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Homecoming: October 10 - 12, 2014

Online registration is now closed.
If you would like to attend the BBQ on Friday evening, tickets can be purchased down at the farm for $15.

Contact Kelly Ball at or (828) 771-5810 with questions.

See who else is attending Homecoming!

For more information regarding Homecoming, please contact Ellen Querin, Director of Community Relations, at (828) 771-2092 or


Homecoming Schedule

Friday, October 10


7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Orr Cottage
Bird Walk 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Morse Natural Science Building
Bannerman Golf Tournament* 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Black Mountain Golf Course
Bookstore Hours 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lower Gladfelter
Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints Gallery Tour 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Elizabeth Holden Gallery (current exhibit: Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Alumni Raft Trip* 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Meet in front of Gladfelter
Campus Tour** 11:00 a.m. Admissions Office, Lower Orr Cottage
Garden Market 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gladfelter Patio
Green Walkabout 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Orr Cottage Patio
d_SPaCE Drop-in 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Library
Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni 2:00 p.m. Sage Cafe
Service Opportunity** 2:30 - 4:45 p.m. Meet at Ransom Service Learning
Service of Remembrance 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. WWC Cemetery (Meet at 2:45 outside the Chapel to take a shuttle)
Natural Science Alumni Reception 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ferguson Courtyard
Outdoor Leadership Gathering 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mitchell House
Sukkot Shabbat Dinner* 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Garden Cabin
BBQ Dinner*
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Farm
Bonfire (weather permitting) Dusk Farm
WWC Athletics Hall of Fame and Team of Excellence Induction
6:30 p.m. DeVries Gym
Men's Basketball vs. Alumni 8:30 p.m. DeVries Gym

Saturday, October 11

WWC 5K Fun Run Registration 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. In front of DeVries
WWC 5K Fun Run* 8:00 a.m. In front of DeVries
Homecoming Registration 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Orr Cottage
Alumni Breakfast** 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pavilion
Awards and Recognition Ceremony/Alumni Association Meeting 10:00  -11:15 a.m. Pavilion
70's Tennis Team Reunion
11:00 a.m. Tennis Courts
Bookstore Hours 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Lower Gladfelter
Alumni Lunch* 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Canon Lounge
Festival on the Field Noon - 4:30 p.m. Soccer Field
Women's Soccer vs. Berea College 1:00 p.m. Soccer Field
Elizabeth Holden Gallery (current exhibit: Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints) 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Holden
Men's Soccer vs. Berea College 3:00 p.m. Soccer Field
Social Work Alumni Reception and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony
4:30 p.m. Orr Cottage Patio
Reunion Dinners* Evening Various Locations
Warren Wilson College Showcase Dinner* 6:00 p.m. Canon Lounge
Out Monologues 7:00 p.m. Garden Cabin
Alumni Music Concert
7:30 p.m.


Sara Benincasa: A Comedian Comes Home to WWC 10:00 p.m. Sage Café

Sunday, October 12

Japanese Indigo Harvest and Dye Workshop 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. drop-in Fiber Arts Studio
Choir Rehearsal 9:30 a.m. WWC Chapel
Brunch 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gladfelter
Church Service 11:00 a.m. Chapel
Potluck Dinner for Alumni**
12:15 p.m. Upper Fellowship Hall


* Requires preregistration and payment.    

** Free, but please preregister.

Homecoming 2014 Event Descriptions

Friday, October 10

Bird Walk, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Nora Livingston, a senior majoring in Environmental Studies, will lead a bird walk. Meet outside the Morse Natural Science Building and be prepared to walk the River Trail which offers a variety of regional bird life. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginning birders welcomed. Rain or shine.

Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament*, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   
Have fun shooting a round of golf in support of scholarships! Registration fee includes breakfast, one mulligan, greens fees, cart and lunch at the Black Mountain Golf Course. Please arrange your own transportation to the golf course for this event. Cost: $65. You can either sign up online or download the registration form.

Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints Gallery Tour*, 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints, a joint exhibition with Warren Wilson College and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design features recent quilts and prints made by four accomplished artists from the community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. We will meet at the Elizabeth Holden Gallery, which is located on campus and engage with Julie Caro, co- curator and faculty member and student docents. Together we will travel to The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in downtown Asheville to view the rest of the exhibition. This is the first time the Gee’s Bend quilts and prints will be shown in our region. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The morning will conclude with a dutch-treat lunch at Tod’s Tasties, a Montford restaurant owned by Jacob ’98 and Alicia Sessoms ’00. Cost ($5) includes transportation. Maximum participants: 13

Alumni River Raft Trip*, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Take a four-mile guided raft trip down the French Broad River. This trip is open to children age nine and older if accompanied by an adult. Cost ($15) includes transportation and a bag lunch. Trip departs from the front of Gladfelter. Maximum participants: 11 

Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m.
Guided by a current student, the tour is an opportunity to see everything that’s changed and everything that’s stayed the same since your time here. Meet in the Admissions Office, Lower Level Orr Cottage.

Garden Market, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Meander through the Garden Market in front of Gladfelter and see freshly harvested food from our Garden.  You can purchase garden items and take a taste of Warren Wilson home with you! 

Green Walkabout©, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The Green Walkabout inspires and informs. Take a walking tour of campus and experience sustainability and resilience initiatives that have earned WWC national acclaim in the areas of food systems, waste reduction, landscaping, forestry, green building and more. Meet at Orr Cottage patio outside Admissions Office.

d_SPaCE Drop-in, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
How is technology helping us rethink the Triad? Come visit the new Technology Laboratory in the Library to see how faculty, crew supervisors and students are harnessing new technologies in work, academics, and service. See how a 21st-century drone can help us better understand a 16th-century Spanish settlement. Watch a 3D printer create a topographic map, mathematical model, or prop for the latest theater production. Explore a library that is moving way beyond books.

Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni. 2:00 p.m.
Warren Wilson College's highly-regarded Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers celebrated its 38th anniversary this summer. The nation's first low-residency MFA program, it is also widely considered the finest.  We invite you to experience the writing side of Warren Wilson, featuring:

Debra Allbery: Program Director and MFA faculty member since 1995
Gary Hawkins: WWC MFA 1995 and WWC Associate Dean
Matthew Olzmann: WWC MFA 2009, former Beebe Fellow and current WWC faculty
Nathan Poole: WWC MFA 2011 and current Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow

Service Opportunity: Dr. Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain**, 2:30-4:45 p.m.
Serve with fellow alumni and members of the Service Learning Crew at the Black Mountain Community Garden. This community garden provides a space for families of the Swannanoa Valley to grow their own produce, supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families through local agencies, and teaches children and adults the life-long skills of growing food and sharing with your neighbor. Come play in soil, harvest the summer bounty and get crops planted for the winter. Please preregister for this event. Maximum participants: 6. Meet at Ransom Service Learning.

Service of Remembrance, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Join us as we remember those who have gone before us in Warren Wilson College history.  Gather outside the Chapel at 2:45 p.m. if you would like to ride the shuttle to the service or meet at the cemetery at 3:00 p.m.

Natural Science Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Stop by the Ferguson Courtyard to visit with science alumni and professors.

Outdoor Leadership Gathering, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
An opportunity to visit with ODL alumni and professors.

Sukkot Shabbat Dinner for Students, Families, and Alumni*, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

"Kehila" (the Jewish Student Association/WWC Hillel) is hosting a vegetarian/vegan friendly dinner to celebrate Shabbat and Sukkot (the holiday of harvest and pilgrimage) at the Garden Cabin. It will coincide with the BBQ dinner, leaving plenty of time for those who want to venture down to the Farm for square dancing and the bonfire. This event is open to all students, their families, and alumni. We will celebrate the holiday with local fruit and veggies cuisines, and we welcome you to bring your own FAVORITE FAMILY dish to share if you’d like. Light some candles, sing some Shabbat songs and hang out with new and old friends. Bring an instrument if you like for music jamming. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! PLEASE REGISTER SO WE CAN HAVE ENOUGH FOOD FOR ALL. Email if you have any questions. Cost: Adults, $12; Children 7-12, $5; Students and Children under 6, Free

BBQ Dinner*, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Head down to the Farm for our traditional feast of freshly smoked pulled pork or barbecued tofu.  The WWC Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands will provide lively entertainment and music for dancing.  A bonfire will keep us warm as the sun sets and wagon rides are offered too, weather permitting.  It’s an event for the entire campus, so students, staff and faculty are invited to join in the fun. Food service from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: Adults: $12; $15 day of event; Children 7-12, $5; Children under 6, Free. Students are free but do not need to register for this dinner since it is included in their meal plan.

Athletics Hall of Fame and Team of Excellence Induction, 6:30 p.m.
The Warren Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame and Team of Excellence induction ceremony will take place in DeVries Gymnasium (alumni basketball game to follow at approximately 8:30 p.m.). Hall of Fame Inductees: Talma Lou Farris '57, Herb Davis '69, Bart Bellairs '79, Dave Vozka '59, Aydin Gonulsen '65. The 1959 Baseball Team will receive the Team of Excellence honor.

Men's Basketball vs. Alumni, 8:30 p.m.
Come see your first glimpse of the 2014-2015 edition of the Warren Wilson College men's basketball team.  All alumni are invited to attend and participate.

Saturday, October 11

WWC 5K Fun Run*, 8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a peaceful 3.1 mile run or walk around the Warren Wilson campus.  Meet in front of DeVries Gym to register and take your mark.  The course will be marked, and all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.  Registration fees ($5) and all additional donations support the WWC Athletics Fund.

Alumni Breakfast**, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Join us before the Alumni Awards Ceremony for a Warren Wilson-style breakfast complete with WWC sausage biscuits and mimosas!

Awards & Recognition Ceremony at the Annual Association Meeting, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Join us as we honor our alumni award recipients and vote on the new Alumni Association Board members. Alumni Award winners include the following: Distinguished Alumni--Tim Deuitch '83; Distinguished Community Service--Darrel Beck '59; Distinguished Service--Congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel; Young Alumni Award--Morgan Williams '08.

70's Tennis Team Reunion, 11:00 a.m.
An open invitation to all who played on the tennis teams in the 70’s. Please meet at the tennis courts at 11:00 a.m. Bring tennis rackets, tennis balls provided – or drop by. Let us know you’re coming by contacting Al Mack ’76 at; cell (252) 636-7962 or Dale Fender ’78 at or (828) 289-9399.

Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30 p.m.

Spend time with your friends and family Saturday afternoon on the soccer field where you’ll find crafts by students, local and alumni artisans, as well as items created by our own Work Crews ‒ including Fine Woodworking and Fiber Arts. Be sure to bring a little extra cash or your checkbook to purchase your favorite items. And to also temp you ‒ delicious food prepared by student and staff vendors, local food trucks and the ultimate in tasty treats available from Ultimate Ice Cream! This year, we are excited to have a kids tent staffed by WWC students to provide activities for our younger guests! Would you like to be a vendor at Festival this year? If you have art, crafts, baked goods, or other creative items to sell, contact Kelly Christianson at 828-771-2039 or to be a vendor!

Alumni Lunch*, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join your classmates for great food and fellowship in Canon Lounge. The class of '49 will have a table reserved to celebrate their 65th reunion. Space for lunch is limited and preregistration is required. Cost: $14.50.

Social Work Alumni Reception and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony, 4:30 p.m.

The social work department invites all alumni to attend a reception and the induction ceremony into the Phi Alpha honor society at the Orr Cottage Patio.

Reunion Dinners*, Various Locations and Times throughout the Evening

Enjoy the time together as you reminisce about your days here at WWC. The GAR (classes in the fifties), the class of 1964, and the class of 1959 will all celebrate milestone anniversaries. Separate registration required. Click here for more info.

Warren Wilson Showcase Dinner*, 6:00 p.m.

Join staff, alumni, students, and their families for a dinner highlighting Warren Wilson’s Triad. The meal will feature local food and the program will explore students' Triad experiences and more. Cost: Adults - $17; Children 7-12 - $10; Students / Children Under 6  - Free

Out Monologues, 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for the Out Monologues in celebration of National Coming Out Day. Come hear students' coming out experiences and share your own. If you have any questions or want to participate, please contact Lukas LaRiviere in the Center for Gender and Relationships at This event is located in the Garden Cabin.

Alumni Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Come to the Pavilion on Saturday night for a special concert organized by music faculty members Phil Jamison and Kevin Kehrberg. The concert will feature an array of WWC alumni, including possible appearances by current and former faculty. This will be a night of great music showcasing the legacy of traditional and Appalachian music at WWC. Don’t miss it! The rain site will be the Recital Hall in Kittredge. Interested in performing? Email Phil Jamison (

Sara Benincasa: A Comedian Comes Home to WWC, 10:00 p.m.
Author, comedian and proud alum Sara Benincasa (Sara Donnelly '05) shares funny, silly, heartwarming stories of the many ways in which her time at Wilson has influenced her life as an entertainer and writer in Hollywood, New York City, and beyond. Free and open to the Warren Wilson College Community. There is limited seating in Sage Café.

Sunday, October 12

Japanese Indigo Harvest and Dye Workshop, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. drop-in
Join Fiber Arts Crew and local fiber artist Eileen Hallman for our third and final Japanese Indigo harvest of the year. We will experiment with a variety of processes to extract the various colors hidden within the indigo leaves. We will test the dyes on a variety of fibers including our very own Warren Wilson wool. Feel free to join us at any time during this process to learn more about Indigo, the Fiber Arts Crew, and our involvement with creating a local sustainable fiber community.
Directions to Fiber Arts Studio: Follow signs - Look for the 3rd red gate past Kittridge parking lot, or follow the Fortune trail from the Village dorms. We are located in the brick house at the top of the hill. (Fortune Property, 817 Warren Wilson Rd)

Choir Rehearsal, Church Service, Potluck Dinner**, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join your classmates for song and worship followed by a potluck dinner sponsored by the congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church at the College Chapel. During the dinner, the Congregation will have a special recognition of their Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Warren Wilson College Alumni Board.(The formal presentation will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. during the Awards & Recognition Ceremony at the Annual Association Meeting)

Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Brunch in Gladfelter will be available, pay at the door.


* Requires preregistration and payment.    ** Free, but please preregister.