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Save the Date: Homecoming 2014 is October 10-12.

Please note: This year Homecoming will be held the 2nd weekend of October!

Registration opens on August 18 at 8:00 am.

Click here to see pictures from Homecoming 2013.

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



See what happened at Homecoming 2013:

Friday, October 4


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

Orr Cottage
Bannerman Golf Tournament* 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Black Mountain Golf Course
Alumni Art Tour** 8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Meet in front of Gladfelter
Bookstore Hours 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lower Gladfelter
WWC Forest Walk** 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of Chapel
Alumni Raft Trip* 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Meet in front of Gladfelter
Admission Tour** 11:00 a.m. Lower Orr Cottage
Admission Information Session** 11:00 a.m. Lower Orr Cottage
Garden Market 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gladfelter Patio
Green Walkabout 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Orr Cottage Patio
Poetry and Fiction Reading with MFA Director and Alumni 2:00 p.m. Sage Cafe
Service Opportunity** 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Black Mountain Community Garden
Service of Remembrance 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. WWC Cemetery
d_SPace Drop-in 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Library
Natural Science Alumni Reception 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ferguson Courtyard
Theatre Alumni Reception 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Kittredge Theatre
Blue and Green Intersquad Swim Meet 4:00 p.m. DeVries Aquatic Center
Outdoor Leadership Gathering 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mitchell House
Shabbat Dinner* 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Garden Cabin
Cross Country Meet 5:00 p.m. Dam Pasture Trails - Berea Baptist Church
BBQ Dinner*
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Farm
WWC Performance 5:30 p.m. Farm
Square Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Farm
WWTheatre Performance 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Farm
Bonfire Dusk Farm
Men's Basketball vs. Alumni 8:00 p.m. DeVries Gym

WWC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

8:45 p.m. DeVries Gym

Saturday, October 5

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
Bookstore Hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Lower Gladfelter
Alumni Lunch* 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gladfelter
Festival on the Field Noon - 4:30 p.m. Soccer Field
Women's Soccer vs. Berea College 1:00 p.m. Soccer Field
Men's Soccer vs. Berea College 3:00 p.m. Soccer Field
Social Work Alumni Gathering and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony
4:30 p.m. Orr Cottage Patio
Alumni Soccer Game 5:00 p.m. Soccer Field
Team of Excellence Ceremony 5:00 p.m. DeVries Gym
Reunion Dinners* Evening  
Warren Wilson Showcase Dinner* 6:00 p.m. Canon Lounge - Gladfelter
Alumni Music Concert
8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 6

Spend your day at Hickory Nut Gap Farm 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Hickory Nut Gap Farm
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

Monday, October 7

MSW Program Fair 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Canon Lounge - Gladfelter


* Requires preregistration and payment.    

** Free, but please preregister.

Homecoming 2013 Event Descriptions


Friday, October 4

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, 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.

Alumni Art Tour, 8:45am – 1:30pm
Asheville has a vibrant arts scene and WWC alumni are contributing to it in a myriad of ways. On this tour, you will have a chance to visit 3 alumni in their studios to learn about their journey from Warren Wilson to being a successful, working artist. The tour will include conversations with contemporary visual artist Dustin Spagnola ’04, the button florist Celia Barbieri ’07, and jewelry designer Joanna Gollberg ’95. The morning will conclude with lunch at Tod’s Tasties, a Montford restaurant owned by Jacob '98 and Alicia Sessoms '00. Lunch cost will be on your own. Maximum participants: 10
WWC Forest Walk**, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join WWC Sustainable Forestry Students on a hike through the Suicide Ridge compartment of the College Forest. Participants will meet senior students who will talk about their educational experiences in the Sustainable Forestry Program, as well as learn about the ecological significance of Suicide Ridge, forest management at WWC, and the role the College Forest plays in the College’s teaching mission. The walk lasts an hour and a half and includes moderately hilly terrain. Meet in front of the Chapel and be sure to bring water, sturdy shoes and lots of questions. Maximum participants: 15

Alumni River Raft Trip*, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 ($12) includes transportation and a bag lunch.  Trip departs from the front of Gladfelter.  Maximum participants: 10  

Admission Tour, 11:00am
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.

Admission Information Session, 11:00am
Join the Office of Admission for an overview of Warren Wilson and the college admission process.

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©, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Green Walkabout inspires and informs.  Take a walking tour of campus and learn about greening principles, waste reduction practices, native landscaping, sustainable forestry and agriculture, and more.

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 37th 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
Colleen Able: WWC MFA 2004, and current Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow
Matthew Olzmann: WWC MFA 2009, former Beebe Fellow and current WWC faculty
Gary Hawkins: WWC MFA 1995 and WWC Assistant Dean

Service Opportunity: Black Mountain Community Garden**, 2:30-4:30 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: 12

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.

d_SPaCE Drop-in, 3:00-5:00 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.

Theatre Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Stop by Kittredge Theatre to visit with theatre alumni and professors. 

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

Blue and Green Intersquad Swim Meet, 4:00 p.m.
Come watch the Owls swim team in their first time trial of the season!

Outdoor Leadership Gathering, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
An opportunity to visit with ODL alumni and professors. As you may know, longtime professor Ed Raiola is retiring in December so be sure to come by to wish him luck on his next adventure!

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 (Sabbath) 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 with local fruit and veggies cuisines, and we welcome you to bring a FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE 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. PLEASE REGISTER SO WE CAN HAVE ENOUGH FOOD FOR ALL. Email if you have any questions. Cost: Adults, $10; Children 7-12, $5; Students and Children under 6, Free

WWC Student Band Performance, BBQ Dinner and Square Dancing*, 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 Old Time String Band will provide lively entertainment and music for dancing.  A bonfire will keep us warm as the sun sets and hayrides 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. Cost: Adults, $12; Children 7-12, $5; Students & Children under 6, Free

WWTheatre Performance, 8:00-8:30pm
Keep the fun going with a short performance by Theatre alumni and current Theatre students after the square dance down on the Farm

Men's Basketball vs. Alumni, 8:00 p.m.
Come see your first glimpse of the 2013-2014 edition of the Warren Wilson College men's basketball team.  All alumni are invited to attend and participate.  A small alumni reception will be offered in the atrium of DeVries Gymnasium after the game as well.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, 8:45 p.m.
The Warren Wilson College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct the 2013 honorees on Friday, October 4. This years' inductees include Dean Kahl, Kylie Ann Krauss '07, Anne Lundblad, James Martin '46, Jimmie Terry '83 and Hank Steinbrecher.

Saturday, October 5

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--Joshua Schwartz '00 and Brian Teixeira '96; Distinguished Community Service--Nathan Ballentine '08 and Shrawan Nepali '89; Distinguished Service--John and Nada ('60) Cail, Buz and Marilyn Eichman, June and Mel Seifert and Bruce and Pat Willever.

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, as well as tasty food. This year, we are excited to have a kids tent staffed by WWC students to provide activities for our younger guests!

Alumni Lunch*, 11:30am-1:00pm
Rediscover Gladfelter as you eat lunch in the cafeteria with your alumni friends and current students.

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.

Team of Excellence Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the establishment of the WWC Athletic Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame committee has established an independent effort to recognize “Teams of Excellence”. The “Team of Excellence” program is intended to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of WWC teams; their athletes, coaches, and contributors. This year five teams will be celebrated for Team of Excellence recognition and include 1963 and 1964 Men's Soccer and 1980-81, 1981-82 and 2012-13 Men's Basketball.

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 1963, the class of 1988 and the class of 2003 will all celebrate milestone reunions. 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 be mostly sourced from the WWC Farm and Garden and the program will explore students' Triad experiences and more. Cost: Adults - $15; Children 7-12 - $7; Students / Children Under 6  - Free

Alumni Music Concert, 8:30 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 Kittredge Theatre. Interested in performing? Email Phil Jamison (

Sunday, October 6

Spend your day at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 9:00am -6:00pm

Wrap up your weekend with a visit to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, co-owned by Jamie Ager '00 and Amy Frey Ager '00. Celebrate the fall season with fun activities including hayrides, horse rides, u pick pumpkins, a corn maze, culvert slides and more!  Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per child, children 2 & under are free. $1 from each admission will go to support the College! More info here:

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.

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

Monday, October 7

MSW Program Fair, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Speak with representatives from 28 master of social work programs throughout the U.S. to explore graduate school options in the rewarding, helping profession of social work. Open to all students, alumni and the community. For more info, contact

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