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Charles Pettis – the forgotten physicist

Charles S. Pettis served on the Wofford faculty for some 34 years, but he’s almost part of a “lost generation” of professors. He arrived after long-time professors such as D. D. Wallace, Coleman Waller, John Clinkscales, and James A. Chiles, and was more of a contemporary of Kenneth Coates, John L. Salmon, and W. R. […]

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The First Catalogue

Over the past year, we’ve been trying to increase the number of items that are in the archives digital collection.  One of the college’s older documents is the 1855 College Catalogue, the first published by the college. The college catalogues contain most of the important information, including the names of all of the trustees, faculty […]

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Commencement 1922

I’m hoping to write about some of Wofford’s Commencement traditions this month.  I also like to share new things that come across my desk.  And I like to share old documents when I find them.  Today, you get a three-fer.  A new package of items archival arrived in my mailbox this afternoon.  One of the […]

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From the ROTC Files

Recently I asked my student assistant, senior history major Kit Candler, to look through the ROTC/Military Science Department files (a collection she had helped process) and locate some images for an online display. So, here’s a link to a Flickr gallery of some photographs and documents from the ROTC Papers. The gallery includes scans of […]

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Interim in recent years

The 1990s and 2000s saw continued change in Interim.  As the Cold War ended and Wofford’s programs abroad offerings increased, faculty and students began to travel to more places outside of Western Europe and the Caribbean.  In the early 1990s, travels to Russia and Eastern Europe became easier – though students had traveled to Czechoslovakia […]

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Interim in the Late 1980s

Interim continued to mature in the late 1980s, and although traditional classroom projects continued to dominate, internship opportunities increased. In addition to law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, and accounting, the opportunity to undertake internships in a congressional office became available. The bicentennial of the Constitution provided an opportunity for a number of inter-related projects in 1988.  […]

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Remember The Cowpens – 1968

One of the 1968 Interim projects deposited some of its materials in the college archives.  Here are some photos from the “Remember The Cowpens” project from that first Interim. Notice the snow on the ground – let’s just say that when they camped out on the Cowpens battlefield, these students really got to experience what […]

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Interim in the Late 1970s

By the late 1970s, Wofford’s faculty members had ten years of experience in planning Interim projects.  The process for considering and approving faculty and student proposals had been codified somewhat under assistant dean of the college Jerry Cogdell, who handled much of the administrative work of making Interim run smoothly. Over time, faculty members had […]

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Early Travel Interims

Last week, I shared some selections from the first Interim catalogue, from January 1968, when Wofford became one of the first colleges in the South, and apparently the first in the Carolinas, to move to the 4-1-4 schedule. The projects varied from those that focused on the classroom to those that used the world as […]

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Interim 1968

Wofford’s faculty and students have returned to campus today to start the Interim.  This year marks the 45th time that the college has devoted the month of January to these non-traditional projects.  After nearly half a century, Interim is as much a part of Wofford’s culture as Main Building. What was the first Interim like?  […]

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