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Mom Helms

A house mother? That term might sound very quaint, or even archaic, to students today. The idea that an older woman, older than your mom, would be living in an apartment in your residence hall, would supervise or be a part of dorm life, seems a little strange. In fact, I’m not sure students today […]

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The Chronicles of Zerrachaboam

A recent e-mail message led to a new acquisition this week for the archives – a typed copy of The Chronicles of Zerrachaboam, a piece of political satire written in 1954 by the late Professor Lewis P. Jones.   Dr. Jones was a scholar of many things, particularly South Carolina history, and even more particularly […]

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Faculty, 1960

Here's another group photo from the 1960 Bohemian of some faculty of that era. See if you can identify any of them.  This appears to be in the Wightman Hall dining room or canteen.  Note the cigarettes to go with the coffee!

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Name this member of the Class of 1960

At graduation this year, the class of 1960 will hold its fifty-year reunion. Here are some photos from the 1960 Bohemian – today, I'm putting up a few pictures of faculty members and staff members. See if you know who some of them are. This administrator was already working at the college when he earned […]

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The Faculty Club

Many colleges and universities have a faculty club.  Often it’s a building on campus that operates somewhat like a clubhouse, with a dining room for the faculty and their guests, lounges, sitting areas, and other amenities.  Wofford hasn’t ever had a faculty house or club like that, but for a number of years, the faculty […]

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Dr. Charlie – the gentleman-historian

Wofford’s history department has a century-long tradition of teaching and writing about South Carolina history.  The first professional historian to teach history at Wofford, David Duncan Wallace of the class of 1894, went on to earn a PhD in history at Vanderbilt before returing to Wofford in 1899.  He remained as a historian at Wofford […]

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Dean Covington

Can anything good come out of Moultrie? If you know anything about Dean Philip Stanhope Sheffield Covington, you don’t have to ask.  Born in Moultrie, Georgia, Philip Covington graduated from Emory University in 1934 and embarked upon the study of law.  He practiced law for three years in Georgia before deciding to pursue teaching and […]

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The Faculty, the late 1860s version

One of the rituals surrounding the start of each academic year is opening convocation.  For a good number of years, this has been a full-dress convocation, with faculty, librarians, and administrators processing in academic regalia.   One of the rituals that we have observed in more years than not is the annual photo on the […]

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Bishop A. Coke Smith

Alexander Coke Smith may not have been the greatest pulpit orator since Paul, but he must have been pretty good, because within two years of his graduation from Wofford, he had been assigned to Washington Street Methodist Church in Columbia

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John G. Clinkscales: The Mathematician-Politician

Say,did you hear the one about the math professor who ran for governor?   That sounds like a joke, but in the case of Dr. John G. Clinkscales, it’s a true story.  In 1914, running on a platform of compulsory public education, Clinkscales won some 40,000 votes and placed fourth in the race.  That may not sound like much […]

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