The College of Wooster
The College of Wooster is a private liberal arts college
Liberal arts colleges in the United States
Liberal arts colleges in the United States are certain undergraduate institutions of higher education in the United States. The Encyclopædia Britannica Concise offers a definition of the liberal arts as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general...

 primarily known for its Independent study program. It has roughly 2,000 students and is located in Wooster
Wooster, Ohio
Wooster is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Wayne County. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio approximately SSW of Cleveland and SW of Akron. Wooster is noted as the location of The College of Wooster...

, Wayne County
Wayne County, Ohio
Wayne County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States, and is named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. As of the 2010 census, the population was 114,520. Its county seat is Wooster....

, Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 (approximately 60 miles (96.6 km) south of Cleveland). Founded in 1866 by the Presbyterian church as the University of Wooster, it was from its creation a co-educational
Mixed-sex education, also known as coeducation or co-education, is the integrated education of male and female persons in the same institution. It is the opposite of single-sex education...

 institution. The school is a member of The Five Colleges of Ohio
Five Colleges of Ohio
The Five Colleges of Ohio is an academic consortium of five selective private liberal arts colleges in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1995 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions...

 and the Great Lakes Colleges Association
Great Lakes Colleges Association
The Great Lakes Colleges Association , is a consortium of 13 liberal arts colleges located in the states around the Great Lakes. The 13 schools are located in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana...

. As of September 30, 2010, Wooster's endowment stood at approximately $239 million.

Wooster is one of forty colleges named in Loren Pope
Loren Pope
Loren Brooks Pope was an American writer and independent college placement counselor.In 1965, Pope, a former newspaperman and education editor of The New York Times, founded the College Placement Bureau, one of the first independent college placement counseling services in the United States...

's influential book Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide by Loren Pope. It was originally published in 1996, with a second edition in 2000, and a third edition in 2006...

, in which he called it his "...original best-kept secret in higher education." It is consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. In US News' "Best Colleges 2011", Wooster ranked fifth among national liberal arts colleges in the category of "Best Undergraduate Teaching," the second consecutive year in the top ten.


Founded as The University of Wooster in 1866 by Presbyterians who wanted to do their part in the education of young people, the institution opened its doors in 1870 with a faculty of five and a student body of thirty men and four women. Wealthy Wooster citizen Ephraim Quinby donated the first 22 acres (89,030.9 m²), a large oak grove situated on a hilltop overlooking the town. After being founded with the intent to make Wooster open to everyone, the university's first Ph.D. was granted to a woman, Annie Irish, in 1882. The first black student, Clarence Allen, began his studies later in the same decade.

In the pre-dawn hours of December 11, 1901, a fire destroyed the five-story 'Old Main' building, the centerpiece of the campus. Within two years, it was replaced by several new buildings which (after substantial renovations within the last 30 years) remain the primary structures for the classes, labs and faculty offices. These include Kauke Hall (the iconic center of campus), Scovel Hall and Severance Hall (which together form a large courtyard in front of Kauke Hall), and Taylor Hall.

A decade after the fire and rebuilding, there were eight divisions, including a medical school whose faculty outnumbered those in the college of arts and sciences. However, the university had gradually begun to define itself as a liberal arts institution and, in 1915, after a bitter dispute between the faculty and the Trustees, chose to become The College of Wooster in order to devote itself entirely to the education of undergraduate students in the liberal arts. The enrollment of the college is kept intentionally small, around 1800 students, to allow for close interaction between faculty and students.

In the 1920s, William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan was an American politician in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. He was a dominant force in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as its candidate for President of the United States...

, a prominent Presbyterian layman, attacked the college for its teaching of evolution, which had been championed by president Charles F. Wishart, and called for the General Assembly of the church to cut off funding to the college. But Wishart defeated Bryan for the position of Moderator of the General Assembly
Moderator of the General Assembly
The Moderator of the General Assembly is the chairperson of a General Assembly, the highest court of a presbyterian or reformed church. Kirk Sessions and Presbyteries may also style the chairperson as moderator....

, and the college continued to teach evolution.

The College's 240 acre (0.9712464 km²) campus boasts of an unusual tree endowment, established in 1987, which supports a tree conservation, maintenance and replacement program. Near the center of campus lies the Oak Grove, a pleasant green space which is the site for the commencement ceremony each May. Several of its trees are older than the college itself, including a black oak near Galpin Hall that dates to 1681, as well as a 1766 white oak
White oak
Quercus alba, the white oak, is one of the pre-eminent hardwoods of eastern North America. It is a long-lived oak of the Fagaceae family, native to eastern North America and found from southern Quebec west to eastern Minnesota and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. Specimens have been...

. Each senior class plants a class tree in the Oak Grove on the day before graduation.


Students entering Wooster are provided with a liberal arts education, a learning approach that encourages students to experience different fields of study and once majors are chosen, to bring those varied experiences to their selected fields of study. Upon completion of at least 32 courses, students may earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Music Education degree.

In addition to the programs listed below, students may design their own major with approval from the registrar
Registrar (academic)
In education outside the United Kingdom, a registrar or registrary is an official in an academic institution who handles student records. Typically, a registrar processes registration requests, schedules classes and maintains class lists, enforces the rules for entering or leaving classes, and...

 and the Provost. Some of the pre-professional programs listed below are cooperative programs, in which students spend a certain period of time at the College of Wooster before transferring to accelerated courses at other colleges and universities.

Independent Study program

The College of Wooster is especially noteworthy for its Independent Study program, in which all students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a written thesis
A dissertation or thesis is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings...

 or other significant project during the course of the senior year. The student also presents an oral defense of the thesis before a faculty committee. The program, begun in 1947 by Howard Lowry (the College's 7th President), has received considerable attention from other colleges and universities, and a number of other institutions have modeled programs after it. In 2003, the independent study program at Wooster was recognized by US News and World Report as the second best 'senior capstone experience' in the US, behind only Princeton University
Princeton University
Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The school is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

. This unique approach to education has long kept Wooster competitive against better-known colleges. As evidence of this fact, Wooster ranks 14th in the United States among independent colleges whose graduates earned Ph.D.'s between 1920 and 1995 (according to the Baccalaureate Origins of Doctorate Recipients,1998).

Special traditions have been developed surrounding Independent Study. Upon completion, a student will receive a yellow button that says 'I did it!' as well as the highly coveted Tootsie Roll
Tootsie Roll
Tootsie Roll is a brand of chewy candy. It is a form of candy that has been manufactured in the United States since 1896. The manufacturer, Tootsie Roll Industries, is based in Chicago, Illinois.It was the first penny candy to be individually wrapped....

. The tradition developed when the registrar at the time, Lee Culp (also a graduate of the College of Wooster), decided to give out candy along with the buttons one year; the Tootsie Roll itself was chosen simply because it was cheap to buy in bulk. The 'due date,' or the last day that students can turn in their completed Independent Study project, is the first Monday after spring break. On I.S. Monday, the pipe band
Pipe band
A pipe band is a musical ensemble consisting of pipers and drummers. The term used by military pipe bands, pipes and drums, is also common....

 strikes up and, with the Provost leading the way, the seniors travel through the Kauke Arch in a jubilant parade ending at Kittredge dining hall, where a celebratory dinner with their advisors and college administrators follows.


The College of Wooster Libraries consists of three branches (Andrews Library, The Flo K. Gault Library and The Timken Science Library in Frick Hall) and a music library located at the Scheide Music Center. Andrews Library, the largest library in the system, houses more than 850,000 volumes and can accommodate over 500 readers. Andrews Library houses the college's Special Collections, media library and the student writing center. The Flo K. Gault Library, built as an addition to Andrews Library in 1995, primarily serves as a place for class seniors to work on their Independent Study projects. The Gault Library contains carrels devoted to Independent Study for every senior student of the humanities and social sciences. The Timken Science Library in Frick Hall (1900, 1998), which is the oldest branch in the system, served as the original academic library for the college from 1900 to 1962. After three decades as an art museum the building reopened as the science library in 1998, with substantial funding from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, and now primarily serves students in the math and sciences departments. The library provides Independent Study carrels for math and science seniors.
  • CONSORT: The College of Wooster became a founding member of the Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium in 1996. The College of Wooster merged its library catalogue with Denison University
    Denison University
    Denison University is private, coeducational, and residential college of liberal arts and sciences founded in 1831. It is located in Granville, Ohio, United States, approximately 30 miles east of Columbus, the state capital...

    , Kenyon College
    Kenyon College
    Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of The Episcopal Church, in parallel with the Bexley Hall seminary. It is the oldest private college in Ohio...

     and Ohio Wesleyan University
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Ohio Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Delaware, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1842 by Methodist leaders and Central Ohio residents as a nonsectarian institution, and is a member of the Ohio Five — a consortium of Ohio liberal arts colleges...

     to form the CONSORT
    Consort may refer to:Titles:* Queen consort, wife of a reigning king* Prince consort, husband of a reigning queen* King consort, rarely used alternative title for husband of a reigning queen...

     library system. The CONSORT library system provides its patrons access to the combined holdings of all four colleges.

  • OhioLINK: CONSORT is a member of OhioLINK
    The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of Ohio’s college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Serving more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff at 88 institutions, OhioLINK’s membership includes 16 public universities, 23 community/technical...

    , a statewide consortium of academic libraries as well as the State Library of Ohio, which agreed to make their collections available to library patrons within this network. CONSORT's membership into OhioLink gives its patrons immediate access to a collection of books, online journals and databases that rivals the largest academic libraries in the country. The OhioLINK catalogue represents 89 libraries in the state and lists nearly 11.5 million unique titles from total holdings of 48 million items.

Art Museum

The College of Wooster Art Museum was established in the 1930s as a small gallery to facilitate the teaching of art and art research at the college. The current museum was established at the Ebert Art Center in 1997. The museum houses two small galleries, the Charlene Derge Sussel Art Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery, as well as storage for the college's permanent art collection. The museum's encyclopedic collection spans from ancient to contemporary art. Permanent collections include the John Taylor Arms Print Collection - which represents works by Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching...

, Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art....

, Isabel Bishop
Isabel Bishop
Isabel Bishop was an American painter and graphic artist, who produced numerous paintings and prints of working women in realistic urban settings...

, Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis (artist)
Martin Lewis was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia on June 7, 1881. He was the second of eight children and had a passion for drawing. At the age of 15, he left home and traveled in New South Wales, Australia, and in New Zealand, working as a pothole digger and a merchant seaman. He...

, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since...

, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century...

 and Félix Bracquemond
Felix Bracquemond
Félix Henri Bracquemond was a French painter and etcher.Félix Bracquemond was born in Paris. He was trained in early youth as a trade lithographer, until Guichard, a pupil of Ingres, took him to his studio. His portrait of his grandmother, painted by him at the age of nineteen, attracted Théophile...

 - the William C. Mithoefer Collection of African Art, Middle Eastern pottery and Chinese decorative art.

International presence

Wooster has long emphasized international education. An unusually high percentage of its early graduates went overseas as missionaries (Wooster has its own unique collection of artifacts sent back from those alumni, including among other things an Egyptian mummy), and soon not only their sons and daughters, but also the students from their schools, were enrolling at Wooster as students. Dr. Elias Compton, former dean of the College, founded the Wooster in India program during the 1930s, which established a sister school relationship with Ewing Christian College
Ewing Christian College
Ewing Christian College was established in 1902, as Allahabad Christian College on the banks of river Jamuna in Allahabad, U.P. by the American Presbyterian Mission....

 in Allahabad, India. Over a forty-year time span, Wooster sent several former students to serve as Head Resident at Ewing while Ewing faculty were brought to Wooster as Ewing Fellows; a plaque with the names of Ewing Fellows hangs in Babcock Hall. The Wooster in India program helped build this unique bond between Wooster and India that enhanced the exchange of students, ideas and cultures. This international presence affected the entire campus, establishing a tradition which continues to influence the College. Today, approximately six percent of the student body is international in origin, representing more than 30 different countries. The College offers majors in Cultural Area Studies and International Relations, instruction in seven foreign languages and opportunities to study abroad in 60 countries. Fifty-nine percent of Wooster students are from outside of Ohio.
  • Scot Center: In early 2010, the College broke ground on the Scot Center, a 123000 square feet (11,427.1 m²) recreation facility. Scheduled to open in January 2012, the $30 million facility will include four multipurpose sport courts (for intramural basketball, volleyball and tennis), a 200-meter indoor track, a new fitness center, batting cages for baseball and softball, expanded locker rooms, coaches' offices and meeting facilities. The building will also boast a 20000 square feet (1,858.1 m²) solar roof, the largest of any college facility in the United States. The Scot Center is the first phase of a master plan to create a Campus Center.

  • Babcock Residence Hall: Babcock Hall houses 60% domestic and 40% international students who desire to experience this cross-cultural living environment. Babcock Hall offers cross-cultural programming that includes regular hall meetings with student speakers and cultural activities; celebrations of holidays from around the world; and discussions of international issues led by faculty and invited speakers.

  • Luce Residence Hall: Luce Hall houses six language suites (Chinese, Classics, French, German, Spanish & Russian) providing students with a living/learning environment focusing on developing foreign language skills. The building features submarine-inspired architectural details, like a winding floorplan and porthole windows.


Wooster's athletic history dates back to its first baseball team, in 1880, which played only one game, losing 12-2 to Kenyon College
Kenyon College
Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of The Episcopal Church, in parallel with the Bexley Hall seminary. It is the oldest private college in Ohio...

. The football program was established in 1889; over its first two seasons, the team won all seven games it played, by a total score of 306-4. Included was a 64-0 victory at Ohio State
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State, is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio. It was originally founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and is currently the third largest university campus in the United States...

 on November 1, 1890, in the Buckeyes' first-ever home football game. Shortly thereafter, intercollegiate sports were banned by the College President. After varsity athletics returned in 1901, Wooster became an early member of the Ohio Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
The Ohio Athletic Conference was formed in 1902 and is the third oldest athletic conference in the United States. It competes in the NCAA's Division III. Through the years, 31 schools have been members of the OAC. The enrollments of the current ten member institutions range from 1,100 to 4,500...

  (OAC). In 1983, Wooster (along with the rest of the Ohio Five
Five Colleges of Ohio
The Five Colleges of Ohio is an academic consortium of five selective private liberal arts colleges in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1995 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions...

) broke away from the OAC to form the North Coast Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
The North Coast Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletic conference composed of schools located in the Midwestern United States. When founded in 1984, the NCAC was a pioneer in gender equality, offering competition in a then-unprecedented ten women's sports...

 (NCAC). The NCAC, which competes at the non-scholarship Division III level of the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

, was founded primarily on the principle of offering women equal opportunity to participate in varsity sports. In its first season of competition, 1984–85, the NCAC sponsored 21 sports, eleven for men and ten for women. Women's softball was added in 1998, and women's golf in 2010, giving the NCAC its current 23 sports. Wooster fields varsity athletic teams in all 23 of these sports.

Scottish Heritage

Wooster's school colors are black and old gold, and its mascot is the 'Fighting Scot.' Early Wooster teams were known as the Presbyterians, or unofficially as the 'Presbyterian Steamroller,' due to the football team's success. In 1939, a large donation from alumnus Birt Babcock funded the purchase of kilts for the marching band, in the yellow-and-black MacLeod
Clan MacLeod
Clan MacLeod is a Highland Scottish clan associated with the Isle of Skye. There are two main branches of the clan: the Macleods of Harris and Dunvegan, whose chief is Macleod of Macleod, are known in Gaelic as Sìol Tormoid ; the Macleods of Lewis, whose chief is Macleod of The Lewes, are known in...

 tartan, which had no particular significance, except that it matched the school colors. Scottish
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

 culture eventually became an important part of the school's heritage; today, the football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 games feature a Scottish pipe band
Pipe band
A pipe band is a musical ensemble consisting of pipers and drummers. The term used by military pipe bands, pipes and drums, is also common....

 with Highland dancers in addition to a traditional marching band, with all three groups clad in the MacLeod tartan.


The baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 team has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III World Series, including a second-place finish in 2009. The Scots lost the national championship final game to St. Thomas (Minnesota)
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
The University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts, and archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States...

, 3-2 in 12 innings. Wooster has made seven consecutive appearances in the NCAA baseball tournament, and 20 times overall, under head coach Tim Pettorini, who has led the Scots since 1982. Pettorini has guided the Scots to nearly 1,000 victories, placing him in the all-time top ten among D-III baseball coaches. The Scots have also won a conference-record thirteen NCAC championships, including the 2010 title, in the league's 27 seasons. Prior to Pettorini's tenure, Bob Morgan led the Scots to the NCAA tournament in each of his final five seasons, giving Wooster a total of 25 appearances since the event began in 1976. During the first decade of the 21st century, the Scots had a record of 372-98, winning more games than any other team in Division III, and were second in winning percentage over that span, trailing only St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica
The College of Saint Scholastica is a private college with its main campus located in Duluth, Minnesota. The College was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. Today St. Scholastica educates more than 4,000 students annually and...

. The team has had six All-Americans in the last two seasons. In 2009, pitcher Justin McDowell, designated hitter Matt Groezinger, pitcher Mark Miller and outfielder Sean Karpen in 2009 were all honored, while shortstop Greg Van Horn and second baseman Matthew Johnson were named All-Americans in 2010. Following his graduation, Johnson signed with the Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball 's American League ....

 organization, and is currently playing in their minor-league system.


In 24 seasons at Wooster, head men's basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 coach Steve Moore has won over 500 games, and has the highest winning percentage among all coaches in the history of NCAA Division III men's basketball . His teams have won 16 NCAC regular-season championships (including seven in a row from 2005 to 2011) and 14 NCAC Tournament titles (the most recent in 2011). Since 1991, the Scots have made 19 appearances in the NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship
NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship
The NCAA holds an annual tournament to determine the Division III Men's Basketball Championship.Since 1996, the Division III men's basketball championship has been held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. The event has been hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the City of...

, more than any other school during that span, failing to earn a berth only in 1994 and 2002. The team reached the Final Four of the NCAA D-III Tournament in 2003, 2007, and 2011. The 2011 team set a school record for victories, with a record of 31-3, and reached the national championship game before falling to St. Thomas (Minnesota)
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
The University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts, and archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States...

. The 2003 team was close behind at 30-3, with center Bryan Nelson named D-III Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Home games are contested in the 3,400-seat Timken Gym, which is often filled to capacity for big games, including the rivalry contest with Wittenberg University
Wittenberg University
Wittenberg University is a private four-year liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio serving 2,000 full-time students representing 37 states and approximately 30 foreign countries...

 and post-season tournaments. Since 2000, the Scots have been in the top ten in D-III basketball attendance every year, ranking 2nd in 2010-11 with over 2,000 fans per home game.


The football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 team's greatest success occurred between 1916 and 1934; during this era, Wooster had a record of 118-31-12, and won four outright OAC championships. The 1934 title would be the Scots' last outright conference championship for 70 years, with only a pair of shared conference titles (1959 OAC and 1997 NCAC) during that time. In 2004, the team recorded a perfect 10-0 regular season and won its first outright NCAC conference championship, as well as its first NCAA D-III football tournament
NCAA Division III national football championship
The NCAA Division III National Football Championship began in 1973. Before 1973, most of the schools now in Division III competed in the NCAA's former "College Division"....

 game. From 1995 through 2008, Wooster's record is 99-43, making this the most successful era since World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The 2008 Scots had a record of 8-2, placing second in the NCAC and narrowly missing an NCAA playoff berth. With over 3,100 fans per home game, Wooster ranked in the top 25 in D-III football attendance. In 2009, lights and artificial turf were added to the Scots' 4,500-seat John Papp stadium. The first-ever nighttime football game at Wooster was played on October 10, 2009, against Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA...

, with Case retaining the Baird Brothers Trophy
Baird Brothers Trophy
The Baird Brothers Trophy is awarded the winner of the annual college football game between Case Western Reserve University and The College of Wooster. The idea for the trophy originated with brothers Bob and Bill Baird, economics professors at Case and Wooster, respectively, for whom the trophy...

 by virtue of a 53-32 victory over the Scots.

Other sports

In addition to baseball and men's basketball, two other Wooster teams earning NCAA Tournament berths during the 2009-10 academic year. The women's field hockey
Field hockey
Field Hockey, or Hockey, is a team sport in which a team of players attempts to score goals by hitting, pushing or flicking a ball into an opposing team's goal using sticks...

 and women's lacrosse
Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick, mainly played in the United States and Canada. It is a contact sport which requires padding. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh...

 teams each won their second consecutive NCAC championships, earning automatic bids to their national NCAA D-III tournaments. This was the sixth conference title of the decade for the women's lacrosse team. The only national championship won by a Wooster athletic team came in 1975, when the men's golf
Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes....

 team won the NCAA D-III title.

Academic All-Americans

Since 2000, there have been 18 Scots named Academic All-Americans by CoSIDA
College Sports Information Directors of America
College Sports Information Directors of Americaor CoSIDA is the organization that has since 1952 bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association —covering all NCAA championship sports—and NAIA...

, in the College division, which includes NCAA Division II and Division III institutions, as well as NAIA schools, a total of over 1000 colleges. During the 2010-11 academic year, Paige Piper (3.91, biochemistry and molecular biology, women's soccer 3rd team) and Erin Plews-Ogan (4.00, anthropology, women's cross-country/track 3rd team) were selected. During the prior year, Wooster had three student-athletes so honored, each of whom were named to an Academic All-American team for two consecutive years before graduating, including Chantal Koechli, (3.97, biochemistry and molecular biology, women's soccer 1st team), Jay Keener (3.94, chemistry men's soccer, 1st team), and Ryan Story (4.00, biochemistry and molecular biology, men's lacrosse, an "at-large" honoree). Both Koechli and Story are now attending medical school
Medical school
A medical school is a tertiary educational institution—or part of such an institution—that teaches medicine. Degree programs offered at medical schools often include Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Bachelor/Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, master's degree, or other post-secondary...

, while Keener is working for ABSMaterials, Inc.
ABSMaterials, Inc.
ABSMaterials, Inc. was founded in February 2010 by Mr. Stephen Spoonamore and Dr. Paul L. Edmiston. ABSMaterials, Inc. is based on Dr. Edmiston's scientific discovery, Osorb.-History of discovery:...

, a company founded by chemistry professor Dr. Paul L. Edmiston.

Performing arts

In addition to its highly-respected music department, Wooster is the home of the Ohio Light Opera
Ohio Light Opera
The Ohio Light Opera is a professional opera company based in Wooster, Ohio that performs the light opera repertory, including Gilbert and Sullivan, American, British and continental operettas, and other musical theatre works, especially of the late 19th and early 20th centuries...

, an enterprise founded within the college in 1979, but not part of the college curriculum. It is the only professional company in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 entirely devoted to operetta
Operetta is a genre of light opera, light in terms both of music and subject matter. It is also closely related, in English-language works, to forms of musical theatre.-Origins:...

. OLO performs the entire Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire, but also regularly revives rarely performed continental works of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Over the years, the Company has produced eighty different operettas.

Wooster's large performing ensembles include The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1915 by Daniel Parmelee, then Professor of Violin at the college. The orchestra currently is the second-oldest orchestra in continuous performance in the state of Ohio.Additional large ensembles include the Scot Symphonic and Marching Bands, the Wooster Chorus, and the Wooster Jazz Ensemble.

Wooster is also one of a few colleges in America to have an active on-campus pipe band. Officially called the College of Wooster Pipe Band, members perform at many official on-campus events such as commencement, sports games (football, basketball, swim meets, and sometimes lacrosse games) and many spontaneous student-run events. During the spring season they perform and compete at a grade 3 level, having won prizes at the Scots wi' Shotts event in Cleveland hosted by the local Lochaber Pipe Band. The Pipe Band also placed first in the grade 3 contest at the 2009 Toronto Indoor Highland Games. Wooster was the only American band competing.

In 2007, Wooster's theatre production of 'Nocturne' was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. Wooster's production was one of four shows chosen from a field of approximately 400 entries.

Student activities and clubs

The College of Wooster has over one hundred student organizations, from the Jenny Investment Club, which allows students to invest real money for the College as they learn about the stock market, to Common Grounds, a student-run coffee shop and house program offering 'an alternative atmosphere to the partying scene' for the College community.

There are currently ten active Greek groups at the College of Wooster, six sororities and four fraternities. Called clubs and sections, these groups are not affiliated with national Greek organizations, and approximately fifteen percent of the student body participates.

The college has a wide variety of student-run media. The Wooster Voice is the weekly student newspaper with a newly launched website, and has been published continuously since 1886 (see list of college newspapers), while WCWS
WCWS-FM is the radio station of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, USA. It is also known as WOO 91, Wooster's Sound Alternative. WCWS broadcasts 1050 watts of power at a frequency of 90.9 MHz to Wayne and neighboring counties...

 (WOO 91) is the college radio station. The Goliard is the annual literary magazine. Each year, English professor Daniel Bourne also publishes an international literary magazine called Artful Dodge. Additionally, the English Department has classes every two years on journalism and magazine writing; these students create and publish a newspaper and a magazine respectively.

Notable alumni

  • Debra Allbery
    Debra Allbery
    -Life:She is an Ohio native. She graduated from College of Wooster, University of Virginia, and University of Iowa.She taught at Dickinson College, Randolph College, the University of Michigan.She teaches at the Warren Wilson College....

    , English (1979), poet (Walking Distance), winner of the 1990 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
    Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
    The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is a major American literary award for a first full-length book of poetry in the English language.This prize of the University of Pittsburgh Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA was initiated by Ed Ochester and developed by Frederick A. Hetzel. The prize is...

    IS title: Night Vision (creative project)
  • Frederic Lauriston Bullard (1891), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

    -winning journalist for the Boston Herald, Lincoln historian, writer (Famous War Correspondents)
  • Caitlin Cary
    Caitlin Cary
    Caitlin Cary is an alt-country musician.Born to Hall Cary and Carol Campbell Thomas in East Cleveland, Caitlin Cary was raised with her half-brothers, Brian, Craig, and Keith Thomas, in East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. She began playing the violin at age six. She attended the College of...

    , English (1990), Alt-Country musician, member of the band Whiskeytown
    Whiskeytown was an alternative country band formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. Fronted by Ryan Adams, other members included Caitlin Cary, Phil Wandscher, Eric "Skillet" Gilmore, and Mike Daly. They disbanded in 2000, with Adams leaving to pursue his solo career...

    IS title Painting Cows: A Collection of Stories
  • Christine Camp, (1951), campaign worker for John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy
    John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy , often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963....

    , assistant to White House Press Secretary
    White House Press Secretary
    The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the government administration....

     Pierre Salinger
    Pierre Salinger
    Pierre Emil George Salinger was a White House Press Secretary to U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson...

    , Deputy Press Secretary for George McGovern
    George McGovern
    George Stanley McGovern is an historian, author, and former U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party nominee in the 1972 presidential election....

  • Vince Cellini
    Vince Cellini
    Vincent Robert Cellini is a long-time sports broadcaster for radio and television. Most recently, he was an anchor and program host for The Golf Channel. It was reported that his contract was not renewed for 2010.-Early life and career:...

    , Speech (1981), Current host on The Golf Channel
    The Golf Channel
    Golf Channel, known as The Golf Channel before the July 2008 dropping of The, is an American cable television network with coverage focused on the game of golf. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, the American headquarters and studio are currently located in Orlando, Florida...

    and former anchor
    In sports broadcasting, a commentator gives a running commentary of a game or event in real time, usually during a live broadcast. The comments are normally a voiceover, with the sounds of the action and spectators also heard in the background. In the case of television commentary, the commentator...

     for CNN Sports.
    IS title: Communication Theory: Its Use in the Formation of Public Opinion
  • J.C. Chandor
    J.C. Chandor
    J.C. Chandor is an American writer/director, best known as the director of the film Margin Call released in 2011. He graduated in 1996 from The College of Wooster. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah...

    , director of 2011 Margin Call
    Margin Call
    Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film, written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The film has an ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, and Penn Badgley...

  • Arthur Holly Compton, Physics (1913), Nobel Prize
    Nobel Prize
    The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

    -winning physicist, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
    United States National Academy of Sciences
    The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

    , former Chancellor of Washington University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1853, and named for George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all fifty U.S. states and more than 110 nations...

     from 1945 to 1953
  • Karl Taylor Compton
    Karl Taylor Compton
    Karl Taylor Compton was a prominent American physicist and president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1930 to 1948.- The early years :...

    , Philosophy (1908), President of MIT from 1930 to 1948, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
    United States National Academy of Sciences
    The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

  • Wayne A. Cornelius
    Wayne A. Cornelius
    Wayne Cornelius is a U.S. scholar of comparative migration and Mexican politics and development. He received his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Cornelius founded the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego in 1979, and directed it from...

    , Political Science (1967), Founder of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego.
    IS title: Political Modernization in Mexico: The Role of the New Middle Sectors
  • Mary Crow
    Mary Crow
    Mary Crow is an American poet, translator, professor, and the current poet laureate of Colorado. She is the author of two collections of poetry, three chapbooks and five translations....

    , English (1955), Poet Laureate
    Poet Laureate
    A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and is often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events...

    , State of Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

    IS title: Study of Some Elizabethan Sonnetiers - Sidney, Daniel, Drayton
  • John Dean
    John Dean
    John Wesley Dean III is an American lawyer who served as White House Counsel to United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In this position, he became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent Watergate scandal cover-up...

    , Political Science (1961), White House Counsel
    White House Counsel
    The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President of the United States.-Role:The Counsel's role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and the White House...

     (1970–1973) to President Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon
    Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under...

    IS title: The Social Responsibilities of the Political Novelist
  • Eugene DePasquale
    Eugene DePasquale
    Eugene Anthony DePasquale is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 95th Legislative District since 2007...

    , Political Science (1993), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
    Pennsylvania House of Representatives
    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. There are 203 members, elected for two year terms from single member districts....

    IS title: The Effectiveness of Negative Television Advertisements in Presidential Elections
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
    Stephen R. Donaldson
    Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for his Thomas Covenant series...

    , English (1968), New York Times bestselling science fiction author (Thomas Covenant).
    IS title: A Creative Writing Project
  • David Dudley Dowd Jr.
    David Dudley Dowd Jr.
    David Dudley Dowd Jr. is a United States federal judge in Akron, Ohio.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dowd received a B.A. from College of Wooster in 1951 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954. He was in private practice in Massillon, Ohio from 1954 to 1955...

    , (1951), United States federal judge
    United States federal judge
    In the United States, the title of federal judge usually means a judge appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate in accordance with Article II of the United States Constitution....

    , United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Alfred William Edel
    Alfred William Edel
    Alfred William "Al" Edel was a veteran news broadcaster who anchored the newscast for the Voice of America on shortwave radio.-Biography:...

    , History (1957), news anchor for ABC Radio News and Voice of America
    Voice of America
    Voice of America is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. It is one of five civilian U.S. international broadcasters working under the umbrella of the Broadcasting Board of Governors . VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio...

    IS title: World War I in Fiction
  • George Fitch
    George B. Fitch
    George B. Fitch is a business consultant and Republican politician. He is the mayor of Warrenton, Virginia, and ran in the 2005 Republican primary for the governorship of Virginia, a race which he lost to Jerry Kilgore. Having long had ties to Jamaica, Fitch was one of the co-founders of the...

    , Economics (1970), politician and business consultant, cofounder of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, which debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics
    1988 Winter Olympics
    The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event celebrated in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 13 to 28 February 1988. The host was selected in 1981 after having beat Falun, Sweden and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy...

     in Calgary, Alberta
    IS title: The Role and Effects of Foreign Trade and External Assistance in the Development of Underdeveloped Countries
  • Helen Murray Free
    Helen Murray Free
    Helen Murray Free is a retired American chemist and educator. She received a B.A. in chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1944 and an M.A. in management from Central Michigan University in 1978. In 1974 she married Alfred Free, a fellow researcher in urinalysis...

    , Chemistry (1945), Elected President of the American Chemical Society
    American Chemical Society
    The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has more than 161,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical...

     in 1993, Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Elizebeth Friedman
    Elizebeth Friedman
    Elizebeth Smith Friedman was a cryptanalyst and author, and a pioneer in U.S. cryptography. The special spelling of her name is attributed to her mother, who disliked the prospect of Elizebeth ever being called "Eliza." She has been dubbed "America's first female cryptanalyst".Although she is...

    , America's first female cryptologist, attended briefly but transferred elsewhere
  • Stanley Gault
    Stanley Gault
    Stanley C. Gault spent 31 years with General Electric before being named Chairman of the Board and CEO of Rubbermaid from 1981-1991. He became CEO and Chairman of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company from 1991-1996. Since 1985, he has been a director at Avon Products, Inc...

    , Geology (1948), Former CEO of Rubbermaid
    Rubbermaid is an American manufacturer and distributor of many household items. It is a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid. It is most well known for producing food storage containers and trash cans...

     and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
    Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery....

  • John Lawrence Goheen
    John Lawrence Goheen
    John Lawrence Goheen was an American missionary, educator, administrator, agriculturist, social worker, and writer who spent most of his career working in India. He made a major contribution to literacy through the Bombay Literacy Campaign of 1939. He established Adult Education Associations in...

     (1906), Missionary, agriculturist, writer (Glimpses of Ichalkaranji
    Ichalkaranji is located at . It has an average elevation of 538 metres .Ichalkaranji , lies in the Pancaganga valley about eighteen miles east of Kolhapur and half a mile north of the river. It is six miles southeast of Hatkanangale railway station...

  • Divya Gopikumar
    Abhirami (actress)
    Abhirami is an Indian film actress, who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films.- Career :...

    , Psychology (2008), South Indian Actress
    IS title: Looking to Fill Someone’s Shopping Cart? Role Of Ad - Self Congruency In Advertisement Effectiveness For Individualists And Collectivists
  • Frederick Hinitt, Doctor of Divinity (1902), Presbyterian pastor, former President of Centre College
    Centre College
    Centre College is a private liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky, USA, a community of approximately 16,000 in Boyle County south of Lexington, KY. Centre is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution. Centre was founded by Presbyterian leaders, with whom it maintains a loose...

     and Washington & Jefferson College
    Washington & Jefferson College
    Washington & Jefferson College, also known as W & J College or W&J, is a private liberal arts college in Washington, Pennsylvania, in the United States, which is south of Pittsburgh...

  • Daniel Howes
    Daniel Howes
    Daniel Howes is business columnist and associate business editor of The Detroit News. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1983, and from Columbia University with a master's in international affairs....

    , History (1983), business columnist for The Detroit News
    The Detroit News
    The Detroit News is one of the two major newspapers in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. The paper began in 1873, when it rented space in the rival Free Press's building. The News absorbed the Detroit Tribune on February 1, 1919, the Detroit Journal on July 21, 1922, and on November 7, 1960,...

    IS Title: Russian Foreign Policy and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)
  • Duncan Jones
    Duncan Jones
    Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones , also known as Zowie Bowie is an English film director, best known for directing the science fiction films Moon and Source Code .-Childhood and family life:...

     (aka Zowie Bowie or Joey Bowie), Philosophy (1995), British film director Whistle (2002), Moon (2009)
    Moon (film)
    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film about a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Earth's moon. It is the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. Sam Rockwell stars as the employee Sam Bell, and...

    , son of rock musician David Bowie
    David Bowie
    David Bowie is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s...

    IS title: How to Kill Your Computer Friend: An Investigation of the Mind/Body Problem and How It Relates to the Hypothetical Creation of a Thinking Machine
  • Isaac C. Ketler
    Isaac C. Ketler
    Isaac C. Ketler was the co-founder and first president of Grove City College, a Presbyterian college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA....

    , Presbyterian scholar, founder of Grove City College
    Grove City College
    Grove City College is a Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, about north of Pittsburgh. According to the College Bulletin, its stated three-fold mission is to provide an excellent education at an affordable price in a thoroughly Christian environment...

  • Charles F. Kettering, inventor of electric automobile starter motor, Vice-President of General Motors
    General Motors
    General Motors Company , commonly known as GM, formerly incorporated as General Motors Corporation, is an American multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and the world's second-largest automaker in 2010...

     Research Corporation, and namesake of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center is a cancer treatment and research institution founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital...

    , attended Wooster but did not graduate.
  • Donald Kohn
    Donald Kohn
    Donald Lewis Kohn is an American economist who served as the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is considered a moderate dove on fiscal policy. He retired after 40 years at the central bank in September, 2010.-Early life and family:Kohn was born in...

    , Economics (1964), Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors
    Board of governors
    Board of governors is a term sometimes applied to the board of directors of a public entity or non-profit organization.Many public institutions, such as public universities, are government-owned corporations. The British Broadcasting Corporation was managed by a board of governors, though this role...

     of the United States Federal Reserve.
    IS title: Flexible Exchange Rates as a Means to Stable International Markets - Theory, Practice, and Evaluation
  • Ping-Wen Kuo (1911) Prominent Chinese educator and statesman.
  • Tim McCreight
    Tim McCreight
    Tim McCreight is an American artist who specializes in metalsmithing, particularly in jewelry. He is also an author of books referring to metalsmithing.-Early life and education:...

    , Art (1973), artist and metalsmith, President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths
    Society of North American Goldsmiths
    The Society of North American Goldsmiths was founded in 1969. It is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America. Anyone interested in the related fields may become a member...

    IS title: Jewelry
  • Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune
    Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune
    Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune was an American geographer and brother of George M. McCune. He was born in Sonchon, in what is now North Korea as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in 1935 and a master's degree from Syracuse...

    , (1935) geographer and university administrator, President of the University of Florida
    University of Florida
    The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906...

     and the University of Vermont
    University of Vermont
    The University of Vermont comprises seven undergraduate schools, an honors college, a graduate college, and a college of medicine. The Honors College does not offer its own degrees; students in the Honors College concurrently enroll in one of the university's seven undergraduate colleges or...

  • John McSweeney
    John McSweeney (politician)
    John McSweeney was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.Born in Wooster, Ohio, McSweeney attended the public schools and was graduated from Wooster University in 1912....

    , (1912), member of the United States House of Representatives
    United States House of Representatives
    The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

  • David Means
    David Means
    David Means is an American writer based in Nyack, New York. His short stories have appeared in many publications, including Esquire, The New Yorker, and Harper's. They are frequently set in the Midwest or the Rust Belt, or along the Hudson River in New York.-Biography:Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan,...

    , English (1984), short story writer (Assorted Fire Events), winner of 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.
    IS title: Bullfighting in Boston and other Poems
  • Erie Mills, (1975) Soprano and Educator
  • Reggie Minton
    Reggie Minton
    William Reginald "Reggie" Minton is the deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He also served as the men's basketball head coach at Dartmouth College in 1984 and at the United States Air Force Academy from 1985 to 2000.-Records as coach:Overall: Head coaching...

    , Physical Education (1963), deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches
    National Association of Basketball Coaches
    The National Association of Basketball Coaches , headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is an American organization of college men's basketball coaches...

    , former head basketball coach United States Air Force Academy
    United States Air Force Academy
    The United States Air Force Academy is an accredited college for the undergraduate education of officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States...

    IS title: Intramurals at the High School and College Levels
  • Blake Moore
    Blake Moore
    Edward Blake Moore Jr. is a former offensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. Moore played collegiate ball for the College of Wooster and played professionally in the NFL for 6 seasons. He retired in 1985.-References:...

    , History (1980), former NFL lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals
    Cincinnati Bengals
    The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are members of the AFC's North Division in the National Football League . The Bengals began play in 1968 as an expansion team in the American Football League , and joined the NFL in 1970 in the AFL-NFL...

     and Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay Packers
    The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

    , CEO of Allianz Global Investors.
    IS title: Brezhnev: A Preliminary Appraisal
  • Norman Morrison
    Norman Morrison
    Norman Morrison , born in Erie, Pennsylvania, was a Baltimore Quaker best known for committing suicide at age 31 in an act of self-immolation to protest United States involvement in the Vietnam War....

    , Religion (1956), pacifist, Vietnam War
    Vietnam War
    The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of...

    IS title: The Christian Approach to Pacifism, 1900–1950
  • Mary Neagoy, English (1983), Former Senior Vice President of Communications for Nickelodeon
    Nickelodeon (TV channel)
    Nickelodeon, often simply called Nick and originally named Pinwheel, is an American children's channel owned by MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom International. The channel is primarily aimed at children ages 7–17, with the exception of their weekday morning program block aimed at preschoolers...

    IS title: Narrative Authority and Female Characters in the Novels of William Faulkner
  • James V. Neel
    James V. Neel
    James Van Gundia Neel was an American geneticist who played a key role in the development of human genetics as a field of research in the United States. He made important contributions to the emergence of genetic epidemiology and pursued an understanding of the influence of environment on genes...

    , Biology (1935), Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics University of Michigan
    University of Michigan
    The University of Michigan is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan...

    , Albert Lasker Award Winner, National Medal of Science
    National Medal of Science
    The National Medal of Science is an honor bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and...

     Winner, National Academy of Sciences
    United States National Academy of Sciences
    The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

     Member -- 'Father of Modern Human Genetics.'
  • Erika Poethig, Political Science (1993), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    IS title: Points of (P)Light: Discourses of Community Service in America
  • Mark Stephens (aka Robert X. Cringely
    Robert X. Cringely
    Robert X. Cringely is the pen name of both technology journalist Mark Stephens and a string of writers for a column in InfoWorld, the one-time weekly computer trade newspaper published by IDG.- Biography :...

    ), History (1975), Technology journalist for Public Broadcasting Service
    Public Broadcasting Service
    The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

    IS title: The Battle Of Britain: A Strategic Reassessment
  • Susan Stranahan, History (1968), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    The Philadelphia Inquirer is a morning daily newspaper that serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area of the United States. The newspaper was founded by John R. Walker and John Norvell in June 1829 as The Pennsylvania Inquirer and is the third-oldest surviving daily newspaper in the...

    IS title: The Mining Camp
  • Solomon Oliver Jr.
    Solomon Oliver Jr.
    Solomon Oliver Jr. is a United States federal judge.Born in Bessemer, Alabama, Oliver received a B.A. from College of Wooster in 1969 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1972. He earned an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 1974. From 1972 to 1975, he was an Assistant...

    , Philosophy and Political Science (1969), U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
    IS title: The Problem of Civil Disobedience in Philosophy of Law
  • Larry Shyatt
    Larry Shyatt
    Larry Shyatt is the men's basketball coach at the University of Wyoming. He previously served as the head coach at the University of Wyoming and Clemson University. He also previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida....

    , Physical Education (1973), basketball coach, former head coach of Clemson University
    Clemson University
    Clemson University is an American public, coeducational, land-grant, sea-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States....

     and the University of Wyoming
    University of Wyoming
    The University of Wyoming is a land-grant university located in Laramie, Wyoming, situated on Wyoming's high Laramie Plains, at an elevation of 7,200 feet , between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains. It is known as UW to people close to the university...

    IS title:An Analysis of and the Teaching Progression for the Basketball Jump Shot and Free Throw
  • Ronald Takaki
    Ronald Takaki
    Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an academic, historian, ethnographer and author. Born in Oahu, Hawai'i, his work addresses stereotypes of Asian Americans, such as the model minority concept.-Early life:...

    , History (1961), historian, ethnographer, professor emeritus of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Berkeley
    The University of California, Berkeley , is a teaching and research university established in 1868 and located in Berkeley, California, USA...

    IS title: American Expatriates in the 1920s
  • George W. Thorn, Biology (1927), Chief of Medicine Bringham & Woman's Hospital Harvard University
    Harvard University
    Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

    , NAS Public Welfare Medal
    Public Welfare Medal
    The Public Welfare Medal is awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences "in recognition of distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare." It is the most prestigious honor conferred by the Academy...

     Winner, Chairman Emeritus Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a United States non-profit medical research organization based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It was founded by the American businessman Howard Hughes in 1953. It is one of the largest private funding organizations for biological and medical research in the United...

  • James S. Toedtman, Political Science (1963), Editor for the AARP Bulletin.
    IS title: An Analysis of the 1962 Congressional Campaign in the 13th District of Ohio
  • Bill Townsend
    Bill Townsend
    Bill Townsend is a businessman who helped build several Internet properties, most notably search engine Lycos, social networking pioneer, whose intellectual property formed the basis of LinkedIn, GeoCities and Deja Bill Townsend (born 1964) is a businessman who helped build several...

    , Art (1986), Internet entrepreneur, politician, founder and chairman of The Amati Foundation
    IS Title: Processions
  • John Travis, Chemistry (1965), preventive medicine physician, founder of first wellness center in US,
    IS title: Computer Controlled-Potential Polarography
  • Timothy Smucker, Economics (1967), CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co.
    The J.M. Smucker Co.
    The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer of fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, beverages, shortening, natural peanut butter and other products in North America. Smucker's headquarters are located in Orrville, Ohio.- History :...

    IS title: PERT and Plant Location
  • Thom Ward, English (1986), poet (The Matter of the Casket, Various Orbits, Tumblekid), editor for BOA Editions, a non-profit publisher.
    IS title: The World of Loren Eiseley
  • E. W. 'Bud' Wendell, Economics (1950), Former President and CEO of Opryland USA
    Opryland USA
    Opryland USA was an amusement park located in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. It operated seasonally from 1972 until 1997...

    , member Country Music Hall of Fame
    Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame
    This is a list of inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.Number of Inductees : 115 . Of these 15 are women and two are groups that include...


Notable faculty

  • Daniel Bourne
    Daniel Bourne
    Daniel Bourne is a poet, translator of poetry from Polish, editor, and professor of English at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he has taught since 1988. He teaches Creative Writing and poetry. He attended Indiana University where he received his B.A. in Comparative Literature and...

    , poet, professor of English
  • William Gass, novelist (The Tunnel
    The Tunnel (novel)
    The Tunnel is William H. Gass's 1995 magnum opus that took 26 years to write and earned him the American Book Award of 1996. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award....

    ), professor of Philosophy and English
  • Jack Lengyel
    Jack Lengyel
    Jack Lengyel is a software executive and former American football coach, lacrosse coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the College of Wooster from 1966 to 1970 and at Marshall University from 1971 until 1974, compiling a career college football...

    , head football coach and lacrosse coach 1966–1970; head football coach at Marshall University
    Marshall University
    Marshall University is a coeducational public research university in Huntington, West Virginia, United States founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States....

  • Dijana Pleština, former first lady of Croatia, advisor for the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, professor of Political Science
  • Orange Nash Stoddard
    Orange Nash Stoddard
    Orange Nash Stoddard was a professor of natural science at Miami University and the College of Wooster who served as president pro tem of Miami University in 1854....

    , professor of natural history

Further reading

  • James R. Blackwood, The House on College Avenue: the Comptons at Wooster, 1891-1913 (Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1968).
  • Lucy Lilian Notestein, Wooster of the Middle West (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1971).

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