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View of campus from the farm in late April.

May 2012

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Janis Ian to deliver main address at 2012 Commencement
Five students receive 2012 Derieux Prizes for original research
Register now for Weekend@Wilson — June 22-24
May graduate awarded National Science Foundation fellowship
Paddling team brings home silver and gold
Summer Open House
Spring Owl & Spade
In the media
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Janis Ian

Janis Ian to deliver main address at 2012 Commencement

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian will deliver the main address at the 2012 Commencement on May 12.

Best known as a songwriter-singer, Janis is also a magazine columnist and science fiction author. Her autobiography, Society’s Child, received much acclaim upon publication in 2008. She has received several Grammy nominations and in 1975 won “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” for her hit record “At Seventeen." On Oct. 11, 1975, Ian and Billy Preston were the first musical guests on the debut of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Ian and the College have forged strong ties in recent years. In 2010 the Pearl Foundation, founded by Ian and named in honor of her late mother, established The Pearl Foundation Scholarship at Warren Wilson. Janis Ian and her partner, Patricia Snyder, oversee the foundation. This past summer, Ian was one of several Grammy Award winners who taught and performed at The Swannanoa Gathering during its 20th anniversary season.

Irwin Belk of Charlotte and Billy Edd Wheeler of Swannanoa will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters from the College during the commencement ceremony. They are the first recipients of honorary degrees from Warren Wilson.

You can find more information on 2012 Commencement here.

Five students receive 2012 Derieux Prizes for original research

Five students who presented their research at the annual meeting of the N.C. Academy of Science have been awarded Derieux Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The following Warren Wilson students received prizes for original research: Melanie Kemp, first place, physiology/toxicology/biochemistry; Jessica Schaner, second place, health/ environmental sciences; Alice Sloan, second place, ecology; Camille Taylor, third place, botany; and Laura Lilley, third place, physiology/toxicology/biochemistry. A total of 12 Warren Wilson students presented results of their research at the 2012 meeting. Over the years Warren Wilson students have won more N.C. Academy of Science awards for papers on their research than students from any other college or university in the state.

Register now for Weekend@Wilson — June 22-24

Online registration is open for Weekend@Wilson. Come to campus for a fun weekend full of interesting workshops, toe-tappin’ music and tasty barbecue for alumni and families. Workshop topics include aromatherapy, blacksmithing and much more. Some workshops fill up quickly so be sure to register soon. Click here to register. Contact Ally Wilson, awilson@warren-wilson.edu or 828-771-2092, with questions or for more information.

May graduate awarded National Science Foundation fellowship

Skye Rios, a chemistry major from Eugene, Ore., who graduates on Saturday, has been awarded a coveted Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Rios plans to study quantum mechanics and renewable energy, specifically hydrogen production, in the physical chemistry department at the University of Colorado Boulder. In his personal statement submitted as part of the NSF fellowship application, Rios pointed to a course at Warren Wilson that sparked a strong interest in alternative fuels research. Read more.

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Paddling Team

Paddling team brings home silver and gold

Congratulations to Coach John “Lightnin’” Griffith and the paddling team, which recently competed in the American Canoe Association (ACA) Intercollegiate Whitewater National Championships on the Tuckaseegee River and came home with several awards. In a field of 10 other colleges, Wilson brought home the silver medal in the team relay, a race consisting of two tandem canoe legs and two single kayak legs. The canoeists were Davis Jones, Corrine Herst, Alessia Faverio and Cameron Thatcher. The kayakers were Dan Woerner and James Paige. Faverio also brought home gold in the women's kayak and silver in the solo open canoe.

Top three collegiate finishers:

  1. Albion College
  2. Warren Wilson College
  3. Messiah College

“Huge appreciation goes out to volunteer paddling coach John Griffith,” Athletic Director Stacey Enos said. “He dedicates many hours on the river with these students and manages all the logistics. It’s quite an undertaking.”

Summer Open House

Are you a prospective student or know someone who is? Summer Open House is Friday, July 13. The day begins at 9 a.m. with an Appalachian music concert and registration. A student-led campus tour, lunch with faculty and staff, and information sessions on admission, the Triad and financial aid will conclude at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jan Wolff.

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Owl & Spade

Spring Owl & Spade

The spring issue of Owl & Spade is on its way. Along with news and other features, you’ll find stories on outgoing president Sandy Pfeiffer and president-elect Steven Solnick, microfinance expert Jesse Fripp ’94, political science professor Dongping Han, an undergraduate’s experience in the MFA Program for Writers, and alumni Claudia ’69 and Mike Nix ’70 of Liberty Bicycles. You can always find Owl & Spade online.

In the media

A Deeper Kind of Service at WWC

The Farm and Herb Crew featured in The New York Times

Foundation Representative to Lead a Hands-On College

Writing professor Catherine Reid on the significance of watersheds

2012 Work Day slideshow

An excerpt from professor Mallory McDuff’s new book Sacred Acts

Asheville-area schools named top 'green' colleges in North America

R. Dwayne Betts MFA ’10 named to Presidential Administration Post

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