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Leaves in the River

Autumn Leaves in the Swannanoa River. Photo by student Emily DeTroy, Yearbook Crew.

November 2011

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Mountain bike team earns silver at national championships
Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture
Joel B. Adams, Jr. Sustainability Scholarship
Jane Brox: Writer-in-residence
A woodworker’s legacy
AlumniLink
Weekend@Wilson 2012: Learn, Laugh, Live
WWC Alumni Board nominations
2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards
In the media
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Eva Wilson

Mountain bike team earns silver at national championships

The WWC mountain bike team earned the silver medal in Division II of the Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships, held in Angel Fire, N.M. The mountain bike team has now finished in the top three of Division II in the past nine national championships.

Eva Wilson highlighted the Owls' efforts, finishing first in the Women's Omnium after a 3rd place finish in the short track and downhill, a 5th place finish in the dual slalom, and a 6th place finish in the cross-country. Other highlights included Molly Friedland's 6th place Women's Omnium finish and Michael Flynn's 13th place Men's Omnium finish. Friedland finished 6th in the dual slalom and 8th in the downhill while Flynn finished 31st in the short track.

The Owl men were also led by freshman TJ Trotter's 17th place finish in the dual slalom and 36th place finish in the downhill. Fellow freshman Izzy Cohan placed 25th in the cross-country.

Complete results from the 2011 nationals.

Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture

Poet Holly Iglesias will be the speaker at the College’s Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., in Canon Lounge. A 3 p.m. reception with music by The Dixie Darlings precedes the free lecture, titled “From Bruegel to Snapshots: Framed by the Prose Poem.”

Iglesias is the author of two poetry collections, Angles of Approach and Souvenirs of a Shrunken World, as well as a work of literary criticism, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry. Earlier this year she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information contact Christine Nugent at 828-771-3061.

Joel Adams

Joel B. Adams, Jr. Sustainability Scholarship

At the WWC Board of Trustees fall meeting, President Sandy Pfeiffer announced that anonymous donors have established the Joel B. Adams, Jr. Sustainability Scholarship to honor the current board chair. The scholarship is a tangible way to recognize Joel, who has been a dedicated leader at the College for almost 20 years and is the father of two alumni.

“We are grateful for his unending commitment, his visionary style, his entertaining stories and his inspiring passion,” said Richard Blomgren, vice president for advancement, admission and marketing.

Scholarship funds will be awarded to new students who have made outstanding efforts in the field of sustainability.

“I have been involved in environmental issues since I was a teenager and am deeply honored that my friends want to make it possible for young people to experience some of the deep satisfaction that I have felt in this work,” Joel said. “I am truly humbled by this honor.”

To commemorate the occasion, Joel received candlesticks made by students on the Blacksmith Crew to serve as a visual reminder of the College’s gratitude for his leadership. In addition to current board members, President Emeritus Doug Orr; former trustees including Chuck Cole and John Ager; and members of Joel’s family attended to celebrate the announcement.

Jane Brox: Writer-in-residence

The College’s undergraduate writing program is hosting Jane Brox as the fall semester Writer-in-Residence. Brox will present a free public reading Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Sage Cafe.

Brox is the author of four books of creative nonfiction, including three that examine the dynamic changes in our landscapes: Clearing Land; Five Thousand Days Like This One, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Here and Nowhere Else, winner of the L.L Winship/PEN New England Award. Her most recent work, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, “unspools the story of light,” as one critic describes it.

For more information on the Nov. 15 public reading, call 828-771-2017.

A woodworker’s legacy

While much has changed at Warren Wilson since the early days of the Asheville Farm School, many of the values and traditions from that time are still a part of campus life. In 2009 the Work Program revived a longstanding crafts tradition by forming the Fine Woodworking Crew, where students learn woodworking skills and create handcrafted furniture and musical instruments.

The late Laile Hampton ’40 likely honed his woodworking skills at the Asheville Farm School where learning the trade was part of the curriculum. Throughout his career in radio communications, Mr. Hampton remained an amateur woodworker and maintained a well-equipped workshop. Later in life, he married Asheville Normal and Teachers College alumna Helen Anest. The Hamptons were active alums—returning for reunions, contributing to scholarships and volunteering for the alumni board. Since Mr. Hampton’s death in 2009, Mrs. Hampton has stayed connected to Warren Wilson. Now, she is helping the College’s woodworking tradition thrive by donating her husband’s power tools to the Fine Woodworking Crew.

Mr. Hampton once wrote, “The most useful lesson from my four years [at the Asheville Farm School] was self-confidence. If someone else can, so can you. How do you know it can’t be done if you don’t try?”

Because of the Hamptons’ generosity, students on the Fine Woodworking Crew have a chance to try for themselves, following in the footsteps of alumni like Laile Hampton who have gone before them.

AlumniLink

Connect with your fellow alumni through AlumniLink, our online alumni directory. AlumniLink allows you to search for alumni living in your area or working in your field, update your personal information, register for events and more. If you’ve already registered for AlumniLink, we hope you’re enjoying its features. If you have not yet registered, please visit AlumniLink to log in today.

Weekend@Wilson 2012: Learn, Laugh, Live

Mark June 22-24 on your calendars for Weekend@Wilson 2012. Alumni and families are invited to campus for a weekend of interesting workshops, toe-tappin’ music, tasty food and more. Details will be available this winter. In the meantime, check out pictures from Weekend@Wilson 2011 and contact Ally Donlan with any workshop ideas or questions.

WWC Alumni Board nominations

We are looking for alumni who attended or graduated in good standing from Warren Wilson or any of its predecessor institutions to be a part of the Alumni Board, starting October 2012. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, the deadline for nominations is Dec. 15, 2011. Contact Sarah El-Attar with any questions about the nomination process or about the responsibilities of the Alumni Board Committee.

Nominate someone.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations for 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open. The last day to submit a nomination is Jan. 1, 2011. Submit a nomination.

In the media

Billy Edd Wheeler ’53 and other artists honored for their contribution to music

Giving Your College Campus a Green Glow

From the Echo: Great Smoky Mountains slideshow

Frontiers Yet Unknown: The History of Warren Wilson College

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