3.0.0 Student Life Division

3.1.0 Student Life Office

Paul C. Perrine, Dean of Students, Ext. 3800
Dorothy Clark, Administrative Assistant, Ext. 3800
Dodge House

The Student Life Division is comprised of the following program areas: Academic Support Services, Athletics, Recreation & Adventure Sports / Outdoor Programs, the Counseling Center, Disability-Related Services, Diversity & Intercultural Initiatives, the Health Center, Housing & Residence Life, the Center for Gender and Relationships, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, and the Wellness Center.

In addition to addressing students concerns, the Dean of Students manages division programs and services as well as the Student Caucus. Orientation Week and various other campus-wide events and activities are coordinated within Student Life in addition to implementation and enforcement of policy and college regulations outside of academics, service, and work (read 6.0.0: College Policies, Regulations & Practices).

3.2.0 Academic Support Services

Lyn O’Hare, Director, Ext. 3012
Deborah Braden, Educational Access Coordinator, Ext. 3791
Judith Huber, Director of Program Initiatives, Ext. 3805
Dodge House

Academic Support Services assists students in becoming more effective, engaged and intentional learners. The services are designed to provide support for students at all stages of their college careers by helping them develop the skills necessary to be successful learners. Through a supportive learning environment that fosters intellectual growth, students work collaboratively with support staff to achieve academic success by gaining an understanding and appreciation of their learning styles and by mastering learning strategies that can be applied to general knowledge acquisition or specific classes.

The types of supports provided within Academic Support Services are: academic counseling, tutoring services, disability-related services, testing services, sponsored Study Nights, and a 1-2 credit hour course offered each semester called College Academic Skills, EDU 116/117.

3.3.0 Athletics, Recreation & Adventure Sports

Stacey Enos, Athletic Director & Women’s Soccer Coach, Ext. 3737
Rob Shook, Director of Intramurals & Women’s Basketball Coach, Ext. 3001
Michael Kerr, Facility Director & Men’s Soccer Coach, Ext. 3002
Andrew Pulsifer, Aquatics Director & Swimming Coach, Ext. 3005
Charlie Wright, Wellness Director, Ext. 3736
William Monts, Sports Info Director & Men’s Basketball Coach, Ext. 3738
Matt Williams, Cycling Coach, Ext. 3906
DeVries Athletic Center

Bruce Hills, Director of Outdoor Programs, Ext. 3754
Bryson Gymnasium

Athletic and Recreation facilities include DeVries Gym, Bryson Gym, the indoor pool, a complete weight room, tennis courts, athletic fields, the Alpine Tower complex, the Swannanoa River, and miles of foot and bike trails throughout campus. We also have spin bikes, rowing machines and treadmills to use. Sporting equipment is available to check out with WWC ID.

The Pool and DeVries offer convenient hours of operation for WWC community use with an ID. DeVries is staffed by the Athletics Crew, who also assists in varsity game day operations, running intramurals and operating large department events.

3.3.1 Intercollegiate Athletics

Warren Wilson College competes in the USCAA. There are men’s and women’s Varsity teams in Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Cross Country, Road Cycling, and Mountain Biking. Most teams are in season during the fall and winter. They offer a great opportunity for students to come out and support the Fighting Owls and become members of our legendary fans! If you’re interested in becoming a student/athlete, please contact the coach; most teams are open to qualified, eligible walk-ins.

3.3.2 Intramurals and Recreation

Rob Shook, Assistant Athletic Director, Internal Operations
Director of Intramurals & Head Coach Women’s Basketball
Ext. 3001, DeVries Gymnasium

The Director of Intramurals & Recreation oversees the athletics crew to organize and run a wide variety of intramural activities such as: 4v4 basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, tennis, and dodge ball. Club Sports available include rowing, ultimate Frisbee, step team, archery, fencing and disc golf. The Intramural Office is open to ideas or suggestions regarding intramurals and recreation.

3.3.3 Outdoor Programs

Bruce Hills, Director, Ext. 3754,
Bryson Gym

Outdoor Programs provides outdoor trips, activities and technical skills workshops for the college community. A variety of programs are offered, such as backpacking, day hiking, cycling, mountain biking, running, rock climbing, bouldering, caving, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. A majority of the programs are organized and facilitated by student trip leaders who are trained and certified as Wilderness First Responders, as well as having a background in leading and teaching groups in an outdoor setting.

Many Trip Leaders are seeking their major in Outdoor Leadership. They instruct within the program to further their level of technical skills as well as gaining competence in working as group facilitators. Weekend programs and weekly activities are either free or offered at a very low cost to students, staff, faculty and volunteers at the college. Extended programs over break periods are also offered at very low rates to students.

Outdoor Programs provides gear rental to the college community. Tents, tarps, backpacks, sleeping pads and rain gear are available at little or no cost. White Gas, parachute cord, and various camping essentials are also available for purchase.

3.4.0 Counseling Center

Art Shuster, Ext. 3773 (cell: 828-230-3712)
Anne Lundblad, Ext. 3700 (cell phone: 828-775-0847)
Jil Meadows, Ext. 3905 (cell phone: 828-216-8996)
Health Center Building (Murden)

Counseling is a confidential process for dealing with the issues and transitions of life with the guidance of a trained professional. People seek counseling when they realize that they need help making difficult life choices; managing conflicts in personal, family, or work life; coping with stress and anxiety; dealing with depression; healing from sexual assault; improving troubled relationships; grieving personal losses; healing wounds of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; overcoming fears or phobias; recovering from addiction (tobacco, food, Internet, gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex); exploring spiritual crises; creating a healthier, happier lifestyle; building self-esteem; clarifying sexual identity; establishing healthy sexuality; clarifying life goals; addressing loneliness; deciding about pregnancy, birth, and parenting; or setting personal boundaries.

3.4.1 Services

Counseling Services are provided free of charge to all enrolled students. The Counseling Center provides short term individual and couples counseling, crisis intervention, assessment, limited psychiatric services, and referral to community providers, resources and self-help communities. Based on personal preferences, students have the option to work with female or male counselors. Counselors offer support and resources for emerging mental health needs and access to psychiatric evaluation in addition to a range of supportive and educational services including: consultation with staff/faculty, facilitating personal development groups, training RD-RA staff/Peer Group Leaders, and providing community education.

Counseling services may also be utilized as a link between the student and parents or others considered part of one’s personal network. Counseling services are available only when the academic program is in session. Services are not available over the summer.

3.4.2 The Counselors

The counselors are located in the Health Center. To make an appointment, email, call, stop by the office, or sign up for available times by writing your initials on the appointment schedule on the bulletin board outside the office. If your need is urgent, please be sure to notify the counselor of that fact so that arrangements can be made for you to be seen immediately and/or arrange to see another support person.

3.4.3 Confidentiality

The counselors regard the information you share with them with the greatest respect and privacy. In most circumstances, they will tell no one what you have told them. The privacy and confidentiality of your conversations is a privilege of yours and is protected by state law and professional ethics in all but a few circumstances. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, legally or ethically only when the counselors believe you intend to harm yourself or another person; or when the counselors believe a child or elder person has been or will be abused or neglected. The counselors will not tell anyone, including your friends, parents, faculty, staff, or administration, anything about your counseling process, or even that you are a client, without your explicit permission, usually indicated by a signed Release of Information Form.

3.5.0 Disability-related Services

Deborah Braden, Educational Access Coordinator, Ext. 3791
Dodge House

The College strives to be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines reasonable accommodations as a provision of services such as interpreters, note-takers, extended time on examinations, electronic textbooks and other course material, and architectural access for students with limitations presented by a documented disability. Students requesting accommodations under these acts must provide documentation of the existence of a disability that substantially limits a major life activity.

The Educational Access Coordinator (EAC) works within Academic Support Services providing academic and disability-related support for students. Contact the EAC for more information regarding specific guidelines and requirements for accommodations. Students who have notified the EAC and have provided the required documentation will meet with the EAC each semester. The EAC can help students identify reasonable and appropriate accommodations for their educational program and provide support for the implementation of these accommodations to students, faculty, and staff.

3.6.0 Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives

Lorrie Jayne, Director, Ext. 3056
Lower Gladfelter

Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives DII offers services to support the academic and personal empowerment and well-being of students of diverse national, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Our mission is to provide an environment where underrepresented students can flourish. Together, the DII Director, Student Coordinators, and Student Peer Mentors offer academic advising, mentoring, information on resources and opportunities at WWC, moral support, and advocacy. Students are welcome to schedule a meeting or drop by the Director’s Office, the International Student Office or the Multicultural Resource Center for a warm cup of tea, a listening ear, and a safe environment to meet with friends.

The Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives develops points of intersection, activities, resources, and intercultural training. Our goal is to promote awareness, appreciation, cultural competency, inclusion, and respect for cultural and racial diversity at WWC.

The Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives responds to complaints relating to issues of discrimination, diversity, and inclusion. She also chairs the Diversity Practices Group and works with the Administrative Council to formulate and develop existing programs and policies designed to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

3.7.0 Health Center

Pat Parker, Registered Nurse, Ext. 2053
Health Center Building (Murden)

The Health Center is open from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, during times the academic program is in session. The last patient is taken 30 minutes prior to a closing (e.g. 11:30am and 4:30pm). The Center is staffed by a full-time registered nurse and a part-time registered nurse. Medical direction is provided by an MD. There are no charges for most Health Center services. Some over-the-counter remedies are also dispensed without a fee. After regular hours, the college will provide transportation to either an afterhours care facility or the emergency room at the local hospital. There is a charge for visits to afterhours care facilities or other medical practitioners to whom you are referred. Generally health insurance will be helpful in covering these costs. No health services are available on campus over the summer or other times classes are not in session.

Student health records must be completed in order to register for classes. These records are confidential and give past medical history information as well as immunization status. Immunizations required in North Carolina may be obtained from a local Health Department or private practice. North Carolina law requires the College to suspend students whose immunizations are not up to date.

3.7.1 Transportation for Medical Appointments / Health Center

Transportation to off-campus scheduled medical appointments are available on a 24 hour scheduling notice basis. Medical appointments include Recovery Groups, Dentists, Physical Therapy, Medical Specialists and pharmacy prescription pickups. If you have no transportation, please visit the Transportation website for access to alternatives. To request a ride, contact the Health Center a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The Health Center will not be able to accommodate appointments made before 9:00 A.M. or between 12 - 1:00P.M. and you may have to wait for other passengers for drop-offs or pickups. For extreme cases, a taxi MAY be called for you and, upon approval from the Health Center, the College will pay the expense through a voucher system. For circumstances that could be avoided, the student is responsible for the full taxi cab fare.

3.7.2 Urgent Situations

Contact the Health Center first, and if they are not available, contact Public Safety on the emergency cell phone (828) 230-4592.

3.7.3 Absences

If you are too sick to attend class or work call or email your professors and work supervisor. See the WPO Student Handbook section regarding missed work policies. Classroom attendance is determined by each professor and is noted on the course syllabus. If you need assistance, call the Student Life Office, ext. 3800.

3.7.4 Work Program Injuries

If you are hurt while working, you may receive care at the Health Center or be referred to an off-campus professional. Report accidents to the Work Program Office as soon as possible. Workers Compensation covers those injuries if you report to the WPO within three days.

3.8.0 Housing & Residential Life

Joyce Milling, Director of Residence Life, Ext. 5813, Dodge House
Crystal Ebert, Area Coordinator, Ext. 3726, Sunderland Office
Megan Letchworth, Area Coordinator, Ext. 2071, Dodge House
Leigh Manuel, Area Coordinator, Ext. 2091, Vining C
Josh Jacobs, Area Coordinator, Ext. 5849, Dorland Office

3.8.1 Philosophy

The residential philosophy at Warren Wilson College supports a cohesive community of workers, teachers, and learners, striving to create a comfortable and supportive living environment that is conducive to learning and growing. One of the most unique features of Warren Wilson College is its strong campus community. WWC is a residential campus; 90% of students and many faculty and staff members live on campus.

Any full time student is eligible to live in campus housing. If a student falls below 12 credits at anytime during the semester or is no longer fully engaged in 12 credits of academic work, he or she will need special permission from the Dean of Students to remain in a college residence hall.

The Director of Residence Life oversees the programs and services of Housing and Residence Life. In addition, the Office of Residence Life coordinates the adjudication of student conduct concerns that are not related to academics or work program policies.

To learn more about the staff and policies and procedures for housing and residential life on campus, read Chapter 5.0.0: Housing and Residential Life. read Chapter Five: Residential Life.

3.9.0 The Center for Gender and Relationships (formerly the RISE Project)


3.9.1 RISE

RESPECT: supporting respectful, consensual relationships.

INTERVENTION: enlisting individuals and the community to end all forms of violence, especially sexual assault, dating abuse, stalking and sexual harassment, through primary prevention education and social activism.

SAFETY: encouraging personal exploration, growth and discussion about healthy relationships, while providing spaces for healing.

EMPOWERMENT: empowering those victimized by sexual violence through advocacy and crisis intervention.

3.9.2 Commitment

The Center for Gender and Relationships (CGR) is committed to supporting consensual relationships of all forms while working to end sexual and relationship violence at Warren Wilson College. We do this by providing thoughtful primary prevention education, outreach and activism on campus and in the world at large. We are committed to working with anyone questioning their sexual and relationship experiences, and anyone that may be sure of their experiences. We are committed to supporting people of all genders, races, sexualities, ethnicities, nationalities, interests and abilities. We are committed to supporting survivors of many forms of violence ranging from childhood sexual abuse to dating violence to acquaintance rape to emotional abuse to stalking, amongst others.

3.9.3 Support Services

The Center for Gender and Relationships provides support services to people who experience, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, stalking and sexual assault, and their significant others, friends and family. We answer questions, provide short-term crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, safety planning, and assist with follow-up medical treatment, referral services, support groups, and we provide assistance throughout the judicial affairs process.

3.9.4 RISE Advocates

The RISE Advocates are a group of students, staff, faculty and volunteers who are available to provide support and advocacy to people who experience any kind of sexual violence.

Advocates are available to you over the phone, in person, or through email, on campus (including during the judicial hearing process) or off campus at a medical center or police station. In order to reach a RISE Advocate, you can go to the RISE website for more information.

3.9.5 Confidential Services

All services with the CGR and RISE Advocates are confidential, except in cases of imminent danger or in situations where the larger campus community may be at risk. You are entitled to privacy when you speak with someone from the CGR or one of the RISE Advocates about your experiences. You can also choose to call or email the CGR anonymously, if that feels more comfortable to you. We are, however, considered mandated reporters and therefore, if you inform us that you have a plan to hurt yourself or someone else, or that you know of a child or elder person that is being abused or neglected, we are legally obligated to report it to the College and/or to the Buncombe County Department of Social Services. In some cases, if we are made aware that a person has hurt several members of our community, we may be required to respond. In these situations every effort will be made to protect the rights and privacy of those reporting policy violations. Please be aware that Public Safety is required to report all incidents to the Dean of Student’s Office, and may be required to involve the local police department.

The College does offer confidential services through the Counseling Center. For those students not wishing to make a report, but are seeking support and feeling the need to maintain control of the situation, the Counseling Center provides highly confidential counseling services where strict confidentiality is maintained. In fact, aside from situations that involve imminent danger to self or others, or abuse of children or dependent adults, counselors are bound by laws and ethical guidelines to maintain the privacy of all conversations not meeting the above exceptions.

Visit Section 6.0.0: College Policies, Regulations & Practices to learn more about campus services, resources and policies regarding sexual misconduct.

3.10.0 Spiritual Life

Brian Ammons, Director of Spiritual Life & Campus Chaplain, Ext. 2095
Dodge House

Spiritual Life is lived out and nurtured in many ways at Warren Wilson College. For some the path of formation connects one to a particular religious tradition like Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Quakerism, Unitarian Universalism, or any of the world’s major faith traditions. For others, spiritual needs and connections are tended to by gardening, dancing, drumming, quiet walks in the woods, meditation, relationships, baking bread, reflecting intentionally on the gifts of the day, or engaging in work for social justice and peace. Whatever one’s path may be the Spiritual Life Office and the Spirituality and Social Justice Crew offer groups, events and programs that invite storytelling, study, dialogue, community, celebration, and rituals that encourage deeper exploration of one’s spiritual identity and support one’s growth as a whole person.

The College Chaplain of Spiritual Life, who serves as a member of the Student Life Division of the College, provides leadership for this area.

3.10.1 Student Groups

Other groups which meet based on student interest and leadership have included the Unitarian Universalists and the Pagans. The Spiritual Life office is always open to students initiating new groups on campus. All of our groups are inclusive, open to anyone who would like, in a respectful way, to explore and learn more about a particular faith tradition. All are welcome and invited to participate!

3.10.2 Programs

In addition to supporting the specific religious groups, the Spiritual Life Office, coordinates campus-wide events such as interfaith dialogues and rituals; visits to local places of worship; labyrinth walks; contemplative Taizé worship; mindful meals; holiday celebrations; concerts; retreats; and vocational exploration. Students’ interests and ideas play a major role in shaping our events and programming so we welcome any input that can help us better serve our campuses spiritual needs.

The Meditation Hut was designed and constructed by students and staff. It is located in the woods behind the art and music buildings and is available as a quiet and peaceful place for students to meditate and pray.

3.10.3 Chapel

The Warren Wilson College Chapel is home to an inclusive community of faith that is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Students are invited to participate in the worship and work of the church -- singing in the Chapel Choir, assisting in services, enjoying times of fellowship, and participating in service projects. Worship in the student-built chapel begins at 11 A.M. on Sunday mornings.

3.11.0 Student Activities

Dan Seeger, Director, Ext. 3748
Student Activities Office-Lower Gladfelter

Student Activities promotes events that are both educational and/or entertaining in nature, and are intended to enhance the overall experience of a diverse student body. Student Activities seeks to build community and inspire the growth of the whole student through events that inspire student participation. Student Activities serves as a network of support through which students are encouraged to actively generate and promote community wide events. The Activities Crew plans and coordinates weekly programs for the WWC community (dances, festivals, lectures, poetry readings, concerts, bands, films, and coffeehouses), and oversees the bulletin boards in Gladfelter. Students are encouraged to bring ideas for events and performers to the Student Activities office, which is located in Lower Gladfelter.

3.11.1 Sage Café

Sage Café is a student-run coffee house/sandwich shop and place to study, socialize, use the Internet, or hang out. It is located in the basement of Sage Residence Hall. Sage Café also hosts a variety of programming ventures such as live music, open mic’s, poetry readings, and other events. There is a full menu available at Sage Café, including an assortment of sandwiches, fresh baked goods and locally roasted coffee. Sage Café is open from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, with additional hours on Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Sage Café is on the meal plan although its currency differs in that the Sage meal plan is known as “Sage dollars" as opposed to flex dollars for all other dining services.

3.12.0 Wellness Center

Charlie Wright, Wellness Coordinator, Ext. 5848
Vining C

The goal of the Wellness Center is to help the members of the Warren Wilson College community to create, pursue and practice a lifestyle of wellness. Activities include classes in various forms of yoga and vegetarian cooking. Wellness also offers workshops in herb identification, healing arts, meditation, Earth skills and many others. The office provides bodywork and acupuncture.