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Students working at the Vets Victory Garden at the ABCCM during Service Day

August 2010

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Service Day 2010: Planting seeds in the community
Alumnus Jack Allison ’63 provides medical care in Haiti
2010 Sustainability Speakers Series
WWC makes two top-20 sustainability and green lists
We Still Lay featured at AVL film festival
Author of Girl in Need of a Tourniquet to speak on campus
Global Studies Colloquium
Did you know?
Register for Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 1-3, 2010
In the media
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Service Day 2010: Planting seeds in the community

Morris’ Community Pavilion on campus was mostly a sea of brown the morning of Aug. 20 – not because its lawn was parched, but because brown was the T-shirt color for Service Day 2010. About 350 Warren Wilson students, staff and faculty gathered there on a bright summer morning before fanning out in buses and vans to nearly 20 sites across Buncombe County for several hours of service to community.

This year’s Service Day focus was on local food and food-security issues in the surrounding community. To that end, the energetic brown-shirted brigades were dispatched to a variety of locations: school gardens, community gardens and other partner organizations.

One of the nearby locations was the aptly named Vets Victory Garden at the ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and Transitional Housing. The facility, established in 2007, serves about 150 veterans in a homelike environment as they work through difficult issues that cannot be managed well in other settings. The adjacent garden, on a patch of high ground near the Swannanoa River, was established with the help of Warren Wilson students and provides fresh vegetables for the facility, which serves three meals per day. There’s also a seasonal tailgate market on site each Wednesday.

On Service Day at the Vets Victory Garden, Warren Wilson students led by Melissa McLamb were engaged in several tasks at the Vets Victory Garden, including weeding, fertilizing and bean planting. “It’s really great to have all these extra hands helping out,” said Tom Farrell, now in his second year of managing the garden.

Not far away, another group of students led by Rachel Tutweiler worked at Manna FoodBank, a longtime community partner of the College. Late morning, the group was engaged in sorting through garden harvests – in this case, barrels of potatoes. This task and others provided help to Manna in its role of storing, warehousing and distributing food to nonprofits in 16 counties across Western North Carolina.

At day’s end, all the groups reconvened at the pavilion, this time to eat watermelon served up by members of the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and to share ideas and information from the day. “Awesome” was perhaps the most common word students used in describing their experiences during the day. And as a participant from the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens noted, everyone returned to campus “tired, hungry and dirty” – but happy.

Alumnus Jack Allison ’63 provides medical care in Haiti

Jack Allison in Haiti Shortly after the devastating January 2010 earthquake hit near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dr. Jack Allison ‘63 was contacted by the CEO of the Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment Foundation (GCEEF) and asked to assist in providing medical care there. During his weeklong stay in Haiti, Allison’s team treated hundreds of patients in makeshift clinics with limited supplies. “GCEEF has been intimately involved in helping to develop Haiti for nearly 30 years, and they are committed to rebuilding Haiti over the long haul, providing ongoing medical care, public health, food, clean water, education, shelter, micro-finance and other important machinations,” Allison explains.

In addition to providing emergency medical care, Allison has been commissioned by the CGEEF to write three songs. The idea to commission these songs came from Allison’s past success in using music to create social change as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi the 1960s. The threat of flash floods in Haiti, worsened by rampant deforestation, is the focus of Allison's first song, "Don't Sleep in the Gulley." The other two songs deal with issues of sanitation and disease and encourage people to wash their hands with soap and to put garbage in its place. Listen to “Don’t Sleep in the Gulley,” which is sung in both Creole and English and is being played on 25 radio stations throughout Haiti.

Read Allison’s full account of his recent experiences in Haiti.

2010 Sustainability Speakers Series

The College’s Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) hosts the Sustainability Speaker Series on campus this fall. Anita Brown-Graham will open the series on Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at the College Chapel. Since 2007, as director of North Carolina’s Institute for Emerging Issues, she has worked alongside state leaders like former Gov. Jim Hunt to focus citizens from the mountains to the coast on the state’s most pressing issues. Check the 2010 Sustainability Speakers Series schedule and make plans to attend.

WWC makes two top-20 sustainability and green lists

The College is among 18 nationwide to be included on The Princeton Review’s 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll. WWC is the only N.C. institution on the honor roll, having received the review’s highest possible green rating of 99. According to The Princeton Review’s website, “criteria for the green rating cover three areas: whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable; how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges; and the school's overall commitment to environmental issues.” For more information on the review’s 2011 green ratings, click here.

For the fourth year in a row, the College is one of Sierra Magazine’s 20 “Coolest Schools” – college and universities recognized for their efforts to stop global warming and to operate sustainably. Warren Wilson, ranked No. 14 this year, has appeared on the annual list ever since it was launched in 2007. The only other school in the Southeast to make the 2010 list is Georgia Tech, at No. 20. “Warren Wilson attracts students who want to change the world,” Warren Wilson President Sandy Pfeiffer said. “We immerse them in our Triad of academics, work and service in which they tackle global issues on a local scale, and work toward a resilient, sustainable community every day.”

Asheville Film Festival

We Still Lay featured at AVL film festival

In Jeff Keith’s Filming Appalachia class, students produced We Still Lay, a documentary about Asheville's urban chicken movement. The film will be featured in the Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival.

Author of Girl in Need of a Tourniquet to speak on campus

Merri Lisa Johnson, author of Girl in Need of Tourniquet: How to Tell a New Story about Women, Love and Madness will speak Sept. 9, 4 p.m., in Canon Lounge. Johnson will discuss her book, which includes themes of coming out, coming of age, coming to terms with grief and becoming borderline. Call 828.771.5851 for more details about the presentation, sponsored by the Warren Wilson gender and women’s studies program.

Global Studies Colloquium

The new Global Studies Colloquium introduces the campus community to research being conducted in global studies and provides a schedule of events for global studies majors and prospective majors outside of their individual courses. This year the colloquium highlights the four regional concentrations within the global studies major by featuring presentations from outstanding faculty members. You’re welcome to attend the presentations in Canon Lounge, 2:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup:

Sept. 10: Latin American Studies with Ben Feinberg – Indians, Mexicans or Hillbillies? History and Identity in Oaxaca, Mexico

Sept. 24: Appalachian Studies with Jeff Keith – Mountains of Contradiction: The Important but Flawed Legacy of Harry Monroe Caudill as a Liberal in, an Activist for, and a Scholar of Appalachia

Oct. 29: Asian Studies with Siti Kusujiarti – Disaster and Recovery in Indonesia: The Roles of Local Government and Communities

Nov. 12: Intercultural Studies with Christey Carwile – The Clave Comes Home: The Glocalization of Salsa Dancing in Ghana and Nigeria

Info: David Abernathy 828.771.3707

Did you know?

Warren Wilson students amassed 30,345 documented service hours during the 2009-10 academic year – the first time that students have surpassed 30,000 hours in a single year.

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Register for Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 1-3, 2010

Return home this fall for a chance to visit with old friends, eat tasty barbecue on the Farm, cheer on the Fighting Owls in soccer and more. Special events for Homecoming include work crew demonstrations and live music from Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work. Edens ’03 brings his popular band to campus for what is sure to be a high-energy show. Register online.

Family Weekend is a chance to enjoy time with your Warren Wilson student this fall. Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are all invited to join us. Spend two days on campus attending classes, walking in the woods, participating in a service project and more. Register online.

In the media

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A nettle a day: Getting wild with Michael Gentry

“Faith-based pro-environment trend growing in Washington”

“Let us pray for a clean environment”

“The European Court of Human Rights Addresses the Issue of Gay Rights in Poland" by WWC professor Paul Magnarella

Featured: Life of a WW student blog

“Asheville area musicians eke out living with their 'other language'”

Philippines surprising

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