2013 Distinguished Service Award Winners

This award goes to a person(s) who has demonstrated particular dedication and support of the ideals and principles of Warren Wilson College even though the person may not have had an official relationship to the College. It may be awarded to a member of its faculty, administration or supervisory staff, its Board of Trustees, National Board of Visitors, or Board of Church Visitors or Alumni would be eligible.
The award is given only to a person who had dedicated his or her time, talents, or resources beyond the call of duty in the service of the College.                  

John and Nada ('60) Cail

Nada graduated from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Library Science and English. Since WWC, she has received several advanced degrees in the areas of Library Science, Human Resources & Public Administration and Religion. She has demonstrated dedication to the principles of Warren Wilson through her involvement in both community and church activities. She and her husband John volunteered at WWC from 2001-07. Nada donated her time in Academic Affairs, Advancement, Career Services, and the International Student Office. Nada states that "the college played a major role in who I am today.” John is a retired System Analysis Manager of a Computer Aid Design Department. He has been involved in many volunteer efforts including building houses in Sri Lanka and in Zambia. While at WWC, John volunteered in Computer Services where he repaired computers and designed and coded various systems for the Dean of Student Office, the WWC Post Office, Campus Security and to track OSHA requirements.


Buz and Marilyn Eichman

Buz and Marilyn Eichman volunteered at the College from 2002 to 2009. During this time Buz worked with the Electric Crew and Marilyn worked in student services, the Office of the Dean of Students and at the College Farm. In addition to on-campus volunteer work, the Eichmans assisted twice with Katrina Relief service projects. In 2004 Buz and Marilyn received the WWC Volunteer of the Year Award and in 2009 they were recipients of both the Staff Teaching Excellence Award and the Staff Service-Learning Leadership Award.  Since leaving Warren Wilson, they continue their service work at Habitat for Humanity, Center for the Performing Arts, Baskets of Hope, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and a number of other organizations.




June and Mel Seifert


Mel is a retired professor from Sheldon Jackson College where he taught various classes in biology, geology, mariculture and math and June was previously employed at her alma mater, Tusculum College in Greenville, TN. Mel and June met while volunteering with the Presbytery in the Volunteers in Mission program. There, they befriended Marilyn and Buz Eichman, who introduced them to the College. Mel was excited about volunteering because of the College’s unique work program and option to work outside, a task he fulfills each day as an assistant in landscaping.  June has been an invaluable asset in the purchasing department, a post she has maintained for 10 years. The Seiferts began their journey at the College in 2004 and have stayed ever since.



Bruce and Pat Willever