Oxford College offering new student programs and more events

COVINGTON — Just a few weeks into the spring semester, Oxford College is in the process of updating its campus life to include more quality lectures and new student programs.

First is the implementation of two innovative student programs:

The Tarbutton Leadership Fellows Program endowed by Oxford alumnus Hugh Tarbutton Jr., in memory of his father, will present students with an array of leadership opportunities and help them hone their skills toward a lifetime of leadership and service. Fellows will be chosen based on their academic achievements and participation in campus life.

These students will also have the chance to enroll in the Purcell Internship Program. Endowed anonymously in honor of alumnus Neal Purcell, the program will sponsor a student in an internship with a non-profit organization, offering both academic challenge and hands-on experience.

Putting school work to the side, Oxford will have an extensive list of lectures and art viewings scheduled throughout the semester. Highlights of the spring schedule for the arts and lectures include appearances by Natasha Trethewey, former poet laureate of the United States; anti-racism activist Tim Wise; Nick Pyenson, Smithsonian curator of marine fossil mammals; and screenings with the directors of 2018 Oscar-shortlisted films “Minding the Gap” and “Hale Country, This Morning, This Evening.”

Lastly fellows, students and guests alike will have the chance to enjoy a new student center, said to be open in spring 2020. The 32,000-square-foot facility is being built on the site of Oxford’s former dining hall; the basic structure of the old building is being repurposed, joining with new construction that will give Oxford a flexible building that will meet a broad spectrum of needs for students. Construction started in November 2018.

To learn more about student programs visit www.oxford.emory.edu.

To view a illustrative preview of the new student center visit www.oxford.emory.edu/news/2018/09/campus-life-center-slides

If you would like to attend a lecture or art event, visit www.oxford.emory.edu/news/events.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.