenous music and changes to it resulting from globalization.