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Work Day 2013

Gathering at the Pavilion during Work Day 2013

March 2014

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Work Day, Warren Wilson’s annual rite of spring, set for April 2
Chemistry professor awarded grant to lead undergraduate research
The Mission Barrel and the Theater
College Chapel celebrates 50th anniversary
Spring 2014 Owl & Spade
Learn, Laugh, Live: Weekend@Wilson 2014
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Work Day, Warren Wilson’s annual rite of spring, set for April 2

Early April means a lot of things: April Fool’s Day, yes, in addition to major league baseball, early-spring wildflowers and NCAA Final Four basketball. For more than 30 years at Warren Wilson College, it also has meant a campuswide Work Day on the first Wednesday of the month, falling on April 2 this year.

WWC Dean of Work Ian Robertson has likened Work Day to “the Fourth of July in April,” even if capricious early-spring weather sometimes falls far short of matching that of July. But Robertson is correct in noting that, despite the hard work and heavy lifting done on projects across the 1,130-acre Warren Wilson campus, the atmosphere on Work Day is decidedly festive.

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John Brock

Chemistry professor awarded grant to lead undergraduate research

Chemistry professor John Brock has received a research-training grant from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the Medical University of South Carolina. With the grant Brock and two Warren Wilson College science students will work at the Hollings Marine Research in Charleston for ten weeks this summer.

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The Mission Barrel and the Theater

In this story, WWC Theater Costume Shop Manager Bev Ohler relays a historical narrative about how the theatre has acquired costumes for productions.

The box was flat but sturdy with the address neatly lettered on the top:

TO: Warren Wilson Jr. College — Swannanoa, North Carolina

I opened it carefully, not knowing what to expect to see inside its tissue paper shroud. It had been sent over to me at the Williams Building, which housed the church, the theater and every large gathering of the College community. I had gotten involved in the theater, soon after arriving to the campus, designing and making costumes and helping with productions set on that small stage in that wonderful old log structure. Elena Law, who was the College secretary and jack of all-necessary-trades-and-things-to-be-done, sent the box over to me from the administration building.

My surprised eyes opened wide at what I uncovered tucked carefully inside the tissue. The first thing I saw was a top hat — the kind that is shiny black, snaps down and folds flat. An-old-fashioned tuxedo was carefully folded with all its accompaniments--a bow tie, a white, starched and pleated-front shirt, a pair of formal gray striped suspenders to loop over the buttons on the trousers, a vest in the same fabric as the suit — buttoned high with a collar.

Under this remarkable suit, carefully folded in another tissue, was a silk dress, the style from a former decade just as carefully preserved. It was ecru with a lace top and the tiniest white buttons enclosed the back. It looked to be long, an evening dress. On top of it was a pair of long, white kid gloves and an ecru lace fan. A little gold beaded purse was wrapped in separate tissue and in it was a delicate lace handkerchief.

“What could this be?” I wondered. ”Who could have sent this treasure to the college and for what purpose?” We are not a museum. Being involved with clothes, I was aware of the worth of such vintage attire. I fondled the contents of the box carefully, offering each item the reverence it most surely deserved. Where shall I put this?

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College Chapel celebrates 50th anniversary

There will be a special church service at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church & College Chapel on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m., in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the consecration of that marvelous, sacred building. Billy Edd Wheeler is writing an original song that he and the college choir will perform. There will be other music, speakers and involvement by the children of the church. WWC alumni are invited to attend the church service and potluck after the service. Mark your calendars please join us for this joyous celebration on the May 18!

Spring 2014 Owl & Spade

The spring issue of Owl & Spade is on its way to your mailbox. Along with news and other features, you’ll find stories on a major discovery at the Berry archaeology site, undergraduate research, learning with the Lakota at Pine Ridge, Athletics Hall of Fame inductees and an interview with Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel the Rev. Steve Runholt. You can read the digital edition here.

Learn, Laugh, Live: Weekend@Wilson 2014

Join us June 27-29 for Weekend@Wilson, a weekend for alumni, friends and their families to enjoy the Swannanoa Valley during the summer, participate in a workshop, renew friendships and make new friends. There are over 40 workshops for adults and children featuring arts and crafts, health and wellness, learning, and urban homesteading. Online registration opens May 12. For more information, email alumni@warren-wilson.edu.

In the media

The Power of Liberal Arts Education: Katie Falkenburg ’03

MFA faculty and alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

WWC students help out with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Farm

How to Return to Teaching After Spring Break

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