Warren Wilson College News

Archive for 2011

Don’t know much about WWC history?

December 22nd, 2011

Over fall break Freesia McKee ’12 digitized the two most useful histories of the College.

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Steven L. Solnick: 7th President of Warren Wilson College

December 16th, 2011

Warren Wilson College’s eight-month search for a new president led the college not only outside academia, but also far beyond the United States to its successful conclusion.

Steven L. Solnick, Ph.D., New Delhi Representative for the Ford Foundation since 2008, has been named by the Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees as the college’s seventh president, effective in July 2012. He will succeed Sandy Pfeiffer, who is retiring in June after six years as president.

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Wendell Berry returns to campus

November 21st, 2011

Wendell Berry at Warren Wilson College
Over the years Warren Wilson has been fortunate to welcome many eminent individuals to campus, even aside from the College’s springtime
commencement speakers. Most recently we were privaleged to host Wendell Berry – a two-day stay that also included visits to class and around campus with his wife and daughter. As the crowd began to stream into the chapel for a reading on the night of Nov. 9, it was clear this was going to be a magical evening at Warren Wilson.

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Alice Buhl elected chair of Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees

September 7th, 2011

Chapel Hill resident Alice C. Buhl was elected board chair by the College’s trustees at their spring meeting.

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Students create Bird Crew

September 29th, 2011

Bird Crew
To most students, birds just fall into the background of the day-to-day, but to junior Nora Livingston and sophomore Austin Patton–self-proclaimed “bird nerds” and the only members of the College’s newly created Bird Crew–birds are so much more.

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Question: Asheville Regional Airport shuttle service

September 29th, 2011

Question: As a student from Washington State, I have used the shuttle numerous times to travel to the Asheville Airport for breaks. I was recently informed that the school has decided to use a outside company that charges for this service. Though it was an extra, non required service, it was very disappointing to see [...]

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Campus-l reminder

September 22nd, 2011

Campus-l is an opt-in email list used for discussion among students, faculty and staff.

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Question: PAC reports via email

September 21st, 2011

Question: Thanks for setting up for this system and for the opportunity to ask questions. I often feel like I’m so focused on the day-to-day of my own job that it’s easy to lose track of what else is going on the at the College. Richard’s regular reports from the Admission and Advancement Office are great and make me feel very informed about what’s going on at Orr Cottage. Would it be possible for other PAC members to send out regular reports via email about what their divisions are doing? I think it would help staff and faculty feel less isolated in their own work and more connected to the College as a whole. (Submitted by Sharon Withrow)

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Question: domestic partner benefits

September 16th, 2011

Question: Given the upcoming statewide vote on a constitutional ban on gay marriage, I’m wondering if the college currently offers employee benefits for homosexual or heterosexual domestic partners. (Submitted by JB)

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Commencement 2012

September 14th, 2011

I am very pleased to announce that Grammy Award winner Janis Ian has accepted my invitation to deliver the main address at our 2012 Commencement. The ceremony will be May 12 at 10 a.m. on Sunderland Lawn.

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On Cowpie lawn

September 13th, 2011

If you have ventured past the bus stop lately, you may have asked yourself, ”What is the Landscaping Crew doing to those trees with that loud machine?” Or, ”Why are they replacing the soft, cushiony grass under those trees with mulch?” It is not part of an evil plan to spread noise pollution and disrupt [...]

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Newsweek ranks Warren Wilson Service Program No. 3 nationwide

September 6th, 2011

WWC’s Service Program is recognized for its work in preparing students for effective community engagement.

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Record number of graduates hear commencement address by Janis Ian

September 5th, 2011

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian sang and spoke to the delight of 222 graduates at WWC’s 2012 Commencement on May 12.

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Warren Wilson MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers Magazine

September 3rd, 2011

The nation’s first low-residency MFA program, a vital part of WWC since 1981, tops 46 current such programs.

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WWC’s Eva Wilson finishes 1st overall in collegiate mountain bike nationals

September 1st, 2011

The Owls as a team were second overall in Division II of the 2011 national championships at Angel Fire, N.M.

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Seven WWC students receive undergraduate research awards

September 1st, 2011

Seven Warren Wilson students have been awarded Derieux Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

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Five WWC students receive 2012 Derieux Prizes for original research

August 27th, 2011

Five WWC students who presented at the N.C. Academy of Science annual meeting have been awarded Derieux Prizes.

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Margaret A. Cargill Foundation gift to support environmental studies

August 25th, 2011

WWC has received a substantial gift from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, supporting environmental studies.

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Service Day 2011

August 24th, 2011

If spring semester at the College has Work Day, then the start of fall semester has its counterpart in Service Day. As with Work Day, several hundred students, faculty and staff come together on Service Day to work on various outdoor projects. A major difference is that the work projects are located in the greater community, rather than on campus. Another is that the vast majority of student workers at Service Day are brand new to the school, thus making the day an introduction to the surrounding community as well as to an aspect of Warren Wilson that has been central to its mission for half a century.

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Farm adds small sheep flock

August 24th, 2011

The College Farm has added five sheep to Murphy’s pasture in front of the farm shop. These lambs are a Dorper cross, a breed developed in South Africa. They are a hair sheep, meaning the wool is non-existent or poor, depending how much Dorset blood is in the mix with the Dorper. They were bred [...]

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