New residence hall goes gold
One of the College’s two newest residence halls has achieved LEED Gold certification. The Village South residence hall, part of a two-building, 80-bed community that opened in August 2006, becomes the first dormitory in the state to achieve LEED certification. LEED is the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council that sets standards for the “design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.”
Designed and built with extensive input from students, the Village features apartment-style dorms and an arts-and-crafts, environmentally responsible design. The LEED Gold rating certifies that Village South meets several green building criteria, including benchmarks for energy and water conservation; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste send to landfills; and indoor environmental quality. The adjacent Village North dorm also seems likely to achieve LEED Gold.
Village South follows in the green footsteps of the Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage, which houses the Warren Wilson College admission and advancement offices. In 2006, Orr Cottage became the second building of any type in North Carolina to achieve LEED Gold certification and the first on a college or university campus in the state. By the end of this year, the College hopes to have a total of five LEED certified buildings, including the EcoDorm for which it is seeking Platinum certification – the loftiest LEED rating.
MFA program faculty, alumni win writing awards
Alumni and faculty with the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers continue to collect awards on various fronts. Faculty member Lan Samantha Chang and fiction alumna Vyvyane Loh have received 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Loh becomes the program’s second Holden Minority Scholarship recipient to become a Guggenheim Fellow; Van Jordan was the first several years ago.
Some 43 Warren Wilson MFA faculty and alumni have received Guggenheim Fellowships in the past 13 years. MFA faculty member Tony Hoagland has received the second annual Jackson Poetry Prize, worth $50,000, awarded by Poets & Writers Inc. Another faculty member, T.M. McNally, recently was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner award. Program founder Ellen Bryant Voigt's Messenger was recognized as a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Faculty members Linda Gregerson and Jim Shepard also were National Book Award finalists.
2008 summer MFA residency schedule, July 3-13
Field Day at the Berry Site