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Biology professor wins major National Science Foundation grant
WWC biology professor Amy Boyd and two ecologists have been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years. Boyd, Michelle Zjhra of Georgia Southern University and Robert Raguso of Cornell University will focus their research on foul-smelling red flowers that bloom in early spring in the southeastern United States. Despite being quite dissimilar and from different taxonomic groups, the flowers attract similar insects that feed on decaying organic matter. Research will seek to elucidate the relationships between these pollinators and flowers. Look for a story on this project in the winter 2009 issue of
Owl & Spade.
Advancement welcomes new staff
Three advancement professionals have assumed new positions in the Advancement office at Warren Wilson. Ann Bass, former director of College for Seniors at UNC Asheville’s NC Center for Creative Retirement, is the new director of external relations at Warren Wilson. Previously she was director of marketing for Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community, and assistant dean of adult education at the University of Scranton. ‘Warren Wilson’s tradition of community and service was most attractive to me,” Bass said, “and these values are key to our success in working to support our mission and future.”
Asheville native Don Harris is the new director of development at the College. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and has held development and marketing positions at Christ School, UNC Asheville, Montreat College, and most recently, MANNA FoodBank. ‘I have always thought very highly of Warren Wilson’s mission, especially the triad and environmental programs,” Harris said. “I am looking forward to meeting the faculty, staff, alumni and friends.”
Phil Leonard is Warren Wilson’s first director of advancement services, coordinating various functions that support the work of the Advancement office. He was previously the administrative and financial manager of The Open Door Community, an intentional Christian community in Atlanta that provides hospitality to homeless people and to prisoners and their families. Earlier in his career he held positions in the banking, computer software, and computer services industries.
“The College is very fortunate to have these three talented professionals joining our advancement team,” Vice President for Advancement Sallie-Grace Tate said. “Their experience and belief in the Warren Wilson College mission will further strengthen our staff as we make plans and prepare for the College’s next comprehensive campaign.”
Thanks to all who participated in the 5th annual Weekend@WWC. A great time was had by all as we experienced how fun the campus can be during the summer. From blacksmithing to belly dancing, “Beginnings and Endings,” to raku pottery, this year’s workshops became funshops. Check out the photos of friends and family who participated this year.
Mark your calendars for June 26-28, 2009. If you’re interested in teaching a class, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Weekend@WWC: Learn here, Play here, Relax here, Stay here.
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