Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – September 26, 2006

WWC This Week
A bulletin for the Warren Wilson community

September 26, 2006
Vol. 10  No. 9

Community News

WWC is #1 . . . in becoming the first college or university in North Carolina to have Gold Certified Building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Miss summer already?

The fun isn’t over yet – Homecoming is just around the corner Oct. 6-8. This year Homecoming coincides with Family Weekend, so bring everyone along to the festivities! There’s a lot for faculty, staff, students, and family to check out like the Friday night BBQ (free for students!), square dance and bonfire at the Farm. On Saturday, come out to the soccer field for Festival on the Field where there will be food and crafts for sale and best of all, a chance to dunk one of your professors at the dunking booth! Later on Saturday show your support at the mens and women’s soccer games and boogie down at the DJ’d dance in Bryson Gym. The full Homecoming schedule can be viewed online at http://alumni.warren-wilson.edu/homecoming.shtml. For more information and/or questions contact the Alumni Relations office by email at alumni@warren-wilson.edu or give us a call at ext. 2046.


Safety Tip of the Week – disaster preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month. Here are three key steps to prepare for emergencies:

1. Assemble an emergency kit with food ,water, canned and dried foods, a change of clothes and a sleeping bag along with emergency supplies such as a flashlight, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, prescription medicines and toilet articles.

2. Make a family communication plan, make sure everyone knows contact numbers and how to get in touch.  It may be wise to have everyone call an out-of-state friend or relative.  Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone.

3.  Learn more about readiness by taking a CPR and First Aid classes offered free on campus, review insurance policies, make arrangements for pets not allowed in shelters and remember to check in on elderly friends, neighbors and relatives.

Please feel free to contact Sue Quigley in the Safety and Training Office for further information at ext. 3017


Talkin’ Trash

Trash and recycling bins are expensive. The indoor bins around campus vary
from $30-$60, but the outdoor bins cost hundreds of dollars. We buy bins made of heavy-duty LDPE plastic so they’ll last for a long time. Buying new bins is expensive and wasteful. When people destroy bins, we not only have to buy a bin to replace it, but the broken bin has to be thrown away since LDPE is not recyclable in Western North Carolina. Plastics are estimated to take 1 million years to decompose, but in a landfill (where that broken bin will sit without oxygen or water) it will take even longer. And obviously it costs the school money to buy new bins, which in turn makes this school more expensive. In conclusion, don’t steal bins and don’t destroy them.


Displays in the library

Check out the library's newest displays.  The one in the lobby announces three upcoming happenings on campus that involve books, reading, music, and more. Numerous faculty and staff publications connected with the events are featured. Thank Ellenor Frelick for putting together this fine display. The other display is on a table near the stairs in the library and celebrates Hispanic Heritage month. Let our student crew know how much you appreciate the displays they put together throughout the year that highlight various cultures.


Student library requests

The library staff reminds individual students that they can suggest books and other library resources for the library collection by filling out the printed request form at the library suggestion box or completing an online student request form at “library Services–Online Forms” on the library home page. Student groups can request materials (books, dvds/videos) relevant to their group purposes for library purchase as well by consulting with librarian Joy Pastucha (ext. 3063 or jpastuch@warren-wilson.edu). These group requests are also reviewed by the Dean of Students and the Library Director. There is a budget of $1000/per academic year, funded by library book sale revenues, set aside for such student group purchases. Applications for student group requests are available at the Reference Desk or from Joy.


Open position

WWC is seeking applicants for our Educational Access Coordinator position. This position works directly with students with a broad range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical, sensory, psychological, and learning disabilities. The Coordinator has primary responsibility for interpreting the mandates of the ADA of 1990 and Sections 503, 504, and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as they apply to individual students at Warren Wilson.  The Coordinator will meet with students to assess and verify the need for academic, work, service-learning and programmatic accommodations for individual students with disabilities by conducting intake interviews and interpreting students' psychoeducational, psychological, medical, or other professional documentation.  The Coordinator will also organize services for students with disabilities contacting faculty and work crew supervisors about accommodations and coordinating tutoring, transportation, the use of special equipment and any other student needs. This position will average about 20 hours per week between August 1 and May 31 with occasional summer hours for consultation. Qualifications: Master's degree in counseling, special education, learning disabilities, educational psychology or related discipline, working knowledge of the laws affecting persons with disabilities, experience in working with a college age population, exceptional interpersonal skills to work effectively with groups and individuals with diverse backgrounds and disabilities, basic computing skills and use of other technological tools. Desired Qualifications: Training and experience interpreting results of psychoeducational testing, psychological, and clinical documentation of secondary and/or postsecondary students with disabilities, proficiency in assistive technology hardware and software available to persons with disabilities. Submit cover letter, resume, and the three letters of reference to Gail Baylor.


Spanish conversation table – Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Cowpie Cafe. Open to all levels.


Sound-Off: Theology for Lunch is now hosting visitors

The Sound-Off table will now be hosting leaders of faith communities to join the lunch conversation. If you’d  like the chance to meet them and hear their views on topics of interest to you, come join the conversation. Last week, Rev. John Lindsey of Riceville Presbyterian Church joined the table. This week, the new Rabbi in town, Rob Cabelli of Temple Beth Israel, will come for conversation. Sound Off meets Thursdays in the corner of Gladfelter under the big white sign. All topics are open for discussion, all are invited. Sponsored by the Chapel and the Office of Church Relations. Info: jlehman@warren-wilson.edu.


Quaker Group meetings

Every Thurs. at 6:30 p.m., Rocking Chair Room in the Health Center. Info: asummers@warren-wilson.edu.


Gender Activist Student Project (GASP!!)

Meets every Thurs., 7:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center. Info: http://www



The Peal presents MICROBEAT, a short fiction competition. MICROBEAT will be held in Sage Cafe on Sept. 29, 9 p.m.. Each story must be 250-500 words and must begin with the line “Sometimes people need to be kicked.”  The competition will be judged similarly to a SLAM. All pieces will be read aloud and judged Olympic Style. First prize is $50; second prize is $25.


WWC and Disc Golf

Warren Wilson has been invited to the WNC Intercollegiate Disc Golf
Challenge for ‘06-’07.  WWC will join with seven other colleges from WNC
and compete in six tournaments. The first tournament begins on Sept. 30 at Mars Hill College.


WWC Chorale at the Grey Eagle

The WWC chorale opens for Nathan Granner, tenor and Beau Bledsoe, flamenco guitar. Nathan and Beau have consistently challenged audiences throughout the world with programs that include new commissioned works, innovative transcriptions of classical and popular song as well as genre-bending renditions of American Spirituals and traditional Flamenco. They are earning standing ovations everywhere they go. Sun, Oct 1, 7:30 p.m. Grey Eagle. $10 Adv, $12 Day. Info: http://www.thegreyeagle.com/


An Inconvenient Truth

Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., College Chapel. Sponsored by Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel, the Environmental Leadership Center and Eco-Justice Network.


Festival on the Field

Don’t forget that Festival on the Field 2006 will be here in two weeks – Sat., Oct. 7!  We’ll have lots of food, awesome stuff, cool drinks and, best of all, ongoing soccer games the entire afternoon. So start saving that spare change out of your car to buy your mom/dad, brother/sister that funky birthday present they have always needed. Get a cookie to enjoy, too! Info: Shannon Senn at ext. 2042 or ssenn@warren-wilson.edu.


Thinking about graduate school in a helping profession?
Interested in learning how you can get a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in as little as one year? Curious about social work licensure in the state of North Carolina? Want to find out about financial aid for grad school? For the answers to these and many more questions drop by the MSW Program Fair on  Mon., Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Representatives from MSW programs at UNC Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Appalachian State University, and many other programs throughout the Southeast will be on hand to tell you about their programs, guide you in the application process and provide insight into a career in the social work profession. For more information contact Lucy Lawrence at ext. 3708 or llawrence@warren-wilson.edu. Organized through a joint effort of the Social Work Field Education Programs at Mars Hill College, Warren Wilson College, and Western Carolina University.


WWC’s own Pete Turchi to speak on campus

“If I Knew Where I Was Going, I Could Get There From Here, But I’d be less Inclined to Bother”; or, “The Writer’s Plight.”

Mark your calendars now for this fall’s Harwood-Cole Lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Pete Turchi, director of the MFA Program for Writers and award-winning author of numerous books, will be our speaker. The event will mark the 30th anniversary of the MFA program and the 20th anniversary of the Friends of the Library organization. Sat., Nov. 4, 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge.   


Together We Read event on campus

Get ready for a talk-discussion of this year's TWR selection, Saints at the River by Ron Rash, by purchasing your own copy at the College Bookstore. The TWR event will be Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Canon Lounge and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Undergraduate Writing Program. Dr. Kathy Newfont, Professsor of Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill College, and Asheville-area poet Nancy Dillingham will lead the discussion.


Physics Photo of the Week


Green Buzz – Seed Grants Available!

The Environmental Leadership Center and the Campus Greening Crew are once again offering money for your green projects! Come to us with your plan for a solution to an environmental problem, and we’ll award you up to $500 to conduct and complete your project. The seed grant program has supported projects since 2000. In the last year alone, students have initiated several projects. Sadie Adams created a map showing the locations of native plants on campus and organized the creation of an artistic poster about the native plants for sale at the bookstore. Renee Gaudet and Ayla Graden contributed to the ongoing project of labeling local food in the cafeteria and also created permanent posters (displayed in the cafeteria) that describe the local farmers from whom food is purchased. Sage Brodersen, Michael Myers, Ryan Florey, and Chris McGee worked collectively to clear a space behind the 3-D studio for outdoor classes and meetings; they used a seed grant to purchase native plants, addressing the issues of erosion and exotic invasives. Sophia Levin-Hatz used a seed grant to purchase tools for use at the Community Garden (located at the WWC Garden). Several students, from both the Wellness Crew and Mallory McDuff’s Environmental Communication class, worked on smoking-cessation projects with some funding by seed grants. In past years, seed grants have supported the development of the Bike Shop, cultivation of edible, native, and endangered plants, the greening of technology, and many more innovative ideas. Applications are due Dec. 1. To apply for a grant, pick up an application at the ELC’s bulletin board in lower Gladfelter or email llaufer@warren-wilson.edu. The project guidelines are available at http://www.warren-wilson.edu/environmental/grants.php. Questions? Email Stan Cross at scross@warren-wilson.edu or call ext. 3782.


Service Learning

Tutoring/Mentoring Opportunities:

We all throw around the quote “Children are our future,” but how many of us actually take time out of our week to work with children and make a difference in their lives? At the SLO, we have plenty of weekly opportunities with transportation provided that can fit your difficult schedules.

ARTSPACE is a local K-8 Charter School with a focus on the arts. WWC students are taking vans there every morning, leaving at 10:50 and arriving back at 12:10. We still need tutors on Mondays and Wednesdays! 5 spots left! Contact Alex Hamilton (Ext# 8261) or SLO!

Ride your bike to service – Alec Hamilton (ext. 8261) has organized a bike trip to MACFAC on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Volunteers spend time in the classroom working directly with students. This is a GREAT choice for students who are interested in working with infants and toddlers. You may have the opportunity to organize your own activities with the children. Alec and others leave at 8 a.m. and return back to school around 9:20. They could still use two more volunteers!

Bummed on missing out on the Big Bro/Big Sis program? Don’t be! We have a new opportunity for YOU at the After School Program Montford Community Center. Work with kids K-8 and gain group mentoring experience. Vans leave Mon.-Thurs. at 2:30 and arriving back at 5:30. Eight spots left. Stop by the SLO or contact Leah Cameron (ext. 8261).

Middle School sucked. We all know that. Now imagine moving to a new country and starting school in foreign language on top of worrying about zits, b
ullies, and relationships that are over by 3rd period. The ESL students at Owen Middle School need our help. Come join us with an after-school tutoring program. Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:30-4:40 p.m.

PHFC, a local foster home providing a safe place for children in need, is asking for committed WWC students to help with their after school tutoring/mentoring program. These children, ages 4-18, need individual attention and positive role models. COME HELP OUT on Mon. and Thurs. from 3:30-5 p.m. or Tues. from 3:30-5:45 p.m. Stop by the SLO or call ext. 2011 and we will get you signed up.

Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could get service hours for just running around on a playground with cute kids for a couple hours? Oh wait – YOU CAN! WWC students are helping The Latino Learning Center with their after school daycare, serving children of immigrants who will be busy taking computer classes. Mon. and Wed., 4-6:30 p.m. Contact Irene Malarkey at (503) 799-1473 or stop by the SLO.

¿Quieres practicar? Practice un poco de Spanish by tutoring an ESL student. Training available Saturday, the 30th of September at the Asheville/Buncombe Education Coalition by Buncombe County’s ESL Director, Deanna Lamont. 9-11 a.m. Service Credit for Training and then we can hook you up with a needy student! Asheville area has one of the fastest growing Spanish speaking populations in the nation and we can help these kids transition into
English schools. Make like a tennis shoe and just DO It! Sign up at the
lunch table for a ride to the training or call ext. 2011 for more info.

Tutor Mentor Support Group and PIZZA PARTY! Thurs., Sept. 28, 6-7 p.m. A great way to brainstorm techniques and gain new insights from
professionals. Casual discussion and pizza. Meet at Service Learning
around 5:30 and we’ll go together. Call Janet at ext. 2011 and let her know
you’re coming. This is a good session for students already tutoring and
for those of you who are planning to tutor or mentor in any WWC
tutoring/mentoring program.

Do none of these opportunities fit your interests or schedule? Come by the SLO or the lunch table and talk to us about other on-your-own service opportunities. TAKE ACTION!


Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

Please join us in welcoming Prof. Luis Coto from EARTH University in Costa Rica who will be staying on our campus for the next several weeks.  He will be working with and observing several classes, work crews, and community service and outreach efforts. EARTH University and WWC have had close ties over the past ten years, and have much in common in their commitments to experiential learning and focus on the environment.  Please contact Naomi Otterness if you have questions.

There are a few openings currently available in spring WorldWide courses with summer travel. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with WorldWide-eligible students. We will establish a waitlist for other interested students. There are limited openings in a library science course with travel to Germany, an anthropology course with travel to Mexico and an outdoor leadership course with travel to Scotland. Contact the WorldWide office for more details.

Thanks to the Tibet WorldWide travelers for their wonderful presentation last Thursday! Be sure to stop by Sage Cafe to see the photographs and art from their travels.

External program approval forms for spring 2007 are due in the WorldWide office by Oct. 2. These forms are for WorldWide-qualified students seeking approval for U.S.-accredited, non-Warren Wilson study abroad programs.

Freeman-ASIA award applications are now available online at http://www.iie.org/freeman-asia. Freeman-ASIA (Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning on studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Students may receive up to $7,000. The deadline application for spring 2007 is October 18.


Hooray for . . .

Nick Wilson, a senior business & economics major, is studying in Japan this semester. He has found the time to initiate the State of World Liberty Project, which monitors the progress of market liberal and libertarian political movements. The results of this work received mention in the New York Times, the BBC and newspapers all across eastern Europe and the former Soviet states. Nick compiled four indices of personal, political and economic freedom to create an index ranking countries from most to least libertarian. Estonia stood at #1, which put them in the limelight and caught all the attention for the index. The website is http:/www.stateofworldliberty.org. Nick can be reached at his WWC email address if you want to comment on the project or ask him about life in Japan.


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