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Keller Cogswell – the Wofford Man from Charleston

People around Wofford long ago used to wonder just how much Confederate money T. Keller Cogswell had buried in his back yard.   Why, you ask?  Well, Keller's family printed a lot of the Confederacy's money.  Walker, Evans, and Cogswell had existed in Charleston for over a hundred years when Keller became a vice president […]

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Thoughts about the Class of 1960

We had our annual opening convocation earlier today, where the faculty dress in academic regalia and we gather as a community to start the academic year.  Of course, classes started 10 days ago, but ceremonially, at least now we're under way for the 157th time.   And now that things are underway, we'll soon be […]

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Leonard Auditorium

For whom was Leonard Auditorium named?   That's a strange question to ask.  After all, Leonard Auditorium is undoubtedly the most important room on the Wofford campus.  It's the site of all campus convocations, the place where the portraits of former presidents hang, the auditorium for major concerts, for events that bring the community together. […]

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Alumni Judges

I’ve talked a lot in the past year about faculty of years past, of buildings on the campus, and about various student activities and ceremonies.  I haven’t written much about alumni.  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to highlight some noteworthy alumni who have distinguished themselves – and the college – in […]

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Little-known facts and factoids

My predecessor, Herbert Hucks Jr., of the class of 1934, served as a librarian and archivist at Wofford from 1947 to 1998, including 20 years as a part-time retired archivist.  He compiled a list of various "little-known facts" about Wofford.  I'll try to drop a few in every now and then, in the midst of […]

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Homecoming is one of those rituals of the fall with which we are all familiar.  Class reunions, football games, Homecoming queens, Homecoming dances, the ceremonies are similar from one college to another.  Homecoming at Wofford has evolved through the years, with different traditions being dropped or added as times change.  Before the 1960s, many class […]

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James C. Dozier, Wofford’s Medal of Honor recipient

General James C. Dozier served his country throughout his life, and the South Carolina National Guard was his true love. He joined the guard before he made it to college. Born in Horry County in February 1885 and joined Company H of the 1st Infantry Regiment of the South Carolina National Guard in 1905. Though much of […]

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Samuel Dibble: Wofford’s First Graduate

Wofford’s first graduate set the bar high for all of the men and women who followed him Samuel Dibble, who earned Wofford’s first bachelor’s degree on July 16, 1856, later became the first of ten Wofford alumni to serve in the United States Congress. A native of Charleston, Dibble was born on September 16, 1837. […]

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Carlisle Hall memories

Opened in 1912, the James H. Carlisle Memorial Hall was the college’s first large residence hall.  Before Carlisle Hall, most students had to find places to live off campus.  Fir the college’s first sixty years, students either lived in the village or they boarded with the professors who lived on campus (Imagine that – living […]

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Basketball sweater

Last month, an alum’s basketball letter sweater came home. Mrs. Ann Turner Bevalaque donated her father’s 1917 black and gold sweater to the archives.  Henry Grady Turner graduated from Wofford in 1917, and while at the college, he was a member of the Preston Literary Society and a three-year member of the basketball team.  The […]

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