Warren Wilson College News

Archive for 2008

INSULATE! program on World Vision radio

December 29th, 2008

Last winter, Helen Munn spent about a quarter of her monthly income to heat her little three-bedroom house outside Asheville, North Carolina. It can get bitterly cold in these mountains, but many homes still lack proper insulation. A group of college students are now making Helen’s community a warmer place, one home at a time.

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Headwaters Gathering to focus on climate change in Southern Appalachia

December 29th, 2008

Just as climate change has become a very real issue globally, its potential impact regionally cannot be ignored. In the Southern Appalachians, a biological "hot spot" with varied ecosystems, the issue poses a growing challenge to the environment, economy and community life. It is against this backdrop that the first Headwaters Gathering is being held March 27-29 at Warren Wilson

The gathering has a theme of "Southern Appalachia at the Crossroads: A Call to Action." The three-day agenda, which seeks to bring together a diverse group in a collaborative environment, includes a number of people at the forefront of climate-change issues.

Info: Margo Flood, mflood@warren-wilson.edu

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Headwaters Gathering at WWC to focus on climate change in region

December 23rd, 2008

The first Headwaters Gathering is being held March 27-29 on the Warren Wilson campus with a theme of “Southern Appalachia at the Crossroads: A Call to Action.” Online registration is required.

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Read an interview with Obama’s “climate czar” in WWC journal

December 18th, 2008

A 2004 interview with Carol Browner, chosen by the President-elect for the new position of coordinator of energy and climate policy, can be read in Warren Wilson’s Heartstone Journal here.

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Billy Peard ’07 on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition

December 18th, 2008

"Obama Team Keeps Grass Roots Growing" – December 15, 2008 — As the president-elect staffs the top rungs of his administration, his team is paying close attention to their grass-roots network, urging Obama supporters across the country to hold house parties in an effort to turn activists and volunteers into an effective political organization.

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RA and RD selection

December 17th, 2008

The fall resident assistant and resident director selection process involved 17 students who participated in an intensive selection process that resulted in eight students being offered positions for the 2009 spring semester.

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November 2008 Report to Campus

December 17th, 2008

In my September report I described how changes in the economy might affect the college. Although I’m confident Warren Wilson will thrive in the years ahead, I now have a better idea of the steps we must take to ensure that it does. After addressing some general fiscal challenges, this report mentions some recent decisions that will enhance our mission while still responding to new budgetary pressures.

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WWC student selected as National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow

December 16th, 2008

Gideon Burdick, a Warren Wilson College junior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been selected as a 2008 National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow.

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The Swannanoa Gathering wins 2008 Players’ Choice Award

December 15th, 2008

The Swannanoa Gathering, a series of folk arts workshops held each summer on the Warren Wilson campus, has won a 2008 Players’ Choice Award in competition sponsored by Acoustic Guitar magazine.

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Gideon Burdick Grant Recipient of President Sandy Pfeiffer’s Climate Action Fund

December 15th, 2008

Caucus co-convener Gideon Burdick ’10 has received a grant from President Pfeiffer’s Climate Action Fund. Gideon will work with John Moon, a Cambrian University (Canada) professor on sabbatical at Warren Wilson, to create a real-time energy monitoring system for the College. If you’d like to get involved with the project, email gburdick@warren-wilson.edu. For information about the Climate Action Fund, contact Margo Flood, mflood@warren-wilson.edu.

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WWC classes get ink in Asheville Citizen-Times

December 12th, 2008

Trains, reservoirs and a protective patrolman figure in Oakley memories – Jerry Pope’s writing class

Living-wage advocates celebrate successes – Laura Vance’s first-year seminar

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Vote for WWC in national video competition

December 2nd, 2008

Warren Wilson College is competing against large institutions in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out video competition. The intent is to show the world how we are confronting global warming. A two-student work crew (Rachel Buedel and Nina Otter) created a three minute video about the WWC INSULATE! program. You must "VOTE" by clicking on the button located below the video. If the video wins, the INSULATE! program will receive $500 in grant money and be featured in Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, a multi-media broadcast in April.

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Buncombe County greenways survey

November 25th, 2008

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services is conducting a survey about greenway development throughout Buncombe  County. The survey is designed to gather general public opinion about greenways as well as collect data about areas of interest for greenway development within the county limits.

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International Photo Contest winners

November 21st, 2008

The International Programs Office is proud to announce the winners of this year’s International Photo Contest. We had 82 individual submissions representing 31 countries.

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First WWC Chili Cook-off draws a crowd

November 17th, 2008

The first Warren Wilson College Chili Cook-off attracted 11 teams, more than 200 participants and coverage by WLOS-TV.

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“Coming Clean” author Michael Brune to speak Nov. 20 at WWC

November 12th, 2008

Michael Brune, author of “Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal,” will speak tonight at 7 in Canon Lounge.

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Wilson CARES: Community Action through Responsibility, Education, and Service

November 3rd, 2008

As part of its newly formed Wilson CARES initiative, the Service-Learning staff and crew are coordinating The Heart of the Issue, a semester-long series of workshops that will give Warren Wilson students a spectrum experience within one social or environmental issue. Students will gain a better understanding of how current policy affects community agencies and the populations they serve.

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Jean Ritchie interview at Warren Wilson begins airing Nov. 27

November 8th, 2008

A memorable conversation at WWC between Fiona Ritchie and folk legend Jean Ritchie begins airing Thanksgiving Day on public radio stations that carry “The Thistle and Shamrock.”

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October 2008 Report to Campus

November 3rd, 2008

While the world pitched and swayed around us, October brought campus events reminding us that Warren Wilson continues to move along in pleasantly predictable ways. For example, we enjoyed a successful Homecoming/Reunion on a beautiful fall weekend; the Board of Trustees had a productive meeting at which they welcomed four new trustees and approved our 2009-2010 budget; the Student Caucus joined Evelyn and me for a great meal (courtesy of Brian and his colleagues); and the Environmental Leadership Center met with its very strong group of supporters.

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The state of our campus trees

October 29th, 2008

As many of you have noticed, the tree crew is working hard in an effort to maintain many of the larger trees on campus. Prolonged regional drought and soil compaction are leading to stress and mortality, especially for some of our older oaks. While every effort will be made to save these trees, please understand that this is a safety issue as well as an aesthetic concern.

–Tom LaMuraglia and Dave Ellum

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