Friday, March 27, 2009

GIS Crew working on web map for "Year of the Park"

Corey White of the GIS crew has been hard at work on a map of green space in Buncombe County as part of the county's "Year of the Park" project. Below is the customized Google map he's been working on, which will eventually be embedded in the YOP's website as well as several others. Try clicking on a tree for park information, including directions. Nice work Corey!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Reminder from the International Programs Office

Attention rising juniors and seniors!

Selection sheets for 2009-2010 study abroad courses are due back in the International Programs Office no later than Monday, March 30 at 5:00 pm. Please participate in this important process that will help us determine which study abroad courses will be offered next year. If Study Abroad courses do not receive adequate student interest, as evidenced by returned selection sheets, the College will not offer them next year.

The sooner you turn in your selection sheet, the better your chance of placed in your preferred study abroad course next year. You must also meet all other upcoming application deadlines to secure your space in the course.

Please note that if you are graduating in May 2010, your selection sheet should state "Fall only." As a rule, students may not participate in study abroad courses during their final semester at Warren Wilson.

If you have not received a selection sheet, but you will have earned at least 60 credits by the end of this semester, or you will have been enrolled at WWC for at least 4 semesters, please contact us. At this point, only juniors and first-semester seniors are eligible to sign up for these courses. If there are still spaces available after these students have had the opportunity to sign up, we will announce openings to other students.

If you have any questions about specific study abroad courses, please feel free to ask International Programs staff or the individual course leaders indicated on the selection sheets.

International Programs Office
Lower Laursen, x3057

Friday, March 06, 2009

From the International Programs Office

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship application cycle is currently open for study abroad programs beginning Fall 2009 and the 2009/2010 academic year.

The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. This award helps to defray costs including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Critical Need Languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects)
  • Chinese (all dialects)
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
  • Korean
  • Russian
This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education -- Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.
For further information or to apply, please go to