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Crafts at Warren Wilson College

Crafts at Warren Wilson College have a bright future thanks to new grant.

May 2013

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$2.1 million grant expands material arts program
Rain and all, nearly 200 receive degrees at 2013 Commencement
Dawn Medley named Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
You're Invited to Summer Open House - Friday, July 12
Register now for Weekend@Wilson - June 28-30
Nominations open for Alumni Board and Alumni Awards
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$2.1 million grant expands material arts program

The College has been awarded a $2.1 million grant by the Windgate Charitable Foundation to enhance its art department with the addition of studio craft and material arts, working with partners to make western North Carolina a recognized center for craft study.

The grant, spanning a three-year period, will foster a close partnership between Warren Wilson and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. The collaboration will provide a sustainable home for craft education in the region that will be open to students across the nation.

Grant funding initially will provide for increased faculty and staff positions, including a full-time teaching position in sculpture and greater support for woodworking, fiber arts and blacksmithing so that they continue to flourish at Warren Wilson. In addition to increased faculty support and artist-in-residence positions in each of the three areas, internships for recent graduates will be phased in at the College during the grant period. The Windgate grant also will enable the creation of a new staff position in order to coordinate the partnership with CCCD.

“This is an excellent opportunity to enhance an existing strength of the College,” Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick said. “We already collaborate with CCCD, and we look forward to doing so more formally and to working with other schools and programs in the area to support the role of craft in our region.”

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2013 Graduates

Rain and all, nearly 200 receive degrees at 2013 Commencement

On April 27, Warren Wilson inaugurated its seventh president, Steven L. Solnick, on Sunderland Lawn just before a heavy rain settled in. Exactly three weeks later, on May 18, there was no such luck with the elements; the 2013 Commencement had to be moved across the road to DeVries Gymnasium because of a persistent morning rain. But the quickly coordinated efforts of many people both inside and outside the gym made the last-minute location work.

Of course, there’s at least a slight upside to nearly every shift in plans. As the College’s minister, the Rev. Steve Runholt, observed just before delivering the invocation, the Commencement location had been moved from lovely Sunderland Lawn to the hardwood home of the 2013 men’s basketball national champions. And, yes, the banner recognizing the Owls’ USCAA Division II title hangs on the wall the Commencement audience was facing.

But as always, the stars of the Commencement show were the nearly 200 bachelor’s degree recipients who had earned B.A. and B.S. degrees. The graduating class was Warren Wilson’s 45th as a four-year college.

Speaking of graduates, one of the College’s many distinguished MFA Program for Writers alumni, N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, delivered an engaging main address, which is available online.

This year’s graduating senior top honors went to Courtney Newsome, Pfaff Cup winner, and Felicia Hall, Sullivan Award recipient. Barnaby Ohrstrom was chosen by his classmates to be senior class speaker. Top teaching awards went to Laura Vance (faculty), professor of sociology and gender/women’s studies, and to Stan Cross (staff) of the College’s Environmental Leadership Center.

Dawn Medley named Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Dawn Medley, Director of Student Success and Assistant Professor at Missouri Valley College, has been named to the new position of Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.

Medley’s appointment was announced by President Solnick, with approval from the College’s Board of Trustees.

Medley will oversee and fully integrate the offices of undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and Marketing. Among other duties, she will direct all image, branding, communication and public relations efforts of the College, in order to ensure increased understanding of Warren Wilson College in the higher education marketplace.

"We're thrilled that Dawn Medley will be joining us to lead our efforts in enrollment and marketing," Solnick said. "She brings a broad range of skills and experience that will help us continue spreading the word about our Triad of strong academics, work and service, unique among liberal arts colleges in America."

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Dogwood

You're Invited to Summer Open House - Friday, July 12

You are invited to spend a day with us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, exploring what our unique campus has to offer. The day begins with an early bird concert and welcome from the Dean. You will then be given a tour of the campus, enjoy a delicious lunch (vegetarian options naturally), and learn more about our Triad of education, while meeting students, faculty, staff and your admission counselor throughout the day. After the program ends we encourage you to take our Green Walkabout Tour, explore our hiking trails, and visit Asheville. Be sure to wear comfortable, casual clothing and good walking shoes!

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:30 am – mid afternoon
WHERE: Kittredge Theatre
WHO: You and your family and friends
Go to our website to REGISTER and for driving DIRECTIONS.

Register now for Weekend@Wilson - June 28-30

Online registration is open for Weekend@Wilson. Alumni and families are invited to return to campus to take part in an eclectic mix of workshops and to connect with other Warren Wilson loving folks.

Traditional workshop favorites like the Asheville Brewery Tour and blacksmithing are back, as well as new offerings such as mountain biking and meditation. Click here for a full workshop list. 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. Hope to see you this summer!

Nominations open for Alumni Board and Alumni Awards

The Alumni Relations office is pleased to offer nomination forms for two important opportunities: Alumni Board and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year.

Each October, seven alumni are elected to the WWC Alumni Board for a three-year term. If you know alumni who would like to stay engaged with the College and serve on the Board, please consider nominating them for this position by Dec. 15, 2013. You may also self-nominate. For more information and to download a nomination form, visit our website .

At Homecoming each year, the Alumni Relations office presents three awards to recognize accomplishments by alumni and supporters of the ideals of Warren Wilson College. These awards include:
Distinguished Alumni Award
Distinguished Service Award (open to non-alumni)
Distinguished Community Service Award

For more information and to download the nomination forms, visit our website.
Please return completed nomination forms to the following:

Alumni Relations
Warren Wilson College
CPO 6324
P.O. Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
Fax: 828-771-5850
Email: alumni@warren-wilson.edu

In the media

Video: Steven L. Solnick inaugurated as Warren Wilson's president

Video: "Let Them Eat Cake," featuring watercolor paper dolls created by students

Video: Hannah Yoter's ’13 senior music recital

Center campus tree map and inventory

McGinn ’09 and McCoy help gardeners

MFA faculty and graduate win Kingsley Tufts and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

Caleb Hawkins ’15 advances to STIHL Timbersports Collegiate Championship on June 9

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