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Draft Horses

Dan & Doc are the College's new draft horses, thanks to the assistance
of Dave Mallette & work of Jim Price.

March 2011

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Welcome Dan & Doc
Carson Hall
Sylvia Earle to deliver address at Commencement
Lytle named alumni relations director
Weekend@Wilson - June 24-26, 2011
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Welcome Dan & Doc

The Horse Crew recently welcomed two new work horses, Dan and Doc, from an Amish community in Springfield, Ohio. The crew will be using the horses for pulling out shiitake logs for inoculating, skidding logs with the Forestry Crew and other heavy work. “We use the horses because it has less of an impact on the forest,” Christina Torquato ’13 of the Horse Crew says. “If the forestry crew winched logs with machinery, larger roads would need to be cut and the heavy equipment would compact soil and root structures.” Dan and Doc will also be used in the garden for disking, harrowing, clearing brush and moving large rocks.

The Horse Crew sends a big thank you to Jim Price and Dave Mallette. “Jim works at the Biltmore Carriage Barn and helps with the horses at least three days a week,” Torquato says. “Dave Mallette gave a generous donation to purchase the draft horses and has been a close ally to the horse crew for many years.” Kate and Jenny, the previous horse team, are now retired and have returned to their home farm where they can relax.

–Grace Hatton ’14

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Carson Hall

Carson Hall

For 85 years, Carson has been an important part of the campus for students, staff and faculty. Due to extensive repairs and renovations the structure needs, President Pfeiffer and the College’s Board of Trustees have made the decision to decommission and raze Carson. Details will be available soon for Carson Hall’s decommissioning ceremony. Prior to and during the teardown process, historically and architecturally significant parts of the building will be recovered. “As part of the strategic plan, the College began a feasibility study for a major fundraising effort,” said Richard Blomgren, Vice President for Advancement, Admission and Marketing. “Now, with this urgent need, the advancement office will work to raise the necessary funds to replace Carson with a new academic building.”

Sylvia Earle to deliver address at Commencement

Pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, currently National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, will deliver the main address at the 2011 Commencement on May 14. Since her first scuba dive at age 17, Earle has logged more than 6,000 diving hours while leading more than 50 expeditions. She set the world record for the deepest untethered solo ocean dive (1,250 feet), one of the achievements that have helped her earn nicknames such as “Her Deepness,” “Sturgeon General” and “Queen of the Deep.” A longtime champion of the preservation and exploration of marine ecosystems, she was named the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine and a “Living Legend” by The Library of Congress.

“I was swept off my feet by a wave when I was 3 and have been in love with the sea ever since,” Earle has said. “It was and is irresistible.”

Commencement will mark a second visit to Warren Wilson for Earle, who spoke at the College’s Davidson Roundtable in 2007. Her return is perhaps timelier than ever, as evident from this January article about her leading an expedition to the Gulf of Mexico to study areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Rodney Lytle

Lytle named alumni relations director

Since Rodney Lytle graduated from the College in 1973, he has brought his infectious smile and compassionate personality to such diverse positions as building services (heavy duty) supervisor, basketball coach, multicultural affairs director and interim alumni relations director. On March 11, he was offered and accepted the permanent position of alumni relations director. Alumni can reach Lytle at 828.771.2046 or rlytle@warren-wilson.edu.

Weekend@Wilson - June 24-26, 2011

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled weekend of workshops, barbecue, dorm living and music for alumni and friends. This year's workshop topics include blacksmithing, folk dancing, wine tasting and more. Online registration begins in early May. Hope to see you there.

Info: Ally Donlan

Did you know?

Four Warren Wilson swimmers are among only 44 female swimmers nationally to be named NAIA scholar-athletes this year. The NAIA named juniors Madison Dillon, Amelia Hubbard, Brett Parmenter and Amelia Wiggins 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

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Spring Owl & Spade

In April, you’ll receive the spring issue of Owl & Spade. In the upcoming magazine, along with news and other features, you’ll find stories on the College’s tradition of crafts, the Swannanoa Gathering’s 20th anniversary, Costa Rican connections, and how service is a way of life for world-record rower Katie Spotz ’08.

In the media

When Freedom throws a party, by writing professor Lockie Hunter

James Franco talks poetry

Angie Newsome ’93 launches Asheville-based journalism nonprofit

2007 graduates start farm focused on sustainability

Revenge of the soccer moms

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