Katie Spotz ’08 to speak on campus May 12
Spotz, the youngest person ever to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, returns to campus May 12 to give a presentation about her adventures. Spotz’s presentation, free and open to all, will begin at noon in Canon Lounge. Currently a marketing representative for Kinetico Inc. water systems, Spotz rowed some 2,800 miles in 70 days from Africa to South America, completing her epic journey in March 2010. In doing so, she raised more than $100,000 for the Blue Planet Network, a nonprofit whose goal is to bring clean drinking water to the estimated billion people worldwide who lack it.
Before rowing across the Atlantic, Spotz became the first person to swim the length of the Allegheny River — all 350 miles of it. As with her ocean row, her nearly month-long swim was undertaken to raise money for Blue Planet’s ongoing efforts to provide safe drinking water. Now Spotz is pointing toward a new endurance challenge: cycling across the United States. Beginning June 18, Spotz and cycling partner Sam Williams will ride from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. — a 3,000-mile journey — to raise money for Blue Planet Network Farm Africa water projects.
Info: Sarah El-Attar, 828.771.5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, currently National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, will deliver the main address at the 2011 Commencement on May 14. Since her first scuba dive at age 17, Earle has logged more than 6,000 diving hours while leading more than 50 expeditions. A longtime champion of the preservation and exploration of marine ecosystems, she was named the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine and a “Living Legend” by The Library of Congress.
Spring Owl & Spade now online
In the spring issue of Owl & Spade you’ll find stories on the College’s tradition of crafts, the Swannanoa Gathering’s 20th anniversary, Costa Rican connections, and how service is a way of life for Katie Spotz ’08.
Weekend@Wilson: Learn, Laugh, Live
Come to campus June 24-26 for a fun-filled weekend of workshops, dorm living, music and ice cream for alumni and friends. Workshop topics include kayaking, cruising the great loop, basket weaving and more. Click here for a full workshop list. Online registration begins in early May. Hope to see you there. Info: Ally Donlan
TONIGHT: Alumni event in Asheville
Join the WWC Alumni Board for a gathering on April 28, 5:30 p.m., at Pisgah Brewery. Wooden Toothe, an alumni band, will begin playing at 8 p.m. Info: Rodney Lytle or 828.771.2046.
Building Healthy & Sustainable Communities — June 2-3
Building Healthy & Sustainable Communities, a partnership between Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the College’s Environmental Leadership Center, is a conference for those who want to learn about and discuss best practices so Western North Carolina can improve its ability to serve as a healthy, sustainable community. Topics discussed include sustainable and green construction, real estate, development, planning and design. Find out more and register for the conference.
Did you know?
A veteran member of the MFA Program for Writers poetry faculty, Maurice Manning, was one of the two finalists for this year's Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book, The Common Man.
In the media
An article on page 3A of the April 20 issue of USA Today titled, “Students seek greener pastures when they consider colleges,” included prominent mention of Warren Wilson as a campus sustainability leader, along with photos from the College farm and garden — the only photos used with the print version of the story. The story, though not the photos, is available online. USA Today, with a print circulation of 1.83 million, is the nation's second largest daily newspaper, trailing only The Wall Street Journal.
A sidebar in Your Life magazine’s “Guide to Green Living” this spring features the ever-popular EcoDorm in a feature titled, “Life in Warren Wilson’s EcoDorm.” The sustainability work of WWC students also is mentioned in the adjacent lead article titled, “Pictures of Tomorrow.” Your Life is published by USA Today.
Rev. Steve Runholt, pastor of the College Chapel, helps organize a Good Friday fast
A heartwarming win for a heartbreaking tale: Anthony Doerr, MFA fiction faculty, wins Sunday Times Short Story Award and the Story Prize
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