Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2017

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2017


Family Weekend 2016

Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at or call 866-992-2586.

Family Weekend 2016

This year’s highlights include the following events. Click for details and description:

Friday, September 30:
Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament – 8:30 a.m.
BBQ Dinner, Music, and Bonfire – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1:
Breakfast & Conversation with President Steve Solnick – 8:30 am
College Resource Fair – 10:00 a.m.
Festival on the Field – 12:00 p.m.

Full schedule:

Friday, September 30
Registration8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Orr Cottage
Attend Classes with your WWC Student8 a.m.-5 p.m.Various Location
Bannerman Golf Tournament8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Black Mountain Golf Course
Campus Bookstore9 a.m.-4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
Green Walkabout10 a.m.-11 a.m.Orr Cottage Patio
Elizabeth Holden Gallery-A Place in Space10 a.m.-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Service of Remembrance10:30 a.m.-NoonWWC Cemetery on Dillingham Circle
Garden Market11 a.m.-1 p.m.Gladfelter Patio
Poetry and Fiction Reading2 p.m.Sage Cafe
What's up in the Work Program?3-5 p.m.Work Program Office
Shabbat Social with WWC Kehila Hillel4-4:45 p.m.Garden Cabin
Cross Country "Fighting Owls Invitational"5 p.m.Big Berea Pasture (Dam Pasture trail area)
BBQ Dinner5-6:30 p.m.Farm
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction6:30-8:30 p.m.DeVries Gym
Bonfire (weather permitting)DuskFarm
Men's Basketball vs Alumni8:30 p.m.DeVries Gym
Saturday October 1
5K Fun Run8 a.m.DeVries Gym
Breakfast & Conversation with President Steve Solnick8:30-9:45 a.m.Ransom Fellowship Hall
Family Weekend Registration9:30-11:30 p.m.Gladfelter Lobby
College Resource Fair10-11:30 a.m.Bryson Gym
Campus Bookstore 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
Elizabeth Holden Gallery- A Place in Space10 a.m.-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Festival of the FieldNoon-4:30 p.m.Soccer Field
WWC Women's Soccer vs. Pikeville University1 p.m.Soccer Field
Team of Excellence AwardHalf-timeSoccer Field
WWC Men's Soccer vs. Pikeville University3 p.m.Soccer Field
Sunday October 2
Brunch10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Gladfelter
Church Service11 a.m.College Chapel

Friday, September 30

Attend Classes with your WWC Student, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Academics, work and service continue as normal during Family Weekend, but you’re invited to be a part of the Triad. Many professors and crew supervisors welcome you to attend class or work or service with your student – please check in with them about their schedule.

Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Have fun shooting a round of golf in support of scholarships! Registration fee includes breakfast, one mulligan and one red tee, greens fees, cart and lunch at the Black Mountain Golf Course. Please arrange your own transportation to the golf course for this event. Cost: $75.

Green Walkabout©, 10:00 a.m.
You’re invited for a campus stroll to learn about sustainability technologies and practices WWC employs every day. The tour includes stops at the college farm, garden, recycling and composting operations. All tours start on the Orr Cottage Patio outside Admissions. The walkabouts will stick to campus roads and walkways, which are hilly. Wear comfortable shoes.

A Place in Space Exhibit at Elizabeth Holden Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
A group exhibition featuring works that explore the relationship between humans and the surrounding world.

Garden Market, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Meander through the Garden Market in front of Gladfelter and see freshly harvested food from our Garden. You can purchase garden items and take a taste of Warren Wilson home with you!

Service of Remembrance, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Join us as we remember those who have gone before us in Warren Wilson College history. There will also be a special recognition of Alma Shippy, the first black student ever admitted to an all-white private college in the South. It was an historic event occurring prior to the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954.Gather outside the Chapel at 10:15 a.m. if you would like to ride the shuttle to the service. Otherwise meet at the Warren Wilson College Cemetery on Dillingham Circle at 10:30 a.m.

Poetry and Fiction Reading 2:00 p.m.
Warren Wilson College’s highly-regarded Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer. The College’s undergraduate Creative Writing department, originally developed by MFA alumna Ann Turkle, continues to benefit from the renowned MFA Program through the program alumni appointed annually as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow, through MFA faculty who serve as visiting writers-in-residence, and through the Residency Class offered to a select group of undergraduate students each January. We invite you to experience the writing side of Warren Wilson, featuring:

Debra Allbery: Program Director since 2009 and MFA faculty member since 1995
Gary Hawkins: WWC MFA 1995 and WWC Associate Dean
Alain Park: WWC MFA 2013 and current Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow
Rachel Himmelheber, Undergraduate Creative Writing faculty, Fiction, and Department Chair
Catina Bacote, Undergraduate Creative Writing faculty, Nonfiction

What’s up in the Work Program?3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Have questions about what’s going on in the world program? Chat with Vice President for Applied Learning, Cathy Kramer, and Associate Dean of Work, Paul Bobbit about how students work on campus. Can’t make it during this time? Catch Cathy at Festival on the Field on Saturday.

Shabbat Social with WWC Kehila Hillel, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
The WWC Kehila Hillel and WWC Spiritual Life are hosting a Shabbat social from 4:00-4:45 pm before the college picnic at the Garden Cabin.  Kehila means “community” in hebrew and Hillel is a Jewish college student association. Bring in the Shabbat with sabbath songs, blessings, challah, and meeting new and old friends.  Share in the pre-celebration of the upcoming Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with local apples and honey. We will then head down to the farm for dinner and celebrations with all. Shabbat Shalom! For more information, contact Beth at or Stephanie at

Fighting Owls Invitational home meet, 5:00 p.m.
Cheer on the WWC cross country team! The run begins at Big Bearea Pasture (Dam Pasture trail area).

BBQ Dinner, Music, and Bonfire, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Head down to the Farm for our traditional feast of freshly smoked pulled pork or barbecued tofu. Local bands will provide lively entertainment and music for dancing. A bonfire will keep us warm as the sun sets and wagon rides are offered too, weather permitting. It’s an event for the entire campus, so students, staff and faculty are invited to join in the fun. Food service from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: Adults, $15.00; $17 day of event; Children 7-12, $6, Students & children under 6, free 

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction, 6:30 p.m.
The Warren Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in DeVries Gymnasium (alumni basketball game to follow at approximately 8:30 pm). We will be honoring Al Mack ’76, Harry Mills ’83, Audrey (Lowney) Sloan ’78, Ron Wilson, and Loci Zsuppan ‘02. 

Men’s Basketball vs. Alumni, 8:30 p.m.
Come see your first glimpse of the 2015-2016 edition of the Warren Wilson College men’s basketball team. All alumni are invited to attend and participate.

Saturday, October 1

5K Fun Run, 8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a peaceful 3.1 mile run or walk around the Warren Wilson campus. Meet in front of DeVries Gym to register and take your mark. The course will be marked, and all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Registration fees ($5) and all additional donations support the WWC Athletics Fund. 

Breakfast & Conversation with President Steve Solnick, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Enjoy a continental breakfast with faculty, staff and the families of fellow WWC students. At 9:00 a.m., our president, Dr. Steve Solnick, will speak about the College and answer questions. Cost: Adults $7.00; students are free  

College Resource Fair, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Take the opportunity to learn more about the resources available on Campus. Families can visit with various departments, meet the staff, and ask questions. Tables include Housing, Gender and Relationships, Public Safety, the Career Development Center, and more.

A Place in Space Exhibit at Elizabeth Holden Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
A group exhibition featuring works that explore the relationship between humans and the surrounding world.

Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30 p.m.
Festival on the Field is a time to indulge in many of the great things Warren Wilson has to offer – sports, food, music, crafts, and fun! Head out to the soccer fields to enjoy an afternoon cheering on the WWC Soccer teams. Then peruse unique crafts by students and alumni artisans that are available for purchase. Or try delicious foods prepared by students, staff vendors and local food trucks.

1:00 p.m.: Women’s Soccer team plays Pikeville University
Half -time: The 1975 Men’s Soccer Team receives the Team of Excellence Award.
3:00 p.m.: Men’s Soccer team plays Pikeville University

Sunday, October 2

Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Brunch in Gladfelter will be available, pay at the door.

Church Service, 11:00 a.m.
The congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church welcomes you to join them for a service in the College Chapel.