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Table of Contents: 2012-2013 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities and Resources 1.09 Distinctive Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Church and Interfaith Relations Council 6.4 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections

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2.1
Work Program

Sections:
2.1.1 - Introduction
2.1.2 - Mission Statement
2.1.3 - Graduation Work Requirement
2.1.4 - The Learning Experience
2.1.5 - Career Services
2.1.6 - How Work Crew Assignments Are Made
2.1.7 - Descriptions of Current Work Crews and Positions
3-D Studio
Academic Affairs Office
Academic Building Services
Academic Research
Academic Support Services
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Admission Office
Advancement Office
Aquatics
Archaeology/Collections
Athletics
Athletic Training
Auto Shop
Biology & Environmental Studies Assistants
Blacksmith Shop
Building Services I and II
Business & Economics Assistant
Campus Store
Campus Support
Carpentry
Chapel Crew
Chemistry
College Press
Community Bike Shop
Computing Services
Conference Office
Cowpie Cafe
Design and Construction
Dining Services & Dining Office
Diversity & Intercultural Initiatives
The Echo
Electric
EMPOWER
English Research Assistant
Environmental Justice
Environmental Leadership Center
Facility Management Customer Service
Farm
Fiber Arts
Financial Aid Office
Fine Woodworking
First Year Programming
Forestry
French Assistant
Garden
Global Information Systems (GIS)
Guest Housekeeping
Health Center
Health Promotion
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
History and Political Science Assistant
Holden Arts Center
Horse Crew
Housing Crew
Instructional Technology
Institutional Research and Effectiveness
International Programs
Landscaping
Library - Archives
Library - Circulation
Library - Interlibrary Loan
Library - Periodicals
Library - Technical Services
Locksmithing
Mail Services
Mathematics Assistant
Media Relations
MFA Program for Writers
Mountain Area Child and Family Center (MACFC)
Mountain Bike
Music
Network Service
Occupational Safety and Training
Outdoor Programs
Paint Crew
Peace and Social Justice Research Assistant
Peal (Literary Magazine)
Peer Career Advisors
Physics Assistant
Plumbing Arts
Psychology Crew
Public Safety
Purchasing
Recycling/Solid Waste
Registrar's Office
Religion Department
Rentals and Renovations
Residence Hall Maintenance
Residence Life
RISE Project
Sage Cafe
Service Crew
Social Science Assistant
Social Work Program Assistant
Spanish Department

Spirituality and Social Justice
Student Activities Office
Student Caucus Officers
Student Life Office
Swannanoa Gathering Office
Switchboard/Reception
Theatre
Web
Wellness
Work Program Office
Writing Center
Writing Assistant
Yearbook

2.1.1 - Introduction

One of the distinctive aspects of Warren Wilson College is its on-campus Work Program. It consists of students and supervisors working together to operate and maintain the College and to learn the basics of sound work practices and problem solving. The Work Program supports the College mission statement by providing opportunities for students to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. Vacation work, serving facility needs of the College, is also available. The Work Program Advisory Committee acts as the shared governance committee that oversees the operation of the Work Program. The committee consists of elected staff, faculty, students and Work Program office staff.


2.1.2 - Mission Statement

The mission of the Work Program is to provide students with productive work that creates opportunities for the Warren Wilson College community to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. The Work Program fulfills its mission by

  1. providing a work force that operates the College in a way that benefits students both educationally and financially while serving the community,
  2. fostering a positive work ethic, respect for the dignity of labor, and the importance of serving others,
  3. strengthening the students' sense of community through common endeavor and giving students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of operating the College,
  4. offering experiential learning that helps to fulfill and enhance the educational mission of the College,
  5. providing students with an evaluation of their work, opportunities for reflection on the meaning of their work, and career guidance that encourages all students to make informed choices in planning their lives and work, and
  6. providing opportunities and resources that enhance supervisors' roles as mentors and teachers.

2.1.3 - Graduation Work Requirement

Resident Students: All resident students are required to work 480 hours per academic year. This is usually accomplished by working 15 hours per week.

Day Students: All day students must work or have worked a minimum of 480 hours in Warren Wilson College's Work Program in order to graduate. Transfer Students: juniors and seniors are prorated at 240 hours.


2.1.4 - The Learning Experience

It is recommended that each student work on at least two different types of crews while attending Warren Wilson College.

Students at Warren Wilson do not simply "work." The students, in fact, provide the essential work force to operate the College. A list of work crews and number of students assigned to each crew is listed under Description of Current Work Crews, section 2.1.7. Students must consider early in their educational careers the most productive ways to combine work, academic classes, and community service.

The College compiles and keeps on file a Work Transcript to assist students who want to use their work record as an employer reference.

Students receive regular evaluations describing their performance level on their crews. The evaluations may be used as a measure of performance as graded by the supervisor. Supervisors are also evaluated by the student work force.

Each year outstanding students receive awards for their performance in the Work Program. Awards are given for First Year Students (2), General Work (8), and Senior Work (1).


2.1.5 - Career Services

Career Services works with students and alumni who are preparing for the next steps on life's journey. It helps students and alumni as they navigate transitions in their quest for meaningful work and service. Career Services helps students to see how knowledge, skills, and experience gained through the Triad can transfer to work and service opportunities beyond graduation. Career Services collaborates with faculty members, work crew supervisors, and alumni, as well as external organizations, to connect people, ideas, opportunities, and experiences.

Career Services strives to help students as they

  1. discern and develop their gifts, skills, and interests,
  2. wrestle with tough choices about work and career,
  3. identify and research opportunities that fit their preferences,
  4. pursue internships or service opportunities in the US and abroad,
  5. consider options for graduate/professional school, prepare admission applications, and seek funding,
  6. prepare for the GRE and other graduate school entrance examinations,
  7. seek mentors in their areas of interest and a network of colleagues and contacts,
  8. prepare for graduation - for moving on to work, school, and service in the wider world,
  9. conduct a successful search for meaningful work, and
  10. connect with prospective employers and educational programs.

In addition, Career Services also

  1. assists alumni with job search and other career change issues and
  2. connects employers with students and alumni to show employers how the Triad gives Warren Wilson graduates experience that makes them valuable employees.

Among the services and resources provided are

  1. one-on-one career advising,
  2. self-assessment tools,
  3. a resource library,
  4. assistance in writing resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and other professional correspondence,
  5. OWLink (http://warren-wilson-csm.symplicity.com), a robust, searchable database of employment, internship, educational, fellowship, and service opportunities, and
  6. connections with alumni and friends of the College through the Warren Wilson Career Network.

Career Services helps students to frame a vision for their lives and to pursue that vision. Students are helped to prepare to make a difference in the world - to make a good living and a good life.


2.1.6 - How Work Crew Assignments Are Made

Responsibility for work assignments rests with the Work Program Office. The preferences of students are taken into account, as are the wishes of work supervisors and the immediate College needs. Obtaining a particular job depends upon the existence of a vacancy, the number of students who apply, and the comparative qualifications of the applicants. Returning students, particularly juniors and seniors who have done well in their previous assignments and want the same or different jobs for which they are qualified, usually are provided that opportunity. It is a real-life situation in which competition, seniority, skills, and previous work experience all play a part. Often, new students cannot be assigned to crews reflecting any of their stated preferences - particularly when the preferred assignments are all with small crews. Regardless of the assignment made, each job is an important one and each student's best effort will be expected.


2.1.7 - Descriptions of Current Work Crews and Positions

The Work Program should be teaching work ethics, team work, dignity of work, confidence, common sense, a sense of purpose, initiative, pride in work, communication, problem solving, sacrifice, self-discipline, quality of work, responsibility, respect, and interdependence. Many different jobs are available to students in the Work Program. Current work crews, approximate number of students assigned to each, unique educational opportunities, and any prerequisites for each crew are listed below.


3-D Studio

5-7 students - Studio assistants are responsible for the general cleaning and maintenance of the studio, including monitoring of the studio when in use by students after class hours. Other responsibilities may include picking up and stocking clay and ceramic chemicals, inventory of supplies, mixing of glazes and slips, light carpentry, and loading and firing of electric and gas kilns. Unique educational opportunities include learning how to create sculpture and pottery; how to build and maintain kilns and other equipment used in a sculpture studio; and how to organize and run a professional sculpture and ceramics studio. Experience in ceramics and/or sculpture is preferred. Students with allergies to clay dust, mold, or mildew may find this job unsuitable.


Academic Affairs Office

1 student - This crew provides clerical and occasional website support for the Academic Affairs Office. Responsibilities: Assist with office procedures, assist with the processing of material for course evaluations, maintain course syllabi files, and deliver paperwork to various offices on campus. Website editing to update or move items as needed. Educational opportunities: learn time management, organizational, office, professional verbal and written communication skills, and record-keeping skills, as well as professional confidentiality and interaction with faculty, staff, and students. Requirements: ability to maintain complete confidentiality, ability to follow verbal instructions, ability to follow established procedures, accuracy, dependability, positive attitude, ability to learn quickly, pleasing personality, Word and Excel experience, and typing skills.


Academic Building Services

8-10 students - Crew members maintain a regular cleaning schedule of various campus buildings which includes cleaning floors, carpets, windows, walls, and public facilities. In addition, students help move furniture; maintain inventory, distribute, organize, and store custodial supplies; coordinate and prepare for large and small conferences and events which includes setups and stagings; perform equipment and small engine repair and preventive maintenance and other duties as assigned. Educational opportunities for crew members: First-year students will receive training in routine detailed work. Students will also learn the use of floor and window washing equipment, as well as how to use chemicals and chemical dispensers. The second-year student will learn supervisory skills by assisting in the training of first-year students, evaluating completed jobs, and by providing the necessary transfer of materials and job information. Third-year students learn management and coordinating skills, become student supervisors and help the crew managers through follow-up and completion of assigned jobs with satisfactory results. However, any student showing initiative and competence may be assigned the role of student leader. The progress of each student, with reference to supervisory levels and privileges given, is based on the student's performance and attitude regarding work.


Academic Research

1 student - This crew provides data entry, clerical, and research support for the Institutional Research and Planning Office. Responsibilities: Assist with multiple office procedures, assist with the processing of course evaluation forms, perform data entry and report preparation for campus surveys, and compile research from internet and on-campus resources. Educational opportunities: develop professional verbal and written communication skills, gain expertise with various computer software formats (word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistical analysis, etc.), develop problem-solving skills, as well as professional interaction with faculty, staff, and students. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn how many different areas of the College function. Requirements: ability to maintain complete confidentiality, ability to follow verbal instructions, ability to follow established procedures, ability to adapt to changing tasks and work flow, strong attention to detail and accuracy, Word and Excel experience, and typing skills.


Academic Support Services

1 student - Provides clerical assistance, including data entry, mail merges, and Internet research and copying. This person will work with people from three aspects of academic support here at the college and needs to have good interpersonal skills, be flexible, work in a team as well as independently, and take initiative. Educational opportunities include the opportunity to gain knowledge in the following areas: data collection and synthesis, programming, advertising, tutorial skills, organizational and time management systems, and website maintenance.


Accounts Payable

1 student - Processes invoices for accounts payable, files, prepares check run for mailing, and performs other duties as needed. Educational opportunities include gaining an understanding of general accounting principles, and developing the responsibility to handle confidential information. Students also learn to enter data with a high level of accuracy. This job requires mastery of the English language. Three-hour work blocks are preferred.


Accounts Receivable

3 students - Receive payments, balance cash drawer and prepare bank deposits, post data to student accounts, maintain files, and perform other duties as needed. Educational opportunities include gaining an understanding of general accounting principles, developing the responsibility to handle confidential information and cash, and customer service skills. Students also learn to enter data with a high level of accuracy. This job requires mastery of the English language. Three-hour work blocks are preferred.


Admission Office

8-9 students - Crew members assist in the admission process and provide printed information and campus tours for prospective students. Telephone and public relations skills are very important, as crew members are often the first contact prospective students or their parents have with Warren Wilson College. Crew members do extensive routine clerical work. Educational opportunities include computer search and data entry skills. Students also organize special admission events such as Open House and student visits. Responsibility is stressed through the timely response to prospective students' inquiries. Public relations skills and organizational skills are developed through the liaison between the traveling counselors and assigned student workers.


Advancement Office

4-6 students - The Advancement Office is the friend and fund-raising arm of Warren Wilson College, which enables the College to offer a top-notch education as well as a life-changing experience to students for years to come. Crew members will be exposed to the many facets of Advancement work: Advancement Assistant, Advancement Communications (including Web and publications design), Advancement Services, Alumni and Church Relations, Annual Giving, Database Entry and Grant Writing/Research. Students on the crew should have good interpersonal, communication (writing/proofreading/speaking), organizational, and creative skills. In addition, crewmembers need to be detail-oriented, reliable and team-oriented while possessing the ability to work independently and adaptively. Familiarity with a variety of software programs is helpful - but ability and willingness to learn is more important. Crewmembers share in the cleaning and maintenance of the Advancement level of Orr Cottage, must be available to work and dress up for occasional evening/weekend events, and all crewmembers must sign a confidentiality agreement. Educational opportunities include learning and refining computer skills, developing public and donor relations skills, learning various software programs, print production management, developing/refining interpersonal skills, data management, event planning and organization, and public speaking. Annual event responsibilities include assisting in Homecoming, Weekend@WWC, Family Weekend, Festival on the Field (a part of Homecoming), the Scholarship Luncheon, Phonathon, Thankathon, Reunions and Friend Gatherings.


Aquatics

8-10 students - Crew members assist in the operation and maintenance of the college swimming pool. Students learn the functions of running a pool for the College and for the Asheville community. All crew members are responsible for life guarding, pool member relations and various cleaning duties. Some special jobs include chemical maintenance and office assistance. Educational opportunities include the development of strong customer service skills, gaining an understanding of the maintenance of a community swimming pool, education and preparation for dealing with emergency situations. Students are responsible for having proper lifeguard and CPR certification.


Archaeology/Collections

4-5 students - Crew members act as curators of the archaeological, Appalachian, and intercultural artifact collections; manage and maintain the Warren Wilson College archaeological site; manage and maintain the collections as well as the rooms housing them; and work on development of educational programs related to the Warren Wilson College Archaeological Field School. Workers will also research, design, and assemble displays related to the collections, both three- and two-dimensional. Educational opportunities include learning care of artifacts collections and developing curatorial and display-design skills. Workers gain a sense of how archaeological and material culture research is conducted. A flexible work schedule is needed, and experience in archaeology (particularly the College's lab courses) is recommended. Students must demonstrate a strong interest in archaeology, cultural studies, or museum work.


Athletics

7-10 students - The athletics crew maintains all equipment and supplies and serves as support staff for all programs within the athletic department and the DeVries Athletic Center. Crew members also plan and implement the intramural program, conduct all cleaning of the facility, provide secretarial/clerical support as needed and serve as administrative staff for intercollegiate athletic contests. Athletics crewmembers will learn responsibility through maintenance of the facility, planning and implementing intramural programs and game day operations of varsity athletic contests. Educational opportunities include learning athletic management skills relating to student-athlete recruitment, mass mailing methods, keeping statistics of athletic contests, maintenance of the athletic fields, gymnasium, weight room, and fitness equipment for the Warren Wilson community. Evening and weekend hours are required.


Athletic Training

3-5 students - The job includes first aid and rehabilitation. It involves general cleaning, filling and washing water bottles, and maintaining an inventory of supplies. The students will cover scheduled practices and set up for home games and events. Organizational and scheduling skills are important, as is the ability to work independently. The students will need to work and communicate with coaches, student athletes, physicians, and other medical support groups. Communicating with these groups will involve written reports and telephone calls to arrange transportation as needed to assist athletes with medical follow-up care. These students must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, and to complete CPR and First Aid courses in order to be competent when dealing with athletic injuries. Educational opportunities include writing medical reports, learning CPR and First Aid, and developing organizational skills.


Auto Shop

11-12 students - Depending on skill level, a first-year student will work on the motor pool and perform routine maintenance and safety checks. Upper-classmen with proven skill levels will assist in teaching new students and maintaining campus vehicles. Educational opportunities include learning to perform routine car maintenance and some major repairs. Students learn to evaluate cars and their mechanical condition while becoming familiar with many different engines and mechanical systems. In addition, students learn computer analysis of engines, solving problems of mechanical apparatuses, and welding and small-job metal fabrication. A three-hour block is preferred for new students, and a two-year commitment is expected. A campus driving license is required. New members of the crew will be expected to attend a week-long training workshop beginning one week prior to the opening of school in the fall.


Biology & Environmental Studies Assistants

7-10 students - The crew provides support to the Environmental Studies and Biology departments by maintaining their laboratories, equipment, and collections. There are many educational opportunities available when working for the Environmental Studies and Biology Crew. Students will learn about scientific equipment and how to set up the equipment for field and wet lab courses, how to make solutions for wet lab experiments, how to perform experimental technique while setting up for course labs, and how to manage and care for a greenhouse and the plants. Students may also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty in particular subject areas, including wildlife biology, botany, and microbiology, giving the students a unique educational skill determined by the students' desire to learn and the need of the faculty. The crew also acts as administrative support to the faculty members by making photocopies and transparencies of course material, setting up technical equipment for lecture classes, and cleaning the building. Students will learn how to work as individuals and in a group to get a task done, to manage time, and to articulate achievements and problems encountered while completing tasks. They will also learn to professionally listen and talk to work supervisors. This crew seeks self-motivated and mature students with a strong desire to learn. All levels of students are welcome to join this crew.


Blacksmith Shop

6-8 students - The Blacksmith crew focuses on learning and teaching traditional blacksmithing skills, such as drawing out, squaring, rounding, bending, heat welding, plaiting, and twisting. Students create tools to be used by other crews as well as by the general campus community. The crew concentrates on extending the opportunity to learn and experiment with Blacksmithing to the Warren Wilson community. Crew members should be creative, independent workers who enjoy learning, producing, and teaching. The Blacksmith Crew requires a two-year commitment. New members to the crew may be expected to attend a week-long training workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school. Educational opportunities include learning the metallurgical techniques necessary for forging steel; tempering tools and creating needed items for use on campus. Students will become proficient in the use of varied shop tools (i.e. hammer and anvil; air powered forging hammers). Students will also learn how to take a project from the design table to a finished, installed creation. The crew hosts open houses for the campus community and teaches others the basics of forging iron.


Building Services I and II

15-18 students per crew - Crew members maintain a regular cleaning schedule of various campus buildings, which includes cleaning floors, carpets, windows, walls, and public facilities. In addition, students help move furniture; maintain inventory, distribution, organization, and storage of custodial supplies; coordinate and prepare for large and small conferences and events, which includes setups and stagings; perform equipment and small engine repair and preventive maintenance and other duties as assigned. Educational opportunities for crew members: First-year students will receive training in routine detailed work. Students will also learn the use of floor and window washing equipment, as well as how to use chemicals and chemical dispensers. The second-year student will learn supervisory skills by assisting in the training of first-year students, evaluating completed jobs, and by providing the necessary transfer of materials and job information. Third-year students learn management and coordinating skills, become student leaders and help the crew supervisors through follow-up and completion of assigned jobs with satisfactory results. However, any student showing initiative and competence may be assigned the role of student leader. The progress of each student, with reference to supervisory levels and privileges given, is based on the student's performance and attitude regarding work.


Business & Economics Assistant

1-2 students - The student divides time between the main switchboard and the Business Office. Switchboard duties include answering the main College telephone switchboard, transferring calls, answering various questions, and welcoming and directing campus visitors. Office duties include providing general office support in a variety of ways: word processing/typing, filing, answering telephones, assisting with newsletter mailing (labeling, sorting, etc.), copying and collating materials, and serving as a "gofer" around campus to deliver mail and messages. Educational opportunities include development of excellent interpersonal skills and basic organizational skills applicable in a variety of situations. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel with additional office experience preferred.


Campus Store

2-3 students - Students are responsible for the storefront services. Duties include operating the cash register, ordering office and school supplies, assisting with sales, ordering sundries and college insignia merchandise, and receiving and stocking merchandise. Educational opportunities include developing communication skills, learning to run a cash register and general operational procedures (margins, markup policies, inventory control, and customer service).


Campus Support

15 students - This crew performs special carpentry and construction projects. Tasks range from demolition to laying down concrete, to framing walls, and roofing. Campus Support also will help crews such as landscaping, building services, or paint. Educational opportunities include learning how to start and complete a job, work with hand tools such as the hammer, flat bar, tape measure, and with power tools such as the circular saw, reciprocating saw, jack hammer, drill, and chop saw. The crew tasks offer both mental and physical exercise. Problem solving skills are crucial. The ability to work as an individual and with a team is also essential.


Carpentry

8-15 students - Carpentry involves the construction and upkeep of campus buildings, woodworking, and furniture repair. Educational opportunities include learning job organization, framing layout, sheet rock hanging and finishing, concrete forming and finishing, and shingle layout and roofing. In addition, students will learn glass cutting and replacement, door framing and hanging, woodworking, and furniture repair. Requirements: New students must have a three-hour block for training. Returning and experienced students work with and help unskilled workers.


Chapel Crew

3 students - Crewmembers provide a combination of general office work, cleaning, maintenance, and event setup. Cleaning and maintenance includes floor care, window washing, dusting, cleaning of restrooms and kitchens, ordering cleaning supplies, trash and recycling, and other cleaning-related duties as needed. General office work includes use of computer, copy machine, telephone, mailings, and other duties as needed. Event setups include preparing buildings and grounds for church services, potlucks, meetings, wedding or memorial services, college-related events, and special programs. Educational opportunities include the ability to learn organizational and time management skills, use of office equipment, working with local community members in the congregation, working in a team environment as well as working individually. Requirements: The Chapel Crew member must be willing to work in an open, all-inclusive atmosphere where team work is strongly encouraged, must enjoy meeting people, and be able to work independently when necessary. Schedules are flexible, sense of humor always a plus!


Chemistry

11-13 students - Working on this crew will provide the student with skills and experience that cannot be acquired in conventional classroom situations. This crew is essential for the operation of the chemistry program; therefore the student workers and faculty members work closely together to set up labs for experiments, develop new experiments, purchase chemicals and supplies, maintain storage rooms and the inventory system, monitor laboratory safety, administer the hazardous waste programs, tutor students, function as lab assistants, and grade lab reports. This crew is also the maintenance and cleaning staff for the science buildings. Educational opportunities include learning preparation and analysis of solutions; problem solving; scientific record keeping; maintenance and operation of sophisticated instrumentation and computers; use of common word processors, spreadsheets, and data bases; recycling, decomposition, and proper disposal of hazardous materials; purchasing and inventory procedures; maintenance of a safety program; lab skills; simple cleaning, carpentry and maintenance; and feeding Dichromate, the department's cat. Scheduling may include evening hours.


College Press

7-8 students - Crew members assist customers with copying and printing jobs from simple handouts to booklets and magazines; learn operation of copiers; learn pre-press operations including computer-based layout and design; and perform copying, laminating, and bindery work. Some students are additionally responsible for darkroom and complex offset press operations, monthly billings, inventory management, and troubleshooting equipment. Educational opportunities include developing strong customer service skills, gaining proficiency in the use and maintenance of a variety of office equipment, learning desktop publishing and bookkeeping functions, and gaining darkroom and offset press experience. Students must meet deadlines and work together to accomplish the service and performance objectives of the College Press. Special requirements include ability to pay strict attention to and steady concentration on detail, commitment to ensuring customer confidence by repeatedly doing good work and communicating well with customers and colleagues.


Community Bike Shop

4-6 students - The crew repairs bicycles that are donated to the program to be distributed to community members wanting bicycles. The crew conducts bicycle maintenance workshops and works to promote the use of bicycles both on and off campus. In addition, crew members manage the campus bicycle shop that repairs personal bicycles for the members of the college community. Students who work on the crew share a knowledge of bicycle mechanics and a passion for promoting cycling as an economical and environmentally conscious means of transportation. Educational opportunities include learning to maintain the workings of a functional bicycle shop, which includes bicycle maintenance, shop organization, and development of learning opportunities for the campus community.


Computing Services

12 students - The Computing Services Crew is the front-line of technical support for the Warren Wilson community. The crew staffs the Help Desk located in the Bannerman Technology Center. Help Desk duties include answering questions submitted by telephone, e-mail, and in person; completing work requests for staff and faculty; monitoring campus computer lab hardware and software; assisting students with client-side networking issues and those using the computer labs. Bi-weekly training is provided to keep current with basic computer skills. A qualified applicant need not necessarily be computer savvy. They should however be hard-working, self-motivated, and ready to perfect communication and customer service skills. They must be willing to work some morning, evening or weekend shifts and make a minimum one-year commitment to the crew.

Computing Services is ultimately responsible for the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all the computers on campus. They will gain experience with Operating Systems including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. In addition, Computing Services often assists the Networking Crew with wired and wireless networking including cabling, termination, and configuration.


Conference Office

1-2 students - The Conference Office is responsible for scheduling and arranging all campus-related aspects for conferences/rentals held on the Warren Wilson campus by off-campus groups, as well as internal programs, such as the MFA Program and Swannanoa Gathering. We create partnerships with the local community and enhance an understanding and appreciation by contracting with groups that may, in some way, share the mission of the College. Much of the programming scheduled through the Conference Office during the academic year leads to direct involvement with academic classes and work crews, as well as potential service opportunities. Crew members attend planning meetings, help write contracts, plan and organize events, and help set up and assist in coordination during the event. Crew members also acquire new or enhance their existing computer skills, such as using spreadsheets to collect and translate data, working with database applications for generating contracts and agreements, using Marionette to update the Conference website and social media to report on the event. Additionally, students will develop strong customer service skills working one-on-one with clients during an event and some photography of setups and events.


Cowpie Cafe

12-15 students - The Cowpie Cafe is a Warren Wilson College student-initiated, student-run food establishment. Crew members are responsible for all aspects of food service including menu planning, food preparation, cooking, presentation, and clean up. Educational opportunities include gaining knowledge of vegetarian cooking, utilizing local and organic ingredients and working in cooperation with the College's garden. General enthusiasm, the ability to work in fast-paced energetic environment, as well as a genuine interest in vegetarian, sustainable food sources is a plus. The breakfast shift at the cafe begins at 7:00 AM and the dinner shift ends at 8:00 PM.


Design and Construction

2-3 students - Crew members staff the CAD office in Facilities Management and Technical Services and act as an integral part of FMTS operations; provide staff, faculty and students with floor plans, maps and other information; use Auto CAD (computer drafting software) and ArcGIS (geographic information systems software) to document and maintain the accuracy of existing conditions of the campus facilities; draw and modify campus building architectural floor plans; survey campus buildings and locate underground utility lines; manage the campus-digging permit process. Educational opportunities include gaining experience in a "real-world" facilities management working environment, developing office skills and customer service skills, gaining proficiency in AutoCAD and ArcGIS and general computing skills, gaining an understanding of building design and learning how to create building floor plans. AutoCAD and/or ArcGIS experiences are helpful but not required. Students must be able to work independently.


Dining Services & Dining Office

30-35 students - Work on this crew includes all facets of food service business: setup, cleanup, dish room, serving of meals, and assisting in preparation. Educational opportunities are available through the positions of cook's helper, baker (fresh breads), salad dressing maker (from scratch), salad bar preparation, and positions in the cafe. Additional income may be earned through the advancement to a student manager position, as well as in the catering department. Students on the Dining Crew will receive first consideration for these paid positions.


Diversity & Intercultural Initiatives

8 students - Members of the DI2 crew have two primary responsibilities: to cultivate a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for students who are racially, ethnically, or nationally underrepresented at Warren Wilson College and to create opportunities for intercultural understanding and communication throughout the college. Crew work includes programming and mentoring for international and underrepresented students, cultural programming, planning and implementing the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, collaborating with other student crews who are working on Diversity issues, acting as the pulse of students and communicating their needs to the Director, and maintaining and operating the International Student Office and the Multicultural Center. Students applying to this crew should be energetic, dependable, self-motivated, and able to work and communicate with various kinds of people. The DI2 crew offers educational training in programming, community organizing, computer skills, publicity, leadership, intercultural skills, advocacy, and mentorship of diverse populations.


The Echo

10-15 students - One designer, one photographer, and three to four writers are responsible for writing, editing, designing, and printing the college newspaper. Educational opportunities include developing written and verbal skills, digital photography, desktop publishing, management experience, interviewing skills, and an understanding of the need for accuracy. The crew requires teamwork from responsible, self-motivated individuals with strong writing, editing, and verbal skills.


Electric

10-14 students - Students perform inside and outside wiring repairs on campus buildings, maintenance of fire alarms, maintenance of campus telephone system, and repair work on electric circuits of staff homes and campus buildings. Educational opportunities include gaining a mastery of electricians' tools and the installation of most electrical devices including telephones, general conduit installation, basic wiring, and job organization. Second-year students learn the layout of electrical circuits, make unassisted electrical repairs, and gain proficiency in home wiring. Commitment to two years on the crew is required. Inexperienced students need a three-hour work block to work on this crew. New members of the crew are expected to attend a week-long workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school.


EMPOWER

5-7 students - On this crew, duties include planning, organizing, and advertising events, activities, and programs pertaining to social justice issues. Students work to organize and run the Empower Center, a space for students to congregate and discuss issues of social justice and pick up resources to better educate themselves on these issues. The Empower crew also facilitates many community circles, each dedicated to a different group of students who may experience some form of social injustice in everyday society. These groups include students of color, students who are LGBTQ identified, and students who identify as female. Crew members will have the opportunity to make connections and collaborate with other campus and local organizations. Educational opportunities include developing skills in event planning and computer programs, and students will increase their familiarity with topics of social inequality. The crew requires a high level of responsibility, self-motivation, maturity, and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal communication skills and basic computer knowledge are necessary.


English Research Assistant

1-3 students - The English Research assistants work with a member of the English Department to edit and annotate materials that will be used in various courses at Warren Wilson College and that may subsequently be published by university presses. In addition to conducting research related to editing and annotating assignments, the English Research Assistants also help with preparing and proofreading manuscripts, with developing components of specific literature, theatre, and writing courses, and with carrying on routine office work. Educational opportunities involve the refinement of skills that are essential to successful work in graduate and professional school and also in subsequent employment within the academic and business worlds. Students who become proficient as researchers, editors and writers, and who have learned to work well in a professional office setting, have marketable skills and experience that will serve them well personally and professionally. Requirements for working at this critical post are multiple. Students serving in this position must have a strong interest in intellectual history, literature, and culture; must be able to write correctly and cogently; must observe the decorum and dress appropriate to a professional office setting; must have a good command of basic word-processing skills; and must interact and communicate well with professors, administrators, other students, and a variety of people from outside the Warren Wilson community.


Environmental Justice

3-5 students - The Environmental Justice Crew equips students to be effective change agents after graduation from Warren Wilson College by providing them with the skills needed to pursue environmental activism as a vocation or in their daily lives. This includes teaching life-long skills for sustainable activism, discovering connections between issues on campus and the larger world, and providing access to human and fiscal resources for projects. Responsibilities: organize and lead protests, events, and workshops; plan for on and off campus events; connect with groups in Asheville; and model ethical and supportive group dynamics. Students should come prepared to develop a passion for environmental justice, the ability to lead and organize, resourcefulness in problem solving, effective communication skills, and general office management and record keeping skills.


Environmental Leadership Center

13-15 students - The Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) of Warren Wilson College innovates, energizes, and focuses the College’s efforts in creating a just, sustainable and resilient community. The ELC offers an array of on-campus and off-campus programs providing students, faculty and staff an opportunity to work at the nexus of the Triad of academics, work, and service. Warren Wilson students on the ELC work crew are immersed in the real work of sustainability leadership.

Crew positions include:

  1. EcoTeam Crew: 6 students – environmental education or education background preferred, but not required- who teach and coordinate the ELC-developed EcoTeam Program, which is an eight lesson multi-disciplinary third-grade experiential education curriculum that reaches over 1,300 Buncombe County children annually. EcoTeam is regarded as a national model for effective in-classroom environmental education. Curriculum can be viewed at www.warren-wilson.edu/~elc/ecoteam.
  2. Campus Sustainability Crew (a.k.a. Campus Greening): 4-5 students - with a passion for helping WWC live into its commitments to sustainability and environmental responsibility- who engage in tasks including raising student awareness about campus resource use and subsequent environmental and social impacts, providing research to help WWC make more sustainable decisions, tracking campus energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, completing the annual Warren Wilson College Greenhouse Gas Inventory report, raising WWC Climate Action Plan awareness, assisting with The Green Walkabout program, coordinating the SEED Grant Program to support student-initiated sustainability solutions, and assisting the ELC staff with emerging sustainability-related needs.
  3. INSULATE!: 2 students – This crew serves as leadership to the groups of students that participate in weatherizing five homes on five Saturdays each semester. Members of this crew are the spirit leaders, the trainers and complete organizers of each weatherization trip. The INSULATE! crew also has the opportunity to expand the program to communities of faith and other non-governmental organizations through community presentations and other avenues.
  4. Swannanoa Journal: 2–3 students – The SJ radio show is broadcasted on four regional radio stations and through the Mountain Xpress online newspaper. The SJ crew assists WWC students from two undergraduate writing courses with the recording aspects of the journal articles. The crew also writes and records articles of their own that represent the environmental sustainability issues in the southern Appalachian bioregion.

Facility Management Customer Service

5-6 students - Crew positions include:

  1. Licensing – Students collect state licensing information to issue a Warren Wilson campus license upon request.
  2. Customer Service – Students create work orders with a campus on-line system for any work being performed by any one of FMTS crew and record the necessary information on all work orders that have been completed. They answer phone calls and provide the information requested, if plausible, or direct them to the proper person.
  3. Motorpool – Students are responsible for recording and organizing over 1800 vehicle requests into an online reservation system. They must ascertain whether customers will pick up their vehicle and keys or prefer to have them parked and brought some place on campus. They are responsible for tracking the miles traveled on each trip, for billing purposes, identifying any damage that occurred, cleaning all vehicles and picking up and accounting for all vehicles and keys upon the trip completion. Students process the billing for all vehicle mileage charges, track the fuel used by every vehicle on campus, maintain a current licensing log, and maintain the vehicle reservations. In addition, students perform general secretarial/clerical functions (answer telephone, take messages, answer incoming radio calls, and make radio calls). Educational opportunities include gaining a basic understanding of office work and a work order computer program for maintenance activities. Students learn to use Microsoft Office, Windows 2000 program, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Students will also learn to communicate effectively on the radio and telephone, and to interface with a variety of people. Some computer skills and a pleasant personality are required.

Farm

28-32 students - The Farm Crew is broken down into five sub-crews: General, Cattle, Pig, Poultry, and Marketing. There is overlap between the crews' work, which include caring for, feeding, and moving roughly 65 brood cows, 25 brood sows, 500 broilers, 200 laying hens; planting and harvesting corn, small cereal grains, and hay crops; fence repair; renovating and restoring farm buildings; maintenance of the farm's tractors and equipment; and marketing approximately $180,000 worth of naturally-raised meats and other products sold locally each year.

Educational opportunities include learning about sustainable agriculture techniques, tractor operation and repair, crop and pasture management, on-farm experimentation, local farm visits, and participation at agriculture conferences. Working on this crew is excellent pre-vet experience; students deliver animals, give shots, solve health problems, and administer medicine. Each sub-crew has a student supervisor in a leadership role; they are responsible for managing every aspect of their crew's work. All students must have a good attitude, be punctual, make a two-year commitment, have appropriate three-hour blocks, and have a willingness to work in adverse weather. The Farm Crew works 365 days a year, which provides a plethora of opportunities to work full time over breaks.


Fiber Arts

8-10 students - The mission of the Fiber Arts Crew is to provide an outlet to learn fiber based skills, mainly the art of weaving. Students learn how to prepare a warp, thread large floor looms and weave a variety of patterns and cloth types. Through focused and organized production goals, students will weave a variety of products ranging from rag rugs made of old clothing, to scarves and ties made from bamboo yarn. Items are then sold at campus events, which provides hands-on experience of the business aspect to making any craft profitable, from marketing to selling. There are opportunities on the crew to learn other fiber skills such as spinning, felting, sewing, dyeing, and basketry. The crew regularly holds open studio workshops to teach these learned skills to the greater Warren Wilson community.


Financial Aid Office

1 student - The student provides general secretarial/clerical help. Student assists with filing, word processing, checking records, duplicating, and distributing. The job requires responsibility and discretion. Educational opportunities include learning the basics of the financial aid application process, time management skills, and the importance of deadlines. The student worker enjoys the rapport developed with fellow students as the worker greets and initially helps those coming to the office.


Fine Woodworking

7-9 students - The Fine Woodworking Crew serves the Warren Wilson Community through building furniture and other wood-related projects. Students learn to use machine power tools as well as traditional hand tools and techniques. Through training provided by senior crew members and outside professionals, students will gain the skills necessary to finely craft traditional chairs, tables, boxes, and an assortment of other small projects. Other projects may include lathe turned bowls, pens, carving, marquetry and inlay, coffee tables, stools, and items for other crews. Crew members need to be highly self-motivated and able to work on their own with little instruction, and are expected to maintain professionalism and quality in their work and interactions with others. A two-year commitment is required.


First Year Programming

2-4 students - The mission of the First Year Programs crew is to assist incoming students with making a successful transition to college, both academically and socially. The Program does this through helping students to develop collegiate-level study habits and time management skills; heightening awareness of, and insight into, diverse social and cultural groups; promoting personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in both local and global communities; integrating the Triad into the everyday mindset of students; and building relationships among students, faculty, and staff in order to fully develop the residential community. Educational opportunities include developing skills in event planning, graphic design, marketing, catering, assessment, scheduling, and collaborating with diverse populations.


Forestry

18-22 students - Crew members conduct all activities necessary for the sustainable management of the College's 650-acre forest. Duties include conducting silvicultural practices, providing forest products to the College, trail and logging road maintenance, shiitake mushroom propagation, and occasional assistance with related Environmental Studies courses such as forest biology, silviculture, forest management, and wildlife management. Educational opportunities include learning many technical forestry skills, such as chain saw use and maintenance, and methods of felling trees. This crew requires a high degree of responsibility, initiative, and willingness to work with others. Work is outdoors and is sometimes physically strenuous. Three-hour work blocks are desirable but not required. Knowledge of forests and forestry is helpful. (ENS 233 Forest Biology is strongly recommended for all crew members.) A two-year commitment is required.


French Assistant

1 student - The student is responsible for departmental paperwork, tutoring students as needed, organizing French film nights and a French Table, and some library research. A strong French-language background is required for this position. Educational opportunities include tutoring, the opportunity to improve oral skills by practicing French on a daily basis, learning how to prioritize tasks and to cope with a varied workload.


Garden

25-30 students - Students are responsible for the daily maintenance of approximately five acres of organically raised crops, including vegetables, fruits, cut flowers and herbs. Season extending resources include a 34x80 ft heated greenhouse and two unheated hoop houses. The daily work includes cultivation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and pest management in the field and greenhouses. Produce is sold to the dining service on campus, two on-campus farm stands, an on-campus community supported agriculture program, and an off-campus farmer's market. The Garden crew also manages a small apiary, an apple orchard, and a worm composting operation. The Herb Crew is part of the Garden crew and utilizes the herbs in developing value-added products for sale on campus. Educational opportunities include developing the management skills required to operate a small-scale market garden, developing strategies for the marketing of crops to wholesale and retail markets, and researching innovative production practices. A three-hour work block is required for ALL new crew members and highly desirable for continuing crew members. Weekend hours are necessary and this responsibility is divided among crew members.


Global Information Systems (GIS)

2-4 students - The crew provides support to the Global Studies department by collecting and maintaining geographic data, staffing the geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory, participating in GIS research projects, gaining familiarity with several geospatial software packages, promoting GIS across the campus, and providing administrative support for GIS courses. Educational opportunities include learning the fundamentals of vector and raster data models and how to apply them to the specific research needs of students and faculty. Completion of Introduction to GIS (GBL 225) or experience with geographic information and databases required. Some evening work may be required. Preference will be given to students who can make at least a one-year commitment to the crew.


Guest Housekeeping

1 student - Duties include general cleaning and maintenance of the St. Clair Guest House. This student will represent the College to many College visitors as well as substitute for the director in her absence. Educational opportunities include learning management skills, job organization, cleaning and maintenance skills and the ability to work independently. Initiative, responsibility, and social skills are required. Student must live in the Guest House and be willing to work a flexible schedule, sometimes on weekends.


Health Center

5-6 students - Crew members work as health promoters and educators, maintain cleanliness of the Health Center, and facilitate patients' visits to the Health Center. Educational opportunities include learning first aid techniques, ordering and stocking of medical supplies, chart filing, and learning about health and wellness in a holistic manner. All crew members help in driving students to medically-related appointments off campus. Students are required to respect confidentiality, and a driver's license is required to work on this crew.


Health Promotion

3-5 students - Crew members participate in health education and promotion across campus, including topics on substance use education and emerging health issues. Tasks include late night programming, marketing and advertising, awareness tabling, event monitor training, and assessment. Important skill sets include the ability to collaborate, use technology, demonstrate leadership skills, and be project oriented. Educational opportunities include building an understanding of health education as it relates to the community, learning about and implementing social marketing, developing successful events, building communication skills, and practicing leadership. Students must have a strong passion for health and helping others. The job requires the ability to process information on multiple health topics quickly, act as a role model and resource for certain health topics, use organizational and presentation skills, and be creative and be available on some evenings and weekends.


Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

6-8 students - Students are responsible for the maintenance of all gas boilers and furnaces, heat pumps, and air-conditioning for the campus and for staff housing. This includes all the associated motors, pumps, fans, and controls for boilers, furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioning. Educational opportunities include learning the tools of the trade and how to use them, boiler operation by hand and automatic control, and leadership skills. Crew learning and leadership are stressed and are second only to the commitment to a warm, safe, and healthy environment for the campus community. A campus driving license is desirable.


History and Political Science Assistant

1 student - The student serves as administrative assistant for the Department of History and Political Science. Duties include assisting with library and Internet research and data collection, assisting with preparation and organization of class materials, completing clerical tasks (photocopying or typing) and taking part in on-going projects relating to history or political science. Educational opportunities include developing literature research and computer skills and increasing familiarity with topics in the history and political science field. Computer and research skills are helpful but not required. Student must be able to work independently.


Holden Arts Center

3-5 students - Students maintain meditation garden; inventory supplies; design and construct student art exhibits and host openings; build rolling tables, easels, etc.; and perform general clerical functions. Educational opportunities include learning matting and framing techniques, gallery installation and publicity, food preparation, computer use, and simple construction skills. Students also learn responsibility, as they are in charge of building cleanliness and security, as well as maintaining the slide collection and permanent art collection.


Horse Crew

2-3 students - Students are responsible for a team of draft horses. Duties include driving, feeding, grooming, and general horse yard chores. Educational opportunities include practicing the animal husbandry skills needed to maintain a team of workhorses, working with veterinarians and farriers, safely incorporating a team of horses into the draft needs of the garden and forest, driving a team with wagon in a number of public settings, and developing a safety ethic when working with horses. A three-hour work block is strongly recommended and a two year commitment essential. Crew members will share weekend responsibilities for the feeding and grooming of the horses.


Housing Crew

1-2 students - Facilitate housing events and activities such as roommate socials, residence hall opening and closings, and the annual room selection. Help students, staff, and the public connect with the necessary and/or appropriate people and resources to answer housing related inquiries. Requires knowledge of, and interest in, the campus and its populations. At the same time, ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY is a must. General enthusiasm, ability for problem solving, and being responsible are all desirable traits. A general knowledge of computer skills is helpful. Students will learn and develop customer service skills, enhance their problem-solving skills, and gain experience working with a variety of computer programs and databases.


Instructional Technology

2 students - The Instructional Technology (IT) crew supports teaching and learning at the College through the use of technology in the classroom, assistance with multimedia, and helping faculty put course materials online via the College's learning management system. Crew members should have good communication skills and an interest in learning about educational media, web page development, and technology in general, particularly as it relates to the classroom. Preference will be given to students who have been on the Computing Services Crew or are working on an education degree, but the primary requirements are curiosity and a desire to learn. Educational opportunities include gaining proficiency in classroom technology and administration of learning management systems.


Institutional Research and Effectiveness

1 student - This crew provides data entry, clerical, and research support for the Institutional Research and Planning Office. Responsibilities: Assist with multiple office procedures, assist with the processing of course evaluation forms, perform data entry and report preparation for campus surveys, and compile research from internet and on-campus resources. Educational opportunities: develop professional verbal and written communication skills, gain expertise with various computer software formats (word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistical analysis, etc.), develop problem-solving skills, as well as professional interaction with faculty, staff, and students. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn how many different areas of the College function. Requirements: ability to maintain complete confidentiality, ability to follow verbal instructions, ability to follow established procedures, ability to adapt to changing tasks and work flow, strong attention to detail and accuracy, Word and Excel experience, and typing skills.


International Programs

1-2 students - Crew members provide office support for the following activities: newsletter reporting, editing, and layout; external communications for international programming and off-campus program opportunities; and outreach to international students, faculty, and visitors. Crew members have the opportunity to learn office and management skills, public relations, desktop publishing, database management, customer service, and interoffice procedures and committee work. Creativity in planning and managing international events and announcements on campus is encouraged. Working with students regarding the many details of international study application and travel preparations requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and attention to detail and accuracy. Good writing skills, basic computer experience, and enthusiasm for international studies are necessary.


Landscaping

45-50 students - Students maintain and improve the 100-acre central college campus. Tasks include seeding, mowing, and raking lawns and athletic fields; planning, designing, and planting gardens and flower beds; maintaining roads and pathways (both gravel and asphalt); snow removal; and construction projects related to the landscape. All students should have a three-hour work block. Students will gain proficiency in seeding, planning and design, as well as plant installations and use of standard landscape equipment. Some students will learn operation and maintenance of tractors and other heavy equipment. Professionals in skilled arborist work may train others. Other opportunities include familiarization with botanical names, tree identification, greenhouse crop productions, turf maintenance, and pruning techniques. Students work together to accomplish the service and objectives of the landscape program while incorporating learning into their overall work experience.

  1. Grounds Crew: Students become familiar with the use and care of grounds maintenance equipment and will perform a lot of physical labor. Later, the student, working more independently, will have the chance to develop skills in design, procurement, supervision, and practical application of labor and materials.
  2. Flower Crew: The crew plants and nurtures all the flower beds on campus and works on landscape designs for the new additions to campus and for improving old landscapes.
  3. Tractor Crew: This crew maintains and services the 1630 New Holland tractor, Caterpillar Backhoe, and Ventrac Tractor and uses their many attachments for different jobs on campus, such as transporting landscaping materials, digging ditches and holes for planting, and assisting other crews on campus with excavation.
  4. Tree Crew: The Tree Crew maintains all the trees on the 100-acre central campus. The work includes large and small tree pruning, climbing, removals, chainsaw work, and planting, thus providing opportunities for learning arboricultural skills.
  5. Greenhouse Crew: Students who work in the landscaping greenhouse grow grasses and wildflowers native to western North Carolina for the use of general landscaping projects. These plants are grown from seed to provide the Warren Wilson community with the aesthetic beauty of plants native to the Appalachian ecosystem.

Library - Archives

1 student - The Archives crew will learn archival preservation, how to organize a collection of records and write a descriptive finding aid, and help in maintenance of the archives environment. This job requires lifting heavy boxes, attention to detail, cleanliness, organizational ability and word processing skills.


Library - Circulation

15 students - Students assist in the operation of the library at the circulation desk. Duties include checking materials in and out, shelving, shelf reading, and answering general questions. Most duties require attention to detail and ability to use computer systems. An understanding of library procedures and policies is important. Students must be able to work whenever the library is open, including some weekend and evening shifts. Crewmembers are also collectively responsible for library maintenance including cleaning offices, study and conference rooms, and restrooms as well as removing trash and recycling. The library offers the opportunity to learn about the use of the on-line public access catalog, circulation software system, and public service. Students develop interpersonal skills by dealing with the public, fellow crewmembers, the supervisor and librarians. The circulation crew is responsible for organizing and setting up book displays in the library. Crewmembers may also learn leadership and organizational skills needed to manage and implement special projects. One experienced crewmember is selected to serve as a crew leader and has the opportunity to develop additional leadership skills applicable to careers in public service sectors. Knowledge of library resources and services can provide an academic advantage for motivated students.


Library - Interlibrary Loan

1 student - Student is responsible for the technical processing of materials loaned to and borrowed from other libraries. Student may be asked to retrieve mail, open and sort mail, pull and package books for loan to other libraries and complete paperwork for same, check in books returning to our collection and complete appropriate paperwork for the same, catalog borrowed materials for use by our patrons and complete appropriate paperwork for same, package and return books borrowed from other libraries and complete appropriate paperwork for same, follow up on missing, delayed, or overdue materials, shelf read in the general collection, empty ILL recycling and trash, clean ILL office as needed. Students on this crew must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and technically proficient. Educational opportunities include learning various library related software, knowledge of the library collection, practice with multitasking, and technical troubleshooting. This crew is not eligible for weekend or evening shifts.


Library - Periodicals

1 student - The student who works on the Library Serials Crew has the opportunity to learn how to manage a library serials (periodicals) collection. This student uses the library computer system to check in each new issue of the library's subscriptions (over 230 titles). The crew prepares new issues of newspapers and journals for display on the current periodicals shelves, moves older issues to the stacks, assists in readying issues for binding, and works with the supervisor to do occasional weeding, re-labeling, and shifting of the collection. The crew keeps periodicals in order through weekly shelf-reading. The crew keeps statistics of journal usage. The crew is responsible for the library's mail--taking outgoing mail to the campus post office and picking up incoming library mail and sorting it. The crew occasionally uses Microsoft Word and Excel. The job requires attention to detail, organizational ability, computer skills, and ability to lift heavy boxes. The student on this crew learns responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, and organizational skills that are transferable to future work in any field. Knowledge of library resources gained on this job can provide an academic advantage for a motivated student.


Library - Technical Services

3-4 students - Students help with the ordering and processing of every new book and AV item that comes into the library, going through all of the steps involved with getting them out on the shelves. Students also participate in shelf reading and assist in the process of reviewing and withdrawing older, unused books, and in some cases, mending worn or damaged items. This area of the library provides the opportunity to learn various acquisitions and cataloging software as well as gain experience with the Dewey Decimal system and cuttering. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in a career in library science, though the skills are easily transferred to many professions. Individuals must be computer savvy, willing to learn new software programs, and be detail oriented. Work hours fall during the 8-5, Monday through Friday time frame.


Locksmithing

6-8 students - The crew maintains campus locks, keys, and door hardware; repairs, installs, and re-keys locks; and creates, maintains, and implements a masterkey system, key control system, and inventory control system. Educational opportunities include learning the inner workings of locks and door hardware, learning skills with hand tools, and learning how to create masterkey systems. Development of organizational, problem-solving, and mechanical skills is likely. A two-year commitment to the crew is required. Students must be second year or above. One-semester trial/probationary period is necessary. Students who use their knowledge of locks to gain unauthorized entry into buildings will be dismissed from the crew. The security of the campus depends on crew members' discretion and good judgment.


Mail Services

11-14 students - The crew provides service to the students and staff of the College in the following ways:

  1. Town trip driver: Picks up mail and runs errands for offices and crews. Special requirements are a good driving record.
  2. Campus mail room: Sorts Federal and campus mail, forwards mail to former staff and students, weighs and meters outgoing campus Federal mail, and delivers packages to students through a package window. Students develop interaction and customer service skills and learn the importance of paying attention to details. Willingness to perform routine functions and work with the public are special requirements.
  3. U.S. Contract Postal Unit: Sells stamps for letters and packages, sells U.S. Postal Money Orders, accepts accountable mail, complies with postal regulations, and performs cash accounting functions. Interfaces with U.S. Postal personnel locally and in Charlotte. Develops interpersonal skills.
  4. Ship campus outgoing mailings and packages: The crew ships all departmental mailings on a daily basis using a postage machine. The department also has the ability to ship packages via UPS.

Mathematics Assistant

1-2 students - The Mathematics Crew helps maintain software on the computer lab machines, regularly updates the department and course web pages, helps set up computer labs for various courses, prepares photocopies, cleans overhead films, whiteboards, and erasers, and helps faculty in various long term projects. Educational opportunities include learning to write html and php code to create webpages, learning to use mathematical software as an aid to problem solving, and learning to maintain computers.


Media Relations

1 student - The crew member is involved in most or all of the following areas: news writing, information gathering, interviewing, photography, photo arrangements, desktop design, mailing, faxing, phoning, web work, and newsletter editing. Educational opportunities include developing skills vital to various aspects of mass communications.


MFA Program for Writers

2 students - Crew members assist with monthly mailings to graduate students and faculty, assemble and mail information packets to prospective applicants work with the digital audio library (burn CD's, duplicate audiocassettes of residency lectures and readings) and are expected to do a lot of filing and copying. Educational opportunities: learn or develop proficiency in computer skills, gain experience in (and respect for) a range of office work, learn how a low-residency MFA creative writing program operates and enjoy the readings of students in the MFA program. Special requirements: maturity, discretion, attention to detail, sense of humor, and good typing skills. Interest in creative writing is a plus.


Mountain Area Child and Family Center (MACFC)

8-10 students - Crew members at Mountain Area Child and Family Center (MACFC) have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow with young children alongside classroom teachers as well as assisting in basic housekeeping of the classrooms and MACFC campus grounds. Student crew members will help plan and implement educational activities for children 3-5 years of age (and sometimes for infants and toddlers) with singing, dancing, painting, reading stories, building with blocks, playing in sand, and much more. Students are often asked to work with small groups of children in activities to give children more adult/child interaction time and to work on developing specific skills. Crew members have the opportunity to be adult friends with young children who receive them into the classroom with smiles and hugs. Crew members are expected to have a Tuberculosis clearance from the WWC nurse and have an orientation to MACFC before beginning their service. A handbook has been designed to assist them in the orientation process. Educational opportunities include developing skills in teaching, interacting with young children and learning appropriate ways to guide young children's behavior. Students learn the responsibilities of collegiality and ways to support the classroom teacher by taking initiative with both children's activities and restoring the classroom for its variety of uses.


Mountain Bike

1-2 students - Mountain Bike Crew members will flourish if they are responsible, motivated, flexible, and consider themselves self-starters. They are primarily responsible for providing logistical support to the team in many forms: arranging travel, meals, and lodging; providing race support at events; driving, loading, and cleaning vans and trailers; maintaining the office spaces, tools, and equipment; and assisting team members with maintaining bikes in race-ready condition. Other duties will include but are not limited to Mountain Bike Team development in the forms of planning, recruiting, sponsorship development and maintenance, and trail network development. Mountain Bike Crew members are typically also Team members. It is necessary to travel with the team for competitions and practices, hence the need for a flexible schedule. Crew members will have numerous options for educational growth in the following areas: basic skills, advanced training in bicycle mechanics; developing meal plans, travel plans, budgeting projections, and completing purchasing requisitions; learning the basics of coaching strategies, which may include periodization concepts, heart rate based training, and lactate threshold/VO2 max theory. Student crew members will also learn by assisting with team developmental activities, and will benefit from hands-on experiences with writing, marketing, fundraising, and recruiting. The Mountain Bike Team seasons are generally September-October and March-April. Crew activity during the season may require extra hours.


Music

5 students - Student crew members check materials in and out, shelve and inventory materials, order and process new materials, bind scores, proof-read, file library cards in the Music Resource Center, maintain instruments, and provide general secretarial/clerical support. In addition, the crew offers assistance during choral rehearsal, organizes and processes music and materials, and does general clerical work. Educational opportunities include learning organizational techniques and gaining knowledge of how to coordinate music rehearsals and performances. Basic music skills are recommended. Students also learn proofreading and word processing, Sibelius software, library procedures, instrument maintenance, organizational ability, initiative, and a rudimentary business acumen.


Network Service

1 -2 students - This crew assists the Colleges' Network Systems Administrator in maintaining the campus data network. Tasks include repairing Ethernet connections, troubleshooting network connectivity issues, and maintaining network servers. Educational opportunities: Students on this crew can acquire intermediate networking skills and learn the Linux operating systems as well as other Open Source operating systems and software. Requirements: Students must have a working knowledge of networking and mastery of basic computing skills. A two-year commitment is strongly encouraged.


Occupational Safety and Training

1 students - The Occupational Safety and Training (OST) crew is primarily responsible for OSHA workplace compliance and training as well as other regulatory compliance issues on campus. The primary responsibilities as a crew member are assisting with workplace and environmental compliance inspections and training materials development, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) management, and Safety Program support.

Students work primarily in the office, but have ample opportunities to interact with members of the college community. Some night and weekend work may be required to assist with occupational safety training. Students must have the ability to work unsupervised, be self-motivated, dependable and have a strong independent drive to get the work done. Primary skills include the ability to type, manipulate spreadsheets, apply web page updates, with the ability and desire to assist with the development and presentation of workplace training modules. Educational opportunities are vast and include OSHA compliance training, MSDS training, writing safety reports, reporting on workplace safety issues, and increasing organizational and communication skills. Students on this crew must have good organizational skills and the ability to see a project through to its end.


Outdoor Programs

8-10 students - Students are responsible for checkout and check-in of all gear, maintenance of gear and gear rooms, coordination of climbing wall and mountain bike rental, advertising and outfitting for recreational weekends and break trips, and cleaning and maintaining Bryson Gym. Crew members are also responsible for coordination of the Paddling Team, including logistics, event organization, and equipment maintenance. Students must present two or more of the following qualifications: knowledge and safe use of tools, Wilderness First Responder certification, computer literacy (especially with Word, Quicken, and web pages), climbing wall facilitation, paddling basics, bike repair and maintenance, programming skills (ability to design and facilitate initiatives, wellness activities, games for groups for a variety of goals and populations), sense of humor, high level of patience, and ability to enjoy the necessary menial tasks. Educational opportunities include learning to order, maintain, and repair outdoor gear; maintain and repair Bryson Gym and the gear rooms; design and build new structures for the climbing wall or bike room; and how to use a sewing machine. In addition, students must have two or more qualifications as listed in the Outdoor Program crew manual before joining the crew.


Paint Crew

15-20 students - Paint crew members work together on interior/exterior campus buildings. The crew uses professional equipment, including pressure washer, paint sprayers, and scaffolding. In addition to painting, students may repair and refinish furniture. Qualities needed to succeed on this crew include a willingness to learn, ability to keep a clean work site, and to be responsible. Educational opportunities include developing a pattern for orderly work, time management skills, basic organizational skills, and the basics of working with multiple trades to complete a project.


Peace and Social Justice Research Assistant

1-2 students - In the spirit of Paulo Freire, the mission of this crew is promoting peace and justice through dialogue, reflection, and action. This mission gives voice to the College mission of nurturing "wisdom, spiritual growth, and contribution to the common good." The crew organizes programs on campus such as the Witness for Peace speakers' tour. Working with the Director of Peace Studies and the Director of Spiritual Life, the crew conducts research and plans responses to issues of concern to students and to people in the larger Asheville community. The crew also plans programs with other college organizations such as Service Learning, Student Activities, the Spiritual Life Committee, Wellness and the Sexual Conduct and Safe Community Taskforce. Educational opportunities include the development of organizational skills, program development and evaluation, and communication skills. Special requirements include the ability to work cooperatively with other members of a small crew, the ability to take responsibility, and to relate to the concerns of the whole campus rather than being absorbed in personal commitments and passions.


Peal (Literary Magazine)

5 students - Students on the crew solicit and select written and visual art for an arts publication produced twice a year as both a print journal and an on-line journal. The crew sponsors and coordinates workshops, readings, and other student literary events. Educational opportunities include improving written and verbal communication, learning and practicing layout and graphic skills, engaging in collective editorial decision-making, and supporting and encouraging student writers and artists.


Peer Career Advisors

4 students - Career Services crew members (Peer Career Advisors) are an integral part of the office and deliver programs and services to all constituents. Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are trained to provide resume and cover letter writing assistance, conduct mock interviews and deliver workshops to residence halls and work crews. In addition, they welcome visitors to the office, greet telephone callers, and respond to e-mail inquiries. They are courteous and professional in dealing with the clients, which include students, alumni, faculty, work crew supervisors, and employers. PCAs also assist in organizing and carrying out projects. Students maintain and update websites, design bulletin board displays, and undertake other projects to publicize their services. Peer Career Advisors have opportunities to initiate projects that make use of their individual skills and interests; recent examples of student projects include podcast creation and other web-based projects. Educational opportunities crew members can expect are: to enhance their interpersonal skills, learn about running a small office, learn how to manage projects, and gain information and skills useful in planning their own careers.


Physics Assistant

1 or 2 students - The crew assists the physics faculty in conducting the physics program. This includes setting up and dismantling laboratory apparatus, assisting the faculty in correspondence, preparing and replicating course material, maintaining computer resources, and assisting physics students. Completing PHY 251 Physics I is a requirement. Educational opportunities for the crew include extensive practice with practical physics, setting up apparatus, learning how to repair certain types of faults, assisting other students, and learning graphics design principles in designing posters to advertise the Natural Science Seminars.


Plumbing Arts

8-10 students - With the guidance of the supervisor, the student crew maintains the entire campus plumbing system of hot and cold water supply pipes, sewers, and a wide range of commercial and domestic fixtures. Students working on the plumbing crew learn to use power and hand tools, connect pipes and fittings, repair faucets and valves, unblock drains, and install new fixtures. Other skills include learning to read and work from blueprints, to order and purchase materials, to drive and service vehicles, to respond to emergencies, and to develop a sense of humor. Students also learn good work ethics and gain a sense of achievement and satisfaction, knowing that their efforts provide a very important service to the community. A minimum three-hour block is required for all students on the plumbing crew, as is two-year minimum commitment. A current driver's license is mandatory. New members of the crew may be required to attend a week-long workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school.


Psychology Crew

1-2 students - The crew assists the four psychology professors in any tasks that need to be performed. These may include, but are not limited to, researching and filing assessments, maintaining the psychology department website and bulletin board, organizing and promoting psychology department events, and organizing and hosting psychology club events. This may involve some creativity in designing flyers and maintaining the bulletin board. XHTML/CSS and any other web languages or computer programming skills are not necessary but would help in maintaining the website. Crew members must be able to stay on task when unsupervised and work independently. An interest in Psychology is not required, but is encouraged.


Public Safety

15-18 students - Members of the Public Safety crew are the eyes and ears of the College campus. Training includes but is not limited to the following: receptionist/switchboard skills, patrol procedures, basic first aid, and report writing. A campus-driving license and a two-year commitment are desirable. Crews operate between the hours of 6 am and 12 am (midnight). During these hours, students respond to emergencies, enforce parking policies, direct visitors on campus, provide emergency transportation to medical appointments, lock/unlock campus buildings and patrol the campus. Educational opportunities include learning report writing, first aid/CPR, and gaining a familiarity with security procedures.


Purchasing

3 students - The crew provides the College, faculty, staff, and students with necessary supplies, and processes purchase requisitions following written and verbal instructions that include verifying signatures, assigning control numbers, obtaining quotes, using main frame vendors, running errands, and interacting with faculty and staff. Educational opportunities include developing organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills; becoming detail oriented; working with detailed computer analysis reports; and learning to work under time constraints. A basic knowledge of computers, good social skills, and strong motivation are requirements for these positions.


Recycling/Solid Waste

18-22 students - The Solid Waste/Recycling Crew provides collection of waste and recyclables from campus housing and recycling sheds. Students maintain and operate the campus recycling center and crew equipment. The crew is responsible for the Compost Program and operates the GreenDrum to compost campus food wastes. In addition to waste collection, the crew cleans and organizes reusable wood and construction materials for the Wood Shop; coordinates the campus Surplus Program; and maintains the campus Free Store. The crew also runs a profitable Recycled Crafts operation making and selling jewelry, bags, and books made from scrap trash materials. Special educational opportunities include learning recycling and composting procedures, operating a forklift and wood processing tools, organizing community out-reach projects, website and database management, and crafting goods from recycled materials.


Registrar's Office

3 students - Students provide general secretarial/clerical support. They are expected to assist with registration, operate office machines, and interact with the public via telephone or the receptionist window. Educational opportunities include developing organizational skills and practicing responsibility, discretion, and professionalism.


Religion Department

2 students - Students on the crew are responsible for a variety of duties that include the completion of general office errands, photocopying, filing, submitting interdepartmental paperwork and general support for two full-time and two adjunct faculty members of the department. They should be literate and comfortable with computers and not averse to learning more about computers because the maintenance of the department webpage is an integral part of the job. From time to time, there will be minor research projects and/or event-planning done in collaboration with faculty members. Educational opportunities include developing organizational skills, computer skills, and professionalism.


Rentals and Renovations

20-25 students - The mission of Rentals and Renovations is to teach work ethic, work quality and job skills ranging from foundation to finishes. The crew serves the community by maintaining and rehabilitating our 30 staff/faculty on-campus rental units and performing remodels and rehabilitation to our core campus buildings. In the rental units, students will install hardwood and vinyl flooring, repair drywall, learn to trim, paint, upgrade and repair plumbing fixtures, siding, roofing, seal crawlspaces, and the techniques of gutter drainage and cleaning. Core campus projects range from office expansions and additions to foundation and structural repairs. Students will have the opportunity to learn to use basic hand tools (hammer, level, chisels, speed square, etc) and portable power tools (battery operated screw guns/impact drivers, corded drills, circular saws, reciprocating saw-z-all) and stationary power tools (table saw, chop saw, and bench planer). Students also have the opportunity to lead jobs as they gain skills and proficiencies. "We know no end to our pursuit of work excellence and turn down no tasks that are asked of us."


Residence Hall Maintenance

18-22 students - Crew members maintain a regular cleaning schedule of various campus buildings, which includes cleaning floors, carpets, windows, walls, and public facilities. In addition, students help move furniture; maintain inventory, distribution, organization, and storage of custodial supplies; coordinate and prepare for large and small conferences and events, which include setups and stagings; perform equipment and small engine repair and preventive maintenance; and other duties as assigned. Educational opportunities for crew members: First-year students will receive training in routine detailed work. Students will also learn the use of floor and window washing equipment, as well as how to use chemicals and chemical dispensers. The second-year student will learn supervisory skills by assisting in the training of first-year students, evaluating completed jobs, and by providing the necessary transfer of materials and job information. Third-year students learn management and coordinating skills, become student leaders and help the crew supervisors through follow-up and completion of assigned jobs with satisfactory results. However, any student showing initiative and competence may be assigned the role of student leader. The progress of each student, with reference to supervisory levels and privileges given, is based on the student's performance and attitude regarding work.


Residence Life

The Residence Life Crew is comprised of two parts: Resident Directors (RD) and Resident Assistants (RA). The Residence Life crew is an integral part of the Warren Wilson College Student Life Department. The crew's responsibility is to enhance the development of students as individuals and as members of their residence hall communities through creating a residence hall environment that supports learning, openness, respect, and responsibility. The RDs and RAs articulate and role model for students the philosophy, mission and policies of Warren Wilson College. RDs and RAs gain skills in crisis management, mediation, policy enforcement, program planning and implementation. RDs gain additional skills in supervision, meeting facilitation, and facility management as the supervisors of one or more RAs and building manager of their Residence Hall(s). While in their position, Resident Directors have a day student contract for 10hrs and Resident Assistants work 10 hours on another crew and 10 hours on the Residence Life Crew. Hiring for the Residence Life Crew is traditionally done each spring semester and then as needed throughout the academic year by application only.


RISE Project

6-8 students - Students on the Resistance, Intervention, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE) crew are engaged in a multitude of efforts that create understanding and awareness about sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking in the community. Student interests guide much of the work. Some of the projects of this crew include creating a student-produced zine (on a range of topics like consent, healthy relationships, healing from sexual violence); leading a coalition with area non-profits (Helpmate, Our VOICE and Pisgah Legal Services) and campus partners; organizing events such as the Clothesline Project, Rock for Consent, and Take Back the Night; developing programs including guerilla theater, writing workshops, and other art-based initiatives; attending out of state conferences that address violence issues; and providing training to RDs, RAs, work crew supervisors, new students, work crews and RISE advocates. In addition, students provide advocacy and support to students who experience sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking. Other activities include organizing poster/button/sticker campaigns, coordinating programs in the residence halls, such as a film series, discussions, safe consensual sex workshops, and working with other crews as needs and ideas arise. Students do not need to know anything about sexual violence or dating violence to join the crew; however, students must be willing and ready to learn about these issues. Educational opportunities for students on this crew include participating in training with Our VOICE and Helpmate on dynamics of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; understanding legal and medical options; learning performance and training techniques; and understanding how to provide advocacy and support to people who experience violence. Persons of all gender identities, races, ethnicities, religious affiliations, sexualities, etc., are encouraged to apply.


Sage Cafe

15-20 students - The crew consists of one manager, 9-10 cafe workers and 3-4 baking crew members who are responsible for all aspects of running this student space. Basic duties include food and beverage service, daily cash handling, cleaning and maintenance of cafe space, and program planning and support. One crewmember is responsible for running and maintaining the Cafe's wood-burning brick oven. The baking crew is responsible for producing breads and treats to be sold in the Cafe. Educational opportunities include learning about baking, brick ovens, and perfecting recipes. Cafe crew members work two nighttime shifts per week, including some weekends, and must be able to work well independently. Previous experience in a cafe setting is helpful but not required. Crew members should be creative and interested in supporting a wide variety of activities in the Cafe.


Service Crew

12-15 students - The Warren Wilson Bonner Leaders Work Crew program is supported in part through the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which provides funding, training and technical assistance to community service and service-learning scholarship and leadership programs at colleges and universities across the eastern United States. Twenty-five Warren Wilson students participate in the Bonner Leadership program, and their efforts are centralized through the College's Service Program Office.

As a student crew through the Warren Wilson College Work Program, Bonner Leaders dedicate 15 hours per week to the establishment and leadership of community engagement activities such as co-curricular and service-learning projects, alternative break trips and issue education workshops. Bonners spend part of their 15 hours of work in the office, and the rest of their crew time in the larger community participating in and leading service projects. Educational opportunities include coordinating and managing several on-campus events, learning techniques for group reflection and leading subsequent reflection sessions, instructing issue-based workshops, establishing partnerships with community agencies, learning basic principles of leadership and applying them to local service projects, and learning and employing various types of publicity and documentation.


Social Science Assistant

1 student - This crew provides support to the faculty in the Social Science Division, especially the department of Sociology and Anthropology. Activities include clerical tasks (copying, scanning, running errands, etc.) but also maintaining and designing departmental web pages, helping with faculty research, and organizing events. In the spring semester, the crew member helps organize the Academic Capstone Carnival, which involves designing a series of documents, brochures, and flyers. Students are provided with the opportunity to learn professional communication skills, event planning and marketing, as well as general office skills.


Social Work Program Assistant

1 student - The student works as an assistant under supervision of the Social Work Program Director. Primary duties include word-processing for document development, use of copy machines, communication with agencies, daily mail runs, maintenance of office files, and assisting with special projects as directed. Educational opportunities include handbook development, webpage design, event planning, and newsletter development. Students have the ability to gain professional experience in supervising and carrying out administrative responsibilities, such as website design and upkeep, event planning, multiple forms of communication, maintenance of program documents and files, and library research. Because of confidentiality requirements related to the position, the Assistant must not be a Social Work major, but must be mature, responsible, organized, and capable of working independently.


Spanish Department

1-2 students - Crew members assist fellow students reviewing compositions, workbook assignments and reviewing material covered in all levels of Spanish classes. Additionally, they participate in a weekly conversation table and a biweekly movie session, as well as an annual full-immersion trip. Furthermore, they engage in administrative tasks such as word processing, creation of didactic materials - Power Point presentations, art and cultural displays, posters, flash cards, and handouts. In addition, Spanish assistants help in the creation, implementation and supervision of service opportunities with the local Hispanic community. The ideal crew member should be able to accommodate the demands of fellow students and be able to fulfill administrative duties, while working in an environment where high traffic is the norm. Students can join the crew only after passing LAN 354 Advanced Spanish - or its equivalent at other institutions of higher learning - or by taking the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages' (ACTFL) oral competency interview with the crew supervisor. Native speakers and students who have lived in Spanish speaking countries are encouraged to apply. In addition to the qualifications described above, students need to have a basic knowledge of Word, Power Point, web design, and be willing to acquire video and sound editing skills. Educational opportunities include learning tutoring skills and small group management and dynamics, enhancing understanding of problematic Spanish grammar topics, learning how to prioritize tasks and how to cope with a varied workload. Students will also learn leadership skills through outreach both at WWC and in the local community. Students will practice Spanish on a daily basis.


5 students - Spiritual Life crew provides support to spiritual life groups on campus and offers training and support for social justice projects on and off campus. The crew works collaboratively with other work crews that also deal with social-eco justice in order to foster a spirit of cooperation. Training in non-violent resistance, exposure to people from a variety of faith traditions within and apart from the college community, and the chance to foster inter-religious understanding and cooperation are some of the skills and benefits of working on our crew. Finally, students are offered the chance to make their own unique contributions to the community, based on their personal skills sets and interests. It is a nice balance of freedom and creativity and a spirit of friendship and respect is kindled among crew members and the supervisor.


Spirituality and Social Justice

4-6 students - The mission of the Spirituality and Social Justice Crew is to encourage and nurture holistic growth and transformation through education, dialogue, reflection, and action. The crew provides opportunities for members of the Warren Wilson community to explore more deeply their own faith traditions and learn from the religious and spiritual traditions of others; to pursue and reflect on questions of meaning, purpose, values, and vocation; and to engage in peace and social justice work through service, advocacy and activism. Crew members serve as liaisons to the various religious groups on campus; lead religious rituals and holiday celebrations; host speakers, workshops and retreats; facilitate student participation at conferences and direct actions off campus; and connect students with various peace and justice organizations and movements. The crew, supervised by the Director of Spiritual Life, works collaboratively with other crews and departments on campus, including Multicultural Affairs, Service Learning, EMPOWER and RISE. Students on the crew will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, organization, and program management. Educational opportunities include learning about the world's religious traditions and building practical skills for being an engaged citizen and activist. Students interested in serving on the crew should be able to take initiative; work well independently and as a member of a small team; complete assignments accurately and thoroughly; and be open to new ideas and learning.


Student Activities Office

12-18 students - The crew is charged with planning and implementing the weekly entertainment and special events on campus. This includes music, lectures, and workshops, as well as annual events such as the Holiday Formal, Drag Show, Circus and Commencement. Students represent a wide range of tastes and interests and are also responsible for generating input and feedback from the student body regarding on-campus events. In addition, the Student Activities Office maintains the master calendar and acts as an information hub regarding all events on campus. Duties of the crew include budgeting for, scheduling, and publicizing entertainment, as well as offering technical support, such as operating sound equipment, as needed. Educational opportunities include event management, problem solving and development of technical skills associated with music programming. Students on the crew need to have good organizational skills and the ability to see a project through to its end.


Student Caucus Officers

3 students - Elected by the Student Caucus to a one-year term. The officers facilitate and plan weekly meetings; publish caucus legislation, concerns, and current campus issues; act as liaison between the staff, faculty, administration, trustees, and students; research and advocate student concerns; provide advice and information to students; serve on the Executive Appeals Committee; appoint students to serve on College committees; oversee shared governance in relation to students; and attend numerous college meetings. Educational opportunities include developing communication, listening, and public speaking skills; developing mediation and facilitating skills; enhancing time management, organization, and research abilities; learning how to work on a team as well as in the many aspects of the shared governance structure of the College; and how to be effective in influencing change within Warren Wilson's decision-making systems. Members of this crew will acquire first hand experience about how organizations run and about how to deal with people. Special requirements include being personally responsible, self-motivated, and caring about the community.


Student Life Office

1-2 students - Facilitate Family Weekend and other Student Life activities. Help students, staff, and the public connect with the necessary and/or appropriate people and programs. Requires knowledge of, and interest in, the campus and its populations. At the same time, ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY is a must. General enthusiasm, ability for problem solving, and being responsible are all desirable traits. A general knowledge of computer skills is helpful. Educational opportunities: Students will develop customer service skills, enhance their problem-solving skills, and gain experience working with a diverse group of people and situations.


Swannanoa Gathering Office

1 student - Crew member provides assistance in many aspects of planning and running the annual summer folk music festival. The student is responsible for general office duties including phone reception, mailings, and processing registrations. The crew member may work as an office assistant throughout the summer event, assisting with registration, students' needs and issues, and office duties. The ideal crew member is a self-starting, independent worker who is dependable and has a valid campus van license. Educational opportunities include learning office procedure, many aspects of event planning, and acquiring new skills or a greater knowledge of computer software used in the office, such as Microsoft Word and FileMaker Pro database.


Switchboard/Reception

3 students - These students serve as receptionists for individuals visiting the College and staff the Switchboard operation for all offices. Students may also help with office work if time permits. Educational opportunities include learning to operate the campus switchboard; to gain public relations skills; and to develop responsibility, a professional attitude, time management skills, and an appreciation of others' needs. To work on this crew, students must be at sophomore level or above, with knowledge of the staff and the campus, have good interpersonal skills, and dress appropriately.


Theatre

15 students - The crew assists in running all areas of a 321-seat theatre facility. Work includes scenery and costume construction, lighting and audio maintenance and operation, 30-batten counterweight system maintenance and operation, box office, publicity, stage management, and general office work. The Theatre Crew provides technical support and running crews for the department productions, college concerts, recitals, meetings, receptions, touring theatrical productions, and other events in the outside community. Crew works under the supervision of the Technical Director, Costume Designer, and Theatre Director. Educational opportunities exist in all the above areas, although often students with some previous experience in construction, sewing, electrical, and/or audio are sought. Students emerge from the crew with strong experience in lighting, carpentry, stage management, and promotional areas. Regular crew hours are between 1 and 5:30 P.M.. Monday through Friday. Some additional hours occur while running evening performances.


Web

1-3 students - This crew assists the Web Director in maintaining the college website and helps departments, groups, and individuals who maintain their own sites. Crew members should have a basic knowledge of HTML and must be self motivated with good communication skills. The work schedule is flexible and up to the students' discretion, requiring some mandatory office time. Educational opportunities include developing communications and customer service skills; learning a wide array of web-related programming including HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and Flash; learning elements of graphic design including the use of Adobe Photoshop; and learning basic marketing, branding, and promotional fundamentals. There are creative opportunities, and students work extensively out of the office with members of the college community. Students learn new skills primarily in online self-teaching environments, but training is also available via workshops and distance learning.


Wellness

10-12 students - The Wellness Department's main goal is to further the mission of WWC, which is to "promote wisdom, understanding, spiritual growth, and contribute to the common good" by providing programs to encourage and develop students' needs. Examples of the programs are Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, African Dance, and Massage. Students are responsible for many administrative aspects of wellness classes, such as keeping track of class size, staying in contact with teachers and teachers' needs, handling of contracts, developing new Wellness classes and events, caring for Bryson and the Pavilion, helping the Athletic Training Crew 3-5 hours per week, helping to coordinate events with Student Activities, Counseling, Athletics, Outdoors, Herb Crew and campus greening projects. Educational opportunities include learning the details of contract writing, scheduling, customer service, and communication. Students must be familiar with on-campus resources and weight room equipment, must have working knowledge of computers, and must be a non-smoker with a general knowledge of healthful life-styles.


Work Program Office

3-4 students - Crew members perform general administrative assistant/clerical functions, help with the orientation of new students to the Work Program, complete federal employment paperwork, provide customer service to the college community and beyond, become familiar with computer input and operation, and complete special projects. Students in the Work Program Office have access to confidential information; therefore, the ability to maintain confidentiality is of utmost importance. Educational opportunities include learning data entry, word processing, typing skills, knowledge of campus personnel, general office procedures, public relations skills, and how to maintain department statistics. Student initiative is encouraged. Students must have the ability to work unsupervised in a fast-paced workplace.


Writing Center

8-9 students - Writing Center crew members tutor their peers in one-on-one writing sessions and lead writing-related activities and workshops. Peer tutoring includes one-time sessions to help writers improve papers and weekly sessions with specific students to improve as writers generally. College Composition is a prerequisite for working on the crew, and Modern English Grammar is recommended. Writing Center workers participate in extensive tutor education, work collaboratively on tip sheets for writers, and contribute to the general upkeep of the center. Crew members grow intellectually and professionally as they learn to communicate across fields of study with a wide variety of writers.


Writing Assistant

1 student - The writing assistant works closely with the Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program and other writing faculty, aiding the daily function and organization of the Program with clerical assistance, promotion of events, and research projects. Educational opportunities include learning how to organize, enhancing written and verbal communication, learning to develop research strategies and energizing a diverse community of local and visiting writers.


Yearbook

5 students - Students on this crew work as a team to create the college yearbook, Parliament. Crew members participate in every aspect of creation, from planning and photography to design and layout. Students learn photography techniques and skills using digital SLR cameras, photo editing using Adobe Photoshop, writing and editing copy, design and layout techniques using Adobe InDesign, and print production basics. Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time out on campus taking pictures. Prior experience is helpful and interest in photography and publishing is a must.