Janis Ian to speak at 2012 Commencement
President Pfeiffer announced recently that Grammy Award winner Janis Ian has accepted an invitation to deliver the main address at 2012 Commencement on May 12. Ian and the College have forged strong ties over the past few years. In 2010 the Pearl Foundation, founded by Ian and named in honor of her late mother, established the Pearl Foundation Scholarship at the College. This summer, Ian was one of several Grammy Award winners who taught and performed at The Swannanoa Gathering during its 20th anniversary meetings on campus. Although well known as a singer-songwriter, Ian also is a magazine columnist and science fiction author. Her autobiography, Society’s Child, received much acclaim upon its publication in 2008. She has received several Grammy nominations and in 1975 won “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” for her huge hit record “At Seventeen.” On Oct. 11, 1975, she and Billy Preston were the first musical guests on the debut of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
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Food, Biofuels and the Environment
Next up at the Environmental Leadership Center’s Sustainability Speaker Series is David Pimentel, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University. He joins us on October 5 at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel to present “Food, Biofuels and the Environment.” Dr. Pimentel’s research spans the field of sustainable agriculture to include ecological and economic aspects of pest control, biotechnology, conservation, natural resource management, environmental policy and population ecology. Read an interview with Dr. Pimentel. The Sustainability Speaker Series is free and open to the public. For more information call 828.771.3006.
Fall Owl & Spade
If you haven’t already, you’ll soon receive the fall issue of Owl & Spade. Along with news and other features, you’ll find stories on water bears in the Smokies, anthropology professor Ben Feinberg’s sabbatical research in Mexico and the MFA Program for Writers 35th anniversary. You can always find Owl & Spade online.