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Sustainable Forestry Professor David Ellum

December 2013

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$400,000 gift for college forest management and education
WWC MFA faculty member Mary Szybist wins national book award
Amanda Wilson receives community impact student award
Alumni gathering in West Asheville
AFP honors Pearsall and Harris
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$400,000 gift for college forest management and education

The College has received a $400,000 gift for the purpose of establishing the Irene Pennington Broyles and Glenn Boone Broyles Fellowship, in order to help preserve and manage the Warren Wilson College Forest in perpetuity.

Irene Broyles, a Somerset, Ky., resident who had survived her husband, Glenn, made the gift before her passing on Nov. 14. She served as librarian at Somerset High School for 32 years, and the couple owned and operated a tree farm in Kentucky for many years. Glenn’s brother, Boyd, and Boyd’s wife, Edith, were also partners in the farm that received numerous environmental awards. Irene Broyles was a 1939 graduate of Dorland-Bell School in Hot Springs, N.C., which merged with the Asheville Farm School in 1942 to form what eventually became the four-year Warren Wilson College in 1967.

The Broyles Fellowship will recognize and support the College Forest director—currently Sustainable Forestry Professor David Ellum—in using innovative methods of teaching students in forestry, and in conducting research in sustainable forestry, forest management, forest science and forest policy. It also will assist the director’s supervision of students concentrating their studies in sustainable forestry and academic fields related to preservation of the College Forest.

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Mary Szybist

WWC MFA faculty member Mary Szybist wins national book award

Mary Szybist, faculty member in the MFA Program for Writers since 2011, has won the National Book Award for poetry for her collection Incarnadine.

Szybist is the second Warren Wilson faculty member to win a National Book Award. Andrea Barrett won in 1996 for Ship Fever and Other Stories. Many other Warren Wilson faculty members have been finalists for the award in fiction and poetry.

“We are deeply proud of Mary's achievement in Incarnadine, and grateful that her book has received this richly deserved recognition,” MFA Program Director Debra Allbery said.

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Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson receives community impact student award

Amanda Wilson ’15, an anthropology major and education minor from Pittsburgh, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award from North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement. Wilson is one of 19 students across the state to be honored for making a difference in the greater community.

A member of the Bonner Leaders Service Crew on campus, Wilson works to address the educational needs of children and youth. She coordinated the “Kids on Campus” program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, and developed and led an eight-week workshop on education reform that incorporated weekly service at an after-school program. Wilson spent last summer with Teach on the Beach, an education-focused youth development program in Busua, Ghana.

“In addition to her passion for direct service, Amanda is always thinking about the bigger picture of social issues—education justice in particular,” said Shuli Arieh Archer, WWC Director of Student Engagement. “We are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Wilson and other award winners were honored recently at North Carolina Campus Compact's annual student conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Nearly 200 student leaders from 28 campuses in three states attended. Warren Wilson students Rita Gunter and Allyson Miller presented a workshop session on "Spirituality, Faith and Service."

Alumni gathering in West Asheville

On Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., the Alumni Board Events Committee invites you to an alumni gathering hosted by Gordon Smith ’94 and Brownie Newman ’02 at Altamont Brewing Co., owned by fellow alumnus, Gordon Kear ’02. Check out the Facebook page and help us spread the word.

Want to host an alumni gathering where you live? Contact alumni@warren-wilson.edu and we'll help spread the word.

AFP honors Pearsall and Harris

At the recent Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Western North Carolina, two of our own were recognized for their philanthropic achievements. Mack Pearsall, a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Pearsall served on our Board of Trustees for 10 years, retiring in April. His faithful support of the College through the years has made him one of the most generous living donors. Don Harris, our recently retired Director of Development, was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive. While at the College, Harris cultivated donors and worked on the preliminary stages of the campaign for a new academic building.

Do you have a proclivity for photography, a bent for baking, or a yen for yoga?

Then consider being an instructor at Weekend@Wilson 2014! Taking place June 27-29, Weekend@Wilson is a time for alumni, families and friends to participate in workshops, experience dorm living and connect with other WWC community members. We are looking for folks to lead workshops at next summer’s event. If you have a skill, talent or interest to share with the group, please consider participating. Past workshop topics include gardening, painting, jewelry making and wine tasting. If you’re interested in leading a workshop, email alumni@warren-wilson.edu for more information.

In the media

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WWC Farm to host ASAP Business of Farming Conference

What I Learned From Facebook on Thanksgiving

Warren Wilson receives gift for forest program

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