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Katie Spotz in her boat

Katie Spotz ’08 at the oars.

March 2010

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Katie Spotz ’08 comes ashore in Guyana
Davis Foundations grant supports writing initiative
Graduate student receives NAACP literary award
Did you know?
Peace and justice studies professor wins fellowship
New Billy Edd Wheeler ’53 album
GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming founder on campus
Spring 2010 Owl & Spade
In the media
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Katie Spotz ’08 comes ashore in Guyana

As the New York Times reports, “Katie Spotz completed her mission Sunday, becoming the youngest person to row an entire ocean solo, and the first American to row a boat without help from mainland to mainland. After 70 days 5 hours 22 minutes in the Atlantic, Spotz, 22, arrived Sunday in Georgetown, Guyana, in South America.” Read more about Katie’s adventure.

Davis Foundations grant supports writing initiative

The College has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help fund the Presidential Interdisciplinary Writing Initiative. The writing initiative seeks to accomplish two scholastic integration goals. One is the development of a writing and learning portfolio system that uses writing to connect the academic, work and service components of the College’s Triad educational philosophy. The second is broadening the College’s undergraduate writing program by promoting greater emphasis on environmental writing and on stronger ties with the MFA Program for Writers. With grant support, student writing is the primary means of bridging undergraduate disciplines and providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities for Warren Wilson students. Positive outcomes are anticipated in the areas of student learning, Triad education and faculty/staff development. The writing initiative is a model for other colleges to replicate.

Graduate student receives NAACP literary award

R. Dwayne Betts, a graduate student in the MFA Program for Writers, has received the NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author. Betts, currently the Holden Scholar in the College’s MFA program, won the NAACP award for his memoir, A Question of Freedom. The book recounts his journey from being sentenced to nine years in prison for carjacking at age 16 to developing a love for literature in his personal quest for identity. His next book, a collection of poetry titled Shalid Reads His Own Palm, will be released in May.

Did you know?

This spring Warren Wilson has more than 120 student work crews to draw from for the College's annual Work Day on April 7.

Paul Magnarella

Peace and justice studies professor wins fellowship

Paul Magnarella, chair of the peace and justice studies department, has won an Appalachian College Association/Mellon Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship will fully support his attendance at a Salzburg, Austria, seminar in May titled, “What Turkey? What Europe?” Faculty and participants in the seminar include a number of prominent European Union officials and government ministers of several European nations, as well as former ambassadors and a former head of state. Magnarella’s interest in Turkey dates to his service in the Peace Corps, when he taught English as a second language in Turkish public schools. His doctoral dissertation work in cultural anthropology and Middle East studies at Harvard University resulted in his first book, Tradition and Change in a Turkish Town. He has since had an ongoing scholarly and teaching interest in Turkey, and returns to Turkey regularly.

Billy Ed Wheeler

New Billy Edd Wheeler ’53 album

We all know Billy Edd Wheeler ’53 as a songwriter of classics like “Jackson,” recorded by Johnny and June Carter Cash. Billy Edd’s new album, A Big Bag of Songs, is a collection of 1960s country/folk/rock hybrid tunes. “It's a retrospective CD, with a few songs my kids have never heard of – and a few I'd like to forget – but it's my past and I can't rewrite it,” Billy Edd says. Reserve a copy today.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming founder on campus

John Jeavons, widely known as the inventor of GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming, presents a free public lecture April 8, 7 p.m., in Ransom Fellowship Hall, behind the Warren Wilson College Chapel. Jeavons is the author of How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine. The book, available in English, Spanish, German, French, Arabic, Hindi and Russian, is considered the primer on sustainable mini-farming. Info: Laura Lengnick or 828-771-7003.

Spring 2010 Owl & Spade

Chocked with history, news and features, the spring Owl & Spade is now available online.

In the media

WWC is Blue Ridge Outdoors' No. 1 “Cool School” in small school category

David Wilcox ’85 in NPR Patty Larkin feature

Mike Nix ’70 and Claudia Nix ’69, co-owners of Liberty Bicycles, receive award

MFA for Writers faculty Gabrielle Calvocoressi nominated for LA Times Book Prize

The Green Scene: Know your beans – by Trey Jones ’13

Asheville chef Jacob Sessoms ’98 nominated for national award, collaborates with longtime friend Matt Dawes ’98

WWC grad Katie Spotz rows solo across Atlantic Ocean

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