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Wittenberg University

Established 1845
Type Private
President Mark H. Erickson
Faculty 145 full-time
Undergraduates 2,050
Location Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Campus Small city, 100 acres
Colors Red and White            
Mascot Tiger
Athletics 21 varsity teams, NCAA Division III, Member North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
Website http://www.wittenberg.edu/

Wittenberg University, located in Springfield, Ohio, is a private, four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college was founded in 1842 by Ezra Keller in Wooster, Ohio, and moved three years later to its present location. Wittenberg consistently admits academically strong students. Of the entering freshman, approximately 68 percent of students graduated in the top quarter of their high school classes. Wittenberg provides a liberal arts education dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wholeness of person within a diverse residential community. The college is named after the University of Wittenberg in Germany, where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses. Image File history File links Witt_seal. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Springfield is the county seat of Clark County in the State of Ohio. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Springfield is the county seat of Clark County in the State of Ohio. ... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Wayne County courthouse in downtown Wooster Wooster (IPA ) first syllable pronounced puss--like the cat--with a w is a city in Wayne County, Ohio, United States. ... The Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg is located in the German cities of Halle, Saxony-Anhalt and Wittenberg. ... Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546) was a German monk,[1] priest, professor, theologian, and church reformer. ... The 95 Theses. ...



Wittenberg was created by a group of pastors who broke with the German church and created the English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio. They believed that the English language was a way to foster the inclusiveness of the new American nation. In 1842, the new synod voted unanimously to establish a theological and literary institution that would serve the educational and cultural needs of new immigrants and new communities: Wittenberg University.

In its early years Wittenberg wavered on a permanent home. The first class sessions for the college were held in Wooster, Ohio. It wasn't until Ezra Keller, Wittenberg's founder and first president, stepped upon the highest point in South-Central Ohio that Wittenberg would have a permanent place to lay its first cornerstone. Springfield was considered a boomtown in the mid-1800s and had many resources to offer the college. The city was conveniently located on the National Road and was easily accessed by travelers as they made their way through the Ohio Valley. The city was also a crossroads for rail shipping and received hundreds of trains each day, another benefit for a blossoming institution. [1] Wayne County courthouse in downtown Wooster Wooster (IPA ) first syllable pronounced puss--like the cat--with a w is a city in Wayne County, Ohio, United States. ... Carl D. Perkins Bridge in Portsmouth, Ohio with Ohio River and Scioto River tributary on right. ...


Wittenberg has more than 50 majors and special programs from which students may choose to focus their studies. Wittenberg is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies and Russian Area Studies.

Although Wittenberg's traditional strengths have been in the liberal arts, recently the sciences, management and education have also developed into popular majors for students. Eight thriving pre-professional programs contribute to the educational experience of Wittenberg students, 70 percent of whom eventually pursue graduate studies." [2] These students who pursue graduate studies place Wittenberg at the top of the national list in the percentage of graduates who attain the highest degree in their selected fields of study (JD, MD, PhD, etc.). The University made major renovations to its science facilities with the opening of the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center in 2003. In 2006, US News & World Report ranked Wittenberg the 118th best Liberal Arts college in the US. This lower rank from previous years was addressed in the student run newspaper, "The Torch," on 11/9/06. [3]

Student life

The campus body is made up of 2,050 students and 145 full-time faculty members. Students come from more than 40 states and 36 foreign countries.

Activities that Wittenberg offers include 12 fraternities and sororities as well as over 125 student organizations. Activities include Student Senate, Anime Club, Chemistry Club, Chinese Dragon Dance Team, Cigar Club, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, College Democrats, College Republicans, Comic Book Club, Wittenberg Student Dance Club (WSDC), Wittenberg Dance Team, Dodgeball Club, East Asian Studies Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Intermural Sports, Martial Arts Club, New York Times Discussion Group, Outdoor Club, Pep Band, POWER (Parliament of the Wittenberg Environmental Revolution), Pre-Health Club, Residence Life, Role-Playing Guild, Ski Club, Society of Physics Students, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Swing Dance Club, Union Board, Wittenberg Art League, Wittenberg Rugby, WUSO radio station, Younglife, and many more. More information about Wittenberg's Student Activities can be found at the Student Activity Website: [4] The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... The American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) program allows college students, faculty, and staff to work together to bring American Cancer Society programs and services to college communities nationwide. ... Relay For Life (often shortened to Relay) is a fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, and is now held in many other countries. ... The pride flag, news articles, and flyers for social events on this high school bulletin board represent the diverse support and advocacy purposes that GSAs serve. ... Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building quality, low-cost, affordable housing. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) is an advocacy group with more than 85 chapters at high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States committed to bringing an end to HIV and AIDS in the U.S. and around the world. ... Young Life is the name of a Christian inter-denominational parachurch organization, but more commonly refers to the outreach arm of the organization directed towards high school students, as the other groups operate under different names and mandates, including: WyldLife - directed towards middle school children Urban Young Life - directed towards...

Wittenberg is also special in that it has several active secret societies. The "Shifters" are the oldest of the secret societies and are easily identified by the paper clips worn on their clothing, usually around the collar of their shirts. The "Wizards" can be identified by their rainbow patches, and are said to be the second oldest active society. [1][2]

Fraternities include:

Sororities include: Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) is a social collegiate fraternity that was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad which includes Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. ... Delta Sigma Phi (ΔΣΦ, also known as DSPor Delta Sigsor Delt Sigs at Michigan State University) is a fraternity established at the City College of New York in 1899 and is a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. ... Delta Tau Delta (ΔΤΔ, DTD, or Delts) is a U.S.-based international college fraternity. ... Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters at more than 300 universities. ... Phi Gamma Delta (also known as FIJI) is a collegiate social fraternity with 116 chapters and 5 colonies across the United States and Canada. ... Phi Kappa Psi (ΦΚΨ, Phi Psi) is a U.S. national college fraternity. ...

Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ) was founded May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia making it the first female fraternal organization. ... Chi Omega (ΧΩ) is the largest womens fraternal organization in the National Panhellenic Conference. ... Delta Gamma (ΔΓ) is one of the oldest and largest womens fraternities[1] in the United States and Canada, with its Executive Offices based in Columbus, Ohio. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) is a sorority founded at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Notable alumni

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  • Wittenberg Athletic Press Release. Wittenberg Football Qualifies for NCAA Division III Playoffs. Retrieved August 3, 2005.
  • The founding of Wittenberg University

External links

  • Wittenberg Homepage
  • Wittenberg Athletics
  • Wittenberg Music Department
  • Virtual Tour

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