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Thanks from the Office of Advancement



Paul Bartels, DLIA Educator of The Year

WWC on UNCTV: David Moore / Berry site, Karl Campbell '78

Steve Curwood at Commencement

WWC in the News

Featured Events


Mountain Green Lunch & Learn / Walkabout / Susanka

Benefit for Mundo Real

Social Justice Series

Service Learning Spring Break Trips

At Holden



Inside Warren Wilson College

Events Calendar

Owl & Spade

The Story Behind

Alum Outcomes

Physics Photo of the Week

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Welcome to the new version Warren Wilson College e-newsletter. Our goal is to keep you more involved, informed and connected to the College, whether you’re just around the corner or half a world away. In each monthly e-newsletter we’ll include stories about the people who make Warren Wilson College unique in higher education. You’ll also find news, event highlights and a variety of links to information on the Warren Wilson website. Let us know what you think, and keep in touch.

John Bowers
Communications Director


Thanks from the Office of Advancement

Thanks to all the alumni, friends, parents, and prospective students and their families who attended receptions in DelRay Beach, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Meet President Pfeiffer tour. The receptions were a great success, and we are planning now for more receptions in the spring. For more information contact the Office of Advancement at 1-866-992-2586.



Workers at the Berry Site

UNC-TV’s “North Carolina People” with William Friday might well be called “Warren Wilson People” for the final two episodes in February. On Feb. 22 WWC alumnus Karl Campbell ‘78 was interviewed about his book “Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers.” On Feb. 29 at 9 p.m., WWC professor David Moore will talk about his ongoing research at the Berry archaeological site near Morganton. That segment will air again on March 2 at 5:30 p.m.

On the Web


Featured Events

Mountain Green Speaker Series

“Mountain Green: Perspectives on Sustainable Development,” inspired by the first Mountain Green Conference held last year, continues on Mondays, 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m., in Canon Lounge. The series engages the greater community in a conversation about best practices for developing our mountain region. Cost of the buffet lunch preceding each presentation is $5.50; the program is free of charge. A Green Walkabout of the Warren Wilson campus begins at 1 p.m. after each presentation.

March 24—“Sustainable Development Practices at the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.” Brandon Stephens, Tribal Building Construction Manager, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

April 7—“Building for an Aging Population: Ideas for a Shifting Demographic.” Michele Skeele, Council on Aging for Henderson County; Julia Gibson, Pisgah Valley Retirement Community; Phillip Gibson and Alison Climo, Warren Wilson College.

May 5—“Sustainable Development: Perspectives from a Land Planning Company.” David Tuch, Equinox Environmental.

Info: Phillip Gibson, (828) 771-3781, pgibson@warren-wilson.edu, or information online.


Benefit for Mundo Real

On March 1, Mundo Real, a nonprofit created by Warren Wilson alum Steven Slack '02, will host a benefit for the First Steps project in Asheville, North Carolina. Mundo Real is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) that empowers community-based organizations to create innovative solutions to inequality, violence, poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment. Find out more about the benefit event and Mundo Real.


Social Justice Series Continues in March

A spring-semester Social Justice Series at the College continues with free public events March 6 - 7. On March 6, Warren Wilson students will perform “Voices for Change: A Community Readers Theatre,” exploring social change and gender in celebration of International Women’s Day. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge.

“Africana Studies Today: Why?” will be presented March 7 by Arnold Farr, Ph.D., director of the Africana studies program at St. Joseph’s University. He will discuss the relevance of Africana studies in contemporary education, in a lecture that begins at 4:15 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall (room 308).

The Social Justice Series at Warren Wilson provides programs to the College and broader community in an effort to foster dialogue and social action and to increase awareness of and combat social injustice. Info: Laura Vance, (828) 771-5851 or lvance@warren-wilson.edu.


Spring Break Service Learning Trips

Cancun, Daytona Beach, the Bahamas—these destinations are on the minds of many college students when thoughts turn to spring break. Not so at Warren Wilson College. Every spring and fall, the Service Learning Office organizes break trips where students provide much-needed service to non-profits. Check out the trips scheduled for spring break 2008.


At Holden Art Gallery

Konrad Zoll: “Visual Notes from the Appalachian Trail”
Visiting artist Konrad Zoll shows beautiful drawings from the Appalachian Trail. On display in Holden Gallery Feb. 8 - March 26, 2008. Gallery hours: M-F, 9:30-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Info: (828) 771-3034.

Katie Falkenberg in Pakistan Katie Falkenberg ’03 covering the re-opening of the Red Mosque in Pakistan after the seige and stand-off between militants and Pakistani military.

From Wilson to Wyoming to Washington — & Beyond

Katie Falkenberg ’03 has led anything but a routine life in the five years since her graduation from Warren Wilson. A studio art major with a concentration in painting, Katie has enjoyed a remarkable range of experiences since completing her bachelor’s degree.

After interning as a photographer with the Asheville Citizen-Times, she lived in Wyoming, in a little place called Shell (pop. 50). There the former farm-crew member worked on a cattle ranch as a wrangler and photographer, chasing cattle on the prairie with cowboy hat on and camera in hand. In the spring of 2004, she turned her attention to branding—not the marketing version, but the real kind involving the spring branding of calves. “It’s a dream!” Katie wrote of the job while in Shell.

But wranglers do keep moving, and soon Katie found herself moving from Wyoming to Washington, D.C., to do political photography as an intern with Scripps Howard News Service. Rather than capturing cattle on camera, she started photographing political animals: senators, congressmen and congresswomen, participants at hearings, even President Bush and Iraq Prime Minister Allawi. All minus her cowboy hat, of course. She said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the former vice presidential candidate, was especially gracious when she first arrived in Washington. Katie also took on assignments for Home and Garden magazine.

Later Katie became a freelance photographer still based in Washington, covering the White House and other national news. She freelanced for no less than The Associated Press, European Pressphoto Agency and The New York Times. In 2005, she wrote from the nation’s capital: “I am loving freelancing and being able to continue to cover the White House—it is by far my favorite beat—and other news here.”

Next came a year in photojournalism graduate school at Ohio University, before she became a staff photographer with The Washington Times in September 2006. Her current position already has taken her to Afghanistan, where she was embedded with the military in Kandahar, and to Pakistan twice. In fact, Katie spent a day on the campaign trail with Benazir Bhutto shortly before Bhutto was assassinated.

“I was so grateful for the experience of meeting her and watching her in action, especially after the tragic event of her assassination,” Katie wrote in a recent email after returning to Washington. “So incredibly sad. It will be interesting to see what happens with the country from here on out. I love the country and the people there.”

What’s next for this Wilson whirlwind who went from the range to the Rose Garden and far beyond? Among other things, she hopes to return to Afghanistan, writing that “it was interesting to experience military life and get an idea of what the soldiers at war there are experiencing.” Whatever lies ahead for Katie Falkenberg, it seems safe to say that it won’t be boring.

- Ben Anderson

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WWC professor named 2007 Outstanding Scientist of the Year

Warren Wilson College biology professor Paul Bartels was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Scientist of the Year for Biodiversity Education by Discover Life in America, the non-profit coordinating the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dr. Bartels, who specializes in an organism called Tardigrades (microscopic “waterbears”), received the award for his consistent support of the ATBI educational efforts since 2001. He assisted park rangers in developing a lab for middle and high school students and has taught lessons to students at Cherokee Middle School. He so inspired one group of students that they independently designed their own scientific study to examine the impacts of acid deposition on Tardigrade behavior. Dr. Bartels also trains teachers attending the Smoky Mountain Science Teacher Institute about using Tardigrades in their classroom to teach biology, chemistry and other earth sciences. His teaching is so infectious, the session is rated as a favorite each year.

The ATBI is an effort between scientists, educators and volunteers to identify all forms of life within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1999, 5,207 species new to the park and an additional 874 species new to science have been added to the overall park list. Learn More About the ATBI

NPR Host to Deliver Commencement Address

Steve Curwwod

Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of NPR’s popular show, “Living on Earth,” will deliver the main address at the College’s 2008 Commencement on May 17. Curwood created the pilot for the weekly environmental news program, distributed by Public Radio International, in 1990. The show has aired regularly since April 1991. “Living on Earth” currently is broadcast on about 300 public radio stations, reaching about 80 percent of the United States. Curwood has been a print and broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the education team of The Boston Globe. His relationship with public radio dates to 1979, when he began as a reporter and host for “Weekend All Things Considered.” A resident of New Hampshire, Curwood lectures in environmental science and policy at Harvard University, his alma mater, and serves as president of the World Media Foundation Inc.

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In the News

WWC students partner with U.S. Forest Service on Shope Creek research

Recent beef recall reinforces local food movement

Warren Wilson student to row across Atlantic Ocean

Technology taking students from Warren Wilson to Panama to study climate


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