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September 2007 Report to Campus

October 1st, 2007

I’ll start by thanking all who participated in the 24-hour run/walk marathon that just ended this morning (Sunday).


Sunderland Residence Hall

September 18th, 2007

I’m writing you to provide some information regarding mold and air quality in Sunderland residence hall, and to let you know about the work we are doing there to address the issues.


Required training time

September 6th, 2007

My thanks to all faculty and staff–particularly the coaching staff — who made accommodations to allow students to attend the first college-wide OSHA training session yesterday.


Larry Modlin

September 4th, 2007

Larry Modlin, Vice President for Business Affairs, has given Warren Wilson College over 18 years of dedicated service. His financial acumen, strong support of the Triad, and innovative thinking have kept Warren Wilson on track to greatness, and I thank him for his outstanding work. Larry will be retiring from the College at the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2008) to pursue other interests, but his fine work here will be long remembered.


August 2007 Report to Campus

September 4th, 2007

The fall term has begun well with the arrival of a terrific group of first-year students. They have hit the ground running in classes, work assignments, and extracurricular activities. From all I’ve heard and seen, the Admission Office once again has delivered a group of students of whom the College can be proud. So I’ll start by thanking Richard Blomgren and his Admission colleagues for their successful recruiting efforts.


New Smoking Policy

August 23rd, 2007

Welcome to a new year at Warren Wilson! One clear sign of the spirit of this community is the involvement of faculty, staff, and students in developing campus policies, such as the new smoking policy that starts this week.


2007 Convocation Address

August 16th, 2007

If you live long enough, life repeats itself in fascinating ways—sometimes with delight, as in moments when you enjoy comfortable conversation with long-time friends; and sometimes with frustration, as in moments when predictable bad habits return for yet another visitation. For example, despite being otherwise disposed toward a regimen of timeliness and good organization, I tend to delay writing articles, speeches, and even books until a point so late in the process that it sometimes even frightens my ever-calm wife, Evelyn.


July 2007 Report to Campus

August 2nd, 2007

My first monthly report of the new fiscal year includes some summer activities and outlines a few topics the deans, vice presidents, and I discussed recently— particularly at our two planning sessions. Note that we’ve adopted a new name for the Administrative Council.


VPA Announcement

June 1st, 2007

It is my great pleasure to announce that Ms. Sallie-Grace Tate has accepted the position of Vice President for Advancement.


May-June 2007 Report to Campus

May 31st, 2007

This will be my last report to you for the academic year because I’m planning some time off later in June. I’ll cover events of May and mention a couple items about the month ahead.


April 2007 Report to Campus

May 1st, 2007

Many people spent untold hours in preparing for the events associated with my Installation as president of the college last Saturday. My thanks to all of you who took part, especially the College Relations staff. Every event was handled professionally and appropriately, and Evelyn and I deeply appreciate it.


Crew Training Hour Announcement

April 19th, 2007

The Administrative Council and I have reviewed all options for college-wide times for crew training.


Virginia Tech Tragedy

April 19th, 2007

A message from President Pfeiffer regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy.


Language in Campus Communications

April 13th, 2007

Last month there was an incident in which a member of our campus community used a racially charged word in the context of a poem, which was part of a general electronic communication sent to faculty.


March 2007 Report to Campus

April 4th, 2007

March was one of the busiest months of the year for all of us at the College. So I’ll write a bit more than my usual overview.


February 2007 Report to Campus

March 2nd, 2007

This monthly report will deal exclusively with our planning process.


January 2007 Report to Campus

January 26th, 2007

I’m sending this month’s report a bit earlier than usual because it contains some important announcements, several of which I mentioned this week at Staff Forum.


Warren Wilson College December 2006 Report to Campus

December 22nd, 2006

Solstice 12/21/06


Warren Wilson College three year action plan

December 19th, 2006

Since last summer the Administrative Council has been developing a 3-Year Action Plan mentioned in my August Convocation Address. Now the Council has completed a draft for your review and comment. This memo briefly describes our planning process and gives guidelines for how you can participate in it.


Warren Wilson College November 2006 Report to Campus

November 27th, 2006

One temptation in these monthly missives is to provide a laundry list of my activities for the last 30 days. I’ll keep resisting that temptation, in favor of noting just a few items that give you the flavor of my experience and my perceptions about the state of the College. I’ll start with academics.