Coach’s Corner—WWC All-Americans
Women’s basketball players Georgia Anton, Laura Dison, Alissa Gore, Hannah Hess and Philippa Sanders were named by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association as 2008-09 Academic All-Americans. In order to be eligible for the award, players must be sophomore standing and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average.
Warren Wilson College men’s basketball players Jermon Marsh and Aleks Spasovski were named by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association as 2008-09 honorable mention All-Americans. The men’s basketball team (10-15) ended the season with a 81-68 victory over Piedmont College. The Owls’ tenth victory marks the first time since 1992-93 that a Warren Wilson men’s basketball team has had double-digit wins in a season—more than the previous three years combined. Go Owls!
Davidson Roundtable features Robert Vagt
Since its founding in 1987, the annual G.D. Davidson Roundtable has attracted Fellows with a remarkable range of accomplishments and life experiences. But perhaps never has it invited an individual with such a varied background as this year’s Fellow, Robert “Bobby” Vagt, who will speak at the Roundtable on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the College Chapel. Vagt has been a college president: Davidson College, 1997-2007. He also has been warden of a prison in Greensboro. Director of clinical programs in an Alabama mental health center. Assistant director of the budget for the state of New York. Executive director of several public benefit corporations in New York, including the Municipal Assistance Corp., created to save New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s. And for more than a decade, an executive in the oil and gas industry. Now, Vagt is the president of The Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh.
Info: Julie Lehman or visit the Davidson Roundtable online.
Reminders for prospective students
Summer Open House
Be sure to register for Warren Wilson’s July 10 Open House and learn more about a visit to our campus.
May 1 is the deposit deadline fall 2009 admission. Deposits received after 5 p.m. on May 1 may be returned or the students may be placed on the wait-list. Although we don't want you to deposit before you are comfortable with your decision, we do want you to deposit as soon as you know that Warren Wilson is going to be YOUR college. As a reminder, no college can require you to deposit before May 1, the national deposit deadline for all colleges and universities. If you have any questions about the non-refundable $300 deposit to Warren Wilson, please call your admission counselor at 800.934.3536.
First-year students follow the tomato
Few understand the integration of service and academics better than Warren Wilson psychology professor Kathryn Burleson and the dozen students in her First Year Seminar (FYS), “Follow the Tomato: Food Sources and Food Security.” In order to explore these complex and interrelated issues, Burleson’s class followed the tomato as it moved from a garden to its destination on a hungry person’s plate. In the class students thought critically about the connections between economics, diet, environment, equity and public health from multiple perspectives. In the field students teamed up with the service-learning program to help local non-profit organizations dedicated to reducing hunger.
“From what I heard, FYS classes are supposed to help first-year students integrate into the Wilson community with a support system of peers who are experiencing the same things,” tomato-head Jourdi Bosley said. “This was so true in our FYS, and we were a family in our awkward freshmen struggle, addressing serious issues of global, national, and local proportions at the same time.”
“Through this course students were able to work with possible solutions and be encouraged to explore new alternatives,” Burleson said. “Students may find themselves investigating issues related to migrant workers, starting a letter-writing campaign, or running a food drive.”
At the end of the course, students were able to reflect and interpret what they had learned in both the classroom and in the field, and come up with a project that stemmed from their experiences. “I grew a lot from my first year seminar and think about what we learned every time I sit down to eat,” Jourdi said. “It was honestly one of my favorite Wilson experiences so far.”
Written by Laura Dison ‘10
Changes in financial aid program
Beginning in July, the College is transitioning from the Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP) to the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. With the change, student loans (formerly Stafford Loans) will now come through the federal government and not through private lenders. Find out more about how the change affects student loans at Warren Wilson.
Fiddles & Folklife Festival
Fiddles & Folklife, the annual Appalachian festival and old-time music competition takes place Saturday, April 18, 12-5 p.m., at Morris’ Community Pavilion. Come out for an afternoon of music, dancing, food and traditional Appalachian culture.
Spring Herbal Symposium
Warren Wilson is hosting the Spring Herbal Symposium April 17-19. The symposium is an opportunity to explore the connections between herbal medicine, environmental stewardship, scientific research and traditional herbal wisdom. Keynote speakers include Dr. James Duke, ethnobotanist and the author of The Green Pharmacy; and Terezhina de Jesus Soares Dos Santos, an ethnopharmacologist and phytotherapist from northern Brazil. Additional presenters include Juliet Blankenspoor, Frank Cook, Ceara Foley, Sierra Hollister, Phyllis Light, CoreyPine Shane, Marc Williams and Corinna Wood. The cost for the weekend is $65 in advance. The price for Saturday only is $45. To register, email with your name, address, email, and telephone number. To register via phone, call 828.771.5848.
Be sure to check out other events on campus in April.
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