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The Building of the Chapel: Beverly Ohler remembers

June 4th, 2014

The Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel resides in a beautiful A-frame structure made of wood and rock, as beautiful as it is holy. A campus treasure, it seems as new today as it did in 1964 when we opened its doors.


The Mission Barrel and the Theater

March 24th, 2014

The box was flat but sturdy with the address neatly lettered on the top.

TO: Warren Wilson Jr. College — Swannanoa, North Carolina


Adventure education and challenge course management

February 12th, 2014

Warren Wilson College’s Outdoor Leadership classes Initiatives for Adventure Education, taught by Jill Overholt, and Challenge Course Management, taught by Ed Raiola, worked together to create and implement an adventure education field trip for the sixth grade classes at nearby Art Space Charter School.


Roger Hutchison ’94 and his Painting Table

January 13th, 2014

On December 14, 2012, twenty children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. As the community of Newtown struggled to make sense of the tragedy, the nation responded with prayer, philanthropy and politics. One man responded with paint. Roger Hutchison, a youth minister and lay leader with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC, was invited to the small Connecticut town to aid in the emotional and spiritual recovery of those effected by the tragedy. Hutchison, who graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1994 with a B.A. in Humanities, gladly accepted.


Christian Diaz ’12

August 28th, 2013

In 2009, Christian Diaz left his home in Chicago, Ill., for Warren Wilson College and a setting drastically different from the urban environment in which he was raised. Diaz, who was born in Mexico and grew up in racially segregated Chicago, credits his time at Warren Wilson as a stark contrast to his upbringing. In [...]


Letter from Muir Valley Nature Preserve

November 19th, 2012

Dear Ms. Kramer, I want to let you know what a wonderful experience Muir Valley Nature Preserve had with a group of Warren Wilson students. Nichole Kendle and Riley West arranged for a group of 10 students (Nichole Kendle, Riley West, Brad Smout, Eden May, Ethan Smalley, Elias Hindenberger, Hannah Yoter, Becca Droz, Jeremy Taylor, [...]


Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate

April 25th, 2012

Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate, a book by outdoor leadership/environmental studies professor Mallory McDuff, has been published by New Society Publishers. The book includes a foreword written by Bill McKibben and contributions by Katharine Hayhoe. Sacred Acts documents the diverse actions taken by churches to address climate change through stewardship, [...]


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.


For Steve Orlen

November 29th, 2010

Practice By Ellen Bryant Voight To weep unbidden, to wake at night in order to weep, to wait for the whisker on the face of the clock to twitch again, moving the dumb day forward— is this merely practice? Some believe in heaven, some in rest.  We’ll float, you said.  Afterward we’ll float between two [...]


Jay Tompkins ’96

September 24th, 2010

Jay Tompkins ’96, the only child of Ellen and John Tompkins, was born in Newport News, Va. He grew up along the banks of the James River where he learned to appreciate the beauty of nature at a young age. He attended public schools and later graduated from Christ School. When he arrived at Warren [...]


Medical Relief Mission to Haiti

August 24th, 2010

Medical Relief Mission to Haiti E. Jackson Allison, Jr. MD, MPH, FACEP Professor of Emergency Medical Care Western Carolina University Past President, ACEP Shortly after the earthquake, rated at 7.2 on the Richter Scale, hit near Port-au-Prince (PAP), Haiti, I was contacted by the CEO of the Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment Foundation (GCEEF) to [...]


Homecoming 2010 class reunions

June 23rd, 2010

Several classes are already planning class reunions for Homecoming.


R&R – A New Crew in Town

April 20th, 2010

Orange extension cords run throughout the skeletal remains of 114 Cabin Hill. They plug into power tools, air compressors and speakers blasting the background rock and roll. Wearing safety glasses and a tool belt equipped with a hammer, measuring tape and speed square, Amelia McCallister pulls the trigger to roar up a skill saw. The board she cuts will support the new flooring for a faculty home at Warren Wilson College. McCallister is one of thirteen members on the newly formed Rentals and Renovations Crew on campus.