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 ongoing archaeological research project at the site. 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.
Warren Wilson College maintains ample computer facilities for students. All residence halls are connected to the campus network wirelessly, and most have wired ethernet ports. Wireless networking can be accessed almost anywhere on campus. The Bannerman Technology Center serves as the campus community lab and multimedia center, and there are five computer teaching labs located in classroom buildings. There is also a cluster of computers for online research in The Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library. All classrooms have multimedia capabilities, and you will find both Windows and Macintosh systems in use and supported at the College.
The Computing Services department is responsible for desktop and laptop computers, software, servers, network infrastructure, audio-visual, and instructional technology on the campus. They purchase, install, repair, upgrade, advise, and console. The Computing Services student work crew runs the help desk and is the first point of contact for repair and technical support. They also monitor the main computer lab in Bannerman. This crew reports to the helpdesk coordinator. The Network Crew handles network infrastructure repair and some administration duties, and the supervisor is the network systems administrator. The Instructional Technology crew maintains classroom technology, manages AV equipment sign-outs, assists students and faculty with video editing projects, and reports to the Computing Services manager.
The College maintains a geographic information systems laboratory for use by students and faculty wanting to use spatial data and analysis in support of teaching and research in the environmental and social sciences. The lab houses 16 computer workstations equipped with GIS software and other analysis tools, an instructor workstation and projector, an open-source workstation focused on Linux-based software tools, an additional computer for the student crew, two printers and significant data storage. The Department of Global Studies offers introductory and advanced courses in GIS, and students can gain additional experience by serving on the student crew or by engaging in service projects for organizations requiring assistance with mapping and geographical analysis.
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:
The Holden Visual Arts Center includes a gallery, an auditorium, printmaking studio, three darkrooms, and an artist book/paper-making studio. Next to the Holden Visual Arts Center is the sculpture and ceramics facility. The facilities include a high fire stoneware gas kiln, raku and electric kilns, a bronze foundry, and a welding and stone carving area. The Lucy T. Fletcher studio building located next to the 3-D building houses the painting and drawing studios, a woodworking shop, and studios for senior students.
The Elizabeth Holden Gallery offers several exhibits each year including the work of locally, regionally, and nationally known artists and student and faculty shows.
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/Building Manager, Costume Designer, and a 14-16-member work crew. Three to four mainstage productions are offered by the department each year, as well as a number of other "studio" performances onstage and in the Theatre Department's 100-seat outdoor amphitheatre.
The Music Department, located in the Helen Kittredge Community Arts Center, sponsors guest artist and student recitals in its 60-seat Recital Hall or in the Kittredge Theatre. Music practice rooms, each equipped with a piano, are open to all members of the campus community. The Music Resource Center has a large and varied collection of recordings, scores and DVDs.
Built in 2001, the Mountain Area Child and Family Center (MACFC) is located one mile from main campus on Riceville Road. The Center is committed to the goal of providing high quality early care and education to children from birth to kindergarten, serving children from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds.
MACFC is a model site for early childhood education where area teachers and student teachers come to learn. In addition, Warren Wilson College students take courses in which the practicum piece of the course is fulfilled at Mountain Area in the classrooms. Students participate in observing how children learn, develop, and grow through quality play and nurturing practices, witnessing the collaborations with education, health care, and community organizations in support of children and families.
The school has eight classrooms for young children, a kitchen where local, fresh foods are prepared and served daily to the children in addition to offices and a teacher resource room. MACFC provides two meals a day and snack, serving children 2\3 of their nutritional requirements each day.
Warren Wilson students from the education, psychology, social work, and sociology departments make use of the center for studying young children and how they learn, and, in addition, students serve on the MACFC work crew or choose to do service at the center. MACFC is a perfect example of seeing the Triad at work as students learn, serve, and work with children and teachers.
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.
Many cultural programs are offered at Warren Wilson College during the summer. The Swannanoa Gathering offers a variety of workshops in traditional crafts and music. The five-week Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival features weekly chamber music concerts, as well as introductory presentations on Thursday evenings.
Each year Warren Wilson College invites visiting 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, with leadership from faculty and students, a series of special events and films complementing the intellectual, cultural, and ethical life of the academic community. Lyceum's support of multiple issues--environmental sustainability, gender, social justice and peace, as well as Appalachian Day festivities and Warren Wilson's International Programs, reflects the community's deep interests. Broadly-based endowed programs include the Harwood-Cole Library Lecture, the William Faulds program on religion, and the G.D. Davidson Roundtable on responsible vocation.