When guests arrived at a casual Warren Wilson get-together at Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm, in Rutland, Mass., they were greeted by Associate Admission Director Morning Naughton ’97. “I was holding a baby lamb, who we named Wilson in honor of the event and our love for WWC,” explained Morning. The group introduced themselves, took a tour of Heifer Farm, gathered for local food and conversation, and then some folks did farm chores and helped with the animals. It was a wonderful day.
In the spring issue of “Owl & Spade” you’ll find stories on the College’s tradition of crafts, the Swannanoa Gathering’s 20th anniversary, Costa Rican connections, and how service is a way of life for world-record rower Katie Spotz ’08.
Work Day is an annual spring rite at Warren Wilson. For students, it offers a nice midweek break from the usual class schedule during a very busy time of the year. Yes, there is work – or off-campus service – to be done on their regular work crews in the morning. But the afternoon brings an opportunity to work outside, a welcome assignment especially when the weather is ideal as it was again this year. And there’s even a picnic with live music as a reward at day’s end!
Just a friendly reminder that the deposit deadline for students planning to enroll at Warren Wilson this fall is May 1.
With March’s tempestuous moods almost behind us, April brings warm weather, and the Warren Wilson campus blossoms. Fruit trees and forsythia pepper the breeze with petals, and a veil of soft tree buds rise up the mountain slopes. It’s almost time for the event that reminds everyone at Warren Wilson of the labor necessary to keep the College beautiful and functional — Work Day. Next Wednesday, April 6th, students will take a break from classes and studying to grab tools and get out in the sun. Have a look at what Work Day was like last year!
Steve Peifer, recipient of a CNN Hero Award for his work with schools in Kenya, will be the special guest speaker April 16.
The high plains of the Rocky Mountains provided homesteaders with a profitable niche in the national livestock market when the railroad came through in the late 1800s. Meat prices, however, have not kept up with the increased cost of ranching on the high prairies. Morgan Williams, ’08, sought a way to save the ranches while also addressing the environmental need for less carbon and more renewable energy sources.
Sandy Pfeiffer, WWC president since July 2006, announced Feb. 11 that he is retiring from his position in June 2012.
Today I informed the Board of Trustees that I’ll retire from Warren Wilson College in June 2012, a year from this June. At the time of my
retirement, I will have served six years as the sixth president of the College, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of this special community.
Warren Wilson College has begun 2011 with two new campus initiatives that further deepen its strong commitment to sustainability.
Grammy Award winner Janis Ian will deliver the address at the 2012 Warren Wilson College Commencement May 12.
Irwin Belk and Billy Edd Wheeler will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2012 WWC Commencement.
The library, International Programs Office, International Student Advisor’s Office and the Department of Modern Languages are pleased to announce that Mango Languages, an online language learning system, is now available to all WWC students, faculty and staff.