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Homecoming

Horse Crew hayrides at Homecoming

October 2012

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WWC Timbersports Team
Mountain bike team and canoe/kayak club win southeastern championships
Greg Neeley named men’s basketball coach
McDuff to deliver Summers Lecture
2012 Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture
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Homecoming

On a beautiful fall weekend in early October, the College community celebrated Homecoming and Family Weekend. Alumni reminisced and reconnected with their classmates and friends while families spent time with their students. Weekend highlights included the traditional barbecue and square dance, soccer games, Festival on the Field and reunion dinners. Take a look at Homecoming and Family Weekend photos.

A new addition to the schedule was the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Dave Davis '83, Sam DeVries, Hugh Himan, Ernst Laursen '49 and Sam Millar joined 2010 inductee Rodney Lytle '73 as charter members of the WWC Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Former staff member Jill Drzewiecki Rios placed a copy of the book Sacred Acts in the hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in Rome, Italy, last week. Faculty Mallory McDuff edited the book Sacred Acts, which documents the work of congregations addressing climate change. Jill Rios now lives in Rome and was a contributor to the book.

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WWC Timbersports

WWC Timbersports Team

The College’s newly formed timbersports team, coached by Forestry Crew supervisor Shawn Swartz, competed at the 15th Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet at the Cradle of Forestry Forest Festival Day on Oct. 2. The team achieved first place in women’s and men’s stocksaws; third in pulp toss, pole fell, ax throw and bolt split; and fourth place in Jack and Jill crosscut. Participating colleges included Penn State Mont Alto, Virginia Tech, NC State, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Warren Wilson. The team was extremely appreciative of all the support they received from other competitors.

You can read more about the timbersports team here and watch a video of the Jack and Jill crosscut event.

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Mountain bike team and canoe/kayak club win southeastern championships

In the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) championships, the mountain bike team competed in the University of Florida's Super Cool Mountain Bike Race. With the results combined throughout the season, the Warren Wilson Owls finished in an impressive first place in the SECCC conference.

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Using an entire team effort, the canoe/kayak team took home the team championship at the Southeastern Intercollegiate Championships Oct. 6-7 on the Tuckasegee River. The Owls used a first place finish in the team relay to clinch the victory.

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Greg Neeley named men’s basketball coach

Greg Neeley, who turned around the men’s basketball program at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind., in his two seasons as head coach, has been named head men’s coach and sports information director.

“Coach Neeley is a great fit for our basketball program,” WWC Athletic Director Stacey Enos said. “He is a hard worker—evident by his success at Ancilla—and is a proponent of incorporating service into a team's experience.”

Neeley succeeds Kevin Walden, who accepted the head coaching position at Knox College in late August after leading Warren Wilson to its first winning record since the 1980s this past season. The Owls ended the season with a nine-game winning streak and a No. 9 ranking in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association.

“I’m looking forward to working with our student-athletes and all the entities on campus to continue the positive momentum of the men’s basketball program,” Neeley said.

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Mallory McDuff

McDuff to deliver Summers Lecture

Mallory McDuff, professor of environmental studies and outdoor leadership, will deliver the College’s annual Andy Summers Memorial Lecture on Nov. 14.

Her talk, titled "Sacred Acts: A Religious-Environmental Road Trip of Transformation for Creation," begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center and is free and open to the public.

McDuff is author of Natural Saints: How People of Faith are Working to Save God’s Earth and Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate. For people of all faiths, her books give specific ideas for sacred acts of justice, from creating church gardens to implementing energy audits.

Summers, who died in 2008 after rapid onset of leukemia, was the longtime minister to students at Warren Wilson. He also taught in the College’s peace and justice studies department.

For more information about the 2012 Summers lecture, contact Paul Magnarella, pmagnarella@warren-wilson.edu or 828-771-2014.

2012 Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture

Russell Banks will be the speaker at the Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. A 3 p.m. reception with music by The Dixie Darlings precedes the free lecture.

Russell Banks has received the Ingram Merrill Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Laure Bataillon Prize for best work of fiction translated into French. Banks was New York State Author (2004-2008) and is the founder and President of Cities of Refuge North America.

For more information about the Harwood-Cole lecture, contact Christine Nugent at 828-771-3061 or nugent@warren-wilson.edu.

In the media

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Elements of life and art with Susan Wells ’97

Notable Tar Heels inspire Young Writers Scholarship

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