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Service Day

New students hard at work during Service Day

August 2013

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2013 Service Day helps partners tackle food security
President Solnick to deliver Constitution Day lecture
WWC ranked a top liberal arts college in Washington Monthly
Athletic Department launches Owls Sports Network
Christian Diaz ’12 leads voter registration campaigns
Registration Now Open: Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 4-6
Reception in Cambridge, Mass.
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2013 Service Day helps partners tackle food security

To say that a festive atmosphere prevails as people gather at Morris’ Community Pavilion for the College’s annual Service Day is understating things a bit.

On August 23, a sea of blue spilled over the pavilion lawn, blue being the color selected for 2013 Service Day T-shirts, with this motto: Rooted in Community. As recorded music resounded from the pavilion where a continental breakfast was served, students came together in their peer groups in anticipation of traveling in buses and other vehicles to their respective work sites. At a break in the music, Dean of Service Cathy Kramer officially started the day with an enthusiastic “Happy Service Day!” greeting to the more than 370 students, faculty and staff at the pavilion.

With hunger a persistent problem in Asheville and Western North Carolina, Service Day focused on food security for the fourth consecutive year. Among the 21 sites in Asheville, Swannanoa and Black Mountain were school gardens and programs, community gardens and food banks. Each of these College partners is clearly doing its part to help combat hunger in Buncombe County, and beyond in some cases.

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President Solnick to deliver Constitution Day lecture

The College is celebrating U.S. Constitution Day 2013 on Sept. 17 with a lecture on democracy by President Solnick. The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Student Center.

Solnick, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, was assistant and then associate professor of political science at Columbia University for nine years before joining the Ford Foundation in 2002. He became Warren Wilson’s seventh president in July 2012.

The annual Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. For more information about the Solnick lecture, sponsored by Warren Wilson’s Lyceum Committee, call 828-771-2092.

WWC ranked a top liberal arts college in Washington Monthly

The College is rated among Washington Monthly's top Liberal Arts Colleges nationwide. WWC ranks fourth in the category of "Service staff, courses and financial aid support," and 15th in "Community service participation and hours served." During the past academic year, the College’s undergraduate student body of fewer than 900 logged more than 48,000 hours of service to community. WWC also ranked 55th overall of 255 liberal arts colleges nationally. Read more about Washington Monthly's "A Different Kind of College Ranking".

Athletic Department launches Owls Sports Network

The new Owls Sports Network will broadcast all home soccer matches and most home basketball games. In addition to the live broadcasts the Owls Sports Network will feature interviews and discussion from coaches and student-athletes from all sports programs. Providing the play-by-play for the Owls Sports Network is the voice of the Owls, Chris Schieman, a broadcasting veteran who has called major college tournaments like the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship and the 2013 NAIA Softball Championship. The Owls Sports Network will be interactive, and fans will be able to participate. "I love hearing from listeners during the broadcasts," Schieman said. Fans can ask questions, give shout-outs, or have their comments on air by using the #WWOwls hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

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Christian Diaz

Christian Diaz ’12 leads voter registration campaigns

In 2009, Christian Diaz ’12 left his home in Chicago, Ill., for Warren Wilson—a setting drastically different from the urban environment in which he was raised. Growing up in a predominately Latino neighborhood, Diaz’s race was rarely an issue. Being exposed to social and cultural differences on campus made him acutely aware of his race and pushed him to become more involved in racial justice advocacy.

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Registration Now Open: Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 4-6

Return home this fall to visit with friends, explore Festival on the Field, square dance down on the Farm and so much more. Special events for Homecoming 2013 include an Alumni Art Tour in Asheville, a special WWC breakfast before the WWC Alumni Association meeting and an alumni concert. See the full schedule and register online .

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. Dance down on the Farm, attend a poetry reading from our renowned MFA for Writers alumni, cheer on the Owls in soccer and more. See the full schedule and register online .

For more information on these events, contact Ally Wilson .

Reception in Cambridge, Mass.

If you are in the Boston area, join us Tues, Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m., at Grafton Street Pub and Grill in Cambridge, Mass., to meet other WWC friends and hear the latest news about the College. RSVP to Kelly Ball or 828-771-5810.

In the media

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Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools ranking

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