With 197 graduates, the Class of 2011 is the second largest in Warren Wilson history, trailing the total of 201 graduates in 2010. As President Sandy Pfeiffer noted, the College’s newest class is a “diverse and ambitious group,” with job plans ranging from GIS technician to English teacher and travel plans varying from Cuba to Switzerland.
MFA grads receive fellowships at Stanford
Two recent graduates of the MFA Program for Writers have been awarded two-year Wallace Stegner Fellowships at Stanford University for 2011-2013. Helen Hooper, a 2009 graduate in fiction, and Chiyuma Elliott, a 2010 graduate in poetry, are among the 10 writers recently named as recipients of this prestigious fellowship, which includes a stipend of $26,000 a year. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. Notable past Stegner Fellows include Wendell Berry, Raymond Carver, Philip Levine, Robert Pinsky and Tobias Wolf, as well as numerous Warren Wilson MFA faculty members including Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Samantha Chang, Stacey D’Erasmo, Ehud Havazelet, Dana Levin, Eric Puchner and Alan Shapiro. Two currently enrolled MFA students have also been Stegner Fellows: Keith Ekiss and Neil Fischer.
Laura Loewenstein recognized for leadership in service
Social work major Laura Loewenstein, a junior from Rio Rancho, N.M., has been honored by Campus Compact as a Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards “recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.” Some 135 students from 30 states were honored as civic fellows. Loewenstein is an active member of the campus and local community. For the past two years she has served as a Bonner Leader on the Service Learning Crew, coordinating service trips and supporting the College’s alternative break program. She also has co-facilitated semester workshops that explore social issues through direct service, policy analysis and educational sessions with community experts.
Register now for 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 folk dancing, collage and card making, knitting and much more. See the full workshop list. Online registration is open until Mon., June 20.
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