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The Ecodorm

The EcoDorm - LEED Platinum Certified


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EcoDorm achieves LEED Platinum Certification
Sleepy summer on campus? Not exactly
Rodney Lytle ’73 named interim director of alumni relations
WWC students inducted into new chapter of Phi Alpha
Did you know?
It’s not too late...
In the media


EcoDorm achieves LEED Platinum Certification

The Ecodorm

Warren Wilson’s iconic EcoDorm, which opened in 2003 as a pioneering model of energy-efficient building designs and renewable-energy sources, has become the first building on a college campus to achieve LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Buildings category.

EcoDorm, the first Platinum building of any kind on the Warren Wilson campus, joins the Orr Cottage and the Village South and Village North residence halls as LEED certified buildings. Each of the other buildings achieved LEED Gold for New Construction.

LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council that sets standards for the "design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings." The category of Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance “identifies and rewards current best practices and provides an outline for buildings to use less energy, water and natural resources; improve the indoor environment; and uncover operating inefficiencies.” You can find more information on LEED here.

Sleepy summer on campus? Not exactly

After a relatively calm June, the month of July on the Warren Wilson campus is always a whirlwind of activity. This July will be no exception.

One of the biggest campus events each July is the Summer Open House for prospective students and their families, hosted by the admission office. Information about this year’s Open House, scheduled for July 10 from 9:30 a.m. till mid-afternoon, can be found here.

Summer Open House occurs during another major July event: the summer residency of the MFA Program for Writers. MFA students and their professors descend on the campus for a fast and furious 10 days, enhanced for everyone by a series of public readings and lectures July 2-11. You can find the public schedule here.

After kicking off its 40th season in June, the 2009 Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival continues well into July with Tuesday programs in Kittredge Theater on July 7, 14 and 21. Click here for details about the entire season.

The Swannanoa Gathering, the highly popular series of folk arts workshops, and the gastronomically diverse Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts also set up shop on campus in July. More details on the Gathering can be found here and on the SSCA here.

Of course, there are other enduring pleasures on campus such as the Garden Market. And even though there are no undergraduate classes during the summer, many students have campus work contracts for a few weeks or more. The fact is that July is anything but a quiet month at Warren Wilson, with people coming to campus from near and far for a variety of reasons.

Summer at WWC

June trees in front of Carson

Rodney Lytle ’73 named interim director of alumni relations

Longtime Warren Wilson staff member Rodney Lytle, most recently director of multicultural affairs, is the new interim director of alumni relations. He will report directly to Richard Blomgren, interim vice president for advancement, who continues as dean of admission and director of marketing. Contact Rodney at 828-771-2046 or rlytle@warren-wilson.edu.

WWC students inducted into new chapter of Phi Alpha

Fifteen Warren Wilson students have been selected as charter members of Pi Omicron, the new WWC chapter of Phi Alpha, a Social Work National Honor Society. The following students were inducted at the Social Work Graduation Brunch: Elizabeth Brenum, Allison Canon, Mia Carrasco-Songer, Amelia Cleveland-Strang, Kate Donaldson, Sara Fagan, Amanda Gardner, Meghan Hollifield, Amanda Lanier, Laura Lowenstein, Lindsy Robertson, Sara Rubin, Philippa Sanders, Sara Slaughter and Katherine Strauss. Congrats to all the new inductees.

Did you know?

Effective July 1, four Warren Wilson alumni are serving on the executive committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar Association (Buncombe County, N.C.). The attorneys and their bar association positions are Heidi Stewart ’92, president; William H. Christy ’79, president-elect: James M. Ellis ’92, chair of Pro Bono Committee and member at large; and Tikkun A. Gottschalk ’97, "Under 36 Member" representative. The judicial district includes more than 600 attorneys in the Asheville area. See www.ashevillebuncombelaw.net.

It's not too late...

You still have time to make your 2008-09 gift to Warren Wilson College. All gifts must be received by June 30, 2009, in order to count for the current fiscal year and to be included in the next President's Report/Honor Roll. Although you can give to any area of the College, the greatest need continues to be scholarship support to help our students. Give securely online by clicking here or by phone at 828-771-2088. Every gift matters. Your gift counts. Thank you!

In the media

“Spain’s Appalachian Outpost” (Berry Site)

“Wednesday weather song: ‘The Rainbow Tells Me So’” (Billy Edd Wheeler ’53)

Cultural Walkabout (on Feet and Hands)” (WWC’s Phil Jamison and Rayna Gellert ’98)

Closing paragraphs of two national articles note WWC’s 2009 admission efforts: “Show Me the Money”

“This Year, Colleges Recruited Students in a ‘Hall of Mirrors’”

“Climate-Savvy Menus: Eating Lower on the Food Chain” from the National Wildlife Federation

“Rivers of Change” from Blue Ridge Country

“Digging history in farm field” from The Charlotte Observer

“WWC EcoDorm certified first LEED Platinum Existing Building on a college campus” from The Environmental News Network

“Warren Wilson dorm is the greenest of the green” from The Asheville Citizen Times

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