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.
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.
Chapel Hill resident Alice C. Buhl was elected board chair by the College’s trustees at their spring meeting.
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.
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 [...]
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)
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)
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.
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 [...]
WWC’s Service Program is recognized for its work in preparing students for effective community engagement.
Grammy Award winner Janis Ian sang and spoke to the delight of 222 graduates at WWC’s 2012 Commencement on May 12.
The nation’s first low-residency MFA program, a vital part of WWC since 1981, tops 46 current such programs.
The Owls as a team were second overall in Division II of the 2011 national championships at Angel Fire, N.M.
Seven Warren Wilson students have been awarded Derieux Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Five WWC students who presented at the N.C. Academy of Science annual meeting have been awarded Derieux Prizes.
WWC has received a substantial gift from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, supporting environmental studies.
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.
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 [...]