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Academic Advising

Academic advising is an important resource available to all students and a joint responsibility between advisee and adviser. Entering first-year students in the College for Women are assigned a first-year/sophomore adviser from among the faculty. Recognizing that academic interests may change, advisers are not always assigned based on intended major.

Students are encouraged to talk with any faculty member to learn about academic and career opportunities in her or his discipline. First-year/sophomore advisers guide students in course selection during the first two years at the college, encourage the exploration of a variety of disciplines, and inform students of appropriate educational opportunities and resources that will foster their academic growth and career development. Students typically declare a major during the second semester of their sophomore year. At that time, a faculty adviser in the major area is assigned. Major area advisers assist students in selecting appropriate upper-level courses in the major, which are congruent with their educational goals. They also assist students in selecting internships and offer advice regarding entrance to graduate school, professional school or the workforce. Students in Adult Degree Programs are encouraged to consult with a staff adviser experienced in advising nontraditional-aged students. Faculty advisers are available for matriculated students in associate’s degree programs, adult bachelor’s degree programs and the Teacher Intern Program.

An advising handbook is distributed to students during orientation or upon matriculation. The handbook includes a checklist for graduation requirements, advisee and adviser responsibilities, academic policies and procedures, and sample forms. Questions concerning advising should be directed to the associate dean for academic advising.

Artists-in-Residency Program

Each summer, Wilson College invites a number of visual and performing artists to participate in a residency program lasting one to two weeks. The artists are offered free housing and free studio space, and are expected to engage our students in critique and studio practice. While here, the artists have ample private studio time, the opportunity to engage in dialog with other artists, and exhibit or perform their work. At the end of the residency, the visual artists are asked to donate one work of art produced during their residency to Wilson College’s permanent collection.

Barron Blewett Hunnicutt Gallery (in Hankey Center)

The Barron Blewett Hunnicutt Gallery is named in memory of Dr. Barron Blewett Hunnicutt, art historian and member of the Department of Fine Arts faculty of Wilson College from 1980 until 1983. In her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Hunnicutt specialized in the art of the Roman, early Christian and Medieval periods. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects from the Wilson College Classics Collection are on permanent display in the Hunnicutt Gallery, while others form a study collection that plays an important role in the study and interpretation of the ancient world in archeology, classics, fine arts and history classes. Occasional exhibits highlight a particular region, period or subject.

Bogigian Gallery

The Bogigian Gallery is a showplace for students and the community to experience the offerings of the visual arts at Wilson College. The gallery is a crucial teaching tool for the fine arts program and mission, with a commitment to excellence and professionalism in each exhibition.

The Bogigian Gallery is named in honor of Hagop Bogigian, a benefactor of Wilson College. Mr. Bogigian came to America from Armenia in 1876 and became a successful businessperson and activist against human injustice. The gallery exhibits a variety of media and artists, focusing on local, regional and national talents. There are two exhibitions each semester, with an annual student exhibition, biannual faculty/staff exhibition and annual exhibition for summer artists- in-residence.

Child Care Center

The Wilson College Child Care Center, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, opened in August 1985. Currently, the center accommodates two classes of preschoolers with 20 children in each class, and one class of toddlers with 10 children. The center, which is housed in Prentis Hall, serves as an excellent experiential learning environment for Wilson College students interested in child development and/or early childhood education.

Computing Facilities

Wilson College has four computer labs, as well as computers in each residence hall and the library, which are available for student use. All computers have access to email and the Internet. In addition, each residence hall room is equipped with Internet and network access for student-owned computers.

English as a Second Language Instruction

Students who do not speak English as their native language are invited to join Wilson’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. ESL placement will be determined during international student orientation through portfolio analysis, a short placement exam, and TOEFL scores.

Three intermediate-advanced classes are offered each year for academic credit, along with a variety of noncredit evening classes. Classes focus on all areas of language skills, including reading, writing, listening, speaking and culture. Discussions, lectures, guest speakers and student projects are supplemented by area field trips.

The Hankey Center: C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives

The Hankey Center was made possible through the generosity of the Hankey family, including Capt. Joan R. Hankey ’59, U.S.N. Ret., and Susan Hankey Cribbs ’69. The center was dedicated on June 7, 2003, and today houses the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives (the college archives) and the Barron Blewett Hunnicutt Classics Gallery. It also is home to the offices of the Hankey Center director, and the director of the Wilson College Institute for Women in Science, Math and Technology (WISMAT). The archives, named for registrar emerita and former college archivist C. Elizabeth Boyd, preserves the institutional memory of the College through official college records, personal papers and memorabilia, and is thus a rich source of information regarding the history, traditions and culture of Wilson College. The Hankey Center provides spaces appropriate for researchers, classroom instruction, presentations and exhibits of archival materials and the classics collection. A climate-controlled storage facility helps ensure preservation of Wilson’s history. Staffed by a professional archivist, the center works closely with the teaching faculty to provide primary sources necessary for student research.

Helen M. Beach ’24 Veterinary Medical Center

The Helen M. Beach ’24 Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) provides a clinical education resource for students pursuing a career in veterinary medical technology. The building houses a variety of clinical equipment and workspaces, including a small animal surgery suite, four anesthesia machines, an electrocardiograph, anesthesia monitoring equipment, treatment and surgical preparatory rooms, recovery room, isolation room and clinical skills laboratory. The facility also contains USDA-approved housing for dogs, cats and laboratory animal species.

John Stewart Memorial Library

The John Stewart Memorial Library, with a collection in excess of 165,000 volumes and other major resources and facilities, provides support for academic programs, as well as formal and informal study areas appropriate for both serious research and recreational reading.

In addition to providing individualized reference services, the library’s professional staff conducts workshops and seminars in a new wireless classroom equipped with 20 computers, a smart board, scanner and document camera.

This room and a casual study lounge nextdoor are available for use by Wilson students and faculty. Copiers, a microform reader/printer, desktop computers and printers, and audiovisual equipment are also available in the library.

Wilson College subscribes to an array of databases on the Internet and holds memberships in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), PALINET and Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP), all of which assure students and faculty ready access to periodicals and books held by other libraries and vendors throughout the region and the country. Interlibrary loans are provided free of charge.

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center, located on the first floor of Thomson Hall, offers a variety of learning support services to Wilson College students. These services include: Writing lab assistance with written assignments; Returning to Learning workshops for incoming Adult Degree Programs students; in-class and supplemental workshops on study skills, note-taking, time management, test-taking and research paper documentation; and resource materials on academic writing and study skills, college success, etc. Disability support and peer tutoring services are also coordinated through the Academic Support Center office.

Penn Hall Equestrian Center

The equestrian center, located within a five-minute walk from the center of the campus, is equipped with two indoor riding arenas: the Hawthorne Arena and the Olive Delp Overly Cook arena (100 x 300 feet and 76 x 204 feet, respectively), which feature shadowless lighting and sand/ sawdust footing. The center also houses the outdoor Kitts Arena with racetrack sand footing; three stables with 71 stalls, 20 acres of fenced paddocks and pastures, and ample space for riding outdoors. Stabling for student boarders is offered on a space-available basis.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship, friendship and cultural interests, and to support excellence and integrity in the pursuit of the arts and sciences. Students may be inducted into the society in their junior or senior year. Members are chosen by a committee of the local chapter, Nu of Pennsylvania, based on a combination of the following criteria:

  1. Grade-point average (3.25 seniors; 3.75 juniors)
  2. At least three-quarters of the coursework completed in courses designated as liberal arts or sciences by the committee. Applied, technical and pre-professional courses do not count toward the minimum requirement. A list of courses designated as liberal arts is available in the library.
  3. Equivalent of two years of college- preparatory secondary school math or the completion of Math 103 and Math 110 at Wilson.
  4. Completion of the equivalent of a college-level intermediate course sequence in a foreign language.
  5. Completion of the equivalent of at least two years of coursework while enrolled at Wilson; nominations can be made in the third semester (equivalent of third full-time).
  6. A breadth of coursework across the liberal arts and sciences, with a variety of courses taken outside the major. Students interested in membership in Phi Beta Kappa honor society should discuss that with their freshman/sophomore adviser to plan coursework accordingly.

The Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL)

In 1994, Wilson’s Center for Sustainable Living was established in conjunction with the academic program in environmental studies (see Environmental Studies program description). Generously endowed in 1999 in memory of Richard Alsina Fulton, a devoted environmentalist and farmer, by his wife, Susan Breakefield Fulton ’61, the main purpose of the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL) is to create programs that contribute to the development of a more just and sustainable society by furthering the understanding of the relationships between humans and the natural environment.

The FCSL cooperates with the environmental studies department and other academic departments to provide hands-on learning opportunities related to sustainability issues. Areas of interest include food production, alternative energy, recycling, composting, ecological stewardship and community building. Facilities available for student and public use consist of a historic barn, passive solar greenhouses, solar electric demonstration units, interpretive wetland and nature trail, and organic gardens—all located on the scenic 100-acre college farm.

The FCSL supports and promotes sustainable agriculture through a model community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in which community members pay the farmer an annual membership fee in return for a weekly share of produce during the growing season.

Additional components of the FCSL include the Robyn Van En Center, serving as a national clearinghouse of CSA information; and a campus composting project wherein food, animal and yard wastes are combined to produce fertile soil amendments.

On campus, the FCSL regularly hosts workshops and events to stimulate discussion of sustainability among the entire college community.


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