Warren Wilson College News

WWC This Week — September 25, 2007

September 25, 2007
Vol. 11 No. 3

Local church recognizes WWC’s environmental efforts

WWC has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Peace and Environment Team of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, recognizing the College’s significant environmental efforts. President Pfeiffer accepted the certificate on behalf of the College from Melissa Davis of the church. The College is recognized as a national campus leader in sustainable practices and facilities. Among other achievements, Warren Wilson became the first college or university in North Carolina to have a Gold Certified Building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. It also was the first school to convert to 100 percent “green” power through the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs).


Warren Wilson Theatre presents “Season of Innocence and Experience”

With a new academic year under way, the Warren Wilson Theatre is presenting its 2007-2008 “Season of Innocence and Experience” in Kittredge Theater. Plays for the new season include the groundbreaking musical The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Nov. 15-18; Mac Wellman’s new play Description Beggared or The Allegory of Whiteness, Feb. 7-10; and J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, April 24-27. Two DANCE/ACT events showcasing student work will be held Dec. 13 and May 15. Other performance events are expected to be added to the calendar. Curtain time is typically 8 p.m., although some 2 p.m. matinees will be staged. Info: 771-3041.


WWC among 14 N.C. schools to participate in U-CAN launch

If you’re a prospective college student or parent looking for a national information resource on colleges and universities, a new website scheduled to debut Wednesday may be just what you’re looking for. U-CAN, or University & College Accountability Network, will be launched at http://www.ucan-network.org as a consumer resource created by colleges and universities specifically for students and parents. The purpose is to offer profiles of individual institutions in a consistent, attractive format that also allows schools to highlight their special nature. Warren Wilson is among the nearly 600 private colleges and universities nationwide who have signed on to participate in the initiative, coordinated by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). As of Monday, 14 colleges and universities across North Carolina had joined U-CAN. “U-CAN should prove to be a tremendous resource for prospective students and parents,” said Richard Blomgren, WWC dean of admission. “Finding reliable information on colleges and universities can sometimes be difficult and frustrating, and we’re excited to be part of an initiative that cuts through the clutter.”


A Service Learning reminder –stay true to your word!

Thank you to those who came out to Sign Up & Serve. Please help us support our community partners by showing up for your service commitments. If you signed up for a service trip, there’s a special spot held just for you. If you can’t make it, let the Service Learning Office know! Someone else will have the chance to take advantage of service opportunities. It’s easy to lose partnership with our favorite non-profits if we don’t provide them with the help they need, so be true and be here on time. If you couldn’t make it to the Sign Up & Serve event, stop by the Service Learning Office (The Ransom House) to find the service that’s right for you. Current volunteer needs:

*Thursdays – meet at the SLO, 3:30-5 p.m. at Presbyterian Homes for Children (tutoring children in foster care) with Kate Donaldson (cdonaldson@warren-wilson.edu)

*Fridays – meet at the SLO, 2:45-5 p.m., at the Black Mountain Community Garden with Renee Sniegocki (rsneigocki@warren-wilson.edu).

*Council on Aging of Buncombe County (COA) is looking for volunteers for a variety of positions, including food delivery, yard work, office help, elder visits and more! Contact Joan Maxcy, 277-8288 or joanm@coabc.org.


WWC featured in KIWI Magazine’s College Green Report

WWC is among 50 colleges and universities nationwide cited in KIWI Magazine’s first “Green College Report” for having “eco-friendly campuses and programs.” In recognizing Warren Wilson, the magazine notes that the college purchases renewable energy credits to offset 100 percent of its energy use, practices sustainable agriculture on its campus farm and has a strong environmental studies department. The report also underscores student work-crew initiatives such as the community bike shop and recycling of the campus waste stream.

Warren Wilson, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the only schools in North Carolina to be featured in the report, which also includes information on tuition, enrollment and campus setting. The full report can be found online at www.kiwimagonline.com .


WWC Alumni Golf Tournament

The annual tourney takes place Fri., Oct. 5, at the Black Mountain Golf Course. Sign-in begins at 7:45 a.m. and the shot-gun start is at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $65/person ($260/foursome), which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. We are grateful to Sodexho/Marriott for providing breakfast and to Stone & Christy, PA, Attorneys at Law, William H. Christy, Class of ’79, and James M. Ellis, Class of ’92, for sponsoring lunch. As in the past, all proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Arthur and Lucile Bannerman Scholarship Fund. You are invited to get a team together and register as a complete foursome, or you can register as an individual and we will make sure you are put on a team. Contact Mary Craig, ext. 2052 or mcraig@warren-wilson.edu or stop by her office in the Orr Cottage.


Meditation and open house at BE suites

The BE suites have two exciting, recurring programs that will be offered to the community throughout the semester. Morning meditation is every morning Monday – Friday at 7 a.m. in the Village B common room. Try this stress-free activity (literally) any time you like, whether you’re an expert or beginner. Weekly open house for the common room, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. See what resources are available to everyone in the Warren Wilson community: books, tea, cushions – this is a good place to relax and to read or do work. The common room is open to you whenever you like, just at this time there will be friends around to talk or read with. Stay as late as you like. Mark your calendars and find the time to integrate these no-stress activities into your week.


Fall break shuttle to Asheville Airport

The following campus departure times have been established for fall break:
Fri., Oct. 19 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 20 – 4:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Return shuttle to campus will be Sun., Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Those with flights arriving later than 10:30 p.m. must make their own travel arrangements. Procedure: Reservations must be made to assure your space on the van. Sign -up in Lower Gladfelter at the Campus Post Office, Package Window, or by emailing shuttle@warren-wilson.edu with the following information: name, phone, airline, flight number, departure date, departure time from AVL to your next destination, campus departure location. Departure from Ballfield is fifteen minutes earlier than the est
ablish departure time from campus; departure from Dorland is 10 minutes earlier than the establish departure time from campus; departure from Vining is the established departure time. If you require return transportation to campus, please provide the following information: return time, airline and flight number. You should arrive at your departure location ten minutes early. The driver will not wait. Late departure from campus could result in a student missing their flight.


Mountain Green – a community lunch and learn series

Building on the success of the first Mountain Green Conference in June 2007, Warren Wilson’s Environmental Leadership Center will offer a series of programs in the coming year to engage the community in a conversation about best practices for developing our mountain region.

Oct. 8 – Taylor Barnhill, Executive Director, SouthWings. “Sustainability is not optional: Aerial environmental education in Western N.C. and the Southeast United States”

Oct. 29 – Chuck Smith, Director, Sustainable Development Program, Appalachian State Univ. “How does ASU leverage change in the High Country?”

Nov. 12 – Robin Cape, Asheville City Council. “How is the City of Asheville addressing sustainable development?”

These events are open to the public. RSVP to Phillip Ray Gibson, ext. 3781 or pgibson@warren-wilson.edu. The series takes place in the Gladfelter Dining Hall, Meirke, Room B, 11:30 a.m.


Natural Science Seminar

On Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in the Jensen Lecture Hall, Shannon Waldron will present “Water Soluble Antioxidant development during the Ripening Stages of Tomatoes (BHN 685. 75, Roma).” Her mentor is Dr. Victoria Collins. All are invited to attend.


The Character of Our Character: The Intersection between Fictional and Non-Fictional People and Ideas about Creating Actual Human Beings on the Page

Does this title make you curious? Then mark your calendars for this year’s Harwood-Cole Lecture – Sat., Nov. 3. Reception at 3 p.m., lecture at 4 p.m., Canon Lounge. Randall Kenan, author of A Visitation of Spirits, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, and The Fire This Time, will deliver the lecture. Kenan’s books are available in the library and the campus store. They also will be sold at the lecture. Info: nugent@warren-wilson.edu.



Lower Laursen
Ext. 3057

Approval forms for external (non-WWC) spring 2008 study abroad programs are due in the WorldWide office by Mon., Oct. 1. Please remember that all programs must be U.S.-accredited.

The deadline for submissions to the annual International Photo Contest is Fri., Sept. 28. All students, faculty, staff and volunteers are encouraged to submit up to three photos from their international travels. Winners will receive fabulous prizes. Contact Claire Wisker for more information.

Students from ODL 377: Outdoor Education in the Scottish Highlands will be giving a presentation about their experiences on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Students in this WorldWide course explored the history of Outward Bound in the United Kingdom. They also spent time in a small village outside of Edinburgh, performing community service and working with school children.

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Career Services will be holding a special workshop for returned study abroad students on Thurs., Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Laursen Conference Room. “Increasing the Mileage of Your International Experience” will focus on how to discuss your overseas experience on resumes and in graduate school and employment interviews.


Hooray for . . .

Warren Wilson President Emeritus Doug Orr, who received a conservation award from the Garden Club of America at its annual meeting in Asheville. Orr was commended for “Leadership, Scholarship and Citizenship” in his tenure as president of Warren Wilson College in establishing the college as a “A national higher educational leader in conservation initiatives and programs.” Also recognized was Warren Wilson Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Mimi Cecil for her conservation leadership for the College and as chair of the North Carolina Environmental Defense organization.


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