Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — October 11, 2005 Vol. 9 No. 11

October 11, 2005     Vol. 9   No. 11


Community Meeting

On Tuesday, October 11, Student Caucus and Social Work Practice II: Communities and Organizations class will be hosting a special community event from 4-5 p.m. in Cannon Lounge.

This particular community meeting will be a panel of returned relief workers who have offered their help and expertise in the Gulf Region after Hurricane Katrina. The panel will consist of five speakers from a range of organizations including: the Swannanoa Fire Department, Hearts With Hands, North Carolina Forestry Service, and others.

Please come to welcome these amazing people to campus, to hear their stories, to learn more about the issues that are confronting the Gulf as they make moves towards rebuilding, and to engage our community as to what we might be able to do to help. There will be yummy snacks provided.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Lucy Lawrence at ext. 3708.


Local author Tommy Hays to read from his latest novel

Asheville writer Tommy Hays will read from his new novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. The following morning, Oct.12, from 10 a.m. – noon, the campus is invited to discuss the book in the McGuire room at the library. The group will spend the first hour sharing their insights into and responses to the novel. Library director Chris Nugent and creative writing instructor Sebastian Matthews will facilitate the group. Hays will attend the group for the second hour and sign copies of the book. (No advanced reservations are necessary.) The book is available for purchase now at the College Store at a 10% discount and will be available for purchase at the reading as well.

Hays has written two other novels: Sam’s Crossing and In the Family Way, the latter of which won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. The executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, Hays received his B.A. degree in English from Furman University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, where he also taught for four years.

In response to The Pleasure Was Mine, Kirkus Reviews writes, "…Hays beautifully captures a husband’s grief as he watches his beloved wife slip into Alzheimer’s. …Colloquial in tone, braced by its narrator’s stoic, plainspoken candor, Hays’s latest outing feels timely and true. …An intimate, loving portrait of a dreaded disease’s devastating effects."

Each year, a dozen or more writers come to the Warren Wilson campus to read, visit with classes, talk with students and participate in campus activities. Recent visitors have included Kevin McIlvoy, David Budbill, Selah Saterstrom, Marie Harris, Glenis Redmond, Phillip Shabazz, Brad Land, Sarah Messer, Wendy Rawlings, Joel Brouwer, Robley Wilson, Lori Horvitz and Susan Hubbard.


Social Work News

The WWC Social Work program is part of nationwide effort designed
to prepare social workers to work effectively with older adults. The social work program is one of 75 outstanding social work education programs selected to participate in regional Curriculum Development Institutes through the Council on Social Work Education. Funding for regional institutes, which afford a unique training opportunity through the council’s  National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, is provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Participants in the two-day institutes receive extensive resources related to curricular change and the teaching of gerontological competencies. They also meet with mentors from their region who will provide ongoing consultation and support across the three years of funding. Alison Climo, the social work program director at WWC, recently participated in the first Curriculum Development Institute in Washington, D.C. The focus of the first year is on planning the process of change in order to embed geriatric competencies and teaching resources in social work foundation courses and other learning experiences. The Hartford Foundation has committed more than $26 million nationwide to address this critical workforce need and to improve the health and quality of lives of older adults and their families.


Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Lives

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. in   Carson 11 BE will be discussing "Taking Refuge and Altruistic Intention (Bodhicitta)." This is the third part of "Ancient Wisdom For Contemporary Lives" – a series of programs exploring ancient Buddhist teachings and their relevance to contemporary lives. Although talks build upon each other, everyone is welcome at any point. Meetings are conducted in the spirit of free and deep inquiry among friends and involve a small reading, discussion of that reading, and a short meditation. 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. Bring a mug if you would like to enjoy some exquisite tea.


Staff Forum meeting

The last Staff Forum meeting of Term 1 will convene on Wednesday, October 12 at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/inside/


President’s open office hours

3-5 p.m., Thursday, October 13. Please contact Rowena Pomeroy, ext. 2070, or stop by the office to schedule an appointment.


WWC Folk Choir performances

Come and support your friends and members of the WWW Chorale as they perform Fri., Oct. 14, 7 pm (mainstage) and Sat., Oct. 15, 9 am (Eden Hall) at the LEAF. The choir will also be performing at 5:15 pm, Wed., Oct. 12, in Gladfelter cafeteria.


Natural Science Seminar – faculty presentation

Dr. Lou Weber will present "March of the Shorebirds" on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Jensen 308. All are invited to attend this faculty presentation.


Welcome, Billy Allen

The Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Billy Allen has been named the head women’s basketball coach for Warren Wilson College. Billy Allen grew up in Decatur, Alabama. He was the team captain and player of the year at Decatur High School. He attended the University of North Carolina-Asheville as a business major. At UNC-A, Billy Allen received All Big South rookie honors and was a four year letter winner for the men’s basketball team. Please welcome Billy and his family to our community. Billy can be reached at ext. 3906.

Welcome, Sally Weldon

Please welcome Sally Weldon to Warren Wilson College as the data entry assistant in College Relations. Most recently Sally has been the UNIX administration and administrative support specialist for Brevard College. She moved to western North Carolina from Texas where she was the student computing coordinator, instructional technology and then the programmer/analyst, administrative computing for Austin College. You can reach Sally at extension 5824.


Tired of losing data when the power goes off?

For about $50 you can buy an uninterruptable power supply (UPS), which will keep you computer running when the power goes off. UPS units also act as a surge protectors. Many UPS units include software that automatically saves your data if a power outage persists beyond the range of the UPS. Talk to Computing
Services if you have specific questions.


Submit senior pictures to the Yearbook

It is time to submit SENIOR pictures to the yearbook office. Please email your picture to yearbook@warren-wilson.edu or submit you picture to us during our office hours (posted on door). Written and attached to your picture should be your major(s) and the quote that represents you or how you wish to be remembered. Be creative and have fun!


Submit to Peal WWC’s literary mag

Peal, Warren Wilson’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and black and white photography. Send submissions one of three ways: peal@warren-wilson.edu, box # 6265, or slide them underneath the door of the Peal office in lower Glad.


Library hours

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 14, and reopen on Mon., Oct. 17. Library hours for Mon., Oct. 17 – Fri., Oct. 21, are 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. except Tues., Oct. 18, when the library is open until 8 p.m. The library will be closed Sat., Oct. 22-Sun., Oct. 23, until 6 p.m. when regular library hours resume.



Faculty, staff, volunteers and students – Here’s your opportunity to SHAPE UP! Sign up now for the term II Early Morning Fitness Class, beginning at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the weight room at DeVries Gym. The 60 minute interval cardio class features 45 minutes of cardio and 1 to 3 minute intervals switching between weights and cardio, for a total body workout. It’s taught by an excellent outside instructor, it’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s suitable for all fitness levels. To register for the eight-week class sign up and pay the $30 fee to Marilyn Eichman, at the post office, by next Wednesday, October 12. Thanks to Stacey Enos, the class is partially subsidized by the athletic department. We need 15 participants to get the $30.00 per term rate.


"Society and the Military in Israel from a Feminist Perspective"

Dr. Diana Dolev of Israel’s New Profile will present "Society and the Military in Israel from a Feminist Perspective" at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, in Kittredge Theater.

Dr. Diana Dolev is in the United States on a tour coordinated by the Refuser Solidarity Network. She is a professor of architecture and an activist with New Profile, a movement for the civilization of Israeli society which provides a wide range of support services to those who refuse military service. New Profile is one of the most important voices within the Israeli peace movement. Sponsored by The Peace Studies Program of Warren Wilson College; The Fellowship of Reconciliation; the Asheville chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. For more
information contact Paul Magnarella, Director of Peace Studies, ext. 2014.


At Holden

"For the Sake of All Beings," an Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ritual Art. Opening reception, Friday Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m. Ritual consecration by Buddhist Nuns, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.


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 a lot 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.


Physics Photo of the Week – http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~physics/PhysPhotOfWeek/PPOW/

Spanish Conversation Table

Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. and every Thursday from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Cowpie Cafe.



Want to make change?

It’s not just campus greening and other crews that are trying to improve the campus environment. Mallory McDuff’s first year seminar, Environmental Communications, is getting involved in a big way. The class is broken up into small groups, each of which has chosen a project to improve an environmental aspect of campus. The projects include:

-reducing exposure to second-hand smoke on campus

-decreasing energy usage in the dorms

-increasing access to composting on campus

-promoting installation of front-loading washers in dorms

-promoting labelling of local/organic foods in Glad

We know you have some great ideas too, and we have money for you! Seed grants are available to any student that wants to start a new environmental project on campus. Call Liina at ext. 3712 or email greening@warren-wilson.edu to apply for your money today!


Service Learning
Ext. 3065
Ransom House
Service-Learning Opportunities

A weekly service trip to the Asheville Humane Society is in the works. If you’re interested and are willing to make a commitment of at least a term call Zak x3930.

Black Mountain Community Garden -Come dig around with Dr. Wilson on Tuesdays and/or Fridays 8:45-10:45, or work with Buncombe County middle schoolers at the garden on Wednesdays from 12:50- 2:20. Call Kristen, ext. 4041 or stop by the SLO for details.

Gulf Coast Lottery Winners — You have another required meeting!
Oct 11, 4-6 p.m. Community Meeting and panel discussion by returning relief workers from the coast in Canon Lounge, and also a Q and A with the relief workers and trip attendees over dinner.

Informational Panel on People with Disabilities and Special Needs On Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in Gladfelter, middle fishbowl, hear representatives from local agencies talk about what you can do. This is a great opportunity to educate yourself, ask questions and learn more about various special needs and disabilities. You also can find out about volunteer opportunities that are available in Buncombe County. Eat while you learn – there will be yummy snacks and you can bring your dinner too. Info: ext. 2011.

Blood drive
Sign-ups have begun for the annual fall blood drive with the Red Cross! The drive will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 1:30- 6:30 p.m. Sign up  at the SLO or during lunch. Do you have questions about blood-giving eligibility? Ask us! Some rules have changed.

Remember: You can now check your service hours online! From the WWC Inside page, just click Campus Web Login and enter your PIN.


Upper Dodge
Ext. 3057

There are still a few open spaces available in two spring WorldWide courses with summer travel to Scotland and South Africa. There are also limited openings in a spring WorldWide course with term-length travel to Guatemala and Mexico. Spaces will be filled with WorldWide-eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. We will establish a waitlist for other interested students. Please contact the WorldWide office for more details. Interested students may also contact course leaders Lynne Firsel (Scotland), Jennifer Fish and Debra Kiliru (South Africa), and Andy Summers (Guatemala/Mexico).

Winter WorldWide travelers: completed physician’s exam forms a
nd copies of your passport are due in the WorldWide office by November 1. Thanks to those of you who have already taken care of this.

Many thanks to the Mexico 05 travelers for their fascinating and informative presentation last week! We enjoyed hearing about your experiences and insights.

There’s still a chance to vote in the annual Cross-Cultural Photo Contest, currently on display in the library! Winner will receive wonderful prizes….

There will be an IPC meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 4 p.m. in the Dodge Conference Room.


Hooray for . . .

Winners of the Environmental Leadership Center’s Thomas Berry Student Writing Award contest: Emily Dignan, a senior from Groveland, MA, won first place for her essay "Optimism, trust, wholeness: the call for a new world view." Kimberly Miller, a junior from Morristown, TN, was runner up with her essay "Why poultry isn’t paltry."

Hillary Collins, who has a poem coming out in the upcoming issue of Night Sun, a national literary magazine.

Sharon Withrow, who received a travel grant to attend the Region VII NAFSA conference in Birmingham, Alabama this November.


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