The Parent’s Advisory Council (PAC) met for their winter meeting on Saturday, February 25. It was well attended by many new parents from all around the country. And, we said good bye to 44 parents of graduating Seniors (24 families). I mentioned before what a wonderful opportunity it is to serve on the PAC. We get a first-hand look at our wonderful Wofford with regards to the latest changes, projects soon to be underway and plans on the “drawing board.” It’s always inspiring to hear Bernie Dunlap and Dean Bigger talk about the students, classes and recognition of Wofford in the community, as well as around the country and world at large.
This has been a great year for Wofford in terms of fund raising, but as always, the need is great. I hope you all saw the article in the Princeton Review that placed Wofford on the highly regarded best value list. If you have not contributed to the annual fund as of yet, please consider it. I know we all take a deep breath when we write those tuition checks, but consider the opportunity provided to our children. No donation is too small.
We also had the opportunity to have lunch in the “infamous” Burwell!!!! Our kids might complain about the food, but Dan & I thought our lunch was fabulous. There were made to order omelets, salad bar, sandwich station, pizza and a variety of hot items. Aramark, the college Food Services company, is open to comments and suggestions so if your child has thoughts or complaints about the food, please encourage them to be specific and bring their concerns to the attention of Aramark but leave comments in stations available at each food operation on campus. If there is a specific diet need that is not being met, they need to speak up.
At the PAC meetings, we break into three committees for focused discussions on Student Life, Parent Relations and Student Recruitment and Retention, for afternoon discussions. Dan and I serve on the Recruitment and Retention Committee. We spent a long time talking about the value of a Wofford education and how we can expand that value beyond the Carolinas. As parents, we are one of the best advocates for Wofford. Those of us outside the Carolinas need to take a more active role with the local high schools and alumni that may be in our area to promote Wofford and see that more applications come from our areas, which in turn means a higher visibility throughout the nation, as well as the world with the incredible abroad programs. The Student Life Committee focused on day to day activities around campus that make life great for our students. The late night breakfast in Phase V has become very popular. The Parent Relations Committee discussed a number of topics, specifically a new Parents website, that I will discuss in detail in the next blog, and a new Spring Family Weekend that you will be hearing more about in the near future.
Our meeting day ended with a tour of the spectacular new Montgomery Music building. It was a treat to see the hub of activity there with students playing their guitars in the practice rooms and groups huddled around the piano singing. All these students are majoring in something other than music, as there is no music major at Wofford. Music is simply their passion, and now they have a haven to retreat from the rigors of studying.
Following the meeting, we had the opportunity to attend the packed house and watch Wofford beat Furman handily in basketball 67 – 52. The win earned Wofford a bye in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament. Unfortunately, the Terriers fell short in their quest to win a third straight Southern Conference Championship when they lost to Western Carolina in the conference tournament the following week.
Once again, it is always a pleasure to attend the PAC meetings and have an excuse to be on campus.