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Planting Trees on Work Day 2009

Students plant saplings on campus during Work Day 2009.

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Work Day 2009
Jensen’s changing landscape
Professor named emerging issues fellow
Alumni notes for Owl & Spade
Green CEO to speak at Commencement
Lunch with a Legend
In the Media
Show your WWC pride
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Work Day 2009

Work Day is one of the many things that make Warren Wilson just a little different from most colleges. It’s a day when the College’s work program – important throughout the year – takes center stage. Dean of Work Ian Robertson describes Work Day as “playful and purposeful – like the Fourth of July in April. It’s the collective story of celebrating community with sweat equity.”

No classes are scheduled on Work Day, so that all students can spend the morning on their regular work crews. After lunch, the campus community (students, faculty and staff alike) fans out across the 1,100-acre campus to work on outdoor projects. Instead of federal stimulus money, the shovel-ready projects on campus had been chosen by the Work Day Committee to receive a major labor stimulus.

Work Day, it should be noted, is a Warren Wilson rite of spring that doesn’t always bring the weather of spring. Although it’s not unusual for temperatures to climb well into the 70s on Work Day, early April can be cold and wet in the North Carolina mountains. This year, Work Day began below freezing with a frosting of snow on the ground. Fortunately, plenty of sunshine pushed temperatures well into the 50s by the afternoon, even as the lofty Great Craggy and Swannanoa ranges framing the campus remained snow-capped.

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Jensen’s changing landscape

Jensen

The hill next to Jensen, just outside of the Work Program office and Print Shop on central campus, is going under major transformation this spring. The hill, once covered in English ivy and brush, has been cleared and is currently being recreated into a landscape that the whole community will be invited to enjoy. “We want it to be informal,” landscaping supervisor Tom LaMuraglia says. He envisions a blooming space that will be used often. With a meandering walkway, hidden seating areas, shrubs, native grasses and edibles, LaMuraglia hopes the space will be inviting, “a little showy, but uncomplicated,” he says. With the help of LaMuraglia and assistant landscaping supervisor, Renee Fortner, the area is being designed by the Landscaping Crew’s flower/design team, Tessa Currie ‘09, Laura Dison ‘10 and Keely O'Connell ‘10. The space also features Paige Heron’s ‘09 senior art project in sculpture.

Professor named emerging issues fellow

Alison Climo, Ph.D., social work program director, has been selected as a 2009 GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at N.C. State University. Climo, the first professor from a small liberal arts college to have been chosen for the IEI, aims to help the state meet some of the challenges it will face related to an aging population over the next several decades.

“I’m excited that the Institute for Emerging Issues recognizes the significant demographic changes that North Carolina is facing,” she said. “We are no longer a black-and-white state; we are fast becoming a gray and brown state, with the fastest growing segments of our population being older adults and immigrants.”

Climo said she has “become increasingly aware of how social policy affects social work and the lives of those we seek to help. Following my sabbatical from Warren Wilson last year, I have set myself a new learning curve: to develop knowledge and skills in the policy arena, specifically as it relates to issues that affect older adults. I'm looking forward to contributing to the policy agenda as it relates to older adults in North Carolina.”

Climo’s fellowship also will enhance Warren Wilson College’s social work program, which supports the study of multigenerational practice as a central part of its mission.

Alumni notes for Owl & Spade

The summer issue of Owl & Spade will be coming your way in July. We’ve had a surge of great alumni note submissions from the WWC Facebook alumni group . Now, we need the rest of you to tell us what’s new in your life. The deadline for submissions is May 5. Submissions should be 50 words or less and may be edited for space. Send your news to alumni@warren-wilson.edu.

Green CEO to speak at Commencement

Ray Anderson, the founder and chairman of carpet-tile maker Interface Inc. who has been called “the greenest chief executive in America,” will deliver the main address at the 2009 Commencement on May 16. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the lawn of Sunderland Residence Hall. Read more.

Lunch with a Legend

The Warren Wilson College athletic department is proud to announce “Lunch with a Legend,” featuring University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance. The luncheon is Thurs., May 14 at noon in the Vanderbilt Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Buy your tickets now.

In the Media

Labor lessons: Students work as their own maintenance staff at a NC college

Eliza Lynn in The Laurel of Asheville

Billy Edd Wheeler in Sing Out!

Spring herbal symposium at WWC

Show your WWC pride

Visit the campus bookstore online to shop for WWC T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other college flair.

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