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Harvest display in Chapel

Fall Display at the WWC Chapel

November 2009

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Strategic five-year plan
Planting the seed for change
WWC mountain bike team third in nation
Blossman Gas helps WWC expand clean propane mower program
Professor David Moore and colleagues receive DAR award
Smith ‘94 joins Newman ‘02 on Asheville City Council
Mountain Green Seminar
WWC Folk Choir opens for Chuck Brodsky
A Funny Thing Happened...
In the media
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Strategic five-year plan

President Pfeiffer, the deans and vice presidents have formed eight campus planning teams composed of students, faculty and staff. Each team is focused on one of the eight strategic priorities and respective goals. The planning teams will help to create measurable, regularly reviewed action plans that will map the way to meeting the strategic plan goals. When the strategic plan document is formalized and approved by the College’s Board of Trustees, it will be available to everyone.

Planting the seed for change

By Abby Shuler ‘13

With nearly 30,000 plugs flourishing in its greenhouse, the Landscaping Crew at Warren Wilson is doing pretty well. These plugs are planted all over campus, and though they may look like a weed-eaten mess to the untrained eye, they play an important role in making this campus a sustainable one. Plugs are used year-round to restore damaged areas, to create natural habitats, and to replace some of the energy-eating meadows that require the emission of harsh chemicals to maintain.

For 11 years, the College has had a relationship with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Starting in the spring, the USFS will begin a research project where they grow grasses and wildflowers native to five different areas for three years. These genotypes will be taken for use in the event of a massive natural disaster destroying a large area of the country.

Warren Wilson has signed a three-year contract with the USFS on the project. The College will grow 30,000 plugs and send half of them to the USFS. The Landscaping Crew will plant the other half on the campus Fortune property and monitor behavior for three years.

The contract value is $50,000, a nice chunk of change compared to the occasional sale landscaping makes to various plant foundations when there are leftover plugs at the end of the season. The money will be used for a variety of purposes, including payment for the two or three students who will stay on campus over the summer to help with the project. A horticulture intern, likely a recent graduate with expertise in the field, will be hired as well.

“It’s a real win-win situation,” Landscaping Supervisor Tom LaMuraglia says. The project earns the College money and is an open door for further environmental education, LaMuraglia says. He hopes to turn this project into a Natural Science Seminar for science majors.

This story originally appeared in the Echo, the College newspaper.

WWC Mountain Biking Team

WWC mountain bike team third in nation

The College’s mountain bike team earned the bronze medal in division II of the Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships, in Truckee, California. The mountain bike team has finished in the top three of division II teams in the past seven national championships. The team had a great showing over the three-day competition north of Lake Tahoe on the ski slopes of Northstar resort. Linden Blaisus highlighted the Owls’ efforts, finishing fifth in the men's omnium after a 4th place finish in the short track and a 13th place finish in the cross country. Other highlights included Ileana Anderson's 3rd place finish in the four cross, Becca Parish's 4th place finish in the downhill, and Nina Otter's 6th place finish in cross country.

Blossman Gas helps WWC expand clean propane mower program

Asheville’s Blossman Gas and the College are expanding an innovative program to use clean, economical propane-powered mowing equipment. These commercial mowers produce 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional gasoline mowers. The mowers are fueled on campus at the propane fueling station, which is already used to fuel several mowers and a range of propane vehicles. Blossman worked with the College to offset the cost of the mowers by arranging a leasing agreement. “We have a history of working with Warren Wilson College to help them implement clean fueling solutions on their beautiful campus,” says David Finder, Energy Programs Manager at Blossman.”

Professor David Moore and colleagues receive DAR award

Archaeology professor David Moore and fellow archaeologists Robin Beck and Christopher Rodning have been selected to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution History Award Medal for their ongoing research at the Berry archaeological site. The 12-acre Berry site, along Upper Creek, is the location of an ancestral Catawba Indian town named Joara, at which the Spanish captain Juan Pardo built Fort San Juan in 1567. The garrison was the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the U.S., predating the “Lost Colony” by 20 years.

With the aid of the nonprofit Exploring Joara Foundation, Moore and colleagues are researching the long-forgotten episode of Fort San Juan's founding and subsequent fiery destruction in the spring of 1568. Professors Beck, of the University of Oklahoma, and Rodning, of Tulane University, are working with Moore to help write this early story of European exploration and settlement in eastern North America. Warren Wilson and Western Piedmont Community College also lead a field school at the site each summer.

Smith ‘94 joins Newman ‘02 on Asheville City Council

With the Nov. 3 election of Gordon Smith, Warren Wilson soon will have two young alumni on the six-member Asheville City Council. Smith, a 1994 graduate, will join fellow alumnus Brownie Newman ‘02 on the council when Smith takes office in December. Newman, now in his second term, was first elected to the council in 2003. Smith is a licensed child and family therapist who grew up in central Florida. Newman, originally from upstate South Carolina, is director of outreach and education for the Conservation Council of North Carolina. They reflect the significant impact that alumni of relatively small Warren Wilson College continue to have on the largest city in the North Carolina mountains.

Mountain Green Seminar

WWC’s Environmental Leadership Center is conducting a seminar series each month to highlight issues in sustainability. Prior to each expert presentation, a free public Green Walkabout will be held. The seminar scheduled for Dec. 4 is presented by Asheville developer Clarke Snell. Snell is presently developing a carbon neutral home in West Asheville. The home has a building envelope so tight that it can be heated by the body heat of 18 people. Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will present the January 22, 2010 seminar. More info at mountaingreenwnc.org.

WWC Folk Choir opens for Chuck Brodsky

On Dec. 4 the WWC Folk Choir, directed by Milt Crotts, will open for singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky at the White Horse in Black Mountain. Info: (828) 771-3765 or mcrotts@warren-wilson.edu.

A Funny Thing Happened...

Warren Wilson Theatre continues its 2009-2010 season with the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dec. 10-13 in Kittredge Theater. Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and with songs by Stephen Sondheim, Forum has been hailed by critics as "the funniest musical ever written." Directed by theatre department co-chair Graham Paul, Forum is the department’s biannual production of a musical. Musical direction is by music chair Steve Williams with choreography by Julie Gillum. Info: (828) 771-3040 or visit the Theatre online.

In the media

Woodworking entrepreneur [Faris Ashkar ’72] designs cultural art

A conversation with Edgar Sawtelle author David Wroblewski MFA ‘98

Start-up farm focused on sustainability - Marie Williamson ’07 & William Lyons ‘07

Making college living sustainable: the EcoDorm

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