Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – September 7, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 7

Contact: John Bowers

September 7, 2004     Vol. 8   No. 7

MFA director Pete Turchi kicks off three-week book tour

A publication party for Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Thurs., Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. will kick off a three-week, 15-city tour by WWC’s MFA director and author Peter Turchi. The party will include refreshments, discussion, a book signing and even a little show and tell. In Maps of the Imagination, Turchi uses mapmaking as a metaphor to investigate writing as a combination of exploration and presentation. He compares the way a writer leads a reader through the imaginary world of a story, novel or poem to the way a mapmaker charts the physical world. “To ask to be told a story,” Turchi says, “is to ask to be taken to unknown territory; to ask for a map is to say, ‘Tell me a story.’” Turchi says, “It’s a book for readers who have found themselves lost, happily, in the world of a story – and for the writers who want to lead them there.” Turchi is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant.


New Resident Directors

WWC is proud to welcome Julia and Brian Scatliff O’Grady and their children Frances (4) and Trygve (2), the new RD family in Sunderland. Most recently, they were in residence at Union College in Barbourville, KY. Brian is a yoga instructor and Julia is a writer and coach in time perception and management. Julia’s lifelong friend Margo MacIntyre graduated from WWC and encouraged them to apply for the position. Alumna Stephanie Ruth has returned to WWC as the new RD of Sutton. Stephanie is joined in Sutton by her fiance Adam Wallace. Stephanie and Adam have been moving between Asheville, Louisville, and Montpellier, France for the past three years.


Teambuilding on whitewater

The Administrative Council and President  Doug Orr will team up with five leaders from Student Caucus for a day of white-water rafting on Oct. 18. Offered by the environmental Leadership Center, this is an opportunity for departments to build team-work skills and have fun together. Faculty in the Social Sciences Division and the department of Academic Affairs are also planning a day on the river for similar purposes. “We are pleased with the response and look forward to working with other functional and cross-functional groups as we strive towards a more cohesive community,” said John Huie, ELC Director.


Fall Walkabout

There’s still time to join the fall walkabout, where you walk 100 miles in 100 days. The fall Walkabout dates are Aug. 23-Nov. 30.  Although walking has many benefits, a lot of people overlook this aerobic exercise because of the “no pain, no gain” mentality. A few benefits of walking include prevention of coronary artery disease, improvement in control of high blood pressure, decreased body fat, and improved quality of sleep. Stop by Human Resources in Ogg 206 to get your walking log and sign the registration form.


Weekly Sports Schedule

Monday: Women’s Soccer at home vs. North Greenville College – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Men’s Soccer at Emmanuel College – 4 p.m.

Saturday: Men’s and Women’s Soccer at Bluefield College

Saturday: Cross Country meet at Brevard


We’re changing

Come Meet the Social Justice crew and hear about their new mission. The crew will also be showing the film Island of Flowers on Wed., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Sage Cafe. There will be a great disscussion, great movie, and free homemade food. Come see how you can help us make a difference!


Environmental Action Club

Come to the first Roots & Shoots/Environmental Action Club Meeting of the year on Wed., Sept. 8 from 8-9 p.m. in the Environmental Leadership Center in Sunderland Basement. For more information call ext. 3712 or email llaufer@ warren-wilson.edu.


Spiritual Life Committee

The Spiritual Life Committee will have its organizing meeting Wed., Sept. 8, 4 p.m. in Carson 11. All students, faculty, and staff interested in planning and supporting campus spiritual life are invited to participate.


Bandura and Saterstrom to read

As part of the 2004-05 In Conversation reading series, the undergraduate Creative Writing department is hosting a reading by Joan Beebe Fellow Valerie Bandura and Warren Wilson instructor and author of The Pink Institution, Selah Saterstrom. The reading will be Thurs., Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Refreshments will be served and there will be an informal meeting for all students interested in the Creative Writing major.


San MateoIxtitan Foundation

WWC alumna Beth Evans ’79 has established the San MateoIxtitan Foundation in the Guatemalan village by that name. The village is located in the northern part of the Department of Huehuetenango in an area hit hard by the violence of the 1980s. The foundation is in the process of working with local people to construct a school. During term four last spring Andy Summers’ WorldWide group worked with Beth and others to dig the foundation for a kiln. Beth is an outstanding example of a person who saw a great need and initiated creative action. She will be a featured guest at the presentation of the Guatemala/Mexico World Wide group on next Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. On Thursday, Sept. 9, she will be speaking with the Law, Culture & Society class in Jensen 203 at 9:30 a.m. and in the Social Justice Movements class in Carson 11 at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend these classes. If there is a teacher who would like to have Beth speak at an 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. class that day, please contact Andy Summers at ext. 3747.


United Way

The United Way Campaign for 2004 starts Sept. 9 and ends Oct. 22. You will receive campaign literature and a pledge form shortly after Sept. 9. You can contribute through payroll deduction. United Way supports programs, not agencies. Ninety cents of each donated dollar goes to help people in need. If you have questions about United Way contact Ray Stock, ext. 2043, 2004 coordinator for WWC.


Chamber singers’ concert

The Furman University Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. William Thomas, will present an informal concert in the College chapel on Thurs., Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. They will be completing a two-day rehearsal retreat in the area and want a chance to use the chapel’s wonderful acoustical space. All are welcome, and it’s free!


WWC Theatre auditions

Auditions for the first production of the WWC season, Luigi Pirandello’s modernist classic, Six Characters in Search of an Author, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7-8, with callback auditions scheduled for Sept. 9. A copy of the play will be on reserve at the library. A cast of at least twelve actors is needed. Casting is open to all members of the Warren Wilson community. Prepared audition material is
welcomed but not required. Contact Graham Paul at ext. 3041 with any questions.


Edible/medicinal wild plant walk

Join herbalist Corinna Wood of Red Moon Herbs on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Garden Cabin from 10:30 a.m. – noon and learn to identify and use local wild medicinal and edible plants. Space is limited. Sign up by calling Wellness at ext. 5848. Free to WWC students and staff.


At Holden Art Gallery

The show “Distance 2 Passage” is opening at Holden Art Center on Mon., Sept. 13 and will run through Nov. 7. The show is comprised of the works of two artists, Dorothy Alessi and Nicole Jacobs. The art involves painted doors that have a found object quality to them. The official reception will be during Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 2 from 3-6 p.m. Nicole Jacobs, who graduated from WWC in 1999 as an art major, has since gotten an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Houseplant sale

There will be a House Plant Sale on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in front of Gladfelter. These plants are good for decorating rooms, carrying around and talking to when no one else will listen. The possibilities are endless.


Crafting A Voice for Social Justice-A Panel of Heartstone Poets

Join poets David Budbill, Thomas Rain Crowe, Marie Harris and Glenis Redmond as they discuss the ways in which the art of poetry intersects with their views on social justice. The panel, moderated by Sebastian Matthews, will be Fri., Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Jensen Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

That night, the Heartstone poets will present an evening of music and poetry beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre. The Kittredge lobby will open for book sales and live music begins at 6:45 p.m. A book signing will follow the reading. Call ext. 3006 for more information on this free event, which is sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Center, Dean of Students Office, the Lyceum Committee, and Rivendell - a place-based journal.


Gaining People, Losing Ground

The Global Studies Department presents “Gaining People, Losing Ground,” a presentation by Werner Fornos, President of the Population Institute on Mon., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Fornos, winner of the 2003 United Nations Population Award, has been the President of the Population Institute since 1982. He has addressed virtually every major international population forum since the 1974 World Population Conference in Bucharest – including the 1984 International Conference on Population in Mexico City and the 1994 Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. He is the United Nations representative of the International Council on the Management of Population Programs and the author of the book, Gaining People, Losing Ground.


Career Resource Center

Ext. 3759 or 3033


Carson 25

Did you know the Career Resource Center maintains an online database of jobs, internships, grad schools, workshops, and more? Need a part-time job? How about being a D.J. at Tarwheels Skateway or working with birds of prey at Carolina Raptor Center? Looking for full-time work?  How about landscaping with the North Carolina Arboretum or working at WLOS/WBSC TV? Interested in an internship or apprenticeship? How about working with the animal rights organization Farm Sanctuary or right here in Asheville at local music venue The Orange Peel learning the business side of music? Check out these opportunities and many more at www.warren-wilson.edu/~careers/.  We’d also love to see you to talk about writing a resume, researching travel abroad opportunities, finding work during or after your time at WWC, and anything else you’d like to chat about. Call ext. 3759 or drop by our office in upstairs Carson to make an appointment.

Internship of the Week

Intern, NC Outward Bound School

Intern needed in the Development Department at North Carolina Outward Bound School. While this position is unpaid, hours worked can be applied to credit towards participation in an Outward Bound course and the work schedule is flexible. Computer knowledge is a must; Raisers Edge database experience is a plus. Tasks include database projects and miscellaneous office duties. Interested students please call Kelly Mast at 299-3366 ext.124 to arrange an interview.

Jobs of the Week

Production Artist for EZ Block, a Green Building Company

EZ Block, a Swannanoa-based green building company, is looking for a production artist. Requirements: Someone with experience glazing pottery, painting ceramics, earthen plastering, or work designing and building theater sets. The position requires a production artist, someone comfortable painting and dying concrete to resemble natural stone. EZ Block is a green building company, and although this position is a “ground-level” position, it has the chance for rapid advancement within the company, with the potential for a managerial art director position. Contact Jerome Chambless at ezblock@charter.net or at 713-6415.

The author of a biography of American biologists (1843-1895) is looking for an editorial assistant. The assistant should be familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, and have camputer access to literature, footnotes, and references. Call (828) 277-0796.  



Interfaith Vespers, led by Rocky Ward, begins Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. in the chapel parlor. All interested staff and students are invited. Andy Summers, Minister to Students, will preach at the morning Worship Service in the chapel Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

Israel/Palestine Sessions

David Mycoff of the English Department has recently returned from an Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation to the Middle East, sponsored jointly by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. He will conduct a series of three discussion sessions on the current situation in Israel/Palestine based on his experiences on the delegation. These sessions will be held in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday mornings, Sept. 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session One: 1) Conflicting Israeli and Palestinian Historical Narratives and the Politics of Occupation.

2) Mechanisms of Occupation (checkpoints, closures,  bypass roads, settlements, “the wall”)

Session Two: Peacemaking, Justice-Seeking, Nonviolence in Israel/Palestine Session Three: The Roles of  Internationals

Homecoming service

Ellen Campbell, (’84) will preach at the Morning Worship Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3. The WWC Chapel invites members of the College community to take part in these activities.


Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Lower Sunderland

Swannanoa Journal Expands

The ELC’s radio editorial will expand next month to WPVM 103.5 FM, reaching the entire Asheville audience and beyond. For over six years, the ELC’s “Swannanoa Journal” has been broadcast regularly on WNCW 88.7 FM to a
five-state region with commentary provided by Dr. Paul Bartels, John Huie, Margo Flood, Stan Cross, ELC Interns, and others. Dr. Bartels is the coordinator and science advisor for this radio initiative. “Expansion to WPVM gives us a strong voice in our own backyard and offers the opportunity to stimulate, to inform, and to inspire-leveraging the influence of Warren Wilson College and promoting wider environmental citizenship,” says John Huie. The ELC aims to continue expansion to other public radio stations in the Southeast as the opportunities develop.


The Green Buzz

What’s up with the soccer field?

You probably noticed that the soccer field is undergoing renovation. Last spring the Athletic Department researched viable turf options to replace the existing soccer field, which was riddled with injury-causing holes and pest problems. The Athletic Department collaborated with Landscaping, the Greening Crew and others to decide whether to plant Bermuda grass or a fescue grass blend. Everyone agreed that Bermuda grass creates an amazingly smooth playing surface, but it requires the use of herbicides to kill the winter cover crop that is needed to control weeds. Taking into account WWC’s commitment to environmental responsibility, folks determined that WWC could manage a fescue turf organically – without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides – while still creating a top-quality playing surface.

The seeding of a fescue grass blend and the development of an organic turf management plan is underway. Part of the plan involves restructuring WWC’s composting system. The college is moving to an in-vessel composting system that will provide us with the opportunity to ‘brew’ powerful compost tea – an extract of finished compost that is highly concentrated with microbes which are beneficial to soil, promote lush grass growth and help manage pests. Organic turf management is a growing trend because traditional turf management requires abundant use of chemicals that negatively impact air, soil, water, wildlife and human health. Once the rain slows down, the field is seeded and an organic management system begun, WWC will join others in demonstrating that a balance between athletic recreation and environmental responsibility is achievable.


Outdoor Programs

There are many opportunities to get involved with Outdoor Programs this semester. All events and trips are open to the WWC Community.

Tuesday night outdoor movie series – 8 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. This Week’s Movie: Reshowing of Step Into Liquid.

Wednesday nights

8 p.m. – Climbing wall open in Bryson

We are currently setting routes, so come lend a hand and climb some new routes.

9 p.m. – Roll practice at the pool. We have the boats, paddles, and skirts.

Thursday afternoon adventures

This Week we are paddling on the Lower Green River. Meet at the boat shed at 4:15 p.m. Sign up is required for Thursday Trips. If you plan on kayaking, you need to come to roll practice on Wednesday night and learn how to wet exit and some basic strokes.

Friday afternoon paddle session for intermediate boaters. Locations change weekly depending on water levels. Call OP Office to learn more. Depart from boat shed at 4:15 p.m.

Weekend Adventures

Sept. 12 – Day hike to Panthertown Valley

Hike the Yosemite of the east. This area is known for its rock outcroppings and for its many waterfalls. We will hike into School-house Falls and on from there . . . .

Sign-up is required for all weekend programs. For any information or to sign up for upcoming events call the Outdoor Programs office at ext. 2040 or email outdoors@warren-wilson.edu.

Gear Checkout

If you are planning a personal trip, gear and information are available in the OP Office. Any WWC community member can borrow personal outdoor gear from the program. Gear available for checkout include backpacks, sleeping bags/pads, tents, maps, etc. Gear checkout is open Thursday 1-4 p.m., and Friday 1-5 p.m. The Outdoor Programs Office is located in DeVries Gym.


Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

The Service Learning office is offering the following informational sessions next week:

Our Voice Rape Crises Center will have an orientation in the middle Gladfelter fish bowl at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The Director of Shiloh Community Center will give a training for people interested in serving as flag football referees or scorekeepers for inner city kids on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The flag football season starts Sept. 30 and goes through Nov. 18. Transportation to town is provided.

There will be orientations for Big Brother Big Sister on Sept. 15 and Hospitality House Homeless Shelter on Sept. 16. Come by Ransom House for more information.

We recently received a unique request from Art Space, a charter school just a few minutes down the road. The school wants to implement a hot lunch program three days a week so the kids will have a good meal. Without any assistance, they cannot run the program. The lunches are delivered by a catering company and Art Space needs a few people to help distribute the food to the classrooms. If anyone can spare an hour a week this semester on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from about 11-12 to help out this local charter school, please give Service Learning a call.

Weekly trips

Black Mountain Center is a residential center for developmental disabled adults and Alzheimer’s patients. We have a trip that leaves on Monday evenings starting Sept. 20. See Tessa at the Service Learning office or call her at ext. 5947 for more information.

Trips leave Ransom house for a community garden and soup kitchen each week. Call ext. 3775 for more information or come by Ransom House.

Jonna Book is coordinating all schedules for tutoring ESL or at risk students. Call her at ext. 2011 for details or drop by Ransom House.

Upcoming Saturday trips

Saturday Habitat trips are full until after fall break. If you signed up and cannot make it, please let us know.

Sept. 11- Organic Fest in Asheville

Sept. 18 – Mountain Housing

Sept. 25 – Arboretum


Student Activities

Did you know that Student Activities has its own web page? Did you know you that you’re a mouse-click away from finding out the Secrets of the Universe? Did you know that we publish weekly pictures of events, so you can re-live the magic or print a photo of your friend doing something embarrassing? If you ever wanted to know how to get your favorite band to campus; if you ever wondered what the Master Calendar was or how you could start your very own club, it’s all there. Come visit us. www.warren-wilson.edu/~activities



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

Students who participated in the Spring ’04 WorldWide course with term-length travel to Guatemala and Mexico will be presenting a program about their experiences on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Students explored economic and human rights issues with organizations such as Witness for Peace and BorderLinks, as well as through homestays and service learning in l
ocal communities. Join our returned travelers for this fascinating program.

There’s still time to submit your photos from recent adventures abroad! The deadline for WorldWide’s annual cross-cultural photo contest is not until Sept. 10. Please contact Mandi Bilyk, ext. 3053, or email worldwide @warren-wilson.edu for more information.

Returned WorldWide travelers, please stop by the WorldWide office to share photos from your recent travels. We love to use photos taken by students in our website and publications. Jon Hettrick in Alumni Relations is also seeking Warren Wilson baseball cap photos from your travels. Contact Jon at ext. 2046 or jhettrick @warren-wilson.edu to share these.

If you were placed on a WorldWide course tentative list for Semester II with summer travel to Malta, Greece, Germany, or Mexico, you should have received a WorldWide application in your campus box. Please return the completed application to our office with your $50 application fee by Sept. 15 to secure your spot in the course. A final sign-up period for remaining place on these spring WorldWide courses will be announced in late September.

Applications for Semester II study abroad programs (semester-length programs in Spring 2005) are due Sept. 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.


On the air

Tune in to “Conversations” on WCQS (88.1 FM) from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 15 to hear Dean of Admission Richard Blomgren and his counterpart from UNCA. They will discuss the admissions process and the recognition of the two schools in Fiske and other guidebooks.


Hooray for . . .

Ray Cockrell, for an amazing, last-minute effort in helping to prepare the College’s propane- powered Ecomower for the Southern Energy and Environment Expo at the western North Carolina Agricultural Center. The mower created lots of interest at the expo and made the Asheville Citizen-Times.     

Melissa Ray Davis (MFA Program Office Assistant by day), who was voted Vice President of the non-profit Full Moon Farm wolf dog rescue and sanctuary in Black Mountain. If you would like to support the wonderful work Melissa and other volunteers do, visit www.fullmoonfarm.org.

Michael Matin, whose edition of Joseph Conrad’s novel Lord Jim was published in the Barnes and Noble Classics series. The text is a companion volume to his edition of Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Conrad, which was published in 2003. Volumes from this series are being widely adopted for use in colleges, graduate schools and high schools. The series is featured in every Barnes and Noble bookstore in the country.


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.

To view a listing of campus events, click the “Master Calendar” link from left column on the Inside page.


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