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Service Day

For the past two years, Service Day has focused on hunger in the local community.

September 2011

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Service Day 2011
The Swannanoa Gathering 20th Anniversary
Sierra magazine’s Coolest Schools
Cargill gift supports environmental studies
MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers
Homecoming and Family Weekend — Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
Alumni Natural Science Lecture
Cross, internship program receive Pelican Award
Sustainability Speaker Series
In the media
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Service Day 2011

While spring semester at the College has Work Day, the start of fall semester has its counterpart in Service Day. As with Work Day, several hundred students, faculty and staff come together on Service Day to work on various outdoor projects. A major difference is that the work projects are located in the greater community, rather than on campus. Another is that the vast majority of student workers at Service Day are brand new to the school, thus making the day an introduction to the surrounding community as well as to an aspect of Warren Wilson that has been central to its mission for half a century.

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Musicians Performing at the Swannanoa Gathering

The Swannanoa Gathering 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary of The Swannanoa Gathering was a record-breaking year with close to 1,000 participants over the five-week summer program. The Gathering raised over $13,500 for its youth scholarships. During Guitar & Contemporary Folk Week, six Grammy Award winners congregated onstage and performed. The supergroup included Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, Jon Vezner, Al Petteway and Doug Smith.

Sierra magazine’s Coolest Schools

WWC is No. 4 nationwide on Sierra magazine’s 2011 list of “Coolest Schools” – colleges and universities recognized for their efforts to stop global warming and to operate sustainably. The College has appeared on the annual list ever since it was launched by Sierra in 2007. The only other school in the Southeast to make the 2011 list is Appalachian State University, at No. 12.

“When students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and proceed to get their hands dirty in the real world, they realize the potential they have to make a difference,” observes Sierra editor-in-chief Bob Sipchen. “We’re thrilled to highlight these forward-thinking schools for emphasizing environmental responsibility, and for teaching, inspiring, and empowering students to effect real change.”

In addition to many other green accolades, the College was named to The Princeton Review’s 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll comprising 16 schools, and to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “10 Eco-Friendly College Campuses.”

Cargill gift supports environmental studies

The College has received a substantial gift from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, to provide support for the environmental studies program. Environmental studies at Warren Wilson was among the nation’s first such programs when it was founded in the late 1970s. The program continues to evolve and today ranks as the most popular major in the valley.

MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers magazine has once again named the MFA Program for Writers as the top-ranked low-residency program in the country. “National recognition is gratifying,” said Program Director Debra Allbery, “but what matters most to us is how well we measure up to our own high standards. The fact that that measure is determined by our community as a whole—students, faculty, academic board—is central to our success. Everyone in the program is invested in, and involved in, making it the best it can be.”

Homecoming and Family Weekend — Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

Online registration is now open for Homecoming and Family Weekend. The weekend is a chance to visit with friends and family, eat tasty barbecue on the Farm and cheer the Fighting Owls in soccer. Special events include the premiere of “Frontiers Yet Unknown - The History of Warren Wilson College,” an MFA reading and a special performance by theatre alumni. For more information, contact Ally Donlan.

Want to be a Festival on the Field vendor? If you are interested in selling your art, crafts or culinary delights, sign up to participate as a vendor at Festival on the Field during Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 1. Vendor space is only $10. Contact Kelly Christianson.

Alumni Natural Science Lecture

Ever wonder what happens to students once they leave WWC? Now you can find out by attending the Alumni Natural Science Lecture at Homecoming. The lecture series invites alumni who work in the natural sciences to talk about the path from the College to their current work. Conceived as a way to generate connections between alumni and current students, the series hopes to engage alumni who are working in a wide array of scientific disciplines.

The lecture series launched in 2010 with speaker Mary Elfner '85 who shared her journey from the chemistry crew to her current position as coordinator for the Virginia Important Bird Areas of the National Audubon Society.

At Homecoming 2011, Dr. Megan Davies '84 will present the lecture. Davies, an English major who worked on the plumbing crew, currently serves as the epidemiologist for the N.C. Division of Public Health. Her lecture will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, at 4pm in the Morse science building.

If you have an idea for a speaker or would like to be a speaker, please contact Mary Elfner or Maria Sgambati.

Cross, internship program receive Pelican Award

Never mind that Warren Wilson College is located hundreds of miles from the North Carolina coast—the College’s Stan Cross and the internship program he manages have received a major award from the N.C. Coastal Federation. The program and Cross, education director of the college’s Environmental Leadership Center (ELC), have received the federation’s Pelican Award as the Central Coast Education Partner of the Year. The award is given in recognition of “exemplary achievements and actions in protecting and restoring coastal resources” in North Carolina.

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Sustainability Speaker Series

The fall 2011 Sustainability Speaker Series kicks off Sept. 14 with Neil Chambers, author of Urban Green: Architecture for the Future. His free presentation, sponsored by the College’s Environmental Leadership Center, begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. A book signing will follow. Chambers is the CEO and founder of Chambers Design Inc, a design and consulting studio that focuses on green buildings, infrastructure, master planning and habitat restoration. For more information, contact Ellen Querin.

In the media

2011 Service Day on WLOS

Alumnus and trustee Dr. Steven Kane on keeping athletes safe in the heat

Underhill Rose bring feminine perspective to Americana scene

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