Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – July 20, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 2

Contact: John Bowers

July 20, 2004     Vol. 8   No. 2

Community News

Warren Wilson College included in highly selective Fiske Guide

The 2005 Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Warren Wilson College one of its  23 “Best Buys” among private colleges and universities nationwide. The 23 private schools, along with 20 public universities, “qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance,” according to the guide. The Fiske Guide rates Warren Wilson academics as above average among the  institutions included “in a guide devoted to the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the nation.” And with a comprehensive cost of slightly more than $20,000 for the 2004-05 academic year, the college is rated “inexpensive” compared with other private schools in the guide. Warren Wilson also earns unusually high marks from the Fiske Guide in other areas. The College’s social life is rated above average, and its overall quality of life receives the highest possible rating: five stars, as opposed to an average of three for schools included in the guide. In the introduction to its narrative on the College, the guide calls Warren Wilson “the best of schools where students combine academics, community service and on-campus work. Roots in the culture of Appalachia combine with a strong international orientation to give Warren Wilson its unique flavor.” The narrative’s closing paragraph states, “Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades but by community service and a sense of stewardship…. Students who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty will see this small liberal arts college as a place that takes seriously the notion of thinking globally and acting locally….” The Fiske Guide to Colleges, now in its 21st year of publication, has been called “the best college guide you can buy” by USA Today.     

Cornell Press publishes Otterness’ award-winning manuscript

Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York by history and political science professor Philip Otterness has been published by Cornell University Press. The book, winner of the 2003 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, tells the intriguing story of the largest and earliest mass movement of German-speaking immigrants to America. Becoming German tracks the Palatines’ travels from Germany to London to New York City and into the frontier areas of New York.  Otterness demonstrates that the Palatines cannot be viewed as a cohesive “German” group until after their arrival in America. It was only in refusing to assimilate to British colonial culture-instead maintaining separate German-speaking communities and mixing on friendly terms with Native American neighbors-that the Palatines became German in America.

Welcome, Shuli

Please welcome Shuli Arieh Archer, our new Director of Residence Life/Vining Residence Director. Shuli is an alumna of Bard College in New York State, where she studied psychology and gender studies. She most recently worked at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA as the community service director and in residence life. In addition, Shuli served for two years in an AmeriCorps program in Asheville and has worked extensively with a sea turtle rehabilitation center on the coast of NC. Shuli is joined in Vining by her partner, Betsy Fife Archer ’99, and their animal family. Shuli can be reached at extension 5806 or campus box 6205.

Swannanoa Gathering

The Swannanoa Gathering and the WWC campus hosts is Old-Time music and dance week July 18-24.    

BlueBrass Crescent City Mountain Summit

On Friday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m., the Tipitina’s Foundation and Thibodaux Jones Creole Kitchen in conjunction with The Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club will stage an all-star “BlueBrass Crescent City Mountain Summit” concert benefiting the Tipitina’s Internship Program (T.I.P.). This historic performance will celebrate the release of The BlueBrass Project: The Same Pocket, Vol.1 and feature a musical meeting of bluegrass and New Orleans artists, including Donald Harrison Jr., Kirk Joseph, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Jason Krekel, Curtis Burch, The Larry Keel Experience, Bryon McMurry, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Geechie Johnson, Vassar Clements, Trombone Shorty, and Orleans Avenue featuring the Tipitina’s Interns. From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thibodaux Jones Creole Kitchen and the Tipitina’s Foundation will host a series of workshops aimed at providing young musicians from New Orleans and Asheville the opportunity to work with master musicians. Tickets are $10 (Creole buffet included) and students gain free admission. This special day and evening of music will culminate with the BlueBrass Project band which will celebrate the interchange of two distinct musical styles. Proceeds from the concert and workshops will raise money to support the Tipitina’s Foundation: a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing New Orleans music students a broader exposure to the music business. Members of the inaugural T.I.P. Class of 2004 will spend the week leading up to the concert in Asheville while participating in the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. For more information on the Tipitina’s Foundation, contact Bill Taylor, Program Director, (504) 483-2913, email btaylor@tipitinas.com.

Library Closing

The library will be closed on August 6 for library staff training day.

Garden Update

Our first green peppers of the season have arrived! In addition to these we are busy harvesting the ever increasing abundance of summer vegetables (cukes, zukes, tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, chard and more) Always looking toward the future, we have seeded many fall crops of cabbage, kale, root vegetables, and squashes.

The renovation of the herb house is underway! The house will be used as the new drying and processing center for the herb crew. To hear more garden news come down for a walk around or visit our Garden Market Fridays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Garden and look for our Flower Market Fridays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside Gladfelter.

There has been a great response from the community about the possibility of a WWC CSA. If you are interested in subscribing to a box of seasonal WWC vegetables per week contact naccordino@warren-wilson.edu.

Open Positions

Administrative Assistant

Warren Wilson College seeks a full time Administrative Assistant to provide assistance to the Dean of Work and oversee the distribution of Federal Work College Funds. The successful candidate will possess a college education or five years experience in a comparable position, experience in an academic setting
preferred; and the ability to use general office computer programs and software such as MSWord, MS Excel, and PowerPoint. The desirable candidate should possess excellent English language and grammar skills, including fine writing and proofreading skills; strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple tasks. Interested and qualified individuals please send resume, cover letter and the names and addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Gail Baylor, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000. Deadline for applications is July 30, 2004.

Night Public Safety Officer

Warren Wilson College invites applications for the position of Night Public Safety Officer. The Officer is responsible for maintaining security in the working and learning environment of the College Community, which includes the training and supervision of a student work crew. Qualified individuals will possess two-five years of relevant training and experience in security/law enforcement services, no criminal record, the ability to work 12 hour shifts, weekends and holidays; to be certified in CPR and Advanced First Aid; and the ability to supervise a student work crew. A valid NC drivers’ license is required with an acceptable driving record. The desired individual must enjoy working with college students. Interested and qualified individuals please send resume, cover letter, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Gail Baylor, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, N.C. 28815-9000. Deadline for applications is July 19.

Hooray for . . .

Warren Wilson College and the College Store, recognized in the Asheville section of “Gaining People’s Hearts,” an article in the August issue of American Style magazine on the country’s top ten arts destinations.

Alana Weintraub, a junior majoring in biology and environmental studies,

who recently received a scholarship from the Southeastern Chapter of the

American Rhododendron Society.

Morning Naughton, ’97 graduate and WWC admission counselor, who is featured in the August 2004 issue of Real Simple, “the magazine about simplifying your life.” The blurb in the magazine’s priorities department reads as follows: “Frugal to a fault: After years of scrimping and saving, Morning Naughton can finally afford to indulge herself and her family – but she can’t bring herself to. Our advisers show her how to loosen up.”

Alumna Sky Stephens, who has had graphs of x-ray diffraction published in an Australian Physics textbook. Sky created the graphs as a requirement for one of Don Collins’ physics classes. Her formal report on Bragg Diffraction of x-rays is viewable at www.warren-wilson.edu/~physics/physics2/Formal2000/sstephens/bragg2.html.

Alumnus Kevin K. Moorhead, who was recently presented the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship. The award is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship and university service. Moorhead is a UNC Asheville associate professor and chair of environmental studies.

Thank You

We extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone in the WWC community for the many expressions of care and concern – the prayers, cards, notes, phone calls, beautiful plants and flowers, and visits during the past weeks of recuperation and rehabilitation after Tom’s surgery and hospitalization. He is making good progress and is looking forward to the time that he’ll be back. We do appreciate all the love and support. – Tom & Pat Crumpler  

Classifieds and Lost & Found are located online at www.warren-wilson.edu/phpBB2/. You can also follow the links from the upper left corner of the WWC Inside page.

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