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Featured Events

Fall Open House

Warren Wilson hosts its Fall Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, Nov. 8. The open house begins with registration and an early-bird concert at 9:30 a.m. in Kittredge Theater. Prospective students will be able to meet faculty, staff and current students; tour the campus; learn more about the academic program, the Warren Wilson College learning Triad; and have an admission interview. To make reservations, call (828) 771-2021, (800) 934-3536 or email visit@warren-wilson.edu. You also can register online.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak on campus

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Madeleine Blais, a professor in the journalism program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will give a free public reading Oct. 28. The reading, part of her residency in WWC’s Master Writer in Residence program, begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center.

A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Blais won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing while at The Miami Herald, one of several large newspapers for which she has written. Her books include In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in nonfiction. ESPN named the work one of the top 100 sports books of the 20th century.

Info: Catherine Reid - (828) 771-2017 or creid@warren-wilson.edu.

Poet Diane Gilliam

Poet Diane Gilliam to present Harwood-Cole Lecture

Diane Gilliam, winner of the 2008 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature, will deliver Warren Wilson College’s annual Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture Nov. 8. Her presentation, titled “Where I’m From,” begins at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center.

Gilliam received the Chaffin Award for Kettle Bottom, a collection of poems about people living in West Virginia coal mine camps in the 1920s. The powerful collection also won a Pushcart Prize and the Ohioana Library Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry. West Virginia Public Radio aired an hour-long special based on the poems in Kettle Bottom, with readers mostly from coal-mining families. An alumna of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, Gilliam has written two other collections: Recipe for Blackberry Cake and One of Everything.

Info: Christine Nugent - (828) 771-3061 or nugent@warren-wilson.edu.

You Can’t Take It with You

Warren Wilson Theatre, in its first production of the 2008-2009 Season of Change, presents You Can't Take It with You, the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Nov. 5-8 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Kittredge Theater.

For the first time, the Warren Wilson College Department of Theatre is offering free tickets to all area students – not only to Warren Wilson students. General admission is $10; tickets for Warren Wilson faculty, staff, alumni and all seniors are $5. To make reservations or for more information, call (828) 771-3040, email theatre@warren-wilson.edu or visit the WWC theatre website.

Ron Bashford is directing the production. In his opinion, the play is “a masterful and shrewd blend of satire and sentimental comedy that transcends its commercial origins. With a near-perfect dramatic structure, the play is one of the best examples of a moment in American theatrical history when popular idiom and artistic intent merged seamlessly and successfully... plus, it's one of the most enjoyable plays I know.”

The large cast of the Warren Wilson Theatre production of You Can't Take It with You is composed of 16 undergraduate students – seven of whom are theatre/English majors – and two faculty members. Theatre/English majors are also involved in designing sound, stage managing and assistant directing the production. Scenery and lighting are being designed by Don Baker, whose experience includes more than 100 scenery and lighting designs. Beverly Ohler, who has worked on more than 160 shows with Warren Wilson Theatre, is the costume designer.

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Autumn Snow Autumn Snow on October 28, captured by Katie Damien

Tessa Currie ‘09: From Carhartts to the classroom

Each Tuesday, senior Tessa Currie goes from her work on the Landscaping Crew to a class that requires “business attire.” “I change my clothes and shoes between the two,” she says, “but often times the dirt under my fingernails stays put. I enjoy the duality.”

The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native believes that work and academics don’t get much more intertwined than that. “I live for the connections between seemingly different parts of my life,” she says.

After one semester as a freshman patrolling campus on the Public Safety Crew, Tessa found herself on the Wellness Crew for three semesters. At the beginning of her junior year, she made herself a home at the Landscaping shed next to Bryson Gym, with crew bosses Tom LaMuraglia and Bruce Willever. Renee Fortner has since stepped in for Bruce, who retired earlier this year.

Now, Tessa is the leader of the Flower Crew, a sub-crew of Landscaping. She and her fellow crew members are in charge of all the formal flowerbeds on campus, including the design of new beds and new tree plantings. “I get to design landscapes that will be here long after I graduate,” she says.

Tessa’s graceful leadership in the workplace is undeniable. “You have to show interest and motivation in what you are doing,” she says. “Otherwise, you stay on the general crew the entire time.” She says she enjoys being a part of the largest crew on campus, but enjoys even more being able to work with only two or three colleagues at a time. “We take time to get to know each other. You get to know people you wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with.”

She says, “The Work Program is an integral part of what Wilson is about. Working on Landscaping keeps me going and gives me an excuse to get my hands dirty every day.”

Tessa recently finished her Natural Science Seminar focusing on the tensile strength of Yucca filamentosa cordage. She says her bosses were very supportive as she completed her research – they even had the entire Landscaping Crew attend her presentation.

She will be graduating in May with a major in biology and minor in psychology. Tessa plans to eventually go to graduate school and teach. But for now, Tessa says, “Landscaping has given me a set of skills that makes me hirable wherever I go.”

Share your story with us! We’d love to hear how the Triad prepared you for your life’s work.

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WWC top school in U.S. for recycling

Warren Wilson has received yet another No. 1 ranking for its continuing efforts in campus sustainability. The latest lofty recognition comes from the National Wildlife Federation, whose National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education names WWC the nation’s “Leading School for Waste Reduction and Recycling.” The ranking marks the second major recognition Warren Wilson has received in 2008 for its recycling/solid waste operations, run by a 20-student crew under the supervision of Jessica Wooten. Earlier this year, the Carolina Recycling Association, comprising both Carolinas, gave its first award for Outstanding College or University Recycling Program to Warren Wilson.

Oprah selects novel by MFA graduate for Book Club

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by MFA alumnus David Wroblewski ‘98 has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as a 2008 Oprah Book Club pick . The book is getting rave reviews, including this one by Stephen King: "I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. In the end, this isn't a novel about dogs or heartland America, it's a novel about the human heart and the mysteries that live there, understood but impossible to articulate.... I don't reread many books because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."

We hope to catch up with David for an interview soon – stay tuned.

Tune into the Swannanoa Journal

The Swannanoa Journal has been given a new day and time on 88.7FM WNCW. You can now hear Warren Wilson students broadcasting articles on local, national and global issues of sustainability – environment, economics and community – every Thursday at 8 p.m. You can also listen to The Swannanoa Journal on Asheville’s 103.5FM WPVM every Saturday at noon. If you’re not in the local listening area, you can go straight to the source to hear the radio journals.

WWC launches new athletics website

Keep up with the latest news and scores from WWC sports at the online home of the Fighting Owls: warrenwilsonowls.com