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.
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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.
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
Visit the campus bookstore online to shop for WWC T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other college flair.
Inside Warren Wilson College
The Green Calendar
Owl & Spade
Catalyst – environmental news
Physics Photo of the Week
The Story Behind
WWC Emergency Information Line