Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week – December 5, 2006

December 5, 2006
Vol. 10 No. 18

Grant from U.S. Dept. of Justice

As many of you have heard, Warren Wilson has received a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to address issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking on campus. This is a program that has been in existence for about six years and allows college campuses to focus attention and resources on these issues that affect the lives of so many of our students either directly or indirectly. The $191, 851 grant will be for the next two years. As part of the grant WWC will be forming a coalition including on campus constituencies and community partners from Our Voice, Helpmate, and Pisgah Legal Services. This coalition will meet monthly to review new initiatives and assess our programs and progress toward our goals. Our goals for the program titled, Education and Support for a Safe Community (ESSC) include:

*Providing educational programming focused on prevention for students, faculty and staff.
*Training appropriate student leaders, work crews and staff to respond to incidents.
*Enhancing support for victims and survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence.
*Disseminating publications related to these issues.
*Supporting the Warren Wilson community in providing service to the community through our grant partner agencies.
*Implementing consistent policies and hearing practices for reported violations of policies related to sexual misconduct and relationship violence.
*Including the topic of violence against women within our culture in academic course offerings in gender studies and sociology.
*Installing more secure card swipe locking systems in residence halls and academic buildings used extensively after hours

To implement these goals some ways that members of our community can be involved right now include being part of the search process for the grant-funded position of Coordinator of the ESSC program. This will be a two-year full time position with responsibilities for supervision of the Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARAS), overseeing educational programming related sexual assault and relationship violence, providing direct advocacy for those who may have experienced violence and working closely with community partners. We are also recruiting students to be part of the four person ESSC crew starting in January. The crew will work on publications and programming, serve as SARAS, and support service efforts. Please contact Cathy Kramer (ckramer@warren-wilson.edu) if you are interested in assisting with the search process, would like to serve on the student crew or have any questions.

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Writing Center crew openings

Do you enjoy writing? Are you excited by the thought of good grammar? Would you like to spend your work time in a really awesome red room? The Writing Center Crew has several crew positions open for the spring semester. We are looking for motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an interest in creative and academic writing. All majors are welcome. Successful completion of Modern English Grammar is recommended but not required. For more information and an application, come by the
Writing Center in the basement of Sunderland during our hours of operation.

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Library midnight hours for semester’s end

The library will extend its hours until midnight Tues.-Thurs., Dec. 12-14, and Sun.-Mon., Dec. 17-18, to accommodate students completing semester projects and studying for exams. Coffee and tea will be available these nights from 8-9 p.m. in the downstairs library kitchen. Remember to bring your covered mug.

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Senior Sustainable Agriculture Project Seminar
Tues., Dec. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Garden Cabin. Allie Welsh will present a seminar reporting on the results of her Senior Sustainable Agriculture Project involving the development of a sustainable business plan for Quaker Neck Dairy, a sixty goat dairy and artisan cheese making startup she planned as an alternative enterprise for her family farm near Chestertown, MD.

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REQUIRED EVENT for First-Year Seminar Students

The final evening transition session = DIVERSITY. All first year seminar students are required to attend the WWC Theatre presentation of The Oroonoko Project: Black / White / Red Encounters. (Admission is free.) The show opens Thursday Dec. 7, and runs every night at 8 p.m. through Sunday Dec. 10. First year students are strongly encouraged to attend the Thursday night show, as this is the only night that will include a discussion group following the performance, lead by Graham Paul and the theatre folks. There will be a ticket window in the theatre lobby designated for First Year Students only, where evaluation forms will be distributed and collected. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Racial encounters on the WWC stage

(Required for First Year Seminar students)
Warren Wilson Theatre presents a very original multi-media staging of a seventeenth-century story in its next production, THE OROONOKO PROJECT: BLACK/WHITE/RED ENCOUNTERS. Warren Wilson’s version, which uses an old story of a slave rebellion and Indian attack in the English colony of Surinam to examine white attitudes toward other races, will be presented in Kittredge Theatre Thurs., Dec. 7 through Sun., Dec. 10. Seating will be limited so reservations are HIGHLY recommended! Call ext. 3040 to make a reservation or sign up during lunch in Gladfelter this week. The performance is required for all First Year Seminar students as the Diversity Transition Session. First Year students are encouraged to come to opening night (Thursday) and stay for a post-performance conversation with the director and members of the cast. All Warren Wilson students are admitted free of charge. Director Graham Paul combines a serio-comic dramatisation of the Aphra Behn story, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave, with other period writings, as well as the story of a visit to London by four Iroquois Indians in 1710, and contemporary scenes created by the student cast. The resulting production explores how encounters, fictional and real, between Englishmen, Africans, and American Indians three hundred and fifty years ago echo in American racial relations today. Dramatic audio, video, and lighting effects, as well as other highly theatrical techniques, insure that this production will provide a very unusual experience to Warren Wilson theatre-goers, many of whom have already come to expect the unexpected at Warren Wilson Theatre.

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Forester’s Banquet

The Warren Wilson Society of American Foresters is holding the 1st Annual
Warren Wilson College Forester's Banquet. Fri., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in Bryson. It will be a BBG (vegetarian option available) Live Bluegrass, and Benefit Auction. Adults: $10, Students: $8, Under 12: Free. All proceeds benefit the WWC Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. SAF will also be selling Organic, Local X-mas Trees for $20-40.

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Nobel Peace Prize Celebration

A Nobel Peace Prize Celebration honoring Muhammad Yunus (who will not be present) and his Grameen Bank is scheduled Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Yunus came to WWC in 1990 to talk about a little-known poverty solution called microcredit – the practice of giving small loans to poor entrepreneurs to start businesses. His visit was not by accident, as community members from Warren Wilson, Black Mountain and Swannanoa had initiated a local microcredit institution in 1989 called Mountain Microenterprise Fund that was modeled after Yunus’ bank in Bangladesh. Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microcredit and for demonstratin
g that microcredit helps people lift themselves out of poverty and promotes peace. The event is sponsored by RESULTS, Mountain Microenterprise Fund and WWC. Info: Ken Patterson of RESULTS at (828) 398-4562 or kpatterson@results.org.

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Roller Reggae

Dec. 10 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tarwheels Skateway. Skate to live reggae music featuring legendary Appalachian musician Ras Alan and the Lions alongside Deep Roots Sound. $8, kids 5 yrs and under free. Vegetarian food and yummy treats for sale. Info: 664-0113.

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Annual Festival of Light

Sun., Dec. 10, 7 p.m. The Spiritual Life Committee is planning and hosting the third annual Festival of Light in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Good food prepared by Michael Gentry, music by college groups, readings and reflections by students from many spiritual and faith traditions. This is a celebration of light and hope in the world during the season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Winter Solstice. The Warren Wilson community is invited to participate and enjoy.

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Natural Science Seminars

Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Lawson Revan: Juncus effusus as a Nitrogen Remover in Wastewater Biofiltration for the WWC Pig Farm. Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.

4:30: Liina Laufer – Creation of Glycerin Fuel Logs. Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.

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FMTS News

Member of the Campus Safety and FMTS Safety Committee attended the annual NC, National Health and Safety Conference in Charlotte. This Conference allows the attendees to learn about work place safety requirements, new procedures, training and access to new safety products to help improve safety on the job. The following staff members were issued training certificates for “competent person” training in OSHA 10 hour Construction: Ray Cockrell, Bill Baunick, Paul Braese, Susan Quigley, and Bruce Willever. Doug Bradley and John Griffin received certification for fork lift instructor. With these new skills and knowledge these employees will be an valuable asset in assisting the College in it's goal to obtain Carolina Star recognition from OSHA for workplace Safety. Lets thank them for their efforts.

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Open Position

WWC seeks coordinator for campus programs addressing issues of sexual assault and relationship violence. This is a two-year grant supported position. Responsibilities include providing education, programming and outreach to students with the help of a student staff, organizing training and professional development for appropriate staff and faculty groups, training and supervising campus sexual assault response advocates (SARAS), providing direct support and advocacy for victims/survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence and serving as a liaison with community agency partners. The coordinator will also manage this government grant by organizing regular meetings of a community coalition and writing grant reports. Bachelor’s degree and experience in working with issues of sexual assault and/or relationship violence required. Experience with grant management, familiarity with local agencies working with these issues, and/or previous work with a college age population helpful. Info: Gail Baylor (gbaylor@warren-wilson.edu). Review of applications will begin Dec. 8, 2006.

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WorldWide
Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

Curry Anton and Morgan Williams have been granted funding through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) for their planned studies next semester in Uganda and Tanzania, respectively. Only 400 Gilman scholarships were awarded nationally for the spring 2007 study cycle. Curry will be learning the Luganda language and taking courses and a completing a practicum focused on issues of social and economic development. Morgan will be immersed in learning Swahili as well as taking coursework and completing an independent study project with an emphasis on wildlife ecology and conservation. Both programs are offered through the School for International Training. Eight other WWC students have chosen a WorldWide option to study abroad next semester in South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. We look forward to hearing about their experiences, and we wish them safe and happy travels as they head out this winter.

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Hooray for . . .

All of those who gave blood or helped out with the blood drive. We surpassed our goal by 11 units of blood, a grand total of 81 pints were collected! Ninety five of you showed up to donate blood, and 26 of you were first time donors. A big shout out, also to all of you who gave your time to register people and work at the canteen. The blood drive, which was supposed to end at 6:30, had to stay around until after 8 because so many people had shown up to give blood! Congratulations, and please give again! For those of you who were turned away, there's still hope, the next blood drive is February 20, so mark your calendars now.

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