The power of place – come see for yourself
Prospective students: There’s nothing like a visit to the Warren Wilson College campus to see our Triad of academics, work and service in action. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what a couple of students had to say after their recent visits:
“After seeing the campus, the beauty of it and the friendliness of everyone around me really managed to sink in and make me feel as if Warren Wilson was the only college I could go to and as far as I know, it's the only college I hope to be accepted into.”
“The campus visit allowed me to view the beauty of the campus grounds and understand the energetic and driven attitude of Warren Wilson students.”
“I now realize just how diverse the campus is. There are all kinds of people, and yet everybody is open and welcoming. Nobody judges anyone else. The class I attended, Environmental Ethics, blew me away. I like the effort that the college is putting in to being green. I could see myself at Warren Wilson.”
To schedule a campus visit, call Campus Visit Coordinator Brianna Quick – 800.934.3536.
WWC named to president’s community service honor roll
Warren Wilson, a higher education pioneer in service-learning, has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. “The Service-Learning Crew and staff are very pleased to have been included,” Franklin Tate, associate dean of service-learning, said. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the College’s service requirement for its graduates, so the timing of our inclusion on the Honor Roll couldn’t be better. Not only will the program keep putting together solid community projects and engaging faculty, staff and students in a wide array of social and environmental issues, we also will continue to strengthen the College's relationship with its many local and regional partners.”
Warren Wilson Theatre presents ambitious repertory
Continuing its 2008-2009 Season of Change, the Theatre Department presents the 2009 graduating senior productions. This year’s seniors have chosen four plays that consider individual experience in the face of societal norms and changing times. The shows will be presented in a repertory called TRANSGRESSIONS, consisting of two solo performances and two full cast productions:
March 4-8: 4.48 Psychosis and Thom Pain (based on nothing)
March 31 – April 5: The Glass Menagerie and How I Learned to Drive
Lauren Kriel ’09 has chosen to perform the searing and courageous 4.48 Psychosis, a daring solo performance about mental illness, the life force and the power of honesty. Glenn Reed ’09 performs the satirical and virtuosic Thom Pain (based on nothing), by Will Eno. Robert Bailey ’09 directs Tennessee Williams’ classic play, The Glass Menagerie. Lora Hawkins ’09 directs Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, a contemporary play that straddles the line between the tender and the perverse.
Visit the theatre website for more information on the shows and ticket information.
Headwaters Gathering: Southern Appalachia at the Crossroads
The Headwaters Gathering will be held March 27-29, on the Warren Wilson campus. The Headwaters Gathering brings together writers, activists and scientists to create strategic alliances and a powerful new voice to inspire hope and action in the era of climate change. For more information, contact Margo Flood.
Register for the Headwaters Gathering
Herbal medicine symposium
The Warren Wilson College Wellness Program will host a symposium on herbal medicine April 17-19. The symposium provides an opportunity to expand the understanding of herbal medicine by exploring connections between environmental stewardship, scientific research and traditional herbal wisdom in Western North Carolina. The event is free to the Warren Wilson community. Lunch on Saturday, April 18, will be provided by chef Michael Gentry for $10. For more information, contact Conner Soderquist
Students repairing a school building as part of the service component of a Study Abroad Course in Cachiccata, Peru.
Professors receive funding for scholarly work abroad
Three Warren Wilson professors have received awards and funding that will take them and Warren Wilson students to various parts of the globe. History/political science professor Dongping Han and five students are recipients of a 2009 Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowship for research in China. The students are Sean Moffitt, Anna Petrie, Allison Hoyman Browe, Chris Sterling and Elizabeth Greene. The Freeman fellowship will fund research by Han and the students this summer on the impact of globalization on rural China.
Social work professor Lucy Lawrence is the recipient of a Ping Fellowship, supporting her participation in the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) course, “Peru – A Fusion of Identities: Exploring Peru’s Complex Past, Present, and Future.” She hopes the course will boost her efforts to strengthen the international and global perspectives of Warren Wilson’s social work curriculum.
Robert Swoap, chair of the psychology department, will participate in a CIEE seminar in Ireland through funding from the College’s academic affairs office. The seminar, “After the Celtic Tiger: The Politics and Sociology of Ireland,” offers Swoap an opportunity to enhance psychology course offerings by incorporating a cross-cultural perspective.
Twenty-five students answered the call to be on the Hoos Calling Phonathon 2009 team. Since February 2, these students have been calling on alumni, friends and parents to update contact information, talk about what's going on at the College and raise scholarship support for the Warren Wilson College Fund. Phonathon is a truly personal way to connect with the College because it's your opportunity to speak with a Wilson student. Thanks to those who have taken our calls and who have made a pledge. If you don’t get a chance to speak with a student, you can make your Phonathon gift online or by calling 828.771.2088. Your time and support make a difference. And if we have not talked yet, we hope to reach you soon. For more information on the Phonathon, contact Miranda Hipple, director of annual giving.
Your inauguration stories
Many of you responded to our request for stories from inauguration of President Barack Obama. You can read those stories here.
Dispatches from Chile
Adrianne Webb-Mitchell ’10 is currently in Chile on the Spanish language study abroad course, “Chile: Language, Culture and History,” with other eight other Warren Wilson students and Spanish professor Luis Arevalo. As part of the course, students voyage through the Atacama desert, visit natural reserves in the Andean plateau, explore the capital city of Santiago and the coastal towns of middle Chile, work in the Patagonia region, “where the end of the world begins,” and participate in service projects and homestays on Quehui Island. The course is designed to immerse students in colloquial Spanish and aspects of Chilean culture, history, economics, agricultural practices and geography.
Keep up with the course via Adrianne’s blog.
Berry Site archaeology presentation
In advance of the summer Archaeology Field School, Warren Wilson archeology professor David Moore will present a slide show on the Berry Site on Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., in room 205 of Jensen Hall. The Berry Site is a sixteenth century Catawba Indian village that is also the location of a Spanish fort built in 1567 – the earliest European settlement in the interior of the U.S. For more information, contact David Moore.
WWC on UNC-TV
A story on the College’s sustainability initiatives will be featured on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” on Monday, March 2, 7:30-8 p.m. The 5-6 minute piece by Claire Monroe will run sometime during the half-hour broadcast.
In the Media
These two stories appeared in a series from Mountain Xpress on organizations that are “reaching out into the great beyond, making their mark in diverse locales around the globe.”
“A bridge to Africa: Motherland International” – features the work of Service-Learning program coordinator Deborah Kiliru and husband Christopher.
“Shoulder to shoulder: Mundo Real” – highlights the work of Steven Slack ’02 and Mundo Real.
Climate change expert to speak in Swannanoa