Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – October 12, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 12

Contact: John Bowers

October 12, 2004     Vol. 8   No. 12


From President Orr: SACS visit update

The College’s SACS leadership team has completed an exit interview with the On-Site Visiting Team, and I want to share with you the general nature of their remarks. We should receive their written report soon and, at that time, we will report more specifics.

However, at this time I’m extremely gratified with what we heard. Our SACS liaison officer and SACS Association Executive Director, Donna Wilkinson, said "this is a very, very positive report, and you should be very proud of the on-site committee’s evaluation."

She noted that this is especially so, given that Warren Wilson is one of the first colleges to go through the SACS reaffirmation process under the new system. Basically, we have met the basic SACS core compliance requirement for reaccreditation, although the formal process has some months to go until next June when the SACS Commission on Colleges makes its final report.

We received only three "recommendations" – two in the compliance area and one involving the Quality Enhancement Plan for the First-Year Student Experience. (For comparison, Larry Modlin and I have participated on various SACS visiting teams in the past that made up to 30 recommendations in some cases.)

More information will be shared as we receive the written report, but in general, they indicated that "you’ve done much of the work and have an excellent plan; you just need to pull it all together" (in regard to the two compliance recommendations). The Quality Enhancement Plan was commended as demonstrating about a dozen "strengths," as well as "Consultative Advice" for enhancement in some areas and a single recommendation that entails integrating our assessment plan with the QEP.

After we receive the written report, we have five months to draft a formal response to the On-Site Team Chair, who will thereupon submit his final report to SACS and its Commission on Colleges for their June meeting.

I want to reiterate my appreciation to all who engaged in this lengthy and challenging process amidst many other commitments: each of the Leadership Team members, Staff liaison Allyson Hettrick, the Compliance Report drafting work by John Casey and the faculty, staff and students who participated. I believe that this SACS process will mean much more to us than reaccreditation: it will significantly enhance the manner in which we assess learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness in carrying out our mission, and will allow the best practices possible to be applied to our First-Year Experience program.

Finally, each of the On-Site Committee members commented on the superb hospitality they received, the excellent responses in the interviews, the impressive mission and program of the College, and the beauty of this place.

So well done to each of you. Overcoming two major storms and the successful SACS Self-Study and Reaffirmation process is a good autumn’s work.      



Welcome Katie

Please welcome Katherine “Katie” Green as the new Administrative Assistant for the Work Program Office. She is a graduate of Berea College, so she is certainly familiar with the Work Program. Most recently, Katie has been working with United Way on the fundraising campaign. Prior to that she accompanied her husband, whom was on a privately funded fellowship, to Mexico and South America where she able to strengthening her fluency in Spanish and teach English at a language school in Ecuador. After Oct. 25, Katie can be reached at ext. 3018 or stop by the WPO to say welcome her.


The Well wants your nonfiction

The Well, Warren Wilson’s creative nonfiction print and online magazine, is now accepting submissions for the fall semester publication. The fall issue will be based loosely on the theme Wasting Time. Submissions are due by Halloween. Submit your piece or pieces on disk in Word/Rich text format or four hard copies to The Well office in Lower Glad. For questions call ext. 3746 or email well@warren-wilson.edu. Visit the Well at www.warren-wilson.edu/~well.


Garden Update

The garden has been quite busy lately preparing for the colder months ahead. We have been building up the sides of the beds in the greenhouse and hoop houses to create a richer soil base in order to fully support our greens production throughout the winter. So, you can still look forward to some WWC greens in the Cowpie during the winter! We are evaluating various ways to increase the nutrient content in the soil. After speaking with NRC we are considering the possibility of growing various types of mushrooms in the garden, and perhaps inter-planting them with vegetable crops. And as a trial we have under-sown clover in one broccoli bed to assess how it may help with weed control and raise nutrient levels. A good portion of our southwest field has been planted in a winter cover crop of hairy vetch, which will provide a large dose of nitrogen. The recent rains have made drainage/standing water issues in the garden ever present, causing us to reevaluate the positioning of beds and crops. The herb house is still under construction, but making progress. Hope you all have been enjoying WWC vegetables both at Gladfelter and the Cowpie, as we have been providing our most successful crops of squash and potatoes, as well as various others. Also, look forward to broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and greens in the coming months! As always, we welcome you to please come down to the garden if you have a few moments, and see where this food grows. Your fellow students who work at the garden would love to share what it takes for vegetables to grow and how it gets to you.


Cycling Owls

The Cycling Owls showed off their talents yet again as the team traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee to compete at Eastern Tennessee State University Oct. 2-3. Waking up early and coming home late failed to dampen the spirits of our riders; in fact, such challenging circumstances seemed to only encourage riders to rage even faster on the trails. Saturday was marked by downhill, duo slalom, and short track competitions. The nimble maneuvering of our gravity riders made dropping off six feet platforms and going around obtuse angles seem like child’s play, and newcomer Rick Gaukel impressed bystanders as he flew through the air to land a first place in men’s B downhill. Slalom was no exception, with Lexy taking fifth overall, having stayed in men’s A slalom until well into the semifinal elimination rounds. Sunday’s cross country event was marked by unforgiving weather, terrain, and a desire for high points. Every rider from novice to expert fell at least three times on the slick, muddy race trail. Jesse Chen and Rick Gaukel graduated to the men’s B class and Callum Robertson took third in men’s C, while an Addy-not yet fully r
ecovered from a respiratory ailment-took third in women’s A.


Alternative study space, with music

If you are looking for a relaxed place to study this hectic last week of the term, check out the Kittredge Music Resource Center (KMRC). Study, listen to good music, study some more, and maybe even make some music-there are listening stations, comfy chairs, instruments, and plenty of room for people looking for a new place to study. Check out the KMRC Sun.-Thurs. 7-10 p.m. and Mon.-Fri. 2:30-5 p.m.


Patsy Keever on campus

Patsy Keever, congressional candidate from our district, will be speaking in Canon Lounge Tues., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. Patsy is running against republican incumbent Charles Taylor, and will be on campus to discuss her positions on environment, education, and economy. As always, she will have ample time to answer questions, meet with folks individually. Of course, there will be free snacks.


Staff body news

On Oct. 12, staff members and volunteers will be receiving copies of the first complete draft of staff bylaws. Several members of the staff/volunteer community have been working on the bylaws for the past two months. The bylaws will be emailed out via Staff-L as an attachment. If you’d prefer to receive a hard copy of the bylaws, please email Heidi at hzednik@warren-wilson.edu or call ext. 2086. Extra hard copies will also be available at the WPO. On Thurs., Oct. 14, from 12 – 1 p.m., staff members who worked on the bylaws will be available in Canon Lounge to answer questions, discuss the bylaws and gather feedback from the staff community.


Be hip to Tuesday

On Oct. 26 there will be a roundtable discussion of media issues and the election in the Fishbowl over lunch. Election Day is Nov. 2.


El Crimen del Padre Amaro

The modern languages department is presenting the film El Crimen del Padre Amaro on Wed., Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. There will be English subtitles. All students and faculty are welcome. Join us for our last film for this term.


In Conversations reading series continues

Brad Land, author of Goat, and former nonfiction editor of Third Coast, will be reading from his recent memoir as well as from a novel-in-progress, this Wed., Oct. 13  at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Land’s work has been featured in GQ and written up in the New York Times Book Review. His Goat has garnered rave reviews.


Midnight Library hours for week 8

The library will remain open until midnight Oct. 10-14 to accommodate students completing end-of-the-term projects or studying for exams.


Do you have a wild idea?

The Fussler Fund at Warren Wilson supports innovative projects throughout the campus and the larger WNC community by awarding small catalyst grants, which serve as seed money for projects proposed by WWC students. Current award winners of the 2003-04 pilot program will present their projects on Thurs., Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. The following three students received Fussler funds this spring for their research projects: Clayton Wilburn (Buncombe County wastewater), Heidi Stucker (WWC Permaculture Initiative), and Winborne Evans (Organic Beekeeping in Western North Carolina). Students interested in applying for the 2004-05 grants cycle should plan on attending the presentation on Oct. 14, and should submit a budget and two-page proposal to Carla Sutherland (csuther@warren-wilson.edu) by Fri., Nov. 5. Current award winners and a panel of faculty and staff will judge applications. Awards will be announced in mid-November. Special consideration will be given to applications that are innovative and self-sustaining after start-up funding has been exhausted. Proposals that address economic development, environmental stewardship and education, sustainable agricultural practices, or quality of life issues are particularly welcome.


Choral workshop

Everyone is invited to attend the choral workshop and songfest to explore your voice. Moira Smiley will lead this session in Kittrege Music Wing Room 20, on Fri., Oct. 15 from Noon-2 p.m.


Library hours

The library will close on Fri., Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. and reopen on Mon., Oct. 18 for limited break hours. The weekday hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except Oct. 19, when the library will close at 8 p.m. The library will be closed on Sat., Oct. 23. On Oct. 24 the library will open at 6 p.m. when regular library hours resume.


Community music classes

Wayne Erbsen will be offering community evening classes at WWC in beginning clawhammer banjo, beginning fiddle, beginning mandolin and intermediate old-time and bluegrass band starting Oct. 19. For more information contact Wayne Erbsen at banjo@ nativeground.com, or 299-7031.


Meet me in the blue hour

Prints & paintings by Heidi Zednik are in Semi Public, A Space for Contemporary Art, located at 305 Hillside, Asheville. The opening reception is Sat., Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment by calling 253-5048.


At Holden Art Gallery

The show “Distance 2 Passage” is on display at Holden Art Center through Nov. 7. The show is comprised of the works of two artists, Dorothy Alessi and Nicole Jacobs ’99.


Lake Eden Arts Festival discounts

The Lake Eden Arts Festival is offering discount tickets for the WWC community. Visit http://www.theleaf.com/fallnews04_warren_wilson.html to order your tickets for the fall festival, Oct. 15-17.


All the works of Will Shakespeare

The Department of Theatre and the Lyceum
Committee have “bought the house” to one performance of NC Stage Company’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” So Thurs., Nov. 4 is Warren Wilson Night at NC Stage, and if you make a reservation through the theatre department, you can go for free. Not only that, but we are providing transportation downtown for everyone who needs it. Don’t miss this chance to see a professional theatre company performing all of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening with only three actors. Call ext. 3040 or email theatre@warren-wilson.edu and leave a message with your phone number or email address and telling us whether or not you’ll need transportation. We’ll get a ticket voucher to you.


Church Shuttle

Are you interested in going to church on Sunday morning but don’t have a ride? John Peterson can get you to most worshipping communities in Asheville or the surrounding area within a fifteen to twenty minute drive of WWC. Call John at ext. 5917 by 10 p.m. Saturdays if you want a ride.


Spanish conversation table

Practice your Spanish! Join the Modern Languages Department every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at our conversation table on the patio of Cowpie.


Career Resource Center

Carson 26

Ext: 3759

The North Carolina Writer’s Network Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

Postmark deadline: Nov. 1

The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or is a member of NCWN. If you are interested, submit two copies of an original and previously unpublished, typed and double-spaced 2000-word (maximum) manuscript. The manuscript should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages, and the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript, but on a separate cover sheet with name, address, telephone numbers, title and word count. Names should not appear on the manuscript, and an entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submission accepted; one manuscript per entry fee is 8$/NCWN Members, 12$/ Non members. You may pay member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. No manuscripts will be returned. Include an SASE for a list of winners. Winners are announced in January

Send Submission and entry fee to Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, North Carolina Writer’s Network, 3501 Hwy 54 West, Studio C, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Job of the Week

The Black Mountain branch of Advanced Auto Parts is looking for some part-time help. Flexible hours. Call store manager Mark Campbell at 669-5245.


Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Lower Sunderland

WWC honored with top state environmental award

The ELC was honored to accept the Environmental Educators of North Carolina’s (EENC) 2004 Outstanding Environmental Organization Award on behalf of Warren Wilson College. The award was given at the annual EENC statewide conference this past week outside of Brevard, NC. The following was said during the award ceremony: “There are a few organizations around the state that consistently challenge the status quo, lead us to think more innovatively about environmental solutions, and train leaders who help us forge a more sustainable future. The 2004 Outstanding Environmental Organization does all of these things, and has made a significant impact on EENC and its members. I would like to ask Mallory McDuff and Stan Cross to accept this award on behalf of Warren Wilson College. Stan and Mallory have been instrumental in involving Warren Wilson staff and students in EENC events, and have helped our organization grow in new directions. Mallory has spent countless hours conducting a needs assessment to help EENC best serve its members. Stan has worked diligently with Ridge Haven staff to offer the greenest food choices available. He has also led us to consider the carbon costs for this conference and to give back to the earth. Thanks to Mallory and Stan for bringing that great Warren Wilson community spirit to EENC. Thanks to Warren Wilson College and its Environmental Leadership Center for supporting all their efforts and leading the way in environmental education problem solving.”


Facilities Maintenance & Technical Services

Major projects

Soccer field: The final grading is underway! Carolina Green has graded the field within one inch of final grade.

College Relations: Extensions to the rafters are being installed this next week. Sheathing for the roof will follow.

Sage: foundation waterproofing is underway.

Rental housing update

The following houses were impacted by the hurricanes: Evon Swann, 118 Northwest Lane. Willever, 116 Northwest Lane: repairs completed. 103A/B Cabin Hill: need to adjust the window in A, and repair minor deck damage. 114 Cabin Hill: The back deck was lifted from its foundation.

Current vacant rentals

Anne Turkle, 102 Southwest Lane, Tracey Bleeker, 118 North Lane: Work should be completed by November 30. 124 North Lane

We need your help

We are still missing a lot of buckets used uring the hurricanes. And, many 5 gallon water containers have not been returned, or we are finding them in the trash. We have to pay for these bottles! We are asking you, as community members, to help us by returning all these items to recycling.


Plumbing has completed the installation of water saving showerheads in all the residence halls, along with instructions on their use. Building Services is experimenting with foam soap in various locations to see if using this product is more sustainable than our current product.


Do you live in a Warren Wilson College rental house? If so, we want to help reduce your winter bills. Please email pbraese@warren-wilson.edu. Make a list of items you could use: gaskets for outlets and switches, caulking, door strips, weather stripping, and we will try to accommodate your needs. Funds are limited, so act fast. We will also provide you a tip sheet on ways you can reduce your energy bill.


The Green Buzz

Fresh Action

The First Year Seminar program teaches new students to navigate Warren Wilson’s resources and provides a setting for peers to get to know each other. A few of the seminars focus specifically on the College’s commitment to environmental responsibility, such as Mallory McDuff’s seminar, Environmental Communication
in a Sustainable World. The class not only provides students with bonding time and an introduction to research, but also requires them to throw themselves into the administrative process of approving an environmental project on campus through all the necessary channels, campaigning for their idea, and implementing their plan. Current projects include increasing the usage of the Asheville city bus and the hours that it runs from campus, building a teepee to promote knowledge of Native American practices, labeling the sources of food in Gladfelter to promote understanding of food transport and the importance of local food, composting on campus, and a green “living” roof for a bike shed. McDuff’s seminar teaches students how to execute a project, giving them experience with the difficulties of surmounting institutional barriers, while showing them the possibilities for student initiated change on the Warren Wilson campus. As a student at a Sage Café show said so aptly, “more rock, less talk.” When classes discuss theoretical sustainability without acting on it, the idea remains abstract. The seminar is an example of the hands-on work that is such an important part of Warren Wilson’s curriculum. By getting students to jump right in and both think and act at the same time, classroom learning is not only theory, but applied understanding.


Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

For all freshmen seminars, creative work crews, dorms, teams, etc.: Service Learning has vans available for Saturday trips in November and December. We will design a trip just for your group, or let your group fill up the van and have all the fun.  Call us at ext. 3775.

Evening trips available

If you are interested in any of these, call 3775 for more information or come by Service Learning office!

Monday:  Black Mountain Center (After fall break, this trip changes to Tuesday evenings.)

Wednesday: AHOPE Shelter, 6-8 p.m.  

Thursday: Manna Food Bank, 5:30-8:30

If you save your evenings for studying, but can find an hour or two during the week, we have the following trips during the day:

Monday and Wednesday mornings: Black Mountain Garden

Wednesdays, 11-1: Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen

Wednesday, 1-2:30: Black Mountain Garden

We also have many tutoring opportunities catered to your schedule.

Saturday Trips

Oct. 30 – Amboy Park (where we did service day) and probably again on Nov. 6.

Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 – Habitat Work Days.  Come by and sign up!

We need your blood

Because of the floods, several blood drives were cancelled and have not been rescheduled, so there is a big need for blood in the area. Wanna help? It’s the same day as Election Day, November 2. Vote at Kittredge then walk across the street and give blood. Before we take your blood, you must weigh 110 pounds; you must be 17 years of age (no upper limit…everybody needs to give); you must have a picture id with you (driver’s license or student ID). You will be deferred if you have had a tattoo in the last year or if you have traveled in a malaria-risk area.  



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

There are still a limited number of slots available in spring ’05 WorldWide courses with travel to Malta and Mexico. The deadline for these course applications has been extended until Oct. 14. ART 377: Shedding Light on Malta is a two-credit course taught by Dusty Benedict and Ian Robertson. Using background readings and examining examining the work of artists such as Carravaggio, van Gogh, Klee and Macke, students will attempt to peel back the layers of Malta and its 7,000 year-old culture. ANT 377: Field Study in Oaxaca is a 2-credit course taught by Ben Feinberg. Students will examine Mexico’s past and present and receive training on the techniques of anthropological fieldwork. Travel plans include homestays with Mazatec families in Oaxaca, visits to sacred mountains and caves, and a long hike to a remote lowland village. Interested students should contact course leaders or come by the WorldWide office for more information.

New Zealand and Peru travelers, remember that the WorldWide office must have a copy of your passport by October 13.  Thanks to those of you who have already taken care of this.

The cross-cultural photo contest is still on display in the library. Don’t miss the chance view these wonderful photos from around the world. Be sure to vote for your favorite! The winner will be announced in early November.

Bon voyage to the WorldWide course travelers bound for India and Sri Lanka! Led by Bill and Susie Mosher, this group will be leaving on October 16. We all look forward to hearing about your adventures upon your return!


Hooray for . . .

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies), who presented a paper entitled “Reconciling the U.S. with a Fugitive Black Panther in Africa” at the annual meeting of the Association of Third World Studies (Oct. 2004).

Warren Wilson College trustee George Stuart, who has begun a three-year term on the 23-member N.C. Humanities Council.


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