WWC This Week
A bulletin for the Warren Wilson College community
September 20, 2005
Vol. 9 No. 8
Presidential Search Update
To the Members of the Warren Wilson Community:
The Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting on Thursday,
September 8, following its initial organizational meeting on August 25.
The meeting was devoted primarily to reviewing and finalizing the
various documents to be used in conducting the nationwide search to
identify Dr. Orr’s successor. The Board of Trustees’ consultant, Dr.
Herman Collier of Academic Search Consultation Service, who is assisting
the Committee in its efforts, spent much of the week of August 22 on
campus gathering information for a pre-search report for the Committee.
His three days of interviews, forums and conversations with many of you,
and his extensive examination of institutional documents, resulted in a
working paper which the Committee used to identify and discuss the needs
of Warren Wilson and the challenges and opportunities that will face our
next president. The resulting document, which will constitute the basic
search instrument and which will be provided to prospective nominees, is
available on Warren Wilson’s website under the link entitled
“Presidential Search” (http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~search/). You may
view other search documents here also, along with ongoing periodic
updates from the search committee.
In reviewing the search documents, you will note the leadership
qualities that the Committee believes will be important for the next
president to possess. As you consider these characteristics, we urge you
to suggest individuals you know who could serve effectively as Warren
Wilson’s next president or who might know potential candidates. If you
can help in this regard, please forward names (and addresses/phone
numbers) to me in care of Allyson Hettrick, the Committee’s executive
secretary (email@example.com), and we will write to them
immediately. You may also refer names to Dr. Collier at 910-695-9953 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Search Committee is very much aware that the
success of our search depends upon the involvement of all members of the
Warren Wilson community. By helping us identify strong candidates, you
can be immediately and critically involved in the search process.
Over the next few months, we will generate a candidate pool through
nominations received from you, national education and foundation
officials, other colleges and universities, friends of Warren Wilson,
advertising in The Chronicle of Higher Education (our ad is scheduled
for the September 23 print edition, and online starting September 19)
and the work of Dr. Collier and his colleagues. In December, we will
begin to narrow the candidate pool, moving toward a time in February
when interviews involving the entire campus will be held.
The Committee believes the search is off to a great start. We will write
to you again as the search progresses. In the meantime, please continue
to check the presidential search link at Warren Wilson’s website for the
latest information on the Committee’s work.
Ron Hunt, Chair
Presidential Search Committee
Faculty and staff are invited to join the WWC swim team for practices
every weekday from 4-5:30. All abilities welcome!
The Future is Bright: A Presentation on the Future and Trends of
Technology and Society
Mon, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., in Canon Lounge. Topics addressed:
nanotechnology, human aging, food and agriculture, communication
technologies. Open to entire community (especially students);
questioning minds are especially encouraged. More info:
Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Lives: Buddha Nature
This week BE will be discussing Buddha Nature. This facilitated
discussion will include instruction, sharing and meditation. This is the
second part of our series: “Ancient Wisdom for contemporary Lives” – a
new series of programs exploring ancient Buddhist teachings and their
relevance to contemporary lives. Although talks build upon each other,
it is not necessary to have attended previous events. This series
features Buddhist teachers and practitioners of various traditions from
the local area as well as from other parts of the country. Guest
lectures will be complemented by facilitated discussions on various
aspects of Buddhist teachings arranged in a sequential manner and
off-campus meditation retreats. Community members have the option of
coming to as many events in this series as desired or join the
“Dharma-facilitator” training program. Opportunities for
community-outreach will be arranged for those who complete the
training-program and wish to earn service-hours through sharing the
insights and experiences gained from this program. More info: Chas
Biederman, email@example.com or Ryan Boyle,
firstname.lastname@example.org. BE events are held every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.,
Carson 11, and are open to all.
Feedback on new residence hall
Meet with our consultants as they begin to look at design features for
our new residence hall construction. If you cannot attend any of these
times but want to offer suggestions, please email
email@example.com. Your input is important!
Tuesday, September 20
12-1 p.m. – Open Community Lunch Meeting – Mierke A and B in Gladfelter
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Open Student Meeting – McGuire Room in the Library
Wednesday, September 21
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch Meeting for Students – Mierke B in
Gladfelter (Lunch provided for day students attending)
4-5 p.m. – Open Community Meeting – McGuire Room in the Library
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Open Student Dinner Meeting – Mierke B
Peace and Justice Studies Crew news
Iraq, terrorism and the nuclear danger
Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m., Jenson 305. Ira Shorr of Physicians for Social
Responsibility will speak on Iraq, Terrorism and the Nuclear Danger. The
lecture/discussion is free and open to the WWC community, classes, and
the public. Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Program and Crew. More
info: ext. 2014.
The Peace and Justice Studies Crew is now accepting sign-ups for the
annual CITCA Retreat. This year’s program focuses on US policy towards
Colombia, Venezuala, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Special guests are Daysi
Granados from Nicaragua, Scott Wright of the Religious Task Force on
Central America and Dan Schwankl, a SOA prisoner of conscience. The
retreat is Oct. 7 and 8 and the cost is covered by the Peace and Justice
Studies Crew. Sign up on the bulletin board outside the office in lower
The Peace and Justice Studies Crew is also accepting sign-ups to go to
the School of Americas (SOA) protest November 19-20. $20 will cover
transportation and housing. The SOA is a military training school
located in Fort Benning, Georgia. The school has trained over 60,000
Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper
training, psychological warfare, military intelligence, and
interrogation tactics. Graduates of the SOA have consistently been
linked to human rights violations and over eleven of the graduates have
become dictators in Latin America.
Staff Body meeting
Staff Body meets Wed., Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. in the Mierke C dining room.
Please make an effort to attend and bring a friend. If you are unable to
attend, try to send a representative from your department so that we can
continue to work on staff concerns throughout the campus. There are a
lot of hot topics simmering college-wide and this is one way to get
involved. The agenda includes the following: nominations for co-convener
to replace Stephanie Coleman for fall semester – a call for nominations
is open and nominations can be made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or paper (Box 6074) up to and including the date of the September 21
meeting; confirmation of Natasha Shipman as Secretary for 2005-2006
academic year; report from the work group formed in the spring assigned
to look into the issue of evaluations. More info: Liz at ext. 3017.
Need van training?
For those staff and faculty who either have students that need van
training or need training themselves, there is a group meeting Fri.,
Sept. 23, 4 p.m. in the WPO. This will cover the video and written
portion of the driving test. Arrangements will need to be made directly
with Ray Cockrell in the Auto Shop to complete the driving portion of
the testing. More info and to reserve a spot in the class: Liz at ext.
3017 or email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
First aid/CPR training and certification
Archaeology Field Day
The Warren Wilson Archaeology Crew is hosting a Field Day at the Warren
Wilson archaeological site (past the sawmill at the end of the farm
road) on Sat., Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to kick-off Archaeology
month (October). All are welcome to this free event. We’ll have
exhibits, artifacts, demonstrators of traditional crafts, children’s
activities, and slideshows. There will be demonstrations of
flintknapping and other primitive skills as well as traditional potters
from the Catawba Indian tribe in South Carolina. You can compete in the
Chungkee game or learn to shoot a Cherokee blowgun. You can see how
archaeologists study sites and artifacts and also see a partial
reconstruction of the 15th century Cherokee village studied by
archaeologists since 1965. For more information go to
Book signing by alum
Billy Edd Wheeler ’53, will sign copies of his new co-written novel —
Kudzu Covers Manhattan / Chinatown, Knock-offs & Contraband at the Monte
Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12:30 -2 p.m.
The novel is a thriller about an out of work actor, a Kentucky boy who
takes a job shopping for counterfeit goods for an agency representing
Coach, Nike, Rolex, etc. He fingers the felons and the cops rush in for
the bust …if they’re fast enough. But when the Tong catches on to his
disguises, after he discovers their slave trade and plutonium waste
smuggling operation, our country boy finds himself in deep trouble.
Thanks to his new girlfriend, in a disguise of her own and as gutsy as
he, comes out alive. Romance blooms. Price: $15, minus 20% discount for
WWC alumni, students or staff.
Natural Science Seminar
Audrey Williamson will present her NSS on Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. on “The
Effects of Age and Sex on the Learning Ability of Horses.” Mentor: Dr.
Robert Eckstein. At 4:30 p.m. Josha McBee will present “Determination of
Paw Preference in Raccoons.” Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein. Both Seminars
will take place in Jensen 308.
One-on-One Counseling Sessions From TIAA-CREF
Schedule an appointment today with a TIAA-CREF consultant who will be
available to answer questions about your financial matters. They can
·Select your TIAA-CREF options
·Find the right allocation mix for you
·Understand basic types of investment choices available
·Learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility
Dates : Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location Ogg 202
Cancer survivor support group
Pathways – Life After Cancer has offered a support program to employees
of Warren Wilson College on Tools for Living With, Through, and Beyond
Cancer. This is a 5-week educational support group designed to reduce
symptoms of emotional distress such as anxiety and depression, and
strengthen the immune system through stress reduction techniques. Groups
learn valuable skills including breathing and relaxation exercises,
assertiveness skills, and emotional expression.
Session 1. Research Presented on Importance of Stress Reduction
Practices and In-Class Experience
Session 2. Theme-Research Presented Highlighting the Importance of
Expression of Feelings.
Session 3. Theme – Research Presented on Importance of Assertiveness and
Practice of Assertiveness Training Theme
Session 4. Theme – Balancing Your Life
Session 5. Theme-Self-Esteem Enhancement.
If you would like additional information on Pathways, visit
www.pathways-lifeaftercancer.org. This program is being offered at no
cost to you, courtesy of Pathways. If you are interested in
participating, please call Gail at extension 2048 or email
Alumna/author of The Historian to speak on campus
Mark your calendars now for this fall’s Harwood-Cole Lecture, sponsored
by the Friends of the Library. Elizabeth Kostova, WWC alumna and
celebrated author of the new blockbuster novel, The Historian, will be
our speaker. The title of the presentation will be Journeying East:
Literary Travelers in Eastern Europe. Ms. Kostova will talk about
of good books and will also read a little from the novel. The Historian
is an adventurous saga about a family’s search for the real Dracula.
According to the Kostova’s publicity manager, the novel is “an adventure
of epic proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy,
history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably
suspenseful […] The Historian will dazzle, terrify, and delight everyone
lucky enough to fall under its spell.” You definitely do not want to
miss this event! Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge.
Old-time and bluegrass classes
Wayne Erbsen, WWC’s Appalachian Music instructor, will be teaching a
series of old-time and bluegrass classes for the community at his home
in East Asheville. Included will be clawhammer and bluegrass banjo,
old-time fiddle, mandolin and old-time singing. Info:
www.nativegroundmusic.com, 299-7031 or email@example.com
WWC mountain bike race at Clemson
The Owls Mountain bike team rolled full speed in to the second race of
the season at Clemson University in SC. The race was composed of three
events, the time trial, the short course and the cross country. Sounds
of gears changing and tires spinning could be heard throughout the
pine-lined trails. The trail meandered through tree-hugging turns,
tire-busting rocks, creek-crossing dips, slippery roots and sandy climbs
that were followed by crazy “whoop-de-does” that would blow your socks
off! It was enough to make any mountain biker at heart drool. Clemson’s
course rocked and rolled, the Owls making them scream for more and
leaving them with smiles and well earned sweat. Amazing Stiles blew away
the competition in the x-country event after a “rubber-band” type battle
with some LeesMcCrae riders and placed 5th overall! Paige duked it out
with some of the FL Gators and finished strong at 11th in x-country
helping WW ride with pride! Not far behind in the Men’s B X-Country,
Callum battled brutally and beat the “Tiger” (who made him wreck the day
before in the short course after a tight fight)! Calum finished top
notch at 6th in x-country. In the Women’s A Caroline went into combat
with Sandy from Swannee to take 3rd in the short course. Overall the
weekend was full of surprises, dust, dirt, mud and love! The Owls fought
hard and strong but most importantly they had fun!
Time Trial: Men’s A – Styles Cummings 6th, Paige 12th, Ryan 16th.
Men’s B – Callum Robertson 8th, Matt Peiol 13th, Wade Hawkins 15th
Men’s C – Taylor Johnson 3rd, Ian Smith-Overman 4th, Alex French 6th
Women’s A – Caroline 3rd,Camille 4th, Hanna 6th
Short Track: Men’s A- Paige 14, Stiles 16, Ryan 19
Men’s B – Callum Robertson 3, Matt 12, Wade Hawkins14
Men’s C- Tylor 3, Ian 4, Alex French 6
Women’s A – Caroline DeLoreto 3, Camille Prevost 5, Hanna Waldman 6
Men’s A – Stiles Cummings 5, Paige 11, Ryan 13
Men’s B – Callum Robertson 6, Matt 11, Wade Hawkins 18
Men’s C – Taylor, Ian, Alex French
Women’s A – Caroline DeLoreto 3, Camille Prevost 4, Hanna Waldman 6
The Physics Photo of the Week is posted at:
Spanish Conversation Table
Every Wednesday from 12 – 1 p.m. and every Thursday from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
at the Cowpie Cafe.
Environmental Leadership Center
EcoTeam is back in action with the start of a fresh and exciting school
year bringing environmental lessons to local third graders! Here are
some thoughts from two new EcoTeam teachers…
“Starting a new crew at Wilson is always exciting and joining EcoTeam
has been no exception. The thought of giving third graders environmental
lessons when I had no previous teaching experience seemed daunting to
say the least, but after seeing how engaged and excited the kids have
been so far I can tell this is going to be a lot of fun. I really think
that this may be the most rewarding crew at Warren Wilson. What other
crew do you get a smile and a thank you from and 8 year old child? So
next time you see the EcoTeam car driving by Gladfelter on the way to a
lesson, know that we are on our way to preparing the environmental
citizens of tomorrow!”
The Green Buzz
Green Roof Lunch and Learn
Come learn about the latest in green roofs and how they can be used to
increase energy efficiency and decrease our impact on the environment. A
green roof is being planned for a WWC building so find out what it’s all
about and ask questions! Bring lunch from Gladfelter or Cowpie; come and
go as needed. Thursday, Sept. 22, 12-1 p.m., Mierke B in Gladfelter.
Mountaintop removal roadshow
. . . or why Campus Greening is all about those energy posters. The
Campus Greening crew makes and maintains dorm energy posters to inform
people at Wilson about how much electricity we use and to create a
system for tracking the effectiveness of energy conservation efforts.
Electricity data is a rather intangible concept, which makes it hard to
attach much meaning to the information. The effects of our electricity
use, however, are very tangible and meaningful, particularly to the
residents of southern Appalachia. WWC uses electricity generated by
burning coal, which is mined in ways that are very harmful for the
environment, especially with the techniques used in the Southeast.
Here’s a brief synopsis: There are several ways to get coal out of the
ground. Originally, coal was mined by digging into the earth. Nowadays,
rather than taking the coal from the earth, it is cheaper for coal
companies to take the earth away from the coal. This technique is called
strip-mining. The layers of earth above the coal are removed using
dynamite and heavy machinery, so the coal can be accessed and
transported to power plants. Mountaintop removal is a form of
strip-mining. The top portions of mountains are blasted and dug away.
The soil and vegetation removed are dumped into the surrounding valleys.
Mountaintop removal causes many ecological and social problems. Mountain
habitats are completely decimated by mining. The mountain, or lack
thereof, is transformed into a moon-like surface torn by erosion, and
the valleys and rivers surrounding the mountain are prone to
flash-flooding whenever it rains. This flooding has injured and killed
people living in nearby communities and destroyed many homes.
To learn more about mountaintop removal and see pictures of the
devastation it causes, come to the Mountaintop Removal Roadshow on Sept.
27, 6 p.m. in Canon Lounge. You can also get info from the following
organizations: Appalachian Voices, www.appvoi
ces.org; Mountain Justice
Summer, www.mountainjusticesummer.org; Environmental Media Services –
News from the Grove
The Warren Wilson Store in Asheville’s Grove Arcade is welcoming new
artist Akira Satake to it’s numbers. Many of you know Akira as a
musician from the Swannanoa Gathering, but this is a sideline compared
to his abilities as a skilled potter from Japan. His work is currently
featured the store’s front window.
In addition to Akiras work, we are excited to invite the Warren Wilson
Community to a book signing/cookie tasting on September 24, from
11:30-2:30 p.m. Barbara Swell has a new “Cookie Book” which, as usual,
is unique in it’s recipes and research. If you haven’t been to the
Arcade lately, the Warren Wilson Store has Gwen Diehn’s newest book The
Decorated Journal which is quickly becoming a bestseller, as well as
Daniel Stockwells photography (a current student at Warren Wilson)
Everyone is encouraged to experience this unique store in the Grove
Arcade. Come see what your friends, faculty, students, and fellow alumni
MANNA Food Bank needs your help sorting food and other donations to go
to food pantries and numerous local non-profits. They are also still
working on preparing and sending donations to Katrina Relief through the
Second Harvest reusable food initiative. This trip goes every Thursday
from 5:30-8:30. For more info, come to the SLO or contact Angela 232-4702.
Come tutor at Evergreen Charter School. This is a great school that
specializes in alternative teaching techniques. You will tutor 1 or 2
seventh or eighth grade students in math and also do some homework help.
Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:30. Contact Tom Romanoff, x4073 or Jonna, x2011
if you’re interested.
Get down and dirty at Hazelwood Elementary’s Garden Day! You will be
helping to maintain/expand their children’s garden by weeding, planting
fall veggies, and constructing benches to place around the garden. Sat.,
Sept. 24 from 8:30 to 4:00 pm. Sign up at the SLO lunch board.
glean: (v.) 1. to gather bit by bit. On Saturday Sept. 24 we’re going
apple gleaning! Which means (you guessed it) we will be gathering apples
from a farm in Arden to donate to MANNA Food Bank. 12:30- 4 pm. Contact
Chelsea x4017 for more info.
If you like using power tools and wearing closed-toe shoes come sign up
to work at the Habitat for Humanity construction site on Sat., Oc. 1.
Contact Teddy, x5614 or sign up at the SLO lunch board outside of
There are currently a few open spaces available in spring WorldWide
courses with travel to Scotland, Turkey, Tibet, South Africa, China, and
Guatemala and Mexico. These slots will fill on a first come, first
served basis. Please contact the WorldWide office for more details.
Students from the Germany 05 WorldWide course will be giving a
presentation about their experiences on Wed., Sept. 21 in Canon Lounge
at 7:00 p.m. Students from the Greece 05 WorldWide course will be giving
a presentation on Thurs., Sept. 22 in Canon at 6:00 p.m. Join these
returned travelers to hear more about their adventures abroad!
Approval forms for spring semester external programs are due in the
WorldWide office by Fri., Sept. 30.
Hooray For . . .
Jim Lauer, who replaced the Buddha that was stolen from the lawn between
the log cabin and administration buildings.
Send Us Your News
Submit your news for WWC This Week to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
deadline for the September 27 issue is Friday, September 23 by 5 p.m.
Classifieds and Lost & Found are located online at
www.warren-wilson.edu/forums/. 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.
The WWC Emergency Information Line number is (828) 258-4521.