Signing of the Book tradition continues in an outdoor setting
A number of traditional student activities at Erskine College, including two designed for entering freshmen, were offered outdoors this year because of health concerns.
The Signing of the Book, an event for freshman women, usually takes place in the Bowie Arts Center. This year, students gathered on the Erskine Mall in front of Watkins Student Center for a morning celebration on August 18 that included a breakfast catered by Mama’s Sweet Shoppe.
Coordinator of Alumni Relations Hope Crenshaw, a 2019 graduate, served as speaker this year. Crenshaw, who majored in history, read about past celebrations of the Signing of the Book and said she was impressed by the seriousness of past generations’ participation in this event.
Stressing the importance of authenticity in relationships, Crenshaw challenged the young women with a question: “How can you expect others to respect you for who you are if you don’t show who you are?”
She also noted the importance of humility, which can entail “learning from the generations before you.” Referring both to women in history and women living today, she told the students, “So many wise women have come before you. Learn from them and what they have experienced.”
Vice President for Student Success Dr. Wendi Santee offered welcoming remarks, introduced the speaker, and gave the closing prayer; junior Mary Pratt, president of the Student Christian Association, offered an opening prayer; senior Brooke Weathers, president of the Student Government Association, led the recitation of the honor pledge; and senior Elizabeth Sims led the singing of the Alma Mater.
The Signing of the Tablecloth, in which both freshman men and women participate, was also conducted outdoors.