Janis Ian to deliver main address at 2012 Commencement
Grammy Award winner Janis Ian will deliver the main address at the 2012 Commencement on May 12.
Best known as a songwriter-singer, Janis is also a magazine columnist and science fiction author. Her autobiography, Society’s Child, received much acclaim upon publication in 2008. She has received several Grammy nominations and in 1975 won “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” for her hit record “At Seventeen." On Oct. 11, 1975, Ian and Billy Preston were the first musical guests on the debut of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Ian and the College have forged strong ties in recent years. In 2010 the Pearl Foundation, founded by Ian and named in honor of her late mother, established The Pearl Foundation Scholarship at Warren Wilson. Janis Ian and her partner, Patricia Snyder, oversee the foundation. This past summer, Ian was one of several Grammy Award winners who taught and performed at The Swannanoa Gathering during its 20th anniversary season.
Irwin Belk of Charlotte and Billy Edd Wheeler of Swannanoa will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters from the College during the commencement ceremony. They are the first recipients of honorary degrees from Warren Wilson.
You can find more information on 2012 Commencement here.
Five students receive 2012 Derieux Prizes for original research
Five students who presented their research at the annual meeting of the N.C. Academy of Science have been awarded Derieux Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The following Warren Wilson students received prizes for original research: Melanie Kemp, first place, physiology/toxicology/biochemistry; Jessica Schaner, second place, health/ environmental sciences; Alice Sloan, second place, ecology; Camille Taylor, third place, botany; and Laura Lilley, third place, physiology/toxicology/biochemistry. A total of 12 Warren Wilson students presented results of their research at the 2012 meeting. Over the years Warren Wilson students have won more N.C. Academy of Science awards for papers on their research than students from any other college or university in the state.
Register now for Weekend@Wilson — June 22-24
Online registration is open for Weekend@Wilson. Come to campus for a fun weekend full of interesting workshops, toe-tappin’ music and tasty barbecue for alumni and families. Workshop topics include aromatherapy, blacksmithing and much more. Some workshops fill up quickly so be sure to register soon. Click here to register. Contact Ally Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-771-2092, with questions or for more information.
May graduate awarded National Science Foundation fellowship
Skye Rios, a chemistry major from Eugene, Ore., who graduates on Saturday, has been awarded a coveted Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Rios plans to study quantum mechanics and renewable energy, specifically hydrogen production, in the physical chemistry department at the University of Colorado Boulder. In his personal statement submitted as part of the NSF fellowship application, Rios pointed to a course at Warren Wilson that sparked a strong interest in alternative fuels research. Read more.