Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – December 7, 2004 Vol. 8 No. 18

Contact: John Bowers

December 7,  2004     Vol. 8   No. 18

Community News

Inclement weather

As we inch closer toward winter, this is a reminder that typically the College remains open even in the event of extreme weather. Although the local broadcast media will announce school closings, the best source of information for WWC emergency announcements is the College hotline at 258-4521. The hotline will be updated just as soon as there is weather-related information to report. Working with Public Safety, we also will attempt to provide up-to-date information on road conditions in the vicinity of the college. The relatively flat Old U.S. 70/Bee Tree Road “back way” from Swannanoa often provides a good alternate route to campus in snowy or icy conditions. Please keep in mind that occasionally some class meetings may be canceled or crew work altered if the professor or supervisor is unable to travel to campus. If your crew supervisor is not available, please report to the work program office, as the crew may still need to function without a supervisor. Please note also that sometimes severe weather may prevent staff from getting to the library to open it on time. In such a situation the library will open as soon as the first staff member arrives. Occasionally it also may be necessary for the library to close early so that library staff can return home safely. Even in those rare cases when classes are canceled, the college will of course work to continue other operations for the well-being of residential students. The best assumption in each case is that the college will be open and your classes/crews will meet as scheduled.


Ralph Blizard

I’m sorry to report that fiddler Ralph Blizard died Friday evening at his home in Blountville, Tennessee. Ralph was born on December 5, 1918, and he would have been 86 this week. A longtime friend of Warren Wilson College, Ralph taught and performed on campus many times over the years. He was an important part of the Swannanoa Gathering since its inception, and he shared his music at other campus events as well. He was recognized for his musicianship nationally (National Heritage Award), regionally (Tennessee Governor’s Award), and here at Warren Wilson (Swannanoa Gathering’s Master Music Maker Award). He enriched many of us for these many years with his music, his friendship, his great wisdom, and his unique insights on life. He was a musical genius and an endless promoter and advocate of old-time music. One of Ralph’s wishes was to see traditional music carried on by the next generation, so a Swannanoa Gathering Youth Scholarship in his name will be created. We will miss him very much. If you would like to write to his wife, Mildred Blizard, her address is 1084 State Route 394, Blountville, TN 37617

–Phil Jamison


Candidates for Dean of Students

Ann Gleason, candidate for Dean of Students, will be on campus Dec. 6-7. There will be an open session at 12:15 p.m. in the Fishbowl on Mon., Dec. 6 an open session on Tues., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Cathy Kramer, candidate for Dean of Students, will be on-campus Dec. 9-10. There will be an open session at 12:15 p.m. in the Fishbowl on Thurs., Dec. 9 and an open session on Fri., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Please take the opportunity to meet the candidates and attend one of these sessions.


Warren Wilson Bus Week

This week, Dec. 5-10, is Warren Wilson Bus Week. We are trying to get everyone on campus to ride the bus anywhere at least once during the week, to show WWC’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Please ride the bus and support this service to our community.


Renewable Choice Lunch and Learn

On Tues., Dec. 7, at 12:15-1 p.m. in Gladfelter’s middle Fishbowl, there will be the Renewable Choice Lunch and Learn. Renewable Choice is a nationwide program designed to increase the production and usage of wind power. Consumers pay Renewable Choice to subsidize wind power initiatives. The wind power that is generated goes onto the national power grid system, which helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lowers overall emissions into the atmosphere. Come learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the Renewable Choice program.


Appalachian Music Student Performance

Warren Wilson’s Appalachian music classes will perform at Sage Café on Wed., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.


Art Show and Exhibition

The Senior Exhibition, “Unfurl,” has opened at the Holden Art Gallery, showing the works of Amanda McGaha, Suzanne Martin, Ashley Neikirk and Nelson McWhorter. To close the show, these graduating seniors will hold a reception for the public and the College Community on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the Senior Show, the all campus Student Art Show is also open. This show will run through January.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.


Beats and baby beats

On Fri., Dec. 10 a select group of local poets and writers with ties to the Beat generation will read and perform their work and that of their predecessors at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center located at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and performances will begin at 8 p.m.; refreshments will be available throughout the evening. A $3 cover fee will be charged at the door for students and members of BMCM+AC, with a $5 charge for general admission. Local poets, writers and aficionados who will be featured performers for the event include former Beatitude magazine editor and founding Director of the San Francisco Poetry Festival, Thomas Rain Crowe; 1960s neighbor to and cohort of Ken Kesey, Michael Revere; grandbaby Beat poet and performance artist Ted Pope; Sebastian Matthews, editor of Rivendell journal and of Search party, the collected poems of his late father, William Matthews; poet, renaissance man and Black Mountain College and Beat scholar, Jeff Davis; poet and publisher/editor of Black Mountain Review, and owner/proprietor of Bookdogger Bookstore in Black Mountain, David Wilson; owner/proprietor of The Reader’s Corner bookstore in Asheville, Gillian Coats; Brooklyn College student of Allen Ginsberg who now teaches at UNC-A, Lori Horvitz; WWC student, Malaprop’s Bookstore employee and editor of Thistle Journal, poet Jaye Bartell. Providing jazz accompaniment and music for the evening will be outstanding regional musicians. For more information about the event, contact Alice Sebrell at 350-8484 or bmcmac@ bellsouth.net.


December at the chapel

Dec.12 – 11 a.m. Morning Worship in the sanctuary. Wassail party afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.

Dec. 15 – 8 p.m. Cookies and carols in the sanctuary.

Dec. 21 – 7 p.m. Christian Celtic Solstice Meditation.

Dec. 24 – 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.

Dec. 26 – 11 a.m. Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall.

Dec. 28 – 6 p.m. Christmas International House dinner in the Fellowship Hall.


Staff Body nominations

The Staff Body is seeking nominations for 2 Co-conveners and 1 Secretary. They
would like to have at least 3 nominations for Co-conveners and 2 nominations for Secretary. Please email your nominations to staff@warren-wilson.edu or campus mail to CPO 6345 Attn: Heidi. The Deadline for nominations is Mon., Dec. 13 at noon. The candidate for Co-Convener receiving the most votes shall serve a full year term. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall serve a term of one semester and may be eligible for re-election at that to a full year term. The candidate for Secretary receiving the highest number of votes shall serve a full term. If you need more information as to Co-convener and/or Secretary responsibilities, please refer to the Staff Bylaws.


Kaye’s going away

Kaye Codrington, Safety and Training Supervisor, will be leaving WWC at the end of this semester. Please join the Work Program on Wed., Dec. 15 between 3:30-4:45 p.m., as we say goodbye to our friend and colleague. The WPO will have cake and punch for all to enjoy.


The Library

The Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 17, and reopen on Mon., Jan. 3, at 8:30 a.m. During the MFA January Residency, Library hours will be as follows:

Mon.-Fri., Jan. 3-7, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 8-9, 1-8 p.m. Mon.-Tues., Jan. 10-11, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. The library will be open Wed.-Fri., Jan. 12-14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will be closed Sat.-Sun., Jan. 15-16. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, January 17, 2005.


Christmas International House

The WWC Presbyterian Church is participating in Christmas International House (CIH) next month. CIH will host ten international students who will visit in the Asheville area Dec. 18 – Jan. 1. The students will come from campuses across the U. S. They will stay with host families and CIH will schedule daytime trips and activities for them. Call Fitz Legerton (ext. 2038) or Jan Griffin at the Chapel (298-9092) if you would like to host one or two international students for one of these periods: Dec. 18-20; Dec. 20-26; Dec.26-Jan. 1.


A Swannanoa Solstice

The Diana Wortham Theatre Mainstage Special Attractions Series presents the annual holiday gathering, A Swannanoa Solstice, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Al Petteway and Amy White, with the help of Robin Bullock and some other talented friends, present an exciting blend of contemporary, Celtic-influenced, original and traditional instrumental music on acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, Irish bouzouki, vocals and world percussion in Swannanoa Solstice. In this annual event they imbue holiday songs old and new, religious and secular with their special talents and perform selections from their recently released CD A Midnight Clear. Bullock travels to Asheville from his home in France to celebrate the release of his new CD A Guitar for Christmas. This year’s special guests include members of the Warren Wilson College Chorale directed by Dr. Milt Crotts and dancers from the Asheville road team of the world famous Green Grass Cloggers. Tickets: Regular $28; Seniors and Students $26; Children $10. Student Rush tickets are $10 for students with valid I.D. and are sold the day of the show. Information for the Swannanoa Solstice is available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office at 257-4530.


Firefighting Training

The North Carolina Forest Service needs to meet with all students and staff who would like to fight forest fires this year.  We will be conducting a 14-hour Wildland Fire Suppression Course at the beginning of next semester. The class includes the S-130, S-190, and Standards for Survival.  They will be taught at the Morse Science Hall, Room 110 on January 17, 19, 24, and 26, from 6:30-10 p.m. We will cover such topics as fire weather, tactics and safety.  The North Carolina Forest Service now pays $8.63 per hour to firefighters and $9.05 to student crewleaders. This class is required for new employees of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the US Forest Service. The students who complete this basic fire control training will have the same certificate that is required to be a firefighter on federal lands.


Church and shuttle

All students, staff and faculty are invited to 11 a.m. Sunday services at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel. If you would prefer to attend another church in town 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

Job of the Week

Montana Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Leading an MCC crew challenges and rewards. You will serve as a teacher, project specialist, and liaison with the sponsor. You will be responsible for building community on your crew, for ensuring the safety of your team, and for developing your crew member’s skills. You’ll balance your friendships with the responsibility to promote MCC policies.

The intensive MCC leadership institute provides the training you need to succeed at this task. However, while training may develop leader abilities, your commitment to consistently practicing and modeling leadership is of utmost importance. Flexibility, tolerance, professionalism, and everyday leadership by example are essential qualities of this position. You must be willing to work productively with a co-leader. MCC is a drug and alcohol free work environment. You are responsible for finding your own housing. MCC has resources to help you find suitable housing. Members often rent an apartment together. We provide transportation to and from the MCC worksite. You’ll need to get to the MCC office or other meeting place on your own.

Flexibility is essential as your schedule will fluctuate to meet the needs of our sponsors. For much of the season, you’ll be camping at front country or backcountry locations, but you may also have weeks in town. We often work well over 40 hours per week and on Saturdays. Hitches may be 9 or more days long, up to 12 weeks in remote locations. The stipend is adequate to meet your basic needs for housing, food and routine needs. However, you will find it difficult to keep up with car loan payments or other debts, such as credit card bills. School loans may be put in loan forbearance during your AmeriCorps term of service.

MCC service projects are diverse and educational. You may build trails to ensure safe access to our public lands or build homes for low income families. On certain projects, you’ll be living in remote backcountry in Yellowstone or Idaho. At other times, you’ll base from campsites in National Parks or serve on in-town projects in historic Virginia City.


Call MCC at 406-587-4475, or toll free at 1-866-JOIN-MCC, or visit www.mtcorps.org on the web.

Come by the Career Resource Center to see a copy of the application a
nd pamphlets.


Environmental Leadership Center

Ext. 3006

Report from the field

Here’s an update on the ever-popular EcoTeam Program of the Environmental Leadership Center.

EcoTeam is an environmental education program of the Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) of Warren Wilson College. It was developed as a community outreach project in 1997. Since its creation, the program has forged collaborative relationships between higher education and elementary schools with a unique environmental education curriculum designed for third graders. EcoTeam uses fundamental ecological concepts and the Learning Cycle model of science education to connect students to the natural world. In the past five years, more than 5,000 children have participated in EcoTeam lessons taught by college students. By inspiring elementary students to explore their relationship with the natural world and preparing college students to become competent and responsible educators, EcoTeam fosters the development of environmental citizens.

Recently EcoTeam presented lesson eight, the last lesson in the series. In lesson eight the third graders read the famous Dr. Suess story “The Lorax” which sends out a powerful message on pollution and disregard of the environment. After reading the story each third grader plants a seed.  After having completed the lesson, Erin Kirley, WWC EcoTeam teacher comments that it was inspiring to see the children really get the message of environmental degradation from the story. She also said that it is very rewarding to be the one to pass on information, and educate the children on environmental issues.


The Breen Buzz

Campus Greening Crew

Ext. 3712

It’s Electric!

The Electric Crew is one of the many work crews that are fostering sustainable practices on campus. The crew strives to use the most energy efficient and economical lighting fixtures available. The majority of incandescent light bulbs on campus have been replaced with fluorescent bulbs, which use four times less energy than incandescent bulbs. Exit sign and emergency phone light fixtures have been replaced with LED (light emitting diode) light sources, which are very efficient and do not require frequent replacement. For exterior lighting, high-pressure sodium bulbs are used. These bulbs are designed to perform for up to six years, whereas incandescent bulbs must be changed every three months. One of the long-term goals of the Electric Crew is to install occupancy sensors in all stairways and landings on the campus similar to those found in Schafer. This would greatly reduce the amount of electricity used to light these low-use areas. Any decrease in energy usage means less coal being burned in power plants, so please turn off those unneeded lights and turn the heater off when its not cold. Tell your RA or RD immediately if you have any problems with heaters, air conditioners, or lights so unnecessary energy is not wasted.

If you have questions, concerns, or examples of crews or individuals on campus that are helping to increase environmentally friendly practices, let the Campus Greening Crew know at ext. 6228 or greening@warren-wilson.edu. Thanks for turning out the lights!


Service Learning

Ext. 3065

Ransom House

Thank you for making Hunger and Homeless week a great success. There was $1547.01 raised through ticket sales, Brother could you Spare a Dime and sales of raffle tickets. 150 bowls were donated by ceramics classes at WWC, AB Tech and many individual random potters. These bowls were given at the raffle and eaten out of at the Empty bowls dinner. A hundred pounds of food was given to Manna food bank in exchange for the many students who missed a meal. 21 coats, 19 hats, eight scarves, seven winter mittens, four children’s hats/gloves/coats, and two pair athletic socks were given by you and donated to Hospitality House. Most hats and scarves were hand made and donated by the following people: Marisol Thomas, Isadora Albert, Ann Riddle, Rachel Wilson, Jesenia Mejias, Diana Schmitt, Juliana Ratner, Audrey Williamson, Ryan Tarbell, Katy-Baker Cohen, and Hart Dahlauser.

A van is waiting for your evening service opps:

If interested in directly serving the community any evening of the week, call ext. 3775 for more information or come by Service Learning office!

Tuesday evenings:  Black Mountain Center. 6:45-9 p.m. Tessa Branson trip leader.

Wednesday evenings:  AHOPE Shelter.  6-8 p.m.: Juan Holladay trip leader.

Thursday evenings: Manna Food Bank. 5:30-8:30: Angela Denio and Hart Dahlauser trip wranglers.

During the day you can go to the Black Mountain Garden, Swannanoa Veggie Soup Kitchen, or any number of tutoring sites. Call ext. 3775 or 2011 to sign up for these activities.

Winter Break Service Trip

January 8 to 15

Yes, that’s right, Wilson does service even during winter break. The winter break service trip happens in Jacksonville, Florida, and will be a taste-tester of many issues. Service will range from working at a domestic violence shelter to helping out at a Heifer Project demonstration garden.  Sign-ups for the trip will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 8 at Ransom House. You need to bring $75 cash or check to pay for the trip, along with your medical insurance information. Trip leader Bruce Willever is personally subsidizing this trip in order to keep student costs low, and his daughter Keri will be co-leading the trip. If you have questions, please call Franklin at ext. 3774.



Ext. 3057

2nd floor Dodge

On Tues., Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge, students from the ’04 China WorldWide course will give a presentation about their experiences. These students led by Dongping Han and David Moore focused on continuity and change in urban and rural China through visiting archaeological sites and studying problems related to China’s current growth and modernization. Please join them.

It is each traveler’s responsibility to have a valid passport in hand at least eight weeks before travel. If you do not have a passport and are planning to take a spring ’05 WorldWide course, be sure to apply for your passport soon. Passport applications can take between six to eight weeks to process, and if you are applying the first time for a passport or replacing a lost passport, you will need to have your original birth certificate. Students may come by the WorldWide office or download an application from U.S. Department of State’s travel web site.

If you are a non-U.S. citizen enrolled in a WorldWide course, remember to check as soon as possible on any additional requirements that you may need to travel with your WorldWide group. Information on entry requirements for citizens of different nationalities is typically listed on the website of a nation’s embassy under “visa requirements” or “consular section.” Also, please make sure that you will be able to re-enter the United States following your WorldWide experience. The WorldWide office can provide some assistance to students in the process of obtaining visas for WorldWide course travel, but it is ultimately each traveler’s responsibility to make sure that his or her travel documents are in order.

Attention winter WorldWide travelers! Remember to sign out your ticket packet from your course instructor during the last week of
classes if you plan to meet your group at the airport on Dec. 27. Also-please notify WWC’s housing office as soon as possible about your accommodation needs for before and after your WorldWide course travel.


Scholarly Achievements

At the recent American Academy of Religion annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, Hun Lye presented a paper on “The Chinese Buddhist Experience in the US – Patterns and Trajectories.” He also delivered a formal response at a panel with the title “Spiritual Seekers in a Fluid Religious Landscape: The Creation of New Religious Practices in Late Ming China.”

Amy Boyd’s paper, “Breeding system of Macromeria viridiflora (Boraginaceae) and geographic variation in pollinator assemblages” was published in the November 2004 issue of American Journal of Botany (volume 91, pp. 1809-1813).

The Nov. 21 New York Times Book Review features books by MFA faculty member Laura Kasischke and graduate Brian Blanchfield.

The “Observer” in the Dec. 3 issue of “The Chronicle Review,” published as part of The Chronicle of Higher Education, features an article by MFA director Peter Turchi. Peter’s engaging piece, titled “An Itinerary for Guiding Our Students,” can be found online at http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v51/i15/15b00501.htm. The latest review of Peter Turchi’s “Maps of the Imagination” can be found in the St. Petersburg Times.

Former MFA student and Beebe Fellow and current MFA faculty member Van Jordan has won the  prestigious  Whiting Prize for poetry.


Hooray for . . .

MFA alumna Jane Brox, who is profiled in the Dec. 2 issue of The New York



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