Hope for Haiti
You could just feel the love –and lots of it –at the Hope for Haiti benefit Feb. 15 in DeVries Gym. The College’s Department of Athletics and Adventure Sports organized an evening of basketball and other activities, including a silent auction and halftime step show. One highlight was the culmination of the weeklong national anthem contest. Community members cast their vote for one of six singing candidates by dropping money in designated buckets. A mysterious contribution surge just before the pregame singing put biology professor Louise Weber over the top and onstage. Thanks to some impressive octave management, “Sweet Lou” did an admirable job of belting out our national anthem as the crowd joined in. “The wonderful thing I learned is that the national anthem is not a solo, it's a sing-along,” she later observed. “I was heartened by the swell of voices that joined in, starting with the first line.” The night also featured some losses –hair losses. In these fundraising efforts, Athletics Director Stacey Enos got a haircut and Landscaping Supervisor Tom LaMuraglia parted with his 37-year-old mustache. The Hope for Haiti event raised $3,340 for Red Cross relief efforts in the hard-hit country.
CNN International features life in the EcoDorm
A four-minute EcoDorm story appears in the February "Eco Solutions" program on CNN International. Watch the feature.
Janis Ian’s Pearl Foundation establishes WWC scholarship
The Pearl Foundation, founded by Grammy Award winner Janis Ian and named in honor of her late mother, has established The Pearl Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship, endowed with an initial principal of $60,000, benefits full-time students with demonstrated financial need who have been out of school for several years.
Did you know?
Sandy Pfeiffer was the first president of a private college or university in North Carolina to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). He now serves on the ACUPCC Steering Committee and is co-chair of the Academics Sub-Committee.
Help title the WWC Yearbook
The Warren Wilson Yearbook has gone through multiple titles. The Yearbook Crew hopes to solve the yearbook’s identity crisis by establishing a new, permanent title. The Yearbook Crew seeks title ideas from the entire WWC community. Please give us your ideas.
Wangchuk wins international fellowship
Religious studies professor Tsering Wangchuk has won a competitive Ping Faculty Development Fellowship from the Council of International Educational Exchange. He will participate in the summer 2010 program, “Religion, Ecology, and Identity in Tibet.” Wangchuk, an American citizen of Tibetan descent, teaches Tibetan Buddhism and speaks fluent Tibetan. His participation in this program will enhance his courses and help him develop a new course on Buddhist Monasticism. While in Tibet, Wangchuk also expects to make continuing contacts with scholars and religious figures who will enhance his teaching and scholarship, as well as foster student exchanges and direct a future study-abroad course for WWC students.
Elena Law (1911-2010)
Former secretary of the College Elena Law died Feb. 12 at her home in La Jolla, California. She joined the College staff in 1945. “She did whatever was asked of her –always with a smile,” remembers Pat Laursen, former alumni relations director. If you have memories of Ms. Law, share them by emailing Shannon Senn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appalachian food traditions
Ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan will give the lecture “Appalachian Food Traditions: Rare and Endangered Food Plants and Animals of Southern Appalachia” on Feb. 26. Nabhan’s talk, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Nabhan will present the results of new research on the native food species of the Southern Appalachians. Info: Laura Lengnick, 828.771.7003 or email@example.com.
Fever/Dream in WWC Theatre
Swannanoa gets a taste of surreal corporate intrigue with Warren Wilson Theatre’s production of Sheila Callaghan’s wise and witty new play, Fever/Dream. The productions takes place March 4-6, 8 p.m. and March 7, 2 p.m., Kittredge Theatre. Tickets are free for students, $5 for seniors and WWC alumni, and $10 for general admission. Ticket info: 828.771.3040 or email the theatre.