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Part of Fort San Juan

Part of Fort San Juan revealed at the Berry archaeology site.
Photo courtesy of Exploring Joara Project

July 2013

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WWC professor, colleagues discover remains of earliest inland fort
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 names Warren Wilson among 20 Best Buys
MFA Program for Writers has 17 new graduates
Environmental Leadership Center Intern in the Field
Summer Open House
Weekend @ Wilson
Homecoming and Family Weekend—October 4-6
In the media
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Archaeologists (l-r) Robin Beck, David Moore, Christopher Rodning. Photo courtesy of Exploring Joara Project

WWC professor, colleagues discover remains of earliest inland fort

After years of excavations, archaeologists at the Berry site near Morganton, N.C., are confident they have now made a definitive discovery removing any doubt that the site is the location of the earliest European settlement in the North American interior.

Warren Wilson College professor David Moore and a team of archaeologists are certain they have located the remains of Fort San Juan itself, not just the houses in which Spanish soldiers lived in 1567-1568. The fort was the first and largest of the garrisons that Spanish Captain Juan Pardo established as part of an ill-fated effort to colonize what is now the American South.

“Our work at the Berry site helps us to learn more about the early and critical period of interaction between the Native peoples and European colonizers,” says Moore, field school director at the site. “It’s a complex and compelling story that foretells the troubles and tragedies faced by Native Americans over the next several centuries. At the same time, it is a story of native resilience, a story that also reflects the position of native peoples today.”

Read more and watch videos on The New York Times website and in The Charlotte Observer about the discovery of the fort’s remains.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 names Warren Wilson among 20 Best Buys

Fiske Guide For the eighth time since 2005, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has chosen Warren Wilson College as one of the nation’s 20 “Best Buys” among private colleges and universities. According to the 2014 guide, schools “qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance” – or as the book also puts it, “outstanding academics with relatively modest prices.” With tuition and fees of under $30,000 for the 2013-14 academic year, Warren Wilson is rated as “inexpensive” in relation to other private colleges and universities in the selective guide. Students also receive a credit of nearly $3,500 per academic year for their participation in the campus work program.

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MFA Program for Writers has 17 new graduates

The distinct emphasis of the College’s MFA Program for Writers is on quality as opposed to quantity. Thus, a graduating class of 17 – as was the case at the July 2013 Graduation Ceremony – is not at all undersized for a program that has intentionally remained small despite the large number of applications for admission each year.

You can read the Graduation Address by longtime faculty member Charles Baxter.

The latest accomplished MFA class made it through the rigors of a demanding program that requires, in part, successful completion of four semester projects and a thesis manuscript of poetry or fiction of high quality. They departed having earned a degree with the guidance of an exceptionally able and dedicated faculty, in a program that publications such as The Atlantic have ranked among the best anywhere. And upon graduation, MFA alumni have published several hundred books over the years, perhaps as good a testament as any to the strength of the program. As usual, each degree candidate gave a public reading on campus in the days—and even minutes, in some cases—leading up to the graduation ceremony.



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Alex Guyton
Alex relocates loggerhead sea turtle eggs above the tide line.

Environmental Leadership Center Intern in the Field

The College’s Environmental Leadership Center internships provide students with the opportunity to gain an inside look at a particular field, organization and potential career. These opportunities help forge life-long commitments to environmental and social responsibility. The experiential learning provided by an internship is a crucial component of a college education and sets our graduates apart from his or her peers even more.

This summer environmental studies major Alex Guyton ’14 is an intern at Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown, S.C. She writes, "The classes I have taken at Warren Wilson have helped to give me a greater understanding of my interests, and my passion and enthusiasm for these subjects have come from my first-hand experiences and internships. At the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Preserve our work is mostly related to wildlife conservation. Through my environmental studies at Warren Wilson I have gained an understanding of conservation, but this knowledge only became valuable when I put it into action. My internship has been instrumental in helping me figure out what kind of work I would be interested in."

Summer Open House

The College’s Summer Open House for prospective students happily coincided with Asheville’s first dry day of July and what a terrific day it was. About 80 students and their families were on campus to participate in a variety of activities, beginning with music and warm welcomes in Kittredge Theater from President Steve Solnick and Dawn Medley, Warren Wilson’s new vice president of enrollment and marketing. The students and their families were able to engage with many of the College’s faculty and staff throughout the day. They also spent time on campus tours, in financial aid presentations and in sessions learning about the application process. And no Open House would be complete without an opportunity to participate in the Green Walkabout, which tells the story of sustainability at Warren Wilson College.

If you missed the Summer Open House, not to worry – at least one Open House will be held on campus this fall. Call 800-934-3536 or email Monique Cote to learn more.

Weekend @ Wilson

During a hot summer weekend in June, over 120 alumni and parents took part in Weekend@Wilson, an annual event that offers an eclectic range of workshops, an opportunity to stay on campus, and perhaps most importantly, a chance to connect with other members of the Warren Wilson College community. This year, participants had a chance to make a terrarium, clamber up the climbing wall, cane a footstool or turn real life into fiction, among other things. There was also plenty of time to listen to good music by alum Joe Hallock ’00, hear about a current student’s study abroad experience and simply enjoy the beauty of campus during the summer time. We hope you make plans to join us next year at Weekend@Wilson 2014 on June 27-29.

Check out photos from this year’s event

Homecoming and Family Weekend—October 4-6

Return home this fall for a chance to visit with old friends, explore Festival on the Field, square dance down on the Farm and so much more. Special events include celebrating this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, cheering on the cross-country team and honoring our 2013 alumni award winners.

Family Weekend is a chance to enjoy time with your student this fall. Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are invited to join us. Spend your time attending classes, rafting down the French Broad, cheering on the Owls in soccer and more.

For more information on these events, contact Ally Wilson.

In the media

Music from Rayna Gellert '98

Swim Coach Andrew Pulsifer places 3rd in World 10-mile Championship

Spring 2013 Owl & Spade

MFA Program for Writers Director Debra Allbery reads Of Evanescence

New novel by MFA alumnus Dale Neal '89

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