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Forging ties to the newest blacksmiths

September 25th, 2012

Blacksmith Shop
Twenty-three years after graduating from Warren Wilson College, Dale Morse is still living his life based upon the school’s Triad of academic, work and service. Each year he travels from Virginia to help the blacksmith crew members advance their skills. It’s something he does to stay connected to the school and embodies its belief that service is one of three legs of a meaningful, well-balanced life.


Recycling, Clay, Sand and Creativity

August 24th, 2012

Moriah Good
Moriah Good ’11, an environmental studies graduate, spent her summer helping the Recycling Crew build a ‘Cob’ tool shed out of local sand, clay, straw, and recycled materials like glass bottles. She’s about to leave for a graduate program in wetlands biology at Old Dominion University, but she took the time to introduce us to one of the ways that she helped leave an enduring mark at Warren Wilson.


Lessons from a log cabin

July 24th, 2012

Log Cabin Work
Warren Wilson is teaching its students about the future by holding on to a bit of its past. Students like Nick Shaw are renovating the college’s 80-year-old log cabin, which now houses the Work Program that matches students’ interests with work that needs doing on campus. As one leg of the college’s learning Triad, work is as important to the college as are students’ academic experiences and their service to the community.


A hands-in-the-dirt approach to global food security

July 9th, 2012

Emily Chiara
Emily Chiara, who is studying food production in India as part of her global studies degree, volunteers at The Lord’s Acre to produce food for a local food bank. She thinks that service brings the other two legs of Warren Wilson’s triad – academics and work – together. “I never wanted to be a student who stayed on campus, focused on herself for four years, and then left,” Chiara said. “Service teaches students that they are a part of a community and that it’s their role to help out in whatever way they can.”


Growing into a career in the garden

June 12th, 2012

red onions
Majoring in environmental studies with a concentration of sustainable agriculture, Dylan Watters found his niche through Warren Wilson’s triad of work, service and academics. All three are grounded for him in sustainable agriculture, a scholastic direction he discovered through his experience in the college garden. “I learn so much through my own personal research in the gardens that I’m always questioning what is the state of agriculture. I have to push that envelope.”


Glaciating Cirrus Clouds

April 17th, 2012

Cirrus Clouds
Warren Wilson College physics professor Dr. Don Collins loves sharing his fascination with how the disciplines of Physics and Astronomy can deepen our understanding of our campus landscape and the sights we encounter every day. He shares interesting things every week during the school year at the Physics Photo of the Week. This week’s story is on glaciating cirrus clouds — science is beautiful!


At long last, a winning season

February 17th, 2012

Owls Basketball
“It’s been a fantastic year for our basketball program,” Coach Walden said. “We’ve got a great group of young men who understand the importance of being successful on and off the court and have competed each and every day.” The winning season may have been especially sweet for three Owl seniors who completed their college careers with the satisfaction of knowing they contributed to the Owls’ first winning mark in more than a generation.


Wendell Berry returns to campus

November 21st, 2011

Wendell Berry at Warren Wilson College
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.


Students create Bird Crew

September 29th, 2011

Bird Crew
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.


A Car in Carson

June 22nd, 2011

Car in Carson Hall
As the 80 year old Carson Hall is torn down in preparation for a new building, class of ’59 alumnus Danny Starnes shares one of the old building’s many stories.


Warren Wilson commencement speakers: not from the same mold

May 27th, 2011

Sylvia Earle
2011 commencement speaker Sylvia Earle broke new ground when she delivered the address May 14 on Sunderland Lawn. A National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, the pioneering Earle was indeed the first oceanographer to give a commencement address at Warren Wilson College. Many other fields and professions have been represented by speakers that have included writers, educators, clergy and singers/songwriters.


The Warren Wilson Circus

May 10th, 2011

The Warren Wilson Circus
“There is something really incredible about our Circus. When we refer to ‘circus’ as a part of our curriculum, we refer to this production,” says Chris O’Leary, who wrote the script and theme of this year’s Circus. “It is something more than just the sum of acts; it’s a journey. If you think of the school as a community of individuals with an incredible freedom of self-expression, the Circus is a culmination of that creativity.”


Fun & Service at Heifer International

April 26th, 2011

holding a baby goat
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.


Work Day 2011

April 11th, 2011

Work Day 2011
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!


Looking Forward to Work Day

March 28th, 2011

Cleaning the White Barn
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!


Morgan Williams ’08 and Flux Farm

March 21st, 2011

Morgan Williams 08
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.


The Story Behind: Studying Art in Italy

October 28th, 2010

Italy offers a remarkably rich experience for artists. Students in the spring 2010 study abroad course Art in Italy, taught by WWC art faculty Leah Leitson and Dusty Benedict, experienced this first-hand. Students practiced their watercolor and ceramics techniques on campus, then traveled to La Meridiana, a ceramics school located in the Tuscan countryside, where they used the landscape and culture as inspiration for their art. Senior Becca Loeb’s watercolors created during the course reflect her surroundings at La Meridiana. Becca says the course “was an excellent opportunity to revive the old days of watercolor in a beautiful and inspiring location.” The group also traveled to Florence and Sienna to visit museums, galleries and artists working in the region.


Read Past Story Behinds

October 10th, 2010

There’s a lot more to see!  Have a look over here for all the Story Behinds from years past.

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