Family Weekend

Save the Date: October 2 – 4, 2015

Online registration opens August 17 at 8:00 a.m. Stay tuned for the schedule and additional information. For more information contact Kelly Ball, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at (828) 771-5810 or

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homecoming and family weekend bbq square dance

2014 Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 10  
Registration7:30am-7pmOrr Cottage
Bird Walk8-9amMorse Natural Science Bldg
Attend Classes with your WWC student8:00am-5pmVarious Locations
Bannerman Golf Tournament*8:30am-2:30pmBlack Mountain Golf Course
French Broad Raft Trip*8:30am-1:30pmMeet in front of Gladfelter
Campus Bookstore9am-4pmLower Gladfelter
Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints Gallery Tour*9:30am-1pmElizabeth Holden Gallery
Elizabeth Holden Gallery (current exhibit: Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints)10-4pmHolden
Campus Tour11:00amAdmissions Office, Lower Orr Cottage
Garden Market11am-1pmGladfelter Patio
Green Walkabout1-3pmOrr Cottage Patio
d_SPaCE Drop-in1-2:30pmLibrary
Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni.2:00pmSage Café
Service Opportunity - Dr. Wilson Community Garden2:30pmMeet at Ransom Service Learning
Shabbat Dinner4:30-6:30pmGarden Cabin
BBQ Dinner5-6:30pmFarm
WWC Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands5:30pmFarm
Square Dancing6-8:00pmFarm
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction6:30-8:00pmDeVries Gym
Bonfire (weather permitting)DuskFarm
Men's Basketball vs. Alumni8:30pmDeVries Gym
Saturday, October 11
WWC 5K Fun Run Registration7:45-8amIn front of DeVries Gym
WWC 5K Fun Run8amIn front of DeVries Gym
Family Weekend Registration8:30-9:45amUpper Fellowship
Continental Breakfast8:30-9:45amUpper Fellowship
A Conversation with President Steve Solnick9:00amUpper Fellowship
Panel Sessions10-10:50am
Internship Adventures and Career DevelopmentJensen 317
Tips for your First-Year StudentJensen 315
International and Intercultural EducationJensen 313
Sample Classes11am-NoonVarious Locations
Fascinating FungiJensen 313
Jazz Styles with WarrenKittredge 15
Social Justice in Moving PicturesJensen 113
Campus Bookstore11am-3pmLower Gladfelter
Festival on the FieldNoon-4:30pmSoccer Field
Women's Soccer vs. Berea College1pmSoccer Field
Elizabeth Holden Gallery (current exhibit: Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints)1-5pmHolden
Men's Soccer vs. Berea College3pmSoccer Field
Warren Wilson College Showcase Dinner6pmCanon Lounge
Out Monologues7pmGarden Cabin
Alumni Music Concert7:30pmMorris' Community Pavilion (Rain site - Recital Hall in Kittredge)
Sara Benincasa: A Comedian Comes Home to WWC10:00pmSage Café
Sunday, October 12
Japanese Indigo Harvest and Dye Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. drop-inFiber Arts Studio
Church Service11amWWC Chapel

Family Weekend 2014 Event Descriptions

* Requires preregistration and payment.

** Free, but please preregister.

Friday, October 10

Bird Walk, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Nora Livingston, a senior majoring in Environmental Studies, will lead a bird walk. Meet outside the Morse Natural Science Building and be prepared to walk the River Trail which offers a variety of regional bird life. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginning birders welcomed. Rain or shine.

Attend Classes with your WWC Student, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Academics, work and service continue as normal during Family Weekend, but you’re invited to be a part of the Triad. Many professors welcome you to attend class with your student – just check in with them about their schedule.

Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament*, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Have fun shooting a round of golf in support of scholarships! Registration fee includes breakfast, one mulligan and one red tee, greens fees, cart and lunch at the Black Mountain Golf Course. Please arrange your own transportation to the golf course for this event. Cost: $65.

French Broad River Raft Trip*, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Take a four-mile guided raft trip down the French Broad River. This trip is open to children age nine and older if accompanied by an adult. Cost ($15) includes transportation and a bag lunch. Trip departs from the front of Gladfelter. Maximum participants: 11

Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints Gallery Tour*, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints, a joint exhibition with Warren Wilson College and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design features recent quilts and prints made by four accomplished artists from the community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. We will meet at the Elizabeth Holden Gallery, which is located on campus and engage with Julie Caro, co- curator and faculty member and student docents. Together we will travel to The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in downtown Asheville to view the rest of the exhibition. This is the first time the Gee’s Bend quilts and prints will be shown in our region. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The morning will conclude with a dutch-treat lunch at Tod’s Tasties, a Montford restaurant owned by Jacob ’98 and Alicia Sessoms ’00. Cost ($5) includes transportation. Maximum participants: 6

Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m.
Guided by a current student, the tour is an opportunity to become familiar with the Warren Wilson College campus and traditions. Meet in the Admissions Office, Lower Level Orr Cottage

Garden Market, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Meander through the Garden Market in front of Gladfelter and see freshly harvested food from our Garden. You can purchase garden items and take a taste of Warren Wilson home with you!

Green Walkabout©, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Green Walkabout inspires and informs. Take a walking tour of campus and experience sustainability and resilience intiatives that have earned WWC national acclaim in the areas of food systems, waste reduction, landscaping, forestry and green building, and more. Meet at Orr Cottage patio outside Admissions Office.

d_SPaCE Drop-in, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
How is technology helping us rethink the Triad? Come visit the new Technology Laboratory in the Library to see how faculty, crew supervisors and students are harnessing new technologies in work, academics, and service. See how a 21st-century drone can help us better understand a 16th-century Spanish settlement. Watch a 3D printer create a topographic map, mathematical model, or prop for the latest theater production. Explore a library that is moving way beyond books.

Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni, 2:00 p.m.
Warren Wilson College’s highly-regarded Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers celebrated its 38th anniversary this summer. The nation’s first low-residency MFA program, it is also widely considered the finest. We invite you to experience the writing side of Warren Wilson, featuring. . .

Debra Allbery: Program Director and MFA faculty member since 1995
Gary Hawkins: WWC MFA 1995 and WWC Associate Dean
Matthew Olzmann: WWC MFA 2009, former Beebe Fellow and current WWC faculty
Nathan Poole: WWC MFA 2011, and current Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow

Service Opportunity: Dr. Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain**, 2:30-4:45 p.m.
Serve with fellow alumni and members of the Service Learning Crew at the Black Mountain Community Garden. This community garden provides a space for families of the Swannanoa Valley to grow their own produce, supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families through local agencies, and teaches children and adults the life-long skills of growing food and sharing with your neighbor. Come play in soil, harvest the summer bounty and get crops planted for the winter. Please preregister for this event. Maximum participants: 12. Meet at Ransom Service Learning

Sukkot Shabbat Dinner for Students, Families, and Alumni*, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“Kehila” (the Jewish Student Association/WWC Hillel) is hosting a vegetarian/vegan friendly dinner to celebrate Shabbat and Sukkot (the holiday of harvest and pilgrimage) at the Garden Cabin. It will coincide with the BBQ dinner, leaving plenty of time for those who want to venture down to the Farm for square dancing and the bonfire. This event is open to all students, their families, and alumni. We will celebrate the holiday with local fruit and veggies cuisines, and we welcome you to bring your own FAVORITE FAMILY dish to share if you’d like. Light some candles, sing some Shabbat songs, and hang out with new and old friends. Bring an instrument if you like for some music jamming. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! PLEASE REGISTER/RSVP SO WE CAN HAVE ENOUGH FOOD FOR ALL. Email if you have any questions. Cost: Adults, $12; Children 7-12, $5; WWC Students and Children under 6, Free

BBQ Dinner and Square Dancing*, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Head down to the Farm for our traditional feast of freshly smoked pulled pork or barbecued tofu. The WWC Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands will provide lively entertainment and music for dancing. A bonfire will keep us warm as the sun sets and wagon rides are offered too, weather permitting. It’s an event for the entire campus, so students, staff and faculty are invited to join in the fun. Food service from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: Adults: $12; $15 day of event; Children 7-12, $5; Children under 6, Free. Students are free but do not need to register for this event since it is included in their meal plan.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, 6:30 p.m.
The Warren Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame and Team of Excellence induction ceremony will take place in DeVries Gymnasium (alumni basketball game to follow at approximately 8:30 pm. Hall of Fame Inductees: Talma Lou Farris ’57, Herb Davis ’69, Bart Bellairs ’79, Dave Vozka ’59, Aydin Gonulsen ’65. The 1959 Baseball Team will receive the Team of Excellence honor.

Men’s Basketball vs. Alumni, 8:30 p.m.
Come see your first glimpse of the 2014-2015 edition of the Warren Wilson College men’s basketball team. All alumni are invited to attend and participate.

Saturday, October 11

WWC 5K Fun Run*, 8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a peaceful 3.1 mile run or walk around the Warren Wilson campus. Meet in front of DeVries Gym to register and take your mark. The course will be marked, and all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Registration fees ($5) and all additional donations support the WWC Athletics Fund.

Continental Breakfast & A Conversation with President Steve Solnick**, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Enjoy a continental breakfast with faculty, staff and the families of fellow WWC students. At 9:00 a.m., our president, Dr. Steve Solnick, will speak about the College and answer questions. The breakfast is complimentary, but please preregister to help us avoid waste.

Panel Sessions, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Learn more about your student’s experience at Warren Wilson College. Staff, faculty and current students will present 3 different panel sessions that will help you better understand and appreciate different aspects of the Triad and the Warren Wilson experience.

• Internship Adventures and Career Development
Jensen 317
Facilitator: Wendy Seligmann, Director of the Career Development Center

A panel of students will share with you tales about their internship experiences. From the mundane to the hair raising, each internship is educational. Cristina Lawson, Internship Program Coordinator, and Wendy Seligmann, Director of the Career Development Center, will be available to talk about how an internship can fit into the whole of a student’s Warren Wilson career.

• Navigating and Integrating the Triad:
Tips for your First-Year Student and You, the First-Year Parent
Jensen 315 (Lecture Hall)

Facilitators and Panel Members:
Lori Lewis, Director of Financial Aid
Lyn O’Hare, Director Academic Support
Ian Robertson, Dean of Work
Cathy Kramer, Dean of Service
Paul Perrine, Dean of Students

Join us as we share helpful tips on how to support your student. Panelists who work directly with students discuss the opportunities in academics, work, service, and student life at Warren Wilson College. Hear suggestions on how parents can make the transition from high school or college parent, as well as how to best communicate and support their student as they make the transition to life on campus and prepare for this first visit home.

• Experiencing International and Intercultural Education
with Warren Wilson College
Jensen 313
Facilitator: Naomi Otterness, Director of International Programs

Explore the possibilities your student has for education abroad. Learn how these programs help students develop awareness of cultural and international issues. Gain insight into the College’s approach to intercultural education, and hear from participants about their experiences.

Sample Classes, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
A few of our talented faculty members will give sample classes in their area of expertise.

• Fascinating Fungi
Mark Brenner, PhD, Environmental Studies and Biology
Jensen 313

Most people know very little about fungi beyond the white mushrooms they put on their pizza or salad. Often thought of as just specialized forms of plants, they actually have more in common with animals. Their diversity and life histories are only recently becoming more understood, and biologists now believe that the largest living organism on earth is a fungi in Oregon. Here in Western North Carolina we have one of the highest numbers of species of fungi anywhere. Following a classroom introduction to the world of fungi, we will go for a short foray on a campus trail to observe some of the fungal diversity in our area.

• Jazz Styles with Warren
Warren Gaughan, DMA, Music Department
Kittredge 15 (First Floor, Across the Formal Garden)

Since its birth, jazz has transformed through a number of different styles. Through performance and explanation, pianist Dr. Warren J. Gaughan will demonstrate and describe these different styles. Experience swing, bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, funky jazz and other styles, and learn what to listen for in improvisation in this tour of jazz styles with Warren.

• Social Justice in Moving Pictures
Lucy Lawrence, PhD, Social Work
Jensen 113 (First Floor)

The HBO series “The Wire” (2002 – 2008) has been heralded by critics as one of the best shows in television history. Set in Baltimore, the series explores different facets of the drug trade ‒ gangs, police, human trafficking, education, politics, and the media. One of the distinguishing features of social work education is the importance of the inextricable relationship between humans and their environments. Particularly crucial for generalist social workers is understanding the social contexts of humans relationships ‒ families, groups, organizations, communities, movements. “The Wire” serves as an instructional tool for demonstrating key concepts and processes such as family dynamics, gentrification, attachment, and democratic decision-making.

Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30 p.m.
Spend time with your friends and family Saturday afternoon on the soccer field where you’ll find crafts by students, local and alumni artisans, as well as items created by our own Work Crews ‒ including Fine Woodworking and Fiber Arts. Be sure to bring a little extra cash or your checkbook to purchase your favorite items. And to also temp you ‒ delicious food prepared by student and staff vendors, local food trucks and the ultimate in tasty treats available from Ultimate Ice Cream! This year, we are excited to have a kids tent staffed by WWC students to provide activities for our younger guests! Would you like to be a vendor at Festival this year? If you have art, crafts, baked goods, or other creative items to sell, contact Kelly Christianson at 828-771-2039 or to be a vendor!

Warren Wilson Showcase Dinner*, 6:00 p.m.
Join staff, alumni students, and their families for a dinner highlighting Warren Wilson’s Triad. The meal will feature local food and the program will explore students’ Triad experiences and more. Cost: Adults – $17; Children 7-12 – $10; Students / Children Under 6 – Free)

Out Monologues, 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for the Out Monologues in celebration of National Coming Out Day. Come hear students’ coming out experiences and share your own. If you have any questions or want to participate, please contact Lukas LaRiviere in the Center for Gender and Relationships at This event is located at the Garden Cabin.

Alumni Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Come to the Pavilion on Saturday night for a special concert organized by music faculty members Phil Jamison and Kevin Kehrberg. The concert will feature an array of WWC alumni, including possible appearances by current and former faculty. This will be a night of great music showcasing the legacy of traditional and Appalachian music at WWC. Don’t miss it! The rain site will be the Recital Hall in Kittredge.

Sara Benincasa: A Comedian Comes Home to WWC, 10:00 p.m.
Author, comedian and proud alum Sara Benincasa (Sara Donnelly ’05) shares funny, silly, heartwarming stories of the many ways in which her time at Wilson has influenced her life as an entertainer and writer in Hollywood, New York City, and beyond. Free and open to the Warren Wilson College Community. There is limited seating in Sage Café.

Sunday, October 12

Japanese Indigo Harvest and Dye Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. drop-in
Join Fiber Arts Crew and local fiber artist Eileen Hallman for our third and final Japanese Indigo harvest of the year. We will experiment with a variety of processes to extract the various colors hidden within the indigo leaves. We will test the dyes on a variety of fibers including our very own Warren Wilson wool. Feel free to join us at any time during this process to learn more about Indigo, the Fiber Arts Crew, and our involvement with creating a local sustainable fiber community. Directions to Fiber Arts Studio: Follow signs – Look for the 3rd red gate past Kittridge parking lot, or follow the Fortune trail from the Village dorms. We are located in the brick house at the top of the hill. (Fortune Property, 817 Warren Wilson Rd)

Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Brunch in Gladfelter will be available, pay at the door.
Church Service, 11:00 a.m.
The congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church welcomes you to join them for a service in the College Chapel.


* Requires preregistration and payment. ** Free, but please preregister.