THE NEWBERRY COLLEGE ALMA MATER

Gilbert Voigt, Class of 1903 and Professor of Modern Languages and Literatur, wrote the words for the Alma Mater in 1923 while he was an accompanist for the Newberry Glee Club.

The tune is taken from Gustave Luders' "Heidelberg Student Chorus" in The Prince of Pilsen. Voigt studied at Germany's University of Leipzig after his graduation from Newberry. He was a faculty member three different times: 1907-19, 1921-23 and 1948-54.

The College awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree during the College's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 1956. 

In addition to teaching English in his first faculty appointment, he was the College's first men's basketball coach for two seasons from 1911-13. His first basketball team won the South Carolina state championship in 1912.

LYRICS

Though small nor rigch in wordly goods, Our Alma Mater dear
We bless they name fresh crowned with fame, In ev'ry passing year.
Oh Newberry, we pledge to thee Our hearts and hands this day;
Our love, our faith, our loyalty, Hail Scarlet and the Gray,
Our love, our faith, our loyalty, Hail Scarlet and the Gray!

When years have passed and college days Become but memories,
Though far or near we'll all hold dear Thy name, thy victories
Where e're we go, come weal or woe, For thee we'll work and pray.
Thy loyal ones we'll ever hail The Scarlet and the Gray.
Thy loyal ones we'll ever hail The Scarlet and the Gray.