Wilmington College (Ohio)

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Wilmington College
College Hall
College Hall
Motto Non saltu sed multis gradibus (Latin)
Motto in English Not by a leap, but by many steps.
Established 1870
Type Private
Religious affiliation Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)[1]
President James Reynolds[2]
Provost Erika Goodwin, Academic Affairs
Dean Sigrid Solomon[3]
Students 1,093
Postgraduates 50
Other students 213 (Cincinnati Branches)
Location Wilmington, Ohio, United States
Campus Rural
Colors           Green and White
Athletics 18 varsity teams (9 men's, 9 women's)
Sports NCAA Division III, Ohio Athletic Conference
Nickname Fightin' Quakers
Mascot Quaker Man
Affiliations NCAHLC
Website www.wilmington.edu

Wilmington College is a private career-oriented liberal arts institution established by Quakers in 1870 in Wilmington, Ohio, United States.[4] The college is accredited by the North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission (in Chicago).[5]
Wilmington College is known for its Agriculture program (one of only two in Ohio), its Athletic Training program, and its Education program.
As of fall 2014, there were 1,093 students attending Wilmington's main campus, and 213 students at Wilmington's two Cincinnati branches at Blue Ash and Cincinnati State.

About Wilmington College[edit]

Wilmington College offers undergraduate major programs in a number of academic and career areas including art, English literature, biology, chemistry, history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, Spanish language and literature, and religion, as well as in such areas as education, business, communications, agriculture, equine studies, athletic training, social work, and more. The college also offers a master's degree program in education, with specialties in special education and reading and undergraduate courses at several sites in Cincinnati. The college welcomes transfer students and has a significant number of commuting students. More than half of the students participate in intercollegiate athletics.[4] Wilmington College students enjoy robust on-site and online library resources. The college's Watson Library[6] is a member of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries)[7] consortium and the OhioLINK[8] consortium that provides an integrated catalog, e-resources, and more than 100 research databases.

Presidents of Wilmington College[edit]

  1. Lewis A. Estes (1871–1874)
  2. Benjamin F. Trueblood (1874–1879)
  3. David Dennis (1879–1881)
  4. James B. Unthank (1881–1903)
  5. Albert J. Brown (1903–1912)
  6. Samuel H. Hodgin (1912–1915)
  7. J. Edwin Jay (1915–1927)
  8. Henry G. Williams (1927–1928)
  9. Beverly O. Skinner (1928–1931)
  10. Walter Collins (1932–1940)
  11. S. Arthur Watson (1940–1947)
  12. Samuel D. Marble (1947–1959)
  13. James M. Read (1960–1969)
  14. Robert E. Hinshaw (1971–1975)
  15. Robert E. Lucas (1975–1982)
  16. Neil Thorburn (1982–1995)
  17. Daniel DiBiasio (1995–2012)
  18. Jim Reynolds (2012–present)

Main Campus[edit]

Academic Buildings[edit]

  • Kelly Religious Center: Kelly Religious Center houses the Campus Friends Meeting, The Office of Campus Ministry, faculty offices, and the offices of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
  • Kettering Hall (1960):Science building named for Ohio inventor Charles F. Kettering. Features a rooftop observatory dating back to 1882. Ongoing renovation and expansion of Kettering Hall is occurring and completion is expected in time for the Fall 2015 semester.
  • College Hall (1870): Houses classrooms, faculty offices, offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the President's Office, and Academic Affairs. Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center (2005): Completed in 2005, features David and June Harcum Art Gallery, 440-seat Hugh Heiland Theatre, Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, and two-story academic wing with classrooms.
  • Robinson Communications Center (1974): Houses the Academic Resource Center, computer labs, Communication Arts Department, and student publication offices Renovated in 1991.


Peace Resource Center[edit]

The Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, established in 1975, plays a major role in furthering the peacemaking and reconciliation elements in the mission statement of the college, in large part through providing peace education materials, both locally and throughout the country. The PRC is known, in particular, for its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection founded on the archives of Barbara Leonard Reynolds, which the college believes is "the world's largest collection (outside of Japan) of reference materials related to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Reynolds' archives are also housed in part at the Earle and Akie Reynolds Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[9] The Peace Resource Center is also known for its ProjectTRUST camp (leadership and anti-bullying focus) for middle schoolers and Positive Discipline training for educators. The Center has been active in the Wilmington Community in establishing peer mediation in the local schools. In August 2010, the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College hosted the National Peace Academy's 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive program on the theme of "Capacitating Community Peacebuilding."[10]

Agricultural program[edit]

The only private institution of higher learning in Ohio to offer a degree in Agriculture, Wilmington College operates more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of farmland dedicated to research, applied education and financial support to the college. The Wilmington College agricultural student body, through the leadership of collegiate 4H and the Wilmington College Aggies club, has sponsored livestock judging contests for 50 years.

Greek life[edit]

Wilmington College recognizes thirteen Greek Letter Organizations: three national fraternities, three local fraternities, two national sororities and three local sororities, and two auxiliaries. This group of thirteen Greek organizations constitutes the membership of the Greek Council. Additionally, Wilmington College boasts several honor societies, some international in scope.[11]

Mens' Organizations[edit]

  • Delta Theta Sigma (ΔΘΣ), national, with Agricultural affinity
  • Iota Phi Theta (ΙΦΘ), NPHC and NIC national fraternity
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧA), NIC national fraternity
  • Phi Alpha Psi (ΦAΨ), local fraternity
  • Sigma Zeta (ΣZ), local fraternity (not to be confused with the STEM honorary of the same name)
  • Tau Kappa Beta (TKB), local fraternity

Womens' Organizations[edit]

  • Alpha Phi Kappa (AΦK), local sorority
  • Delta Omega Theta (ΔΩΘ), local sorority
  • Kappa Delta (KΔ), NPC national sorority
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ), NPHC national sorority
  • Psi Beta Omega (ΨBΩ), local sorority

Auxiliary Organizations[edit]

Honor Societies[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Wilmington College Fightin' Quakers
University Wilmington College
Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Terry Rupert
Location Wilmington, OH
Varsity teams 18 (9 men's, 9 women's)
Football stadium Williams Stadium
Basketball arena Fred Raizk Arena
Baseball stadium Tewksbury-Delaney Field
Mascot Quaker Man
Nickname Quakers
Colors
     Green       White
Website www.wilmingtonquakers.com

Wilmington College athletic teams are known as the "Quakers". They are also called the "Fighting Quakers", and women's teams are known as "Lady Quakers". The Quakers compete in the NCAA Division III as a member of the ten-team Ohio Athletic Conference.

Wilmington College offers 8 men's teams and 8 women's teams, including:

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Cross Country (men's and women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (men's and women's)
  • Track and Field (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (women's)

Before becoming a member of the NCAA, Wilmington's teams competed in the NAIA. Wilmington was previously a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1998 to 1999, before joining the OAC in 2000. Wilmington's conference opponents include: Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Muskingum University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein University.

Athletic Facilities[edit]

  • Hermann Court
    • Hermann Court is the main athletics building at Wilmington College, and is the location of the athletic department's offices, athletic training department, weight room and locker rooms, and a swimming pool. Hermann Court is also home to Fred Raizk Arena, a 3,500 seat arena that is home to the College's basketball and volleyball teams.
  • Townsend Field/Williams Stadium
    • Williams Stadium is home to WC's Football, Men's and Women's Soccer, and Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams. The field itself has been used for Wilmington athletics since the beginning of the 20th century.. The stadium seats were constructed in 1983, and Beckett Track and Field facility was dedicated in 1994. Townsend Field received an artificial playing surface and lights prior to the 2008 football season. Williams Stadium can seat approximately 3,500 fans, plus lawn seating.
Fred Raizk Arena as it appeared before a 2009 game against Baldwin Wallace
The Quakers take on the Otterbein Cardinals at Williams Stadium

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Baseball: Dan Cleaver
  • Men's Basketball: KC Hunt
  • Men's & Women's Cross Country: Ron Combs
  • Football: Stacey Hairston
  • Men's Lacrosse: Domenic Marzano
  • Women's Lacrosse: Brett Yenger
  • Men's Soccer: Bud Lewis
  • Women's Soccer: Steve Spirk
  • Softball: Beth Floyd
  • Men's & Women's Swimming: Trip Breen
  • Men's & Women's Track and Field: Ron Combs
  • Volleyball: Beth Floyd

National Champions[edit]

  • Christian Patterson: 2014 NCAA Division III outdoor high-jump champion
  • Ashley Johnson: 2006 NCAA Division III polevault champion
  • Doreen Nagawa: 2005 NCAA Division III triple-jump champion
  • Emily Herring: 2004 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump champion
  • Women's Basketball: 2004 NCAA Division III National Champions
  • Jimmy Wallace: 2002 NCAA Division III 157-lb. wrestling champion
  • Nyhla Rothwell: 1997 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump champion

National Tournament Appearances[edit]

  • Men's Basketball: 2010, 2014
  • Women's Basketball: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • Men's Soccer: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 2004
  • Women's Soccer: 1985, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Football: 1980, 1982, 1983

Notable alumni[edit]

The alumni association of National Normal University of Lebanon, Ohio (NNU) was merged with the Wilmington College Alumni association, subsequent to the merger of the two institutions upon NNU's closure in 1917.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quaker Colleges, Universities and Study Centers
  2. ^ College Selects Dr. James Reynolds as Its 18th President http://www2.wilmington.edu/news/College-Selects-Dr-James-Reynolds-as-Its-18th-President.cfm
  3. ^ Sigrid Solomon Named New Dean of Students http://www2.wilmington.edu/about/news/4910/5556/no
  4. ^ a b Wilmington College (Ohio). (2006). Official website URL: http://www.wilmington.edu/ Accessed 12 December 2006.
  5. ^ *North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission. (2006). Official member institutions verification URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/index.php?option=com_directory&Itemid=192 Accessed 12 December 2006.
  6. ^ Wilmington College Watson Library (Ohio. (2006). Official website URL: http://www2.wilmington.edu/academics/watson-library.cfm Accessed 12 December 2006.
  7. ^ OPAL Library Catalog. (2006). URL: http://cat.opal-libraries.org Accessed 12 December 2006.
  8. ^ OhioLINK (academic library consortium (Ohio). (2006). Official website URL: http://www.ohiolink.edu Accessed 12 December 2006.
  9. ^ Wilmington College: Peace Resource Center
  10. ^ [1], National Peace Academy Website page on 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive program
  11. ^ Wilmington College:Greek Organization website, accessed 14 April 2014

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