Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – October 26, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 13

Contact: John Bowers

October 26,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 13

WWC Board of Trustees resolution concerning the September floods

WHEREAS, the Swannanoa Valley and the Asheville area twice experienced within the month of September the 100-year flood, due to the impact of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan; and

WHEREAS, there resulted campus flooding, loss of power, loss of phone service and road inaccessibility for various periods of time; and

WHEREAS, the Warren Wilson College community responded superbly with immediate distribution of bottled water, flashlights, porta-johns, first-aid kits, sandbags, generators and unselfish support of one another; and

WHEREAS, only one day of class was suspended and work crews, residence hall directors and assistants, and all students, faculty and staff, pitched in to help in the best tradition of a self-sustaining community; then

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of Warren Wilson College conveys its compliments and appreciation to the hardy, persevering members of the campus community for their impressive response to the “September Storms of 2004.”  Oct. 8, 2004

WWC Board of Trustees resolution concerning the SACS visit

The Board of Trustees commends the Faculty, Administration, Staff and Students of Warren Wilson College for the recent successful visit of the representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  We especially thank those who prepared the impressive Quality Enhancement Plan for the years 2004-2009 in preparation for the institutional review required to receive reaffirmation of accreditation. We further encourage the leaders of Warren Wilson College to aggressively implement the six goals of the plan in order for many current and future students to experience success in their personal educational experience at this College.

WWC Governance Presentation and Listening Sessions

The Governance Review Committee will be presenting two Governance models to Staff Forum on Wed., Nov. 3 and to Caucus on Sun., Nov. 7. The Staff Forum presentation is open to staff, faculty, volunteers and voting Caucus members. The Caucus presentation is open to the entire WWC community. This is the first major review of the College’s governance model in 15 years. The Committee started the review process in fall 2003. A great deal of research, discussion and consideration has gone into this review. Now it’s your turn to be part of the review process. Following the presentations to Staff Forum and Caucus, numerous Listening Sessions will be scheduled at various locations on campus. These Listening Sessions are an opportunity for members of the community to share feedback, concerns and ideas with members of the Governance Review Committee. We need your feedback in order to take the next step in reworking the college’s Governance system. This is a great opportunity to be part of creating the College’s future.

Schedule of Listening Sessions:

Nov. 4. 12-1 p.m. in the  Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 5. 12-1 p.m. Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 8. 8:30-9:30 am Sunroom/Cowpie

Nov. 8. 12-1 p.m. Fishbowl/Cafeteria

Nov. 9. 12-1 p.m. Sunroom/Cowpie

Nov. 9. 4-5 p.m. Kessinger Room/Library

Presentation schedule and location:

Nov. 3. Staff Forum presentation. 4 p.m. Canon

Nov. 7. Caucus presentation. 6 p.m. Canon

What are students saying about the library?

The results of the student survey that the library conducted last spring are posted in Lower Gladfelter on the academic bulletin board. They will stay there until the end of October. You can also view them online at http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~library/survey2.htm. Take a look-they are really interesting!

The Well wants your non-fiction

The Well, Warren Wilson’s creative nonfiction print and online magazine, is accepting submissions for the fall semester publication. The fall issue will be based loosely on the theme Wasting Time. Submissions are due by Halloween. Send your work to well@warren-wilson.edu. For questions call ext. 3746 or email well@warren-wilson.edu.

Kittredge Music Resource Center

If you are looking for a relaxing place to study, 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.

Soccer season ends early

After taking yet another season ending injury, the men’s soccer team found itself in the unbelievable situation of not having enough players healthy or available to complete their schedule. With only nine field players for the fall break fixtures, and no substitutes for the rest, the Athletic Department made the agonizing decision to forfeit the remaining six matches. The team compiled a 3-9-0 record, dropping its final two games in Virginia to Averett University 2-1, and arch rivals Emory & Henry 4-0. Highlights of the year included the addition of Nfansu Janneh, and Kyle Carpenter, freshman who won a first 11 spot, and contributed throughout. The victory over Brevard College was the peak, and losing to Anderson College the valley, on the steep climb up the mountain of challenges this year, before the fall into the abyss. As players, including a captain, left the side over the course of the season for various reasons, the team also took several injuries, further reducing their already small roster. Critical mass was reached with an injury to the remaining team captain, and the squad reduced to a below bare minimum number to compete.

United Way campaign update

The United Way Campaign is rapidly coming to a close. Many who pledged

last year have not yet returned your pledge form. The needs this year are greater than last and we need all who can give to give. Please return your gift forms to Ray Stock, CPO 6052, within the next few days. Thank you for your generous help. Some within the Warren Wilson community have responded at a level which places them in the PEEK society. A special thank to these colleagues.

Support our troops

The vast majority of Warren Wilson may not support the war, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support our troops. Two collection centers will be set up on campus at the Chapel and Canon Lounge. Awesome things for troops include feminine hygiene products, toothpaste/brushes, soap/shampoo, camelbacks, foot powder, eye drops, deodorant, Q-tips, baby wipes, powdered drinks, snack cakes, razors, books/magazines, games (not including card games), battery operated fans, writing supplies, letters of love and
support, and anything else useful you can think of. No aerosol cans, please. Be wary of food that melts. For questions on donations, call recycling at ext. 2035.

Violin concert at Montreat

Dr. Joy Brown Wiener will present a violin concert on Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at Montreat College. This concert is free to the public. Joy Brown Wiener was born in Memphis and was the Concertmaster Emeritus of the Memphis Symphony. She won first prize in the international competition at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, appearing before royalty and subsequently performed on the National Italian Radio. She was awarded a concert on the famous Micat Series, and was invited by the Queen Mother Elizabeth of Belgium to participate in her famous competition in Brussels. Since 1983, Joy has been a regular performing artist on the International T.V. series “Joy of Music,” which is viewed by millions.  

A Place at the Table

On Tues., Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge, the Diversity Task Force will show the film A Place at the Table. Angie Jones, a diversity consultant who led a program during the First Year Student Orientation, will lead a discussion following the film. A Place at the Table tells the story of our nation’s struggle to ensure liberty and justice for all. One major element sets the film apart from most historical documentaries: it is narrated entirely by young people. The film was produced by Teaching Tolerance. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Shuli Arieh Archer, ext. 3768.

Blues, ragtime and old-time in Sage

Andy Cohen will be present a concert of blues and ragtime guitar and old-time

music on Wed., Oct. 27, 7-8 p.m. at the Sage Café. Known for his mastery of acoustic blues guitar, Andy Cohen learned directly from some of the greats, including Pink Anderson, Honeyboy Edwards, Rev. Dan Smith, Daniel Womack, and others. Andy’s vast repertoire also includes old-time string band music, gospel and country songs, piano rags, and English music hall material. His influences range from Rev. Gary Davis to Uncle Dave Macon, James P. Johnson to the Carter family, and Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Rodgers to Harry Partch. Proficient on the 6 and 12 string guitar he also plays fiddle, banjo, piano, mandolin, and autoharp, as well as the Dolceola, a chord zither with a keyboard from the early 1900s. An energetic and entertaining performer who is extremely knowledgeable about the roots of American music, Andy founded the Asheville Junction in the 1970s, providing a venue for folk music in Asheville. This is part of a series of Appalachian music concerts presented by Warren Wilson’s Lyceum committee, Academic Affairs, and the Swannanoa Gathering.

Labor studies teach-in

Don’t miss the labor studies teach-in on Thurs., Oct. 28 from 11:15-12:30. Members of the current labor studies class will be speaking on “The State of the Unions: The Contemporary Labor Movement and Presidential Politics.” Contrary to popular belief, the labor movement isn’t dead – come hear about some of its recent signs of life! Plus, find out ways that the commander-in-chief is connected to the state of the labor movement; some of these ways you’ve probably never imagined. The event will be held in the Mierke room in Gladfelter cafeteria. Presenters include: Nicole Accordino, Jon Christie, Liz Diaz, Ethan Gilbert, Sandra Hayslette, Kendall Hudson, BJ Scofield, Heidi Stucker, Debbie Weingarten, Hillary Wilson, Virginia Wolking, and Zack Zeigler. For more information, call Sandra at ext. 3726.

First Shabbat of the term

There will be a vegetarian potluck at 7 p.m., on Fri., Oct. 29 in the Garden Cabin. Come and celebrate the first sabbath of the term with blessings over candles, challah, wine, and peace. Bring instruments to engage in songs of peace. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, in addition to your own dishware. For questions, contact Alana at ext. 4045. Shalom.

Noted scientist and author to speak

Dr. Ursula Goodenough, a geneticist on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, and author of Sacred Depths of Nature, will speak in the college chapel Thurs., Nov. 4, and will participate in a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall Fri., Nov. 5. Dr. Goodenough is a nationally known authority on religious naturalism. Her field of expertise includes the study of the relationship between religion and such current scientific issues as the use of DNA and cloning. Her visit is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, the Lyceum Committee, and the Faulds Lectureship.

Storyteller David Novak to present Harwood-Cole Lecture Nov. 6

Award-winning storyteller David Novak, one of the nation’s leading performers in the storytelling revival, will deliver the annual Harwood-Cole Lecture at Warren Wilson College on Saturday, Nov. 6. The presentation, entitled “The Telling Experience: Oracy, Folk Narrative and Modern Storytelling,” will be at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Novak will speak on the storyteller’s art and share his unique approach to familiar folk and fairy tales. The lecture is free and open to the public. Winner of the 2002 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, Novak has been featured often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and on concert stages across the country. Smithsonian Magazine describes him as “a gifted teller who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks. His fluid voice can become a dozen different characters.” Texas storyteller Jeanine Pasini-Beekman says of Novak: “In him, the Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung  meet Monty Python.” Novak is cofounder of the innovative National Yakkers Theatre Ensemble, and creator of The Storyteller’s Compass, a new method of “narrative wayfinding.” Novak currently is working on the “American Parables Project,” in which he examines stories from world cultures in an effort to deepen our understanding of American cultural values.

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

www.twnf.com has a ton of internship opportunities and much more. Definitely worth checking out, enjoy!

Job of the Week

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies, seeks a full-time Policy Program Assistant. Applicants should possess strong writin
g and verbal skills, ability to work well in teams or independently, strong computer skills, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure, be a self-started, able to juggle multiple tasks, and committed to the environment. Bachelor’s degree (environmental science or policy preferred) and 2 years experience required. Experience in transportation, biofuels, renewable energy and/or on Capitol Hill desired. Salary mid-20s to low 30s, depending on experience; excellent benefits; growth potential. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by Congressional leaders and dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies.  Its primary focus is on national policy and policymaker education. If you want to find tons of job postings just like this one, visit www.hirenet.net/mypostings.cfm then stop by the Career Resource Center to acquire the password!

Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

The Thomas Berry Young Writers Award was announced October 11 at the lunch meeting of the Council of Advisors of the Environmental Leadership Center. Thomas Berry – native of Greensboro, NC, and author of Universe Story, Dream of the Earth, and The Great Work - has drawn large audiences on our campus during his several visits over the past few years. He has spoken to packed houses in Canon Lounge and the College Chapel, and he has made close contact with students through his appearance in classes and conversations in the ELC. At the council meeting where this award was announced, the poet Thomas Crowe paid tribute to Berry with these words: “As he approaches 90, Thomas Berry has left a remarkable legacy – as a spiritual scholar, as a model for humanity, as a monk in the Christian tradition, as a philosopher and thinker and author, and finally as an elder, alter-ego and spokesperson for the entire human race. A cross between Thomas Aquinas and Henry David Thoreau, he is the first ‘Ecologian’ (as he has been described) – a dovetailing of ecologist and theologian. As a path-maker, his ideas exist on the cutting edge of the future.” Thomas Berry himself was unable to attend the ELC Council meeting but listened by phone to excerpts from his writings that were delivered at the meeting by Thomas Crowe and other council members. A sample of Berry’s writing: “We see quite clearly that what happens to the nonhuman happens to the human. What happens to the outer world happens  to the inner world. If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished. Without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of the insects, the free-flowing streams, the flowering fields, the sight of the clouds by day and the stars at night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.”

The winners of the Thomas Berry Young Writers Award will be those whose writing reflects not only the expansive values of Thomas Berry’s work but also the spirit and the taking forward of his vision for the making of a better world. “This is the high experience to which we are called,” Berry says.

Further details on this award will soon be announced by the Environmental Leadership Center. Questions can be addressed to John Huie, ELC Director, ext. 3780. The first annual award will be presented at the ELC Council of Advisors meeting in the spring of 2005.

The Green Buzz

Sustainable Practices at the College Press

When it comes to WWC’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the Warren Wilson College Press is a leader! The press provides the WWC community with access to sustainable paper choices and the knowledge to make sustainable copying and printing decisions. The press uses biodegradable, non-toxic soy-based ink in all their printing (except for the rare use of metallic ink), recycles all toner cartridges, and works with the Recycling Crew to reuse old books to make cards with recycled materials. All the copiers on campus are stocked with Badger paper, which is made of 100% post consumer pulp and is produced without chlorine – the use of chlorine creates dioxins that disrupt the immune and reproductive systems of humans, fish, and wildlife. The press encourages the use of one-sided paper, stocks specialty recycled paper, and has tree-free paper available. The press is constantly investigating new alternative papers; some interesting types of paper are made out of sawdust, sugar cane, cotton linters, seaweed, and kenaf plant. The press is currently looking into “Evergreen 50/50,” which is made up of 50% bamboo fibers and 50% post consumer fibers. Although the environmental benefits of alternative papers are highly promising, the cost of the papers as well as the shipping price (the seaweed is from Italy, the kenaf from New Mexico) often makes the expense too great for large-scale use. It is important for the press and all WWC consumers to make small investments in alternative papers so as to develop a market for them, thereby driving down the cost and motivating further research into more environmentally friendly methods for making paper and alternatives to wood fiber. Less paper made out of wood fiber means less logging, therefore less habitat loss and more carbon sequestration in forests.

Open Position

Assistant Supervisor, HVAC

WWC invites applications for the position of  assistant supervisor, HVAC. Qualified candidates must have a working knowledge and technical understanding of all areas related to the HVAC industry, including residential, institutional and industrial sectors, technical and prior successful employment in the field, preferably with two plus years experience, with Digital Control experience a plus. A type 1 and type 11-refrigeration certification and a valid North Carolina Driver’s License with no restrictions are required. 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 November 1, 2004.

Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Evening trips

If interested in any of these, call ext. 3775 for more information or come by the Service Learning office.

Mon. evenings:  Black Mountain Center (sometime after fall break this trip will switch to Tuesday evenings).

Wed. evenings:  AHOPE Shelter  6-8 p.m.

Thursday evenings: Manna Food Bank 5:30-8:30 p.m.

If you save your evenings for studying, but can find an hour our two during the day (come on, everyone has an hour or two) we have these trips during the day going on.

Monday and Wednesday mornings

Black Mountain Garden

Wednesdays from 11-1

Gourmet Veggie Soup Kitchen

Wednesday from 1-2:30

Black Mountain Garden

We also have 39 tutors placed in the commun
ity.  If you are interested in matching up with one kid or a small class, call Jonna at 2011.  There are vehicles going to tutoring sites Wednesday and Friday mornings for ESL tutoring that have room for more!

Saturday Trips

Oct. 30 and Nov. 6- Asheville Parks and Rec -Two work days at Carrier park (this was the freshman service site this year!).  This park was completely under water during the flood.  Much work has already been done to restore the trails we worked on and putting ground cover in the playground, but for the next two Saturdays, we will help them get it back to where it was before flood stage!  Mulching, clearing, river clean-up, etc.

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

 

Work Program

Ext. 2007

Day Student Contract Applications

Students who wish to apply for a Work Program Day Student Work Contract,

must have their application completed and returned to the Work Program by

Nov. 7, 2004. Application forms are available at the Work Program.

Thanksgiving Hours Information

All students will receive nine hours work credit for the week of Thanksgiving. Those students who are on a crew that work weekend hours may be eligible for additional hours; students are expected to work their normally scheduled work hours on Monday and Tuesday. Crew Supervisors need to inform the Work Program Office of any student who should be credited with more than the nine hours due to weekend work schedules.

Thanksgiving Break: The Work Program will have some hours available for work over Thanksgiving Break. Most workers will work approximately 8 – 14 hours. There are no 40 hour work contracts this break period. The rate of pay will be $6.50 per hour and there will be NO room or board charges. For this break only, you do not need to work to stay in your dorm over Thanksgiving. Sign-up for Thanksgiving Break work is Monday, November 8. Notices will be placed in all student mailboxes as a reminder.

Winter Break: The Work Program employs approximately 80 students each week of Winter Break. The rate of pay is $6.50 per hour. The dining hall will be closed the first 2 weeks of break; therefore, students who live on campus will only be charged $35.00 for weeks one and two. For weeks three and four, the room and board charge will be $85.00. Sign-up for Winter Break work will be Monday, November 22, 2004. Notices will be placed in all student mailboxes as a reminder.

If anyone has any questions, please contact Karen Huntley at extension 2007.

WorldWide

Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

There may still be a few open slots on the spring ’05 WorldWide course with travel to Greece. This popular philosophy course is designed to explore the world of classical Greece and ancient thought by focusing on literature, mythology, art and architecture. Please call ext. 3057 or come by the WorldWide office for more details.

New Zealand and Peru travelers, the WorldWide office should now have a copy of your passport on file. If you have not yet done so, please bring your passport by the WorldWide office as soon as possible, so that we can make a copy. Many thanks to those of you who have already taken care of this.

Time is running out to vote in the cross-cultural photo contest! These photos from around the world are currently on display in the library. Be sure to see them and vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced soon.

Hooray for . . .

Jonna Book, Service-Learning’s new Vista Volunteer. Jonna is in charge of all details involved in getting Warren Wilson students tutoring and mentoring in the county-recruiting, matching kid to student, talking to schools and setting up transportation. In eight weeks, she has successfully placed 39 tutoring and mentoring matches totaling 632 hours of life changing service! Hooray for the tutors and mentors as well!

Rodney Lytle, who hit a hole-in-one during the WWC homecoming golf tournament.

Paul Magnarella (Peace Studies) was awarded the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award by the President of the Association of Third World Studies at the Association’s annual meeting Oct. 7-9, 2004.

Jessica Smigels, who facilitated the building of an outdoor sculpture at Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in fulfilling her integrative thesis senior project. The structure, a bottle-shaped outdoor sculpture with a mosaic of bottle tops and caps, is intended to heighten community awareness of reusing, reducing and recycling.

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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