Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — Nov. 15, 2005

November 15, 2005 Vol. 9 No. 15

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Community News
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Presidential search update

The presidential search committee met on Thursday, November 10 and I am writing to you again to update you on our progress. At the meeting, we reviewed and tested a draft rating form that we will use in assessing applicants for the presidency, and we made plans for subsequent meetings and activities. On Thursday, December 1 we will meet again to review applications and to reduce the pool to a smaller group whose references will be checked. The committee will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the process, and we welcome your comments and questions at any time. You may write to me in care of Allyson Hettrick, ahettrick@warren-wilson.edu, or you may contact Herman Collier, our consultant, at hcollier2@ earthlink.net or at 910-695-9953. We will treat any information you provide as confidential. Thank you very much for your continuing interest and support.

Ronald F. Hunt, Chair, Presidential Search Committee

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WWC women finish 2nd, men 3rd in cross-country championships

Outstanding individual performances by Betsy Kain and Chas. Biederman helped carry the Warren Wilson College women’s and men’s cross country teams to top-three finishes at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships Nov. 4-5 in Buena Vista, Va. The women’s team, led by All-Americans Kain (26:47 in the 6K) and Sophia Levin-Hatz, finished second in the nationals for the second consecutive year. The Warren Wilson men, behind Biederman’s 31:10 in the 8K, took third place in the team standings on what Coach Galen Holland termed “a very tough course.” “I couldn’t be more pleased with our runners,” he said, “and I’m proud of every one of them.” The Owl men and women also earned another distinction: seven Academic All-Americans, highest number of any team at the national championships.

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The ELC wants your research

The Environmental Leadership Center is developing a web-based databank that will enable individuals to access information on the environmental research performed by faculty, students, and staff. If you have an abstract, paper, or article that pertains to environmental research, please email them to pgibson@warren-wilson.edu. Or, send your CD with documents to the ELC, Box 6323. All environmental research is desired no matter the discipline: biology, chemistry, economics, physics, sociology, public health, anthropology, etc. All locations are welcome: global, domestic, on campus. Natural Science Seminars are also sought. Please send your research ASAP as a webpage is currently under construction. Questions, call Phillip Gibson, Environmental Leadership Center, Director of Research and Community Outreach at ext. 3781.

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Annual Enrollment for the Medical and Dental Insurance Plan for 2006 Plan Year – 11/14/05 – 11/30/05

Under the Warren Wilson College Section 125 Plan, the College is required to offer an *Annual Enrollment for the Medical and Dental Plan* prior to the beginning of each plan year. This allows you the opportunity to change your choices made for the previous 12-month period, for the coming 12 months. Failure to contact Human Resources and complete a new enrollment form during the annual enrollment period shall be deemed as an election to continue the elections from the previous Plan Year. After an election is made, it may not be modified until the next annual enrollment period unless there is a Change in Status or other IRS authorized event that allows an election change. Changes will be effective January 1, 2006. Elections changes must be consistent with the College insurance policy. To receive necessary paperwork to make an election change, contact Gail Baylor at ext. 2048.

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Fussler Funds available

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, faculty, and staff as individuals or in groups. Award winners of the 2004-05 program are: Colleen O’Donnell and Joseph Mantoan (Food Preservation at WWC); Katherine Webb, Rachel Williamson, Tom LaMuraglia and the Landscaping Crew (Nursery Stock for the EcoDorm Foodscape); David Abernathy (GIS and Justice: Open Source and Participatory Geographic Information Systems at WWC); Natasha Shipman (Pedal Powered Concert Generator), and Sandra Hayslette (Bridging the Great Divide: Documenting Efforts to Overcome the Culture Wars over land use in Western North Carolina). Anyone interested in applying for the 2005-06 grant cycle should submit a budget and two-page proposal to Carla Sutherland (csuther@warren-wilson.edu) by Friday, December 2. ‘04 -’05 award winners and a panel of faculty and staff will judge applications. Awards will be announced after December 6. 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. If you have any questions regarding the Fussler Fund, come by the College Relations (street) level of the Admission and College Relations Building.

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Thanksgiving break shuttles

Thanksgiving break shuttles to and from the Asheville Airport have been finalized. Shuttle times are posted in each dorm, and on the Ride Board next to the mailboxes. Shuttles do not operate under inclement weather conditions. Icy roads, snowing conditions, or severe cold temperatures. You may sign-up at the Package Window of the Mail Room in lower Glad, giving your name, which shuttle you wish to be on, your contact number and your returning flight number and time if you wish us to reserve a seat on the returning van. Or you may email jlauer@warren-wilson.edu with the above information.

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Global pursuit, geography twister and geocaching

Curious? Visit the Torrid Zone at http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~globalstudies/blog/torridzone.html to find out more about Geography Awareness Week.

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Peal CDs available

Peal has CDs available of the Muse Collective reading held in October. CDs are $2 for nonparticipant, free to those on the CD. Come by the Peal Office in Lower Glad to pick one up. Peal will also have a CD of the Slam available soon.

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Talkin’ trash

Did you know that we don’t just pick up trash from dorms? We pick up trash from all of the offices, Gladfelter, and staff and faculty houses (Cabin Hill, North Lane, College View, etc). Last year we dealt with 522.6017 tons of waste. Most cars weigh 2 tons. That means that we sorted, throughout the year, trash equivalent to the weight of 261 cars! That’s two tons a day!! In conclusion… sort! We deal with a lot of waste. www.warren-wilson.edu/~recycle

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Composters needed

Like playing with food? Want to turn food into something awesome and reusable? The Recycling Crew is looking for people interested in working with the college’s compost operation. Interested individuals should be ready to learn all about how compost works, and be willing to get dirty. Composting is alive and well here on campus, but we need people to continue the legacy. Call ext. 2035 and ask for Phil, or stop by the Recycling Center — that’s where the Free Store is, for anyone who don’t know.

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Recycling surplus website

The recycling surplus website is now up and running. Yay! No
w anyone who is interested in checking out our desks can see descriptions and pictures online. Just go to the recycling website and follow the links to the surplus area. Pictures and descriptions of other surplus items will be up and running soon. Surplus page: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~recycle/surplus.shtml

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BE – Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Lives

"Meditation: Exploring the Mind"
Tues., Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Holden Gallery
This week’s BE meeting will introduce simple and transformative meditative practices from the Buddhist tradition. Techniques for the transformation of suffering, for dealing with strong emotional states and for the cultivation of patience and compassion will be taught. Come ready
to sit and to experience these teachings. This is a part of the series “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. 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 sitting-cushion if you have one and a mug if you want tea!

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Celebration of Arts and Talent Event

The International Student Association invites you to participate in "The Celebration of Arts and Talent Event" on Dec. 2. Everyone is welcome to audition, on the audition date and by appointment. The audition will be Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and will be judged according to these seven categories: songs, dance, poetry readings, fashion, art (of all kinds), skits and instruments. Info: Kevil, ext. 5639 or at the International Students office, ext. 3056.

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Three Chefs Present – A Taste of the Americas — DATE CHANGE

The date for this event has been change from Nov. 19 & 20 to December 3, 2005. Join us for a night good food, art, entertainment and people. Entertainment in the form of music and other art will be provided by several local talents! Charge is $15-$25 Sliding scale. RSVP to Marc Williams: (828) 231-4832 or italmon@hotmail.com by Nov. 14. Seating limited!

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Attention Artists

Do you want a better yearbook? Or maybe just a prettier cover? We’re taking our yearbook back to its roots as the “Ole Lady” and we’re looking for some original artwork for its cover. The winner gets a gift certificate to Malaprops Bookstore and his/her artwork becomes famous! Please drop your work off at the yearbook office (in lower Glad) or send it as an attachment to yearbook@warren-wilson.edu. Submit by November 21!

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Harwood-Cole Lecture rescheduled

The annual Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture, originally scheduled for Nov. 5, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Elizabeth Kostova, debut author of the blockbuster novel The Historian, will deliver a lecture titled “Journeying East: Literary Travelers in Eastern Europe.”

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Red Cross CPR and First Aid Training

One more Red Cross CPR and First Aid training sessions will be offered in the fall semester. Dec. 3, CPR (9 a.m.-12 p.m.), First Aid (1-4 p.m.). CPR certification is valid for one year and First Aid three years. Registration is required in advance and can be made by contacting the Safety and Training office, safety@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 3017. Classes can be attended on separate days if necessary.

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2nd Annual arts and craft show for local middle school

Sat., Dec. 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at C.D. Owen Middle School, Swannanoa, NC. The event will include juried artisans, local live music, Perry’s barbeque and a silent auction. Handcrafted items include pottery, metalwork, woodwork, fabrics, jewelry, and so much more. For more information about the event or to find out how you can be a vendor, contact Owen Middle at 686-7917.

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Exhibition of Chinese Buddhist ritual art comes to WWC

“For the Sake of All Beings: Contemporary Chinese Buddhist Ritual Art,” is on exhibit in Holden Art Gallery until Dec. 3. The exhibition, free and open to the public, will be available for viewing during regular gallery hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends, or by appointment. Special events also will be held throughout the month-long program. Info: ext. 2005, http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~shuilu.

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

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Spanish Conversation Table

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

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Environmental Leadership Center
Ext. 3006

Come to the Environmental Leadership Center’s Internship Meeting. This is
your ONE and ONLY chance to learn about the many internship opportunities
offered through the ELC FROM RETURNING WWC STUDENT INTERNS (a.k.a. your friends). The ELC offers PAID summer internships and renowned environmental organizations from the Audubon Society in Maine, to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake, to the Tropical Forestry Initiative in Costa Rica. Internships range from conservation biology to environmental policy to eco-psychology. Do not miss this opportunity of a lifetime! Tuesday Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon. Check out our website www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/internships for more information.

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Housing Office

There is a different process for selecting second semester rooms/roommates this year. Housing is not having a room lottery for the winter room changes. There will be a lottery in the spring, however. Those students who want to get on the list for a different room for next semester should go to the “Housing Office” section on the left hand side of the WWC Home Page. When you get to the Housing Office web page, fill out the “Winter Room Change Request Form”. If you are a student and already know that you will not be registering for the 2006 spring semester classes, please let the Housing Crew know as soon as possible, so we can make your room available after the break. You can email our office at housing@warren-wilson.edu or call us at (828) 771- 2071. All students who are not registered for classes by the Nov. 12 deadline will not be given a room for the 2006 Spring semester.

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Open Positions

Assistant director of the annual fund
Warren Wilson College is seeking an Assistant Director of the Annual Fund to support the Director of the Annual Fund in implementing a comprehensive annual giving program for the College, including direct mail, phonathons, Internet activities, annual campaign leadership council, a class agent program, a reunion giving program, parents program, young alumni, and current student program. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required, with one to two years of fundraising or related field preferred. Qualified individuals send cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to Ms Gail Baylor, Warren Wilson College, P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2005. For additional information, visit the college’s website at http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~humres/. E.O.E. M/F/D/V

Like Traditional Music?
The Swannanoa Gathering is actively seeking to provide a detail-oriented student, with an interest in folk arts, the opportunity to work with folk
s actively preserving folk traditions. The Gathering hosts over a thousand participants involved in eight folk arts programs on campus each summer and the preparation involved in bringing these folks to Wilson begins in earnest in January. We are looking to fill a spring crew position, with the possibility of an extension into a summer work contract. During Spring semester, the position is primarily office-oriented: processing registrations, assisting in mass mailings, proofing publications, and answering phones. This crew of one requires someone who works well independently, likes to take a challenge and see it through, and would be ideal for someone interested in helping organize a large event. What makes this job so special is the chance to become fully immersed in the music, dance, and culture that is the Gathering. Admission to classes, concerts, jams, dances, and all other events are some of the benefits that accompany the summer position. Interested? Visit www.swangathering.com and contact Liz, gathering@warren-wilson.edu.

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Outdoor Programs
Outdoor Programs for Term 2

Weekly Activities/Outings

Wednesdays
8 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Climbing session open to all in Bryson Gym

Come Boulder, meet fellow climbers, plan personal trips, enjoy. Instructors are present to help with technical skills or if you wish to learn basics. Ropes are available if you want to harness up. Climbing session is required if you are participating in a weekend climbing trip.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Roll Practice at the pool
Practice or Learn – Roll, paddle strokes, and such. Instructors will be available to help you if you wish to learn. Boats, Paddles and PFD’s are available. Roll practice is required if you are participating in a weekend kayak trip.

Weekend trips

December
Saturday, 12.3 to Sunday 12.4 ~ Backpacking Weekend
Saturday, 12.10 to Sunday 12.11 ~ Kiawah Island Marathon

January
Sunday, 1.1 to Friday 1.6 ~ Ski Trip to Vermont – call for more details and cost

How to join in on the trips
Trips and activities are open to the WWC community. Weekend trips require sign up as space is limited. Call the Outdoor Programs office for info and sign up. Trip meetings are Wednesday nights at Bryson Gym.

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Service Learning
Ext. 3065
Ransom House
Service-Learning Opportunities

This week is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week

The Hunger Banquet- Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m. in Bryson Gym.
Miss-a-Meal- Nov. 15. Students sign up to miss lunch, dinner or both, and the money from their meal goes to MANNA Food Bank.

Empty Bowls Dinner-Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. in Bryson Gym. Buy tickets at the SLO for $10 for students and $15 for staff & faculty. You can also buy raffle tickets to win prizes at $1 per ticket. All proceeds go to Hospitality House.

Untold Stories- Nov. 17, 5-6 p.m. in Mierke A & B. Listen to stories of life from homeless individuals in the Asheville area and participate in a panel discussion afterward.

Knitting Party- Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m. in Cowpie’s Sunroom. Tea and snacks provided.

All week long we are also sponsoring a food, clothing, blanket, and spare change drive. Blankets are especially needed. Item donation bins are located in lower Gladfelter and change cans are set up around campus (Cowpie, Sage Café, the Library, and the Student Center). Keep an eye out for our Question Campaign. Look for black and silver questions in the library and Gladfelter

Upcoming Saturday trips

Habitat Homestore
Sat., Nov. 19, 1-4 p.m. Unload, sort, clean, and price donations. Call Juan at ext. 7035.

YWCA Landscaping Project
Sat., Nov. 19, 9-3ish. Mulching gardens, trails, and playgrounds. Weeding too! Call Janet, ext. 3065.

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Theatre news

Warren Wilson Theatre presents “Shorts” Warren Wilson Theatre is proud to continue its 2005-2006 season with SHORTS; a night of short performance pieces presented and performed by Warren Wilson students. The performances will run from Thursday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 20. Curtain is at 8 p.m. every night, and Friday’s performance offers an added bonus attraction. Sally’s Rape, directed by Katie Ann Towner, is a partly improvisational piece that focuses on “the struggle against oppression.” In Bertolt Brecht’s The Elephant Calf, four British soldiers from Brecht’s longer play A Man’s A Man present a play for their fellow soldiers in colonial India in which the Elephant Calf is accused of murdering his (or her?) mother, this wacky play is directed by Senior Liz Daz. Following up on The Birth of the Media Capture, John Creery’s B.O.T is an exploration of the philosophical writings of Ray Kurzweil as well as a thought-provoking look at our modern day society. On the Friday night performance, Sally’s Rape will be replaced by Alchemy, an avante-garde Butoh piece choreographed by Warren Wilson dance instructor Julie Becton Gillum. Seating reservations are strongly recommended. The Warren Wilson Theatre box office can be reached at (828) 771-3040.

Calling all WWC actors – audition for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town will be at 7 pm, Nov. 28-29 in Kittredge Theatre. Our Town is at once the most sublime and most crushing play of the American theatre. Our Town was first presented on a nearly bare stage on Broadway in 1938. This WWC production extends the idea of an empty space, à la Peter Brook, to encompass the entire Kittredge Theatre auditorium, combining the traditional areas of audience and performer, and the mixing the time present with that of play’s early 20th century setting. We will be working toward an “open” style of ensemble performance liberated from presentational conventions, an experience which is “here and there,” “then and now.” Ron Bashford, who recently served as associate director on the new musical Lone Star Love Off-Broadway (Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critic’s Circle Award nominations), will direct the play. Ron will be putting together an ensemble cast of 16-19 actors for Our Town. Individuals cast may play a single lead role or multiple featured roles, depending on the actors involved. A copy of the script and "sides" (scenes to be used in the auditions) are on reserve in the library, and all those interested are highly encouraged to look them over. Actors are also encouraged–though not required–to prepare audition monologues.

Go Home Again with NC Stage – Home by Samm-Art Williams at the NC Stage. This poetic and moving play by NC native Samm-Art Williams explores the inevitable pull of home. Cephus Miles grows up on his family’s farm in the rural community of Crossroads, NC. Disillusioned by his sweetheart’s abandonment and the Vietnam draft, Cephus becomes part of the great migration to the urban north. Runs Nov. 2 – 20. Info: www.ncstage.org.

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WorldWide
Upper Dodge
Ext. 3057

Students interested in studying abroad next fall semester through the WorldWide program should schedule an appointment with Naomi Otterness before winter break at ext. 3783 or nottern@warren-wilson.edu. Applications for most fall semester study abroad programs, including Borderlinks, Thailand, Oxford, Korea, London, Japan, France, Germany, and China are due in the WorldWide office by Feb. 15. There will be an IPC meeting on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Dodge conference room.

Irish-American Scholars Program applications are due Dec. 15. Students accepted into the program may spend a semester or year at Queen’s University Belfast or the University of Ulster. Interested students should contact WorldWide staff for an appointment to discuss the program and application process.

Winter WorldWide travelers, if you wi
ll need a room on campus for the nights of January 10-14, you must contact Jon Verner in the housing office at jverner@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2071 now to let him know.

Costa Rica WorldWide travelers, if you plan to return to campus after your return to Asheville on Jan. 10, you will need to sign up for a 20-hour work contract for the week of Jan. 8-14. Sign-up for winter break work is Nov. 28 and 29.

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Scholarly Achievements

Ruth Currie attended the Southern Historical Association annual meeting and gave the paper, “Emma Spaulding Bryant and the Dilemma of a Carpetbagger’s Wife” in a session on Women Educators in Reconstruction Georgia.

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Hooray for . . .

Ruth Currie, who was elected to one of three open town commissioner seats in the Montreat municipal elections Nov. 8.

Angela Denio, Jess Hulland, Alison Karr, Mollie Meisterman, Kathryn Skelley-Watts, Tracy Tarbutton, and Kim Webb – members of the Social Work Practice II Collective – for their hard work in making the Fall Festival on October 31 a huge success for the campus and Asheville community.

Carla Sutherland, who, along with being named the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by the Western North Carolina Chapter of Associated Fundraising Professionals, also made a hole-in-one Brookwood Golf Club in Arden. Sutherland aced No. 5 using an 8-iron.

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Send Us Your News

Submit your news for WWC This Week to jbowers@warren-wilson.edu. The deadline for the November 21 issue is Friday, November 18 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 “Calendars” link from left column on the Inside page.

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