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Garden Market

Produce at a summer afternoon Garden Market

June 2012

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In the garden with Dylan Watters ’13
2012 Commencement
Summer Open House
The Magnarella Family Faculty Scholarship Award
MFA Program for Writers: Lectures and readings
New in Career Services: Sophomore Externship
Swannanoa Gathering
McDuff to read at Malaprops
Make a gift to the Warren Wilson College Fund by June 30
Owl & Spade Alumni Notes
In the media
Links

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In the garden with Dylan Watters ’13

Majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainable agriculture, Dylan Watters found his niche through Warren Wilson’s Triad of academics, work and service. For Dylan, the Triad is grounded in sustainable agriculture, a scholastic direction he discovered through his experience in the College garden. "I learn so much through my own personal research in the gardens that I’m always questioning the state of agriculture. I have to push that envelope."

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Graduation

2012 Commencement

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian sang and spoke to the delight of graduates, families, friends and alumni gathered on Sunderland Lawn for 2012 Commencement. Ian began her address by performing her unforgettable song “At Seventeen,” a hit single for which she won a 1975 Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.” After the song, Ian placed her guitar on the stand and began encouraging the 222 graduates, a record number for the College, to “Live as though there is nothing on earth to fear.” You can take a look at the commencement photos here and read the commencement address here.

Summer Open House

Are you a prospective student or know someone who is? Summer Open House is Friday, July 13. The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and an Appalachian music concert. The schedule includes a student-led campus tour; lunch with faculty and staff; and information sessions on admission, the Triad and financial aid. For more information, email Monique Cote or call 1-800-934-3536.

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Graduation

The Magnarella Family Faculty Scholarship Award

Created in 2011 and funded by WWC Director of Peace and Justice Studies Paul Magnarella and his family, the Magnarella Family Faculty Scholarship rewards full-time faculty members for achievement in scholarly empirical and/or theoretical publications. The award may be made for recent significant publications or for lifetime achievements with evidence of continuing scholarly productivity. At the College’s annual awards ceremony, sociology/anthropology professor Siti Kusujiarti was named the first recipient of the award. Pictured in the photo above are Paul and Sharlene Magnarella, Siti Kusujiarti and President Sandy Pfeiffer.

MFA Program for Writers: Lectures and readings

Held biannually, an intensive 10-day residency period serves as a principal component of the MFA Program for Writers and as the foundation of a supportive, committed community of writers. Each student attends the residency as a prerequisite to the semester's study. The 2012 summer residency takes place July 5-15. Plan to visit campus during that time to take advantage of morning lectures and evening readings in fiction and poetry at no charge. You can find a schedule here.

New in Career Services: Sophomore Externship

What is it like to do that kind of work every day? Will I find this kind of work satisfying? How do you balance being on-call with your personal life?

These are just a few of the questions on the minds of sophomores as they begin to dig deeper into their Warren Wilson Triad experience. Career Services’ newly launched Sophomore Externship Program is designed to help students seek answers to their questions. In an externship, a student typically shadows an experienced member of an organization or company while performing daily tasks. The externship gives the student a taste of a potential career.

“The primary goal of this program is to provide a student with a structured, hands-on opportunity to experience the ‘world of work,’ without the longer term commitment of an internship or job,” WWC Director of Career Services Wendy Seligmann said.

The externships will take place during a two-week period during winter break before classes begin in January. What is distinctive about this program is that the student will also have a homestay with the externship sponsor. The homestay provides an opportunity for sponsors and externs to go beyond the workday they just shared. They talk about life at Warren Wilson. They discuss family, neighborhoods and communities of all kinds. They talk about politics, social change, films, food and more.

If you're interested in sponsoring an externship, please email Wendy Seligmann or call her at 828-771-3759.

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Swannanoa Gathering

Swannanoa Gathering

Founded in 1991 by President Emeritus Douglas M. Orr, Jr., The Swannanoa Gathering is the College's continuing education program that consists of weeklong workshops in folk arts in July and August. With a limited enrollment and an open format that allows each student to select their own curriculum from a variety of courses, The Swannanoa Gathering offers an intimate, supportive community experience for students of all abilities, featuring a staff of some of the finest performers and teachers in the world. Check out the Gathering website to learn more about the workshops.

McDuff to read at Malaprops

Outdoor leadership/environmental studies professor Mallory McDuff will present a reading from her latest book, Sacred Arts: How Churches are Working to Protect the Earth’s Climate, on Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s in Asheville. Her reading and talk will focus on the work of congregations to address climate change. McDuff will be joined by Rev. Shelly Webb of the Oakley United Methodist Church and Rev. Joe Hoffman of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Make a gift to the Warren Wilson College Fund by June 30

Please consider a contribution to the Warren Wilson College Fund this year to help us provide financial aid and scholarships to our passionate, engaged students. Our goal is $525,000 and we need you to help us reach it by June 30. Gifts at all levels will benefit our students and the Triad through which they learn and grow. Make a gift now to support our students. Thank you!

Owl &Spade alumni notes

Be sure to send us your alumni notes for the fall issue of Owl &Spade. Take a few minutes to tell us what’s going on in your life. Indicate dates and places of events so we get the facts straight. If you have a high-resolution photograph to accompany the note, please send it along. Email your news to alumni@warren-wilson.edu, including your name, class year, email address and phone number.

In the media

Environmental studies professor wins New York Times Magazine essay contest

A student’s conversation with Michael Mann on climate science and climate wars

2011-12 WWC Yearbook

A poem by MFA Program for Writers Director Debra Allbery

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