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Jay Tompkins

Jay Tompkins ‘96

September 2010

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Homecoming and Family Weekend – Oct. 1-3
WWC professor to study climate change health impacts
Appalachians All by Mark Banker ’73
On campus Oct. 6: environmentalist Bill McKibben
Gifts in memory of Jay Tompkins ’96
MFA alumna wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award
MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers magazine
Did you know?
In the media
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Homecoming Time

Homecoming and Family Weekend – Oct. 1-3

Tasty BBQ, fast-paced soccer and foot-stamping music are all part of this year’s festivities. The fun starts with a Homecoming kick-off at Pisgah Brewery tonight (Thursday, Sept. 30), with live music from alum Jar-e and his band at 6 p.m. Other events include the dedication of the Ohler Spiritual Center, an estate planning seminar and a worldwide dinner. Check out all the activities for Homecoming or Family Weekend.

Info: Ally Donlan, adonlan@warren-wilson.edu or 828.771.2092.

WWC professor to study climate change health impacts

Chemistry professor John Brock has been awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a sabbatical leave to study the human health impacts of climate change in Appalachia and the southeastern United States. Brock will combine existing databases on climate and health to develop new models to assess and predict the human health impacts of climate change. After the sabbatical, the project will be adapted for continued research with undergraduate students at Warren Wilson.

Two research scientists will mentor and supervise the project: David Easterling of the National Climatic Data Center and George Luber of the CDC. Easterling and Luber are members of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Luber is a lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Easterling was a lead author on the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.

Appalachians All by Mark Banker ’73

Mark Bankers Book Mark Banker’s regional history, Appalachians All: East Tennesseans and the Elusive History of an American Region has been published by the University of Tennessee Press.

In the book, "Banker weaves a story of Appalachia that is at once a national and regional history, a family saga, and a personal odyssey. This book reads like a conversation with a good friend who is well-read and well-informed, thoughtful, wise, and passionate about his subject,” says Jean Haskell, coeditor, Encyclopedia of Appalachia. A class of 1973 history major, Banker now teaches history at Webb School of Knoxville and lives on the farm where he was raised in Roane County, Tenn.

Bill McKibben

On campus Oct. 6: environmentalist Bill McKibben

Just four days before his 10/10/10 Global Work Party to combat climate change, Bill McKibben will give a free public lecture Oct. 6 as part of the College’s Sustainability Speakers Series. The presentation, in partnership with The Wilderness Society and Orion magazine, begins at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel.

McKibben is co-founder and director of 350.org, a global climate-change initiative so named because scientists say that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Current concentrations of CO2 are steadily approaching 400 parts per million. The 10/10/10 event is being organized by McKibben and his colleagues at 350.org.

McKibben’s 13 books include The End of Nature, published in 1989 and considered the first book for a general audience on global warming. His most recent book is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships and the Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing.

Read a recent interview with McKibben.

Info: Margo Flood, mflood@warren-wilson.edu or 828.771.2002

Gifts in memory of Jay Tompkins ’96

Jay Tompkins ’96 passed away in November 2009, and his parents asked that memorial gifts be made to the College. Many friends and family made generous gifts, which are being used to enhance the Appalachian Studies collection at the College library. Read more about Tompkins and his legacy at the College.

MFA alumna wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award

Laura Newbern MFA ’09 has received a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Newbern is an associate professor of English at Georgia College & State University. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2007, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Triquarterly. Her collection, Love and the Eye, winner of the 2010 Kore Press First Book Award, will be published this fall. Novelist Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively.

MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers magazine

The nation’s first low-residency MFA program, located at WWC since 1981, has now been ranked No. 1 among 46 current such programs by Poets & Writers magazine. The rankings appear in the magazine’s September/October 2010 issue. Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers is tied with the Vermont College of Fine Arts for the top spot, outpacing the 44 other low-residency programs in the rankings. "We're very pleased by this national recognition of the truly exceptional quality of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers—a distinction steadily proven by the remarkable literary achievements of our graduates. As the oldest of the low-residency programs, we're proud that we're continuing to set the standards for the model," MFA Program Director Debra Allbery says.

Did you know?

There are only seven work colleges in the United States? As part of the Work College Consortium, Warren Wilson is joining in a new alumni outcomes survey that will help illustrate the benefits of attending a work college. Beginning the first week of October, those in the graduating classes between 1993-2007 will receive an invitation by email to take the survey, which focuses on educational experiences at Warren Wilson and experiences after graduating. If you get an invitation, please help the College by responding right away.

In the media

Sustainability beyond the Classroom: Living Laboratories at WWC

MFA student Carla Baku receives Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship

WWC "Dream Team" recognized for recent pool rescue

WWC counselor Anne Lundblad runs 133 miles in 24 hours

Exploring intersections with Lockie Hunter, writing professor

Underhill Rose soothes the soul

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