Homecoming

return, reconnect, reminisce…

October 2 – 4, 2015

Online registration is now open.

See who is attending Homecoming!

For more information contact Kelly Ball, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
at (828) 771-5810 or kball@warren-wilson.edu.

2014 homecoming and family weekend

2015 Homecoming Schedule

Friday, October 2
Registration8:30 a.m.-4 p.mOrr Cottage
Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Black Mountain Golf Course
Campus Bookstore9 a.m.-4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
A Way of Working. Art by Robin Johnston and the WWC Fiber Arts Crew 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Green Walkabout10-11 a.m.Orr Cottage Patio
Service of Remembrance10:30 a.m.-NoonWWC Cemetery on Dillingham Circle
Garden Market 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Gladfelter Patio
Green Walkabout, Afternoon 1-2 p.m.Orr Cottage Patio
Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni2 p.m.Sage Cafe
Art Alumni Reception3-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Natural Science Alumni Reception3-5 p.m.Ferguson Courtyard
Outdoor Leadership Alumni Reception3-5 p.m.Mitchell Porch B-Side
Shabbat Dinner4:30-6:30 p.m.Garden Cabin
BBQ Dinner5-6:30 p.m.Farm
WWC Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands5:30 p.m.Farm
Square Dancing6-8 p.m.Farm
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction6:30-8 p.m.DeVries Gym
Bonfire (weather permitting)DuskFarm
Men's Basketball vs. Alumni8:30 p.m.DeVries Gym
Saturday, October 3rd
5K Fun Run8 a.m.DeVries Gym
Homecoming Registration8:30-11:30 a.m.Orr Cottage
Alumni Bubbly Breakfast9-10 a.m.Pavilion
A Toast to Our Alumni10-11:15 a.m.Pavillion
Campus Bookstore10 a.m.-4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
Alumni Lunch11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Cannon Lounge
Festival on the Field-Craft Vendors, Food Trucks, Art Car, Carnival BoothsNoon-4:30 p.m.Soccer Fields
Children's Soccer Games, ages 5-10 and 11-15Noon (20 min game)Soccer Field
Men's Soccer vs. Johnson University1 p.m.Soccer Field
Women's Soccer vs. WC Tech3 p.m.Soccer Field
Alumni Soccer Game (Three games, Men's, Women's, and a Combination Game)5-6 p.m. Soccer Field
A Way of Working. Art by Robin Johnston and the WWC Fiber Arts Crew
1-4 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Social Work Alumni Gathering and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony4:30 p.m.Orr Cottage Patio
A Taste of Wilson Reunion Party6-10 p.m.Bryson and Formal Gardens
50th Reunion Dinner - Class of 19656:30 p.m.Upper Fellowship Hall
Sunday October 4th
Choir Rehearsal9:30 a.m.WWC Chapel
Brunch10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Gladfelter
Church Service followed by a Potluck Dinner11 a.m.-1 p.m.WWC Chapel and Upper Fellowship Hall

Homecoming 2015 Event Descriptions

Friday, October 2


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: $75.


Green Walkabout©, 10:00 a.m.

You’re invited for a campus stroll to learn about sustainability technologies and practices WWC employs every day. Tour guide Stan Cross, Interim Director of the ELC, has helped lead WWC’s sustainability efforts for the past 15 years. The morning tour will focus on food systems and stops include the farm, garden and compost operations. All tours start on the Orr Cottage Patio outside Admissions. The walkabouts will stick to campus roads and walkways, which are hilly. Wear comfortable shoes.


A Way of Working Exhibit at Elizabeth Holden Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m

Weavings by Robin Johnston will be on view alongside collaborative works by the WWC Fiber Arts Crew. Robin Johnston’s work deals with measuring time and capturing moments as they pass. She collects various data such as sleep patterns and moon cycles to create conceptually driven woven works. Johnston holds an MFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts and recently completed a 3-year artist residency at Penland School of Crafts.


Service of Remembrance, 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Join us as we remember those who have gone before us in Warren Wilson College history. Gather outside the Chapel at 10:15 a.m. if you would like to ride the shuttle to the service. Otherwise meet at the Warren Wilson College Cemetery on Dillingham Circle at 10:30 a.m.


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 p.m.

You’re invited for a campus stroll to learn about sustainability technologies and practices WWC employs every day. Tour guide Stan Cross, Interim Director of the ELC, has helped lead WWC’s sustainability efforts for the past 15 years. The afternoon tour will focus on green building and landscaping and stops include LEED Gold Orr Cottage and nationally acclaimed LEED Platinum EcoDorm. All tours start on the Orr Cottage Patio outside Admissions. The walkabouts will stick to campus roads and walkways, which are hilly. Wear comfortable shoes.


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 39th 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
Lia Greenwell: WWC MFA 2013 and current Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow


Natural Science Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Stop by the Ferguson Courtyard to visit with science alumni and professors.


Art Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Gather with art alumni and professors at Elizabeth Holden Gallery.


Outdoor Leadership Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit with ODL alumni and professors on the Mitchell Porch (B side).


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 beckstein@warren-wilson.edu if you have any questions.
Cost: Adults, $15; Children 7-12, $6; WWC Students and children under 6, free

BBQ Dinner, 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, $15; $17 day of event; Children 7-12, $6 Students & children under 6, free.


Athletics 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: Loci Zsuppan ’02, Harry Mills ’83, Audrey Lowney Sloan ’78, and Ron Wilson. The 1975 Men’s Soccer Team will receive the Team of Excellence honor.


Men’s Basketball vs. Alumni, 8:30 p.m.

Come see your first glimpse of the 2015-2016 edition of the Warren Wilson College men’s basketball team. All alumni are invited to attend and participate.

Saturday, October 3


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.


Alumni Bubbly Breakfast, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Join us before the Alumni Awards Ceremony for a Warren Wilson-style breakfast complete with WWC sausage biscuits and mimosas! Cost: $8.00


A Toast to our Alumni, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Join us as we honor our alumni award recipients and vote on the new alumni board members at the annual Alumni Association Meeting. Alumni Award winners include the following: Distinguished Alumni Award—Christine Walshe ˈ01, Distinguished Community Service Award—Sherle Stevenson Edwards ˈ65, Distinguished Service Award—Jim and Kay Layman, Young Alumni Award—Katie Falkenberg ˈ03.


Alumni Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join your classmates for great food and fellowship in Canon Lounge. Each decade will have tables to gather together, from the GAR to the 2000’s. Tables will be reserved according to your class year. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Cost: $17.00


Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30p.m.

Spend the afternoon on the soccer field to cheer on the WWC Soccer teams and play a game with fellow alumni. Along with the games, you’ll find crafts by students and alumni artisans that are available for purchase. And to also temp you‒ delicious food prepared by student and staff vendors and local food trucks. New this year-get your own craft on by helping transform a WWC crew car into a piece of art!

Noon: Children’s soccer game (pre-registration required, 20 min game)
1:00 p.m.: WWC Men’s Soccer team plays Johnson University
3:00 p.m.: Women’s Soccer team play WC Tech
5:00 p.m.: Alumni soccer game (pre-registration required; old game worn WWC jerseys are available for participants)


A Way of Working Exhibit at Elizabeth Holden Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Weavings by Robin Johnston will be on view alongside collaborative works by the WWC Fiber Arts Crew. Robin Johnston’s work deals with measuring time and capturing moments as they pass. She collects various data such as sleep patterns and moon cycles to create conceptually driven woven works. Johnston holds an MFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts and recently completed a 3-year artist residency at Penland School of Crafts.


Social Work Alumni Reception and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony, 4:30 p.m.

The social work department invites all its alumni to attend a reception and the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society induction ceremony at the Orr Cottage Patio.


A Taste of Wilson Reunion Party, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Whether it’s been one year since you graduated or more than 40, come celebrate with your friends! We will be paying a special tribute to our milestone reunion years: 1990 and 2005 (the 50th reunion, including the 1964, 1965, and 1966 classes) will have a separate celebration at the Upper Fellowship Hall). Enjoy food, beverages, and live music from some of our beloved alumni. A beer garden, DJ, live band, photo booth and class memorabilia displays will make it a festive occasion. Come eat, drink and have a HOOT of a time! Located in Bryson Hall and the Formal Gardens. Cost: Adults, $25; Children 7-12, $10; Children under 6, free


50th Reunion Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

The class of 1965, along with 1964 and 1966 alumni, will celebrate their 50th reunion. The evening begins in the Upper Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a “Meet and Greet” reception. Dinner and program follow at 7:00 p.m.. Cost: $28.00.

Sunday, October 4


Choir Rehearsal, Church Service, and Potluck Dinner, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join your classmates for song and worship followed by a potluck dinner sponsored by the congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church at the College Chapel.

Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Brunch in Gladfelter will be available, pay at the door.