Homecoming 2017

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2017


Homecoming 2016

Friday, September. 30 – Sunday, October. 2, 2016

Registration is now closed.

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Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at alumni@warren-wilson.edu or call 866-992-2586.

Homecoming 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.
Athletics Hall of Fame – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
Alumni Lunch and Awards Ceremony – 11:30 a.m.
Festival on the Field – 12:00 p.m.
Taste of Wilson Reunion Party – 6:00 p.m.

Full schedule:

Friday, September 30
Registration8:30 a.m.-4 p.mOrr Cottage
Bannerman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Black Mountain Golf Course
Campus Bookstore9 a.m.-4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
Elizabeth Holden Gallery- A Place in Space10 a.m.-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Green Walkabout10-11 a.m.Orr Cottage Patio
Service of Remembrance10:30 a.m.-NoonWWC Cemetery on Dillingham Circle
Garden Market 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Gladfelter Patio
Poetry and Fiction Reading2 p.m.Sage Cafe
Art Alumni Reception3-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Natural Science Alumni Reception3-5 p.m.Ferguson Courtyard
What's up in the Work Program?3-5 p.m.Work Program Office
LGBTQ Alumni & Student Mixer3-5 p.m.Center for Gender and Relationships
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 1st
5K Fun Run8 a.m.DeVries Gym
Homecoming Registration9:30-11:30 a.m.Gladfelter Lobby
Campus Bookstore10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Lower Gladfelter
Elizabeth Holden Gallery- A Place in Space10 a.m.-5 p.m.Elizabeth Holden Gallery
Alumni Lunch and Awards Ceremony11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Canon Lounge, Gladfelter
Festival on the FieldNoon-4:30 p.m.Soccer Field
WWC Women's Soccer vs. Pikeville University1 p.m.Soccer Field
Team of Excellence AwardBetween Games Soccer Field
WWC Men's Soccer vs. Pikeville University3 p.m.Soccer Field
Social Work Alumni Reception and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony4:30 p.m.Orr Cottage Patio
President's Reception: Owl & Spade Preview Party4:30-6 p.m.Private Donor Event
A Taste of Wilson Reunion Party6-10 p.m.Bryson and Formal Gardens
50th Reunion Dinner - Class of 19666:30 p.m.Ransom Fellowship Hall
Sunday October 2nd
Choir Rehearsal9:30 a.m.WWC Chapel
Brunch10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Gladfelter
Church Service followed by a Potluck Dinner11 a.m.-1 p.m.WWC Chapel and Ransom Fellowship Hall

Friday, September 30

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 ($300/foursome).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Art Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Gather with art alumni and professors at Elizabeth Holden Gallery.

Natural Science Alumni Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Stop by the Ferguson Courtyard to visit with science alumni and professors

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.

LGBTQ Alumni & Student Mixer, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Kick off Asheville’s Pride Weekend by connecting with other members of the Greater Wilson LGBTQ Community.

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 beckstein@warren-wilson.edu or Stephanie at smenjivar.f13@warren-wilson.edu.

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; $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 2016-2017 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.

A Place in Space Exhibit at Elizabeth Holden Gallery, 1:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. A group exhibition featuring works that explore the relationship between humans and the surrounding world.

Alumni Lunch and Awards Ceremony, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Join your classmates for great food and fellowship in Canon Lounge. Each decade will have tables to gather together, from the GAR to the 2000’s. At 12:30 p.m., we will honor our alumni award recipients and introduce new and current alumni board members. Alumni award winners include the following: Lee Self ’57 (Distinguished Alumni Award), Amy ’00 and Jamie Ager ’00, Mollie Costello ’94 (Distinguished Community Service Award), Joel Adams, and Jim and Kay Layman (Distinguished Service Award), and Katie Maloney ’04 and Omar Barnaby ’05 (Young Alumni Award). Space is limited and preregistration is required. Cost: $17.00

Festival on the Field, Noon-4:30p.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
Between Games: The 1975 Men’s Soccer Team receives the Team of Excellence Award.
3:00 p.m.: Men’s Soccer team plays Pikeville University

Social Work Alumni Reception and Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony, 4:30 p.m.
The social work department invites all its alumni to attend a reception and the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society induction ceremony at the Orr Cottage Patio.

President’s Reception: Owl & Spade Preview Party
Private donor event for 1894 Circle members, supporters of the College at the $1000+ giving level.

50th Reunion Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
The class of 1966, along with 1964, 1965 and 1967 alumni, will celebrate their 50th reunions. The evening begins in the Ransom Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a “Meet and Greet” reception. Dinner and program follow at 7:00 p.m. Cost: $28.00.

Taste of Wilson Reunion Party and Retirement Celebration for Rodney Lytle ’73, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Whether it’s been one year since you graduated or more than 40, come celebrate with your friends and raise a toast to Rodney Lytle who is retiring after 46 years! We will be paying a special tribute to our milestone 10 & 25th reunion years. (The 50th reunion, including the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 classes, will have a separate celebration at the Ransom Fellowship Hall). Enjoy food and beverages from some of our beloved alumni. Come eat, drink and have a HOOT of a time! Located in Bryson Hall and the Formal Gardens. Cost: Adults, $35; Children 7-12, $15; Children under 6, free.

Sunday, October 2

Choir Rehearsal, Church Service, Potluck Dinner, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join your classmates for song and worship followed by a potluck dinner sponsored by the congregation of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church at the College Chapel.

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