Alma Shippy Memorial Scholarship
Alma Shippy was a quiet young man from Swannanoa when he made history by becoming the first black student to enroll at Warren Wilson Vocational Junior College in 1952 – two years before Brown vs. Board of Education.
Now, not quite three years after his death in December 2006, the pioneering Shippy is being honored at present-day Warren Wilson College with an endowed scholarship bearing his name.
The Alma Shippy Memorial Scholarship has been created by Shippy’s classmates and friends to help students with financial need who also bring diversity to campus. Although the scholarship fund has reached the endowment level, the College is inviting additional gifts of any amount to help provide even greater financial assistance to Shippy scholarship recipients.
Shippy was "a mentor to children all over the Swannanoa Valley," said Rodney Lytle, a Warren Wilson alumnus and the College’s interim alumni relations director. "I’m thankful that he came to Warren Wilson, as he opened the door for my brothers and me."
Shippy, a graduate of Asheville’s Stephens-Lee High School who grew up in Buckeye Cove near campus, indeed blazed a trail for other black students at the College. Among them was Georgia Powell, who in 1955 became the first African-American to graduate from Warren Wilson. Shippy’s watershed enrollment, done without incident or fanfare, also helped pave the way for many other black students at historically white colleges and universities across the South as racial barriers finally began to crumble.
At an emotional Warren Wilson ceremony in 2002 celebrating the 50th anniversary of his enrollment, Shippy said, "We had a wonderful closeness with the staff here. I still feel this is my family, right here."
For more information about the Alma Shippy Memorial Scholarship and how to contribute to it, contact Richard Blomgren, WWC interim vice president for advancement, at (828) 771-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or select Alma Shippy Memorial Scholarship in the drop-down menu under Gift Information.
Strategic Planning Day
Thanks to all of you who have participated in the College’s continuing Strategic Plan process. As President Sandy Pfeiffer says, “The plan must flow from a process that honors the sense of community on which this College rests.” Everyone on campus and all alumni have had opportunities to review and help develop the plan. On Planning Day, held Sept. 3, over 600 faculty, staff and students joined together to respond to a draft of the plan. On the same day, an email was sent to alumni to gather their feedback on the plan. Following Planning Day, a senior student said it was the most inspiring community event that has occurred since he came to the College. He was far from alone in his praise for that afternoon's work. The inclusion of the College community in the planning process continues, and the Warren Wilson Board of Trustees will review the plan at its October meeting. Stay tuned to the College’s monthly e-newsletter for more news on the College’s Strategic Plan.
WWC Theatre brings The Winter’s Tale to life
Warren Wilson Theatre opens its 2009-10 season with an ensemble-created production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Performances will be in Kittredge Theater from Oct. 8-10, 8 p.m. and on Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Using group storytelling techniques, the ensemble is creating a unique version of Shakespeare's magical tale of love, loss and redemption. The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's late plays, often called "romances," and blends elements of comedy and tragedy to create a uniquely theatrical fable of the human heart. The play contains what is perhaps Shakespeare's most famous stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear." The production is acted and designed by Warren Wilson students under the supervision of faculty member Ron Bashford. For ticket information call (828) 771-3040 or send an email.
WWC Fund – Leading the Way
The goal for the 2009-10 Warren Wilson College Fund is $600,000. It’s an ambitious goal, but we know that nothing worthwhile is ever easy – and the Warren Wilson College Fund is certainly worthwhile. Support through the Fund helps our College community by making scholarships available and by supporting the Triad of academics, work and service.
Passion about and dedication to the College is a common thread in our Warren Wilson family. What better way to reflect this than by giving to the College this year? When each of us gives at the level we can, we not only strengthen our College community, but also lead the way and inspire others to do the same. If each community member contributes what they can this year, we’ll easily reach our $600,000 goal. Whatever you can do, let’s focus on what we can do together!
Make your 2009-10 WWC Fund gift online here. If you would like to make a pledge or explore other giving opportunities, please call (828) 771-2088 or email Miranda Hipple . Your generous support helps lead the way for making great things happen at Warren Wilson College.
Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 2-4, 2009
There are many new Homecoming and Family Weekend activities this year, so be sure to join us as we kick off our events on Friday, Oct. 2. We'll see you on campus soon!
Join us for Open House Nov. 7
Warren Wilson will host its Fall Open House for prospective students and their families on Sat., Nov. 7. The open house begins with registration and an early-bird concert at 9:30 a.m. in Kittredge Theater, at the north entrance to campus. Prospective students will be able to meet faculty, staff and current students; tour the campus; learn more about the academic program, the Warren Wilson College learning triad and financial aid; and have an admission interview. Open-house visitors also are invited to enjoy lunch as guests of the College. The day’s activities will conclude by mid-afternoon. For more information or to make reservations, call Brianna Quick at 828-771-2021 or 800-934-3536, or send an e-mail. You also can register online.
In the media
Warren Wilson's EcoDorm is featured in the Education issue of The New York Times Magazine
Warren Wilson College teacher snags MacArthur “genius” award
Warren Wilson, HCC submit carbon cuts plan
Author followed path from prison to poetry
Archaeological site opens center
The October issue of North Carolina's Our State magazine celebrates agricultural history by highlighting the College’s working farm. As the magazine editors say, “You may not come away with dirt under your fingernails, but you will discover a newfound connection to North Carolina's farmland and its bounty.” The story is not currently available on the magazine’s website, but you can pick up an October issue to read the story and see the beautiful campus photography.
Visit the campus bookstore online to shop for WWC T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other college flair.
Inside Warren Wilson College
The Green Calendar
Owl & Spade
Catalyst – environmental news
Physics Photo of the Week
The Story Behind
WWC on Flickr
WWC on Twitter
WWC on YouTube
“True Life: I'm A Warren Wilson Student”
WWC Emergency Information Line