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Service Day 2014: Fighting hunger, meeting new neighbors

August 26th, 2014

Service Day 2014
This year, more than 350 Warren Wilson students, faculty and staff dispersed from campus to 22 partner locations across Buncombe County, N.C. Their primary mission: to get to know the greater community better by helping the greater community, something that has been the Warren Wilson way for longer than anyone can remember.


Sagal, sun highlight 2014 Commencement

May 17th, 2014

Peter Sagal
The 2014 Commencement was a celebration of the achievements of an accomplished group of graduates. After a chilly, foggy start to the day, a warm sun broke through for the College’s 46th Commencement as a four-year institution. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, delivered his first college commencement address at the ceremony where 172 Warren Wilson graduates received their bachelor’s degrees.


Warren Wilson College sponsors Moogfest

April 26th, 2014

Moogfest 2014
Warren Wilson College was a regional sponsor for Moogfest, held April 23-27 in downtown Asheville. The College’s presence included WWC Global Studies professor David Abernathy and environmental studies graduate Linden Blasius ’11. The two launched flights of the GIS department’s quadcopter drone to provide a view from above.


WWC Work Day 2014: work, yes, but mostly fun, fun and more fun

April 3rd, 2014

Work Day 2014
As usual, the afternoon fun began outside Gladfelter Student Center. “Thanks for showing up,” Dean of Work Ian Robertson said through a bullhorn to the large gathering of students, faculty and staff for Work Day 2104. “The order of business for the day,” Robertson continued, “is fun… followed by fun… followed by more fun.” To which one Warren Wilson student naturally shouted out, “I like fun!”


Buying EPA sulfur dioxide credits to reduce pollution

March 14th, 2014

Professor Susan Kask’s Environmental and Ecological Economics class is raising money to bid on the EPA’s SO2 (sulfur dioxide) allowances. SO2 causes acid rain, which is extremely harmful to the environment. The more permits Warren Wilson College purchases, the less will be available for big utility companies. Less permits means less SO2 in our air.


WWC basketball teams play in USCAA nationals

February 26th, 2014

Championship Basketball
Warren Wilson College’s basketball teams made it to the 2014 USCAA Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, Pa. The women received a No. 8 seed and the men a No. 5.


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.


Alligators and phthalates: undergraduate research with Jane Margaret Bell

February 11th, 2014

Jane Margaret with a gator
Jane Margaret Bell shares her undergraduate research on phthalates (synthetic chemicals) in alligators and their metabolism patterns. It’s a story of science and catching alligators in Florida. Have a look!


International Photo Contest

November 20th, 2013

International Photos
Every fall, the International Programs Office invites WWC students, faculty, staff and volunteers to enter the annual International Photo Contest. This year, we received over eighty entries from places as diverse as Guatemala, Indonesia, and Tanzania. The photos were displayed in the library, and the campus community voted for its favorites. Have a look!


Homecoming and Family Weekend: A Whirlwind of Activities

October 16th, 2013

Orientation Trip
For a relatively small college, Warren Wilson College offers a truly impressive range of activities for Homecoming and Family Weekend. Golf, rafting, hiking, art, music, sports, and of course the iconic barbecue on the farm – it’s quite a weekend.


Students leading Students

September 16th, 2013

Orientation Trip
New students said goodbye to their families and began a canoe trip that covered over fifty miles on the French Broad river. The trip, led by Outdoor Leadership major Maggie Mae Farthing ‘14, created a close-knit group and mentally prepared the new students for their upcoming orientation.


A major discovery at the Berry archaeology site

August 12th, 2013

Spanish Explorers
In the end there was only one survivor among the 125 or so Spanish soldiers who had established early in 1567 the first European settlement in the inland of what later became the United States, at Fort San Juan near present-day Morganton, N.C. Now, archaeologists including Warren Wilson College professor David Moore, have located the site of the ill-fated Fort San Juan.


Auto Shop Crew cranks it up with electric truck

June 19th, 2013

Electric Truck
Warren Wilson’s Auto Shop Crew has turned a hulking piece of junk into an electric vehicle that can serve the college for years to come. Using grant money from the N.C. Clean Air Coalition and working under the direction of Jonathan Unger, crew supervisor this past year, the 12-student crew converted a 1.25-ton diesel truck into a zero-emission, electric short-haul carrier that the Carpentry Crew will use to transport lumber and other heavy material and equipment.


Bright spirits despite rain at 2013 commencement

June 7th, 2013

2013 Graduates
On May 18, the 2013 Commencement had to be moved to DeVries Gymnasium because of a persistent morning rain (the first time in more than two decades). Of course, there’s at least a slight upside to nearly every shift in plans. The Commencement location had been moved from lovely Sunderland Lawn to the hardwood home of the 2013 men’s basketball national champions. As always, the stars of the show were the nearly 200 bachelor’s degree recipients who had earned B.A. and B.S. degrees — the College’s 45th class as a four-year school.


Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 names Warren Wilson among 20 Best Buys

June 1st, 2013

Fisk Seal
For the eighth time since 2005, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has chosen Warren Wilson College as one of the nation’s 20 “Best Buys.” The guide notes, “Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades, but by community service and a sense of stewardship… Roots in the culture of Appalachia combine with a strong international and environmental orientation to give Warren Wilson its unique flavor.”


Inaugurating a President

April 29th, 2013

Dr Steven Solnick
The inauguration of a new president is a major event in the life of a college and so it is at Warren Wilson College. Steven L. Solnick, Ph.D., was inaugurated as Warren Wilson College’s 7th president on April 27. The highlight was the terrific inaugural address he delivered. Although a light rain started falling as he began to speak, it failed to dampen the enthusiasm with which his address was received by those who had gathered on the lawn. Congratulations, Mr. President, and also to Warren Wilson College.


Building a Stage

April 22nd, 2013

Building a Stage
Dr. Steven Solnick’s inauguration as Warren Wilson College’s seventh president will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013. While presidential inaugurations are commonplace, here at Warren Wilson College our own community – student work crews, staff, faculty and many volunteers – build stages, grow food that’s being served during the festivities and tend to the landscape that enhances the breath-taking beauty that our campus is known for.


Owls Win USCAA National Championship

March 5th, 2013

Basketball Champions
Uniontown, PA - In front of a capacity crowd, ninth-seeded Warren Wilson College won its first USCAA National Championship defeating host Penn State Fayette 76-68 on Saturday night. The victory is the 12th straight for the Owls and caps off four wins in four days to secure the championship. For his performance all week, Raysean Love was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Anthony Barringer and Rashad Ali were named to the All-Tournament team while Dylan Johnson and Ty Johnson were named Academic All-Americans.


Lighting the fire, through epidemiology

January 9th, 2013

Nora Purcell
Warren Wilson alumna Nora Purcell ’09 has a passion for tracking how diseases spread, a passion she discovered during an internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC hired Purcell upon graduation as a geographer mapping and analyzing public health developments. After three years in Atlanta, she joined a team of more than 300 CDC scientists and staff in Haiti, working to help the country rebuild its health services infrastructure after the devastating 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic.


Seeds of the past help Native Plants crew plan for the future

November 1st, 2012

Native Plants Crew
When fire rakes a portion of land in the Southeast, workers will replant native grasses and wildflowers propagated at Warren Wilson. The Native Plants Crew is working with the U.S. Forest Service to grow grasses and wildflowers on campus. “At most schools, you can sit all morning in a lab,” said crew member Charity Villines, “and here I go from a genetics class to working in the field.” Fellow crew member Emily Ehley wants to use her environmental education degree to create spaces that support plants, wildlife and people. “Being on this crew has totally changed my life,” she said.