Homecoming Event Highlights

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Friday, October 2


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.  Economic Stimulus Pricing:  $60.
                   
River Raft Trip*, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 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 ($25) includes transportation and a bag lunch.  Trip departs from the front of Gladfelter.  10 participant maximum.  
           
Rumbling Bald Overlook Hike*, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Come hear the legends of Rumbling Bald and enjoy a beautiful hike!  This group will travel to Rumbling Bald Mountain at the edge of the Eastern Continental Divide to hike about 3.5 miles over moderate terrain, including some hill climbing.  From the overlook, you’ll see the vast Piedmont region of North Carolina.  Cost ($12) includes transportation and a bag lunch. Trip departs from the front of Gladfelter.  13 participant maximum.   

WWC Forest Walk**, 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Join WWC Sustainable Forestry Professor Dave Ellum on a hike through the Suicide Ridge compartment of the College forest.  Participants will 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.  12 participant maximum for each time slot. 

Garden Market Sale, 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.
                   
Campus Adventures, 1:00-5:00 p.m.                   

Find Your Brick:  Have you left your mark in the Alumni Courtyard?  Visit the courtyard behind the Log Cabin to find or buy your brick!   
International/Multi-Cultural Exhibit: View photos and items from the cultures of our international students.                  
Paige Heron’s Bas Relief Sculpture:  Paige Heron’s ’09 artistic senior project can be found carved into stone behind the Log Cabin.                 
Doc Jensen’s Guitar Case: See Doc Jensen’s guitar displayed in its new permanent hom   
Renovated Bryson:  The renovation is complete!  Come see Bryson’s restored look!   
Photography Exhibit:  Visit the Holden Gallery to view “Watershed:  A Survey of the French Broad Watershed.” This exhibit showcases the photography of Jeff Rich and aims to create a portrait of sustainability. 
Oral History Project: We want to preserve the Wilson story, and we’d love to record yours!  Sign up for a time at registration, then stop by the Ransom Service-Learning House  to reminisce and share what WWC means to you.   


Service Opportunity:  Black Mountain Community Garden**, 2:30-4:00 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.  

Service of Remembrance, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Join us as we remember some of the greats 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.

WWC Swim Team Pentathlon Time Trial and Alumni Relays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.       
Visit the Aquatic Center at DeVries Gym to spectate and participate!  Watch the Warren Wilson team swim five time-trial events during a fun practice and then dive in with other alumni for a few relay races at 25 yards a shot.  Suits required, fun guaranteed.        

BBQ Dinner and Square Dancing, 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Be sure to pick up your registration packet with BBQ meal tickets or purchase your tickets at the Homecoming Registration table at Orr Cottage before heading down to the Farm for our traditional feast of freshly smoked pulled pork or barbecued tofu.  (Tickets will not be sold at the Farm.)  The Warren Wilson College Chorale will perform during dinner (performance starts at 5:30), and Whitewater Bluegrass will again provide lively entertainment and music for dancing or simply for listening pleasure.  If weather permits, a bonfire will keep us warm as the sun sets, and hayrides are offered too.  It’s an event for the entire campus, so students, staff and faculty are invited to join in the fun.  Stay tuned for more information about parking and a shuttle service down to the Farm.  (Preregistered: Adults, including Students not on the Meal Plan $12; Children 7-12, $5; Students on the Meal Plan & Children under 6, Free)

 

Saturday, October 3


WWC 5K Fun Run, 8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a peaceful 3.1 mile walk or run 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 in this noncompetitive event.  Registration fee ($5) and all additional donations support the WWC Athletics Fund. 

Campus Adventures, 8:30-2:00 p.m.       

Find Your Brick:  Have you left your mark in the Alumni Courtyard?  Visit the courtyard behind the Log Cabin to find or buy your brick!   
International/Multi-Cultural Exhibit: View photos and items from the cultures of our international students.                  
Paige Heron’s Bas Relief Sculpture:  Paige Heron’s ’09 artistic senior project can be found carved into stone behind the Log Cabin.                 
Dr. Jensen’s Guitar Case: See Doc Jensen’s guitar displayed in its new permanent home!    Renovated Bryson:  The renovation is complete!  Come see Bryson’s restored look!   
Photography Exhibit:  Visit the Holden Gallery to view “Watershed:  A Survey of the French Broad Watershed.” This exhibit showcases the photography of Jeff Rich and aims to create a portrait of sustainability. 
Oral History Project: We want to preserve the Wilson story, and we’d love to record yours!  Sign up for a time at registration, then stop by the Ransom Service-Learning House to reminisce and share what WWC means to you.   


Awards & Recognition Ceremony at the Annual Association Meeting, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Join us as we honor our alumni award recipients: for Distinguished Alumni, Robert Tcholakian '55, Daniel Shungu '64 and Tony Early '83; Distinguished Service, Fran Moffitt Whitfield '55; and for Distinguished Community Service, Michelle Cooper Stapleton '92.  We will also vote on the new Alumni Association Board members, including Tim Deuitch ’83, Lin Orndorf ’87, DruAnna Williams Overbay ’61, Samuel E. Ray ’56, Richard Neil Thomas ’84, Dennis Thompson ’77 and Christine Walshe ’01.  Rodney Lytle ’73, Interim Director of Alumni Relations, and Richard Blomgren, Interim V.P. of Advancement, will be guest speakers at this event.  

Parade of Classes, 11:15 a.m.
Following the Awards and Recognition Ceremony, meet your classmates outside of Kittredge to begin a celebratory parade to Gladfelter.  The parade, led by our Award Recipients, will march together by decades. 

Reunion Celebration Luncheon*, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join your classmates for great food and fellowship in Canon Lounge.  The classes of ’49,’54,’59,’64,’69,’74,’79,’84,’89,’94,’99 and ’04 will be recognized.  Cost: $16.  Space is limited, and preregistration is required.  Shuttle service will be provided between Canon and the Kittredge parking lot. 

Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30 p.m.
Spend time with your friends and family Saturday afternoon on the soccer field.  You’ll find crafts by student, local and alumni artisans, as well as WWC gear.  Be sure to bring a little extra cash or your checkbook to purchase your favorite items.  Food may also be purchased at the Festival, and designated tailgating areas are the perfect place for socializing with your classmates—and this year you’ll find some department gatherings too!  

Doc Jensen’s Guitar Showcase Unveiling, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Following lunch, step over to Jensen to see the final resting place of Dr. Jensen's old guitar, refurbished by Faris Ashkar ’72, and housed in the showcase designed and created by Susan Link of Asheville. Using this guitar, Doc composed our Alma Mater and songs like Gunnertown, Bee Tree Ring, and the hauntingly beautiful Blue Mountains.  Be a part of this lasting tribute to our beloved Dean, who entertained and touched the hearts of several decades of staff, students, and alumni, many of whom would not have been able to attend college except by his encouragement and scholarship help. 180 free CDs of Doc's music will be at the unveiling—first come, first served—donated by its producer, Billy Edd Wheeler '53, and his wife, Mary Bannerman Wheeler.

Reunion Dinners and Alumni Dinner*, Various Locations and Times throughout the Evening
Many classes have arranged to hold class-specific reunion dinners organized by fellow classmates at various locations.  Enjoy the time together as you reminisce about your time here at WWC.  If your class is not holding a dinner, you’re welcome to join other alums for a special catered dinner in the Cowpie Cafe* ($15) from 6-8 p.m. or venture to your favorite off-campus restaurant.   

Music and Dancing with Alums, 9:00 p.m.
The class of ’79 invites alums of all ages to join them for music and dancing in Bryson.  Bring your energy and dancing shoes!

Student Talent Show, 9:00 p.m.
Our current students will showcase their talents, and their parents are invited to perform, too.  Come early for a seat at this popular event!

 

Sunday, October 4


Muffins & Coffee**, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Start your day with complimentary muffins and coffee outside the Health Center before you pack your bags and say farewell to Homecoming Weekend 2009.  We’d love to see you before you go!  Please preregister for this event to help us reduce waste.  

Interfaith Service, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Honoring the diversity of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices within our world and the WWC community, come celebrate the distinctive and various gifts we bring from our sacred traditions as we worship together.

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. 

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

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