Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – August 24, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 5

Contact: John Bowers

August 24,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 5



Community News



Princeton Review names WWC among “The Best 357 Colleges”


It’s become a habit for Warren Wilson College – the habit of being included in The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook. The 2005 edition identifies Warren Wilson as one of “The Best 357 Colleges” nationwide, with rankings that rely on a national survey of more than 100,000 college students.


In addition to giving Warren Wilson high marks in the categories of academics and campus life, the guide’s “Inside Word” notes the following about the college: “Warren Wilson is a college for thinkers with a deep sense of social commitment. The admissions process clearly reflects the committee’s desire for solid academic achievement in successful candidates, but they also take a close and careful look at the person being considered.”


According to the guide, “Students also appreciate the strong community ties that the Wilson programs creates. ‘Our professors are our peers. We teach and learn together’ is how one WWC student puts it.”


Warren Wilson also landed atop one of the listings in the politics section of  “Schools Ranked by Category”: “Students Most Nostalgic for Bill Clinton.” The category, however, apparently has now been transformed into “Students Most Likely To Vote for John Kerry” (See In the News on page 4).  



Thanks for a great Service Day!

The Service-Learning staff and students would like to extend a special thank you to all who helped make the (Amboy River Park IV service project a great one.


To Hart Dahlhauser who did research, made sandwiches, bagged up T-shirts and made signs for 40 hours prior to the week of service day; for all the drivers who helped get the students to the site; to Bruce Willever, Tom LaMuraglia, Richard Sanders, Ray Cockrell, and Pierce (P-Funk) Edens for helping with every tool, van, and work detail; to Gretchen Whipple, Graham Paul, Mallory McDuff, Bob Eckstein, David Mycoff, David Abernathy, Lucy Lawrence, Doug Orr, Jason Michaels, Andy Summers, Vicki and Don Collins, John and Allyson Hettrick, Laura Herrmann, John Bowers, Art Shuster, Ann Riddle, Zewde Bachore, Carolyn Wallace, Virginia McKinley, and Carla Sutherland for working beside the peer groups; for the student leaders: Bart (one-armed cartwheel) Pfautz, Ginger (Tim) O’Connor, Shaina DeCiryan, Ed DeLair, Elizabeth (Icky) Evans, Wyn Miller, Roxy Todd, Jesenia Mejias, Pierce (Bo Bo) Harmon, Hart D., and the freshmen and transfers themselves who woke up early and worked all day and waited patiently for bus drivers and crammed into vans and did Olympic-quality gymnastics in the sprinklers at the end of the day.


We accomplished 2,040 hours for the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department, moved an estimated 5,000 truck loads of mulch (according to the students who wheel barreled it around), completed the resurfacing of the sand volleyball court and bocce ball court, created 1/2 mile more trail along the river, mulched the base of every tree in the park, the playground and the walkways with in the racetrack, painted the racetrack wall, completed the mural to be hung on a billboard, and cleared an unbelievable amount of brush and invasive vines (estimated at 5,000 truck loads by the students who pushed, cut, ripped and piled brush, bittersweet vines, branches and dead wood).


This was the first time in a very long time that 340 Warren Wilson staff, faculty, freshmen, transfers and random helpful upperclassmen were in the same place, thanks to the hard work of Ken Kendall, Molly McMillan, Debra Kiliru, and Franklin Tate in many early summer meetings gathering tools, setting up transportation, organizing dump truck drivers, and designing those oh so fashionable T-shirts. Way to go Wilson!


New faces in Carson

The Education Department is pleased to welcome Pat Tuttle as their new Liaison to the Mountain Area Child and Family Center (MACFC). Pat is teaching the early childhood curriculum course at MACFC. A welcome is also in order for Terry Caselnova who will  serve as Laura Turchi’s sabbatical replacement. Terry is teaching secondary education courses, educational psychology, and supervising student teachers.


DeVries Gym hours

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.

Sunday 6 – 9 p.m.

Student ID cards are required to check out any gear. Spouses, partners and family members are welcome. Alumni and Friends of the College memberships are available. Children under the age of 13 years old need parental supervision in the weight room.


Update from the Garden

The WWC Garden is looking forward to new and returning crew members. We have had an abundant summer with successful crops of zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, basil, okra, cucumbers, and more, providing the surrounding community with two markets a week. Due to our over abundance, we have ha
ppily donated about 400 pounds of vegetables to a local church in Swannanoa that provides a weekly vegetable market free of cost to those in need. We have also made weekly deliveries to Manna Food Bank, with more than 1,175 pounds of vegetables donated during the summer alone. The new herb house has been under construction for most of the summer, and the herb ladies look forward to the completion of the project. There is a mutual intention for the garden to work more closely with the College food service to provide the campus community with as much local and fresh food as possible. Look for our garden vegetables now labeled in both the Cowpie and Gladfelter. With the WWC Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project underway, (see next article) we hope this will add to the intention to provide the community with a consistent supply of local food. Due to these exciting advances we will no longer be having our Friday markets, but will keep our customers informed about garden events. You can look forward to a variety of autumn crops such as cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, chard, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins. Thank you for all of your support throughout the summer and please come by and visit the garden.


WWC CSA Vegetable Subscriptions

The Garden is excited to inform you that Warren Wilson’s first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is in place. The WWC CSA is a small pilot program with its membership remaining at 15 for the first trial. It will run eight weeks with supporters each receiving a box of garden vegetables once a week. We are exploring ways which the garden can reach the greatest audience possible, with some level of consistency and commitment. The garden is for this community and a greater connection is needed between community members and the food system in place. A successful meeting took place on August 16, with 17 people from the surrounding area (students, staff, faculty, surrounding neighborhood) to discuss what the people wished to see in this pilot program. We feel that the small test of this CSA may be another outlet to put the College’s commitment to put sustainability and community into action. We hope that this will create stronger connections between the people and a more sustainable food system. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact



Join Jazz Ensemble

The first meeting of the Warren Wilson College Jazz Ensemble is Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m. in the Kittredge Rehearsal Hall of the Music wing (The regularly scheduled time is Monday nights, but this organizational meeting, an exception, is the only Wednesday). Anyone interested who has their own instrument, can play, read music, and is at an intermediate level or higher is invited. (Sorry beginners, but you really do need command of your instrument to do jazz.) If you played an instrument years ago, but think you have the discipline to get yourself back into shape for this group, come join us! We are looking for musicians who play any of the jazz instruments: trumpet, sax, and trombone, although clarinet and flute might be possible. But that’s not all! You get one credit hour for this class – MUS 291 – and get to perform with others interested in making music. If you have a conflict with this Wednesday meeting, but would like to be a part of the group, please call Warren Gaughan at ext. 3044 and let him know about your interest.


Shabbat Potluck

A community wide, all-inclusive sabbath celebration will be held Friday, August 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the outdoor ampitheatre next to Kittredge. Please bring a dish to contribute (salads, main coarse,

dessert, whatever you fancy) as well as guitars, drums, and voices for songs of peace. There will be a challah (Jewish sweet bread) baking party the night before for those interested. For questions, contact Alana Weintraub at ext. 4045.


A Taste of the Carolinas

Natural Harvest Foods will host “A Taste of the Carolinas” on August 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join WWC alum Marc Williams and others for a night of good food, art, and entertainment. The menu includes pecan encrusted mountain trout, hoppin’ john, veggie Napoleon chicken and buttermilk dumplings, green bean supreme, green salad, fresh baked bread, and more. The event will feature foods from several local farms, including Warren Wilson College, Hickory Nut Gap, Full Sun Farm, Blue Hill Farm, Thatchmore Farm, and Spinning Spider Creamery.

Art will be on display from local artist and selected items will be for sale. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 689-9200, 231-4832 or email italmon@hotmail. Natural harvest Foods is a catering company located in Mars Hill, NC. We emphasize the use of fresh, local, organic ingredients in order to ensure the best possible flavor and quality in everything we make. Come out and support locally-owned and grown business.


An evening of Appalachian ballads and stories

Ballad singer Bobby McMillon will be presenting an evening of traditional Appalachian stories and ballads on Wednesday, September 1, 7-8 p.m. at the Sage Café. Admission is free. The youngest recipient of the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, Bobby McMillon is a walking encyclopedia of all things Appalachian. From his father’s family in Cocke County, Tennessee, he learned Primitive Baptist hymns and traditional stories and ballads. From his mother’s people in Yancy and Mitchell Counties, North Carolina, he heard “booger tales, haint tales,” and murder legends. Growing up in Caldwell County, he went to school with relatives of Tom Dula, learned their family stories, and heard ballads, gospel songs, and Carter family recordings. He has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the

A.P. Carter Memorial Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival. His ballad singing was featured in the film, Songcatcher. This is part of a series of Appalachian music concerts presented by Warren Wilson’s Lyceum committee, Academic Affairs, and the Swannanoa Gathering.


College Chorale

Dr. Milton Crotts, conductor

The Warren Wilson College Chorale (MUS 105) is an auditioned* student vocal ensemble committed to a variety of musical styles. Rehearsals are every Tuesday and Thursday, 4 – 5:20 p.m., in Kittredge 20. For more information, email mcrotts@warren-wilson.edu.


*Auditions will be held during the first week of classes and may be arranged by emailing mcrotts@ warren-wilson.edu or calling ext. 3765. The audition will consist of vocalization, pitch memory exercises, and sight-reading.


College Orchestra

Dr. Milton Crotts, conductor

The College Orchestra (MUS 295) is open to all students and community members. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, 7 – 9 p.m., in Kittredge 20. For more information, email mcrotts@ warren-wilson.edu.


Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Lower Sunderland


Getting in the flow

The Environmental Leadership Center invites faculty, staff, and administration to sign up for one of several team-building raft trips offered in September and October. These half-day raft trips are designed to generate communication, as John Huie writes, “about how we can collaborate across departments, build Triad connections, and close gaps between ideals and realities in our college community.” The half-day trips (morning to early afternoon) will be offered to suit existing teams/departments or “cross-functional teams” – a time for fun and dialog with colleagues either on the Pigeon River or the French Broad. Exact trip dates that work best for you will be announced. You can express your interest and ask questions by calling John Huie, ELC director, at ext. 3780 or by emailing him at jhuie@ warren-wilson.edu.

Get in the flow!


Facilities Management & Technical Services

Ext. 3074


FMTS is very proud to offer you a new streamlined service for the entry of work orders and hope that you will find it advantageous to you in several ways. First, your work orders can now be entered online. However, keep in mind your building manager is responsible for entering these work orders. Secondly, the online system will allow everyone to check the status of  work orders provided it was entered online. Another important feature is that as the work order is processed through the system, an electronic update will be sent to your building manager. As of last Thursday afternoon, packets were sent to building managers about how to use the online work order system. If you have any questions about the system, contact your building manager or FMTS Customer Service at ext. 3074.


Service Learning

Ext. 3065


Service-Learning opportunities

As some of you heard during orientation last week, we will have the Kids on Campus Big Brother Big Sister program going again this year on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. If you are interested, call ext. 3775, or show up at Ransom house for an interview with the trainers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 25.


Interested in tutoring English as a Second Language? You do not need to know Spanish. Call Jonna Book at the Service Learning Center for information at ext. 2011.


Many things are coming up fast. Check the bulletin board in Lower Glad. If you are interested in Organic Festival, Lexington Arts Festival, volunteering at Habitat on Saturdays or helping with an inner city Flag Football program, call Molly at ext. 3775 or come by Ransom Service Learning office.


Wanted: fall break trip leaders

Always dreamed of going someplace with a great group of WWC students and never quite been able to get there? Well, now is your chance! It might be hard to see now, but fall break is right around the corner, and the Service Learning Office needs faculty and staff members to lead service trips. Here are a few things to know about the service trips:


1) We at Service Learning are here to help you organize and coordinate the break trip. We’ll make the phone calls, get students on the list, and more.


2) The trip needs to be within a 500 mile radius. Some exceptions may apply.


3) There’s a $200 stipend for leaders


Where do you sign up? Call or email Debra at ext. 3775 or debrak@ warren-wilson.edu.



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge


Welcome back, WorldWide spring/summer travelers! We are looking forward to
hearing about your time abroad in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Ireland, China, England, as well as other places. The WorldWide staff would love to have you share your photos and/or special projects stemming from your course or study abroad. The rest of us on campus look forward to attending WorldWide group presentations where you share your experiences, or visiting with you individually. Please remember to turn in any final WorldWide course assignments to your instructors.


The WorldWide Program was happy to have International Program Assistant, Sharon Withrow, join us this summer. Sharon comes from Charlotte originally, but she has been working in Asheville for the past few years. She has studied in Asheville, Raleigh, England, and Russia. Sharon can be reached in the WorldWide Office, at ext. 3057, or through swithrow@warren-wilson.edu.


Students who are interested in participating in a WorldWide course this semester which would include travel to South America over winter break should contact Naomi Otterness on ext. 3783 right away or stop by the WorldWide office. A few openings may be available, but you must act

very quickly (this week!) to take advantage of this opportunity.


Applications for Semester II study abroad programs (semester-length programs in Spring 2005) are due September 15 in the WorldWide Office. WorldWide-qualified students who are interested in studying for one semester in Germany, France, Mexico, BorderLinks (Mexico and U.S.), London, Japan or Korea should contact Naomi Otterness in the WorldWide Office, ext. 3057 or ext. 3783, as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.


If you were placed on a WorldWide course tentative list for semester II with summer break travel to Malta, Greece, Germany, Mexico or Alaska, you will be receiving a WorldWide application in your campus box by the end of this month. Please return the completed application to our office with your $50 application fee by September 15 to secure the spot in the spring WorldWide course. A final sign-up period for remaining places on these spring WorldWide courses will be announced at the end of September.


Hooray for . . .


Susan Kask, who has just returned home from Kunming and Guangzhou China with her new daughter, Sally ShuQing Hunley, who joined their  family on August 2, 2004.


Dongping Han, whose article “Human Rights in a Realist World: A Review of the Sino-U.S. Confrontation on Human Rights,” has been published by The Oriental Anthropologist.


Brian O’Loughlin and Brenda Skaggs, who have been with Marriot Dining Services at WWC for 15 and 11 years, respectively.  


In the News

As reported on CNN, via the AP and soon the Voice of America, Warren Wilson College has been ranked No. 1 nationwide by the 2005 Princeton Review as having students most likely to vote for John Kerry. Texas A&M ranked first with students most likely to vote for George W. Bush.



Send Us Your News

Submit your news for WWC This Week to jbowers@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline for the August 31 issue is Friday, August 27 by 5 p.m.


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