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Archive for 2008

President Names WWC Local Food Task Force

May 14th, 2008

The Local Foods Task Force has been named and will work as directed by Sandy Pfeiffer to develop a local food policy for WWC.

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Kevin Walden named men’s basketball coach at Warren Wilson

May 13th, 2008

Kevin Walden, assistant men’s basketball coach at St. Ambrose University, has been named head basketball coach and sports information director at Warren Wilson, effective July 1.

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WWC team places 2nd at Blue Planet 24 Hour Run

May 5th, 2008

A team from WWC took 2nd place at the Blue Planet 24 Hour Run this past weekend. The team (6 students, 4 staff) completed forty laps on the hilly, demanding 5-mile course for a total of 200 miles. The Blue Planet run was held at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain and was a run dedicated to raising money and awareness for sustainable water projects worldwide. These folks may show some signs of fatigue for the next few days, but deserve a congratulations for their amazing effort. The WWC 2008 Blue Planet Team: Kevin Lane, Chelsea Gay, Tal Gold, Colleen Vetti, Will Franklin, Mike Jolly, Annie Jonas, Anne Lundblad, Natasha Shipman.

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April-May 2008 Report to Campus

May 2nd, 2008

With the end of the semester just a few weeks away, I’ve decided to send you a combined report that looks back to April as well as forward to May. My next report, which will cover late May and June, will likely come your way about July 7, after the July 4 holiday.

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Hana Staub ’08 receives national social work fellowship

April 29th, 2008

Hana Staub, a Warren Wilson College senior from Philadelphia, has been awarded the 2008 Summer Policy Fellowship by the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

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The night was taken back!

April 23rd, 2008

Tuesday night was the "Take Back The Night" event organized by many members of our community including the RISE Project, the Women’s Resource Center, RD’s and Residence Life, First Year Programming, Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities, Landscaping cres, Our VOICE, Peace & Social Justice crew, Counseling Center as well as others.

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CHILL OUT — National Wildlife Federation recognizes Warren Wilson College

April 21st, 2008

WWC has won the runners up award in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide competition. This award program honors the U.S. schools that are ahead of their time in addressing global warming and being highly creative in doing so.

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Warren Wilson College Receives National Award for Innovations in Reversing Global Warming

April 16th, 2008

 

Warren Wilson College Receives National Award for Innovations in Reversing Global Warming

For Immediate Release

Reston, VA (April 10) – Warren Wilson College has won the Runners Up award in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide competition.  This award program honors the U.S. schools that are ahead of their time in addressing global warming and being highly creative in doing so. 

“Every one of our Chill Out winners deserves an Oscar for the example they have set," says Julian Keniry, Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation. "Campuses nationwide are demonstrating that we can combat global warming, protect habitat, and save money at the same time. These campuses are actually doing what the science says should be done to reduce the threat of global warming.”

Earlier this year, Focus the Nation brought together one million young adults on 1,100 campuses throughout the country to discuss solutions to global warming. National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out Competition takes that discussion to the next level by showcasing campuses that have stepped up and implemented real solutions for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the root cause of global warming.
 
This award was given to Warren Wilson College for its comprehensive campus climate plan, including its commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions and overall sustainability of the college. The College’s climate protection plan is a campus and community-wide effort, including a greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) reduction partnership with the City of Asheville- the first of its kind in the nation. This partnership seeks to demonstrate the catalytic potential of higher education and municipality collaboration.  Warren Wilson College has conducted an annual GGE Inventory since 2003 and maintains a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Task Force to set target goals for emissions reductions.

Since 2004, Warren Wilson College’s building square footage has increased by 4.5% and enrollment by 5.1% while energy usage has decreased by 5.4%.  It is no easy feat for a college to decrease total energy use, while continuing to grow.  The College’s total CO2 emissions have been reduced by 6.4%.  Warren Wilson College’s climate protection plan is wide-reaching, involving all 1,100 campus stakeholders in processes that imbue global warming awareness into personal and institutional actions. 

For these impressive efforts, the National Wildlife Federation will be recognizing Warren Wilson College in the Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming webcast on April 16, broadcast live from George Washington University in Washington DC at 7pm EST. The webcast will be part of global warming events scheduled on over 175 college campuses throughout the nation. Warren Wilson College will also receive a small monetary award from the National Wildlife Federation to continue exploring innovating global warming solutions.

Other winning schools in the contest include: Butte College (Oroville, CA), Cascadia Community College (Bothell, WA), The University of Washington (Bothell, WA), The Berkshire School (Sheffield, MA), University of Montana (Missoula, MT), Berea College (KY), and Daemen College (NY).

Visit www.campuschillout.org to register for, and view, the webcast. More than 175 campuses are registered to be a part of this exciting event, representing 44 states, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Iran, Syria, India and Canada.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has been an integral part of the campus greening movement since 1989. The nation’s 4,100 colleges and universities educate more than 15 million students in any given year making these schools important laboratories for creativity and innovation – keys to tackling a monumental crisis like global warming.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s conservation organization protecting wildlife for our children’s future. www.nwf.org.

Contact:  Jennifer Fournelle 703 438-6002 (office), 571 332-2156 (mobile)

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WWC receives “Chill Out” award from National Wildlife Federation

April 15th, 2008

Warren Wilson College has won the Runners Up award in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming competition.

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WWC alumnus Campbell to read from Ervin biography April 29

April 15th, 2008

Karl E. Campbell, associate professor of history at Appalachian State University and a Warren Wilson College alumnus, will read from his book, "Senator Sam Ervin: Last of the Founding Fathers," April 29 at Warren Wilson.

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Advancement Office changes

April 10th, 2008

As a follow up to President Pfeiffer’s email this morning, here are the Advancement Office’s new position descriptions and organization chart.

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Work Day makes the Asheville Citizen-Times

April 10th, 2008

"Community is focus of college Work Day," by Carol Motsinger.

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Bartels awarded grant for “water bear” research in Smokies

April 10th, 2008

Paul Bartels, Warren Wilson biology and environmental studies professor, has received a grant from Discover Life in America to continue his research on "water bears" (phylum Tardigrada) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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WWC Work Day on WLOS news

April 9th, 2008

"Warren Wilson Work Day: Students and staff at Warren Wilson College are giving back to the community today with a series of service projects both on and off campus. It is part of the school’s annual work day. This morning, about 25 students and staff helped at Animal Haven in Buncombe County, a place that takes in abandoned and homeless animals. One student says the day makes him realize there are other reasons for doing things besides money."

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Warren Wilson receives recycling award from Carolinas association

April 8th, 2008

The Carolina Recycling Association, comprising both Carolinas, has given its first award for Outstanding College or University Recycling Program to WWC.

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2008 – 2009 RAs and RDs

April 7th, 2008

Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen as RAs and RDs for the upcoming year.

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Warren Wilson Theatre to stage original “Peter Pan” April 24-27

April 7th, 2008

James M. Barrie’s classic children’s play, "Peter Pan," will receive a fully staged production April 24-27 at Warren Wilson under the direction of graduating senior Charlotte Lawrence.

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2008 Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz to read April 11 at WWC

April 4th, 2008

Together We Read and Warren Wilson College present Junot Diaz, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, in a reading Friday at 7 p.m. in Kittredge Theater.

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March 2008 Report to Campus

April 3rd, 2008

In March, campus activities began to accelerate to a pace that won’t slow until Commencement, after which point the summer cycle starts—with summer work crews, the Gathering music festival, our culinary school, and more. Recently Sam Scoville told me that in summers past, faculty and staff labored together on projects like painting buildings and the like. Though I don’t suspect we’ll return to that model, hearing about it reminded me that we live in a special community with a unique history and culture. We’re also special in how we handle spiritual matters, so I thought I would speak to that issue in this month’s report.

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Health Center Services

March 29th, 2008

Beginning immediately, the campus Health Center will be open for limited hours each day. Karen Weinberg, our current health care practitioner, will be available to see patients Monday-Friday between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

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