Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Student Life

Athletics and Recreational Facilities

Intercollegiate Athletics: The College fields men's and women's varsity teams in soccer, basketball, cross-country, mountain biking, canoe and kayaking, and swimming. Warren Wilson College is a member of the United Small College Athletic Association.

Facilities: The DeVries Athletic Center includes a gymnasium, a weight-fitness room, a 25-yard indoor swimming pool, six tennis courts, 2 soccer fields, and an outdoor basketball court.

Bryson Gymnasium, the oldest wooden gym in Western Carolina, is the center for Wellness Program and houses a climbing wall.

Clubs/Intramural Teams

The College sponsors co-educational club teams in cycling, paddling, and indoor soccer. Intramural activities vary depending on student interest. Recent activities have included ultimate frisbee, flag football, water polo, lacrosse, and basketball. Credit and non-credit classes in martial arts, aerobics, yoga, meditation, and scuba diving are sometimes offered.

Counseling and Health Centers

The Counseling Center provides a full range of free, confidential, and personal counseling services for students, including short-term individual and group counseling, consultation, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention. For students presenting needs or preferences beyond the scope of the Counseling Center, referrals can be made to regional specialists.

The Health Center is staffed by a Physician Assistant who treats basic medical needs and makes referrals for more specialized care. The Health Center is open 40 hours per week.


The Student Caucus is the primary representative body for students and is part of Warren Wilson's shared governance system. The Caucus meets each week during the school year to discuss student concerns and provide information to students. The Caucus makes policy recommendations in areas affecting student life, including the general philosophy and direction of the College, social regulations, student discipline, student housing, student activities, intercollegiate athletics, the work program, the service program, and the academic calendar.

The College's standing committees include elected student members. Students are either appointed or elected to task forces and search committees. Judicial matters are handled by an elected group of students, staff, and faculty.

Outdoor Activities Program

The Outing Club, the largest club on campus, sponsors weekly trips for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, climbing, caving, and paddling. The club owns canoes, kayaks, bikes, and camping equipment for students to check out.

Residence Halls

Eighty five percent of Warren Wilson students live in one of the 17 campus residence halls. The residence halls are small, ranging from 17 to 125 students, and each includes a common living room, kitchen, laundry room, and limited storage facilities. Most rooms are double occupancy, and most dorms are coed; there is an all-male dorm, all-female dorms, a substance-free wellness dorm, and an eco-dorm. The residence halls are largely self-governing--each plans its own activities and allocates its own budget.

Resistance Intervention Safety Empowerment Project (RISE)

RISE provides support to the community in many ways:

  1. providing educational programming for students, staff, and faculty,
  2. training Advocates for a Safe Consensual Community (ASCC),
  3. providing advocacy and support services to survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking,
  4. training RDs, RAs, Campus Safety and Work Crew Supervisors on how to provide appropriate responses to reports of sexual assault,
  5. leading a coalition with community partners including Our Voice, Helpmate, and Pisgah Legal Services,
  6. supporting student research on these issues,
  7. producing publications,
  8. organizing events and co-sponsoring events that bring attention to these issues,
  9. speaking in academic classes on relevant topics,
  10. providing in-services to work crews,
  11. conducting campus surveys, and,
  12. creating protocols and policy for response to violence in our community.

The Warren Wilson Community may become involved in this work by participating in any of the above activities.

Special Needs

The College strives to be in full compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students requesting accommodations under these acts must provide documentation of the existence of the disability that substantially limits a major life activity. Contact the Education Access Coordinator, Deborah Braden (771-3791) or dbraden@warren-wilson.edu for information that describes the required documentation, or visit the on-line site at www.warren-wilson.edu/accommodations.

The students should request assistance through the Education Access Coordinator. For academic needs the student can seek assistance from the academic advisor, course instructor, or the Director of Academic Support Services.

Spiritual Life

The Minister to Students, the College Chaplain, and the Religious Studies faculty support and promote programs that represent different religious and spiritual traditions. The College Chapel/Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church has worship services every Sunday morning and a Taize meditation service on the first Sunday evening of each month. Participation in the Chapel Choir is open to all members of the community. The Emmaus Group is a weekly ecumenical gathering for students from various Christian faith traditions. BE is a weekly Buddhist meditation and discussion group. The Student Jewish Association organizes regular Shabbat celebrations and observances of Jewish holy days. The Wellness Crew sponsors yoga and other programs related to spiritual practices. The Peace and Justice Studies Crew promotes spiritual growth through social justice events. The Spiritual Life Committee, composed of students, faculty, and staff, develops special gatherings to enhance religious/spiritual life on campus. The Col

Student Activities

Student Activities organizes major social events for the campus community. They book local, regional, and national bands; produce student music shows; run a recording studio for students; hold student art exhibits in Two Walls Gallery in the student-run coffee shop, Sage Cafe; and coordinate events sponsored by campus clubs such as Women's Studies Club, Students of Active Resistance, S.A.F.E. (Student Alliance for Equality), the campus association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and friends. Student Activities sponsors fun weekly events as well, which have included the Dolly Parton Look-alike and Karaoke Pageant, a Moonrise on the Farm Party, Hootenanny, the Human Circus, Deep Fried Freak Pride--a Halloween extravaganza, oatmeal wrestling, an all-day Warren Wilson-style track and field event, and various poetry slams and coffeehouses.

Student Media

A campus news bulletin, student newspaper, online publication, photo annual, and a literary arts magazine are written, edited, produced, and printed by student workers and student volunteers. In addition, many campus groups and work crews create and distribute their own newsletters and brochures.


The Wellness Program offers a variety of programs that help to create, pursue, and practice a lifestyle of wellness. The Program currently holds noncredit courses such as Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, contra dance, massage, swing dance, fencing, kickboxing, weight lifting, Reiki, and Tai Chi. Smoking cessation programs and alcohol and other drug education and prevention efforts are also offered. All programs are initiated by student interest.

Many campus improvements have grown out of wellness initiatives, such as the creation of a meditation garden, meditation hut, an outdoor brick-fired pizza and bread oven, weight room additions, climbing wall additions, the greenhouse, and Sage Cafe.

Special Facilities and Resources

Warren Wilson Archaeological Site

The Warren Wilson site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Southern Appalachian region. It is a stratified site with intermittent Native American occupation zones dating from as early as 5000 B.C. to around A.D. 1500. It is best known for the remains of a two-acre Pisgah culture village, home to ancestors of the Cherokee Indians. The site has been investigated since 1965 and in 1996 the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians became official partners in the archaeological research project. Also, in 1999, under the guidance of representatives of the Eastern Band, human remains previously excavated at the site were returned and reburied in a repatriation ceremony.

The site serves as the focal point for classes such as Archaeology Field and Laboratory Methods and was the focal point of the Archaeology Field School for over twenty years. The Field School now operates out of historically-significant sites near Morganton, North Carolina. The Archaeology/Collections crew is responsible for maintaining the on campus site and curating excavated materials from this dig and field school sites.

Computer Facilities and Information Technology

The College maintains ample computer facilities for students. All student dormitory rooms are linked to the campus network and the Internet. Public e-mail stations are available on campus. The Bannerman Technology Center serves as the campus community lab and multimedia center. The facility provides ready access to word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistics, graphics, and programming languages software. The Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library maintains a battery of computer workstations with state-of-the-art on-line references and multimedia facilities. Multimedia instructional facilities are located throughout the campus. At the College one can find PC, Macintosh, and Linux systems. The student computing services work crew manages the day-by-day campus information technology systems under the direction of the computing services manager.

Information technology prerequisites are on the rise for the student in American higher education today. Accordingly, the student is encouraged to bring a personal computer to campus and to learn more about information technology and how to use it during the college years. Basic guidelines for computer competency challenge the student to understand the following operations: the computer's operating system, Internet and e-mail connections, word processing, spreadsheet development, database development, graphic presentation development, folder and file maintenance and sharing, and basic computer and printer care. Many of these skills are learned through individual practice and through course assignments. Students may contact the academic advisor for counseling on how to best meet these guidelines during their college careers.

Environmental Leadership Center

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) is to raise awareness of local, national, and global realities and to inspire caring citizens --especially youth-- to reflect, to communicate, and to act as responsible caretakers of the earth.

Students may participate in a variety of ELC programs: 1) teach EcoTeam -- a seven-unit, science-based, environmental education curriculum -- to Buncombe County third graders; 2) participate in paid summer internships at the finest environmental organizations in the Americas (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Audubon's Seabird Restoration Project, Costa Rica's Tropical Forestry Initiative, Programme for Belize, Rocky Mountain Institute, and more); 3) apply for seed grants to support campus environmental projects; 4) record environmental essays for the ELC's Swannanoa Journal, a twice-monthly broadcast on public radio aired in a five-state region; 5) contribute to the newsletter Catalyst and the annual journal Heartstone (ELC publications with national readership); 6) interact with visiting ELC speakers like Jane Goodall, Thomas Berry, E.O. Wilson, and David Orr; 7) become a regional presenter for the ELC's speaker's bureau.

Holden Visual Arts Center and Gallery

The Holden Gallery offers several exhibits each year including student and faculty shows. The Holden Visual Arts Center also includes an auditorium, a printmaking studio, 3 darkrooms, and an artist book/paper making studio. Next to the Holden Visual Arts Center is the sculpture and ceramics facility. This annex is a 2,000 square foot building housing fully equipped ceramics and sculpture studios, including a high fire stoneware gas kiln, and raku and electric kilns. Stone carving, bronze casting, wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery, and ceramic sculpture are some of the skills taught in this area. New as of 2003-2004 academic year is the Lucy T. Fletcher studio building. This facility houses painting and drawing studios, and adds a woodworking shop, studios for senior students and an outdoor metal foundry and welding station for the sculpture program. This new building adds over 5,700 square feet of studio space.

Kittredge Theatre

Kittredge Theatre includes a 321-seat proscenium house, a large stage, a 30-batten counterweight system with full rigging, and a 42-channel computer-controlled lighting system. The theatre features a large costume collection and a large scene shop with direct stage access. Kittredge Theatre is run by the Department of Theatre, the staff of which includes the Director, Technical Director/Designer, Costume Designer, and a 12-member work crew. Three to four productions are offered by the department each year.

Music Facilities

The Music Department, located in the Helen Kittredge Community Arts Center, sponsors guest artist and student recitals in its 60-seat Rehearsal Hall or in the Kittredge Theatre. Seven music practice rooms, each equipped with a piano, are open to all members of the campus community. The Keyboard Laboratory has state-of-the-art electronic keyboards with computer assistance for composition. The Music Library has a wide collection of scores and recordings.

Mountain Area Child and Family Center

This modern child care center opened in 2001 and is located one mile from the main campus on Riceville Road. The center is committed to the goal of providing high quality child care and early childhood development to children of diverse backgrounds including those with special needs and those from low-income families. The Mountain Area Child and Family Center represents a dynamic model of quality childcare and early childhood development, providing experiential learning for current and future teachers, while serving children and families through innovative collaborations with education, health care, and community organizations. The Mountain Area Child and Family Center houses six classrooms for infants through preschoolers, a family resource room, a health center, an art room, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, teachers' lounge, offices, and an adult teaching area. The unusual "backyard" playground was built by Warren Wilson students and volunteers. Students from the Education, Psychology, and Social Work departments, as well as the Work Program and the Service Learning Center, participate in the MACFC.

Appalachian and Intercultural Collections

The Appalachian Collection consists of tools and assorted artifacts representing traditional Appalachian cultural material. The Intercultural Collection includes artifacts, clothing, dolls, and print materials from Africa, Asia, and South America. The collections are available for use in classes as well as for campus exhibits. They are maintained by the Archaeology/Collections Crew.

Summer Educational and Cultural Programs

Many cultural programs are offered at Warren Wilson College during the summer. The Swannanoa Gathering offers a variety of courses and workshops on traditional crafts and music. The five-week Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival features weekly chamber music concerts, as well as introductory presentations on Thursday evenings.

Visiting Scholars and Lyceum Programs

Each year Warren Wilson College invites important scholars, researchers, artists, musicians, and other individuals to the campus. In recent years, the College has hosted members of the North Carolina Shakespeare Company, the North Carolina African-American Dance Ensemble, Northern Harmony Shapenote Singers, sculptor Robert Lobe; and spiritual leaders representing Native American traditions, Thai Buddhism, and North American religions and spiritual movements. Environmentalists Carl Leopold of the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, David Orr of Oberlin College, Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and Lee Pasarew of the United States Environmental Protection Agency are recent visiting scholars. Other recent scholars are Aurora Lim, chemical engineer, and Lynn Pareja, women's studies specialist at Central Philippines University; Stefana Roussenova, Fulbright scholar in dissident literature at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Godwin Mbamalu of Johnson C. Smith University; Neal Mangham, President of the School for International Training; Parker Palmer, national leader in higher education; and Sociologist Suchart Setthamalinee, Payap University, Thailand.

In addition to visiting scholars and activists in the arts and sciences, the Warren Wilson College Lyceum Program sponsors a series of foreign and domestic films and special events complementing the intellectual life of the academic community. Lyceum's support of Appalachian Day festivities and Warren Wilson's International Week reflects the breadth of the community's interest. Regular lecture series include the William Faulds Lecture on religion and the G.D. Davidson Roundtable on Christian vocation.

Distinctive Educational Programs

Appalachian Studies

The College's location in Appalachia provides an opportunity to offer a minor in Appalachian Studies. In addition to encouraging appreciation of Appalachian culture and facilitating intercultural awareness, the program can be useful to students preparing for a range of professional careers. For more information, consult the list of minors under Global Studies.

Asheville Area Education Consortium

Degree-seeking students enrolled
at Warren Wilson College may enroll for credit in courses offered at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville through the Asheville Area Educational Consortium. Credit hours will be awarded by Warren Wilson College. Students interested in participating should contact the Registrar for approval and for registration information.

Participation guidelines:

  1. The consortium is open to full-time, degree-seeking students who have completed at least one semester at Warren Wilson College.
  2. Students may not normally cross-register for courses currently available at Warren Wilson College.
  3. Spaces in courses are made available to students who wish to cross-register only after all students at the host campus have registered. Permission of the instructor does not guarantee registration for a course.
  4. Warren Wilson College tuition will be charged.

Discovery Through Wilderness

Students in their junior year may register for Discovery Through Wilderness (ENS 377), an interdisciplinary course involving the study of a geographical area that is largely wilderness. In the classroom, students study the history, geology, politics, culture, ecology, and resources of the region. Each student becomes a resource person for a different area of knowledge. The class then travels to the region for 2-4 weeks, usually spending much of the time camping and backpacking. Past courses have included travel to the Canadian Maritimes, the Caribbean, Alaska, Bolivia, Nepal, and the Southwest.

Domestic Educational Exchange Program

The College has an exchange program with Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Students interested in this program should contact the Registrar's Office.