It is October in Ohio, friends! Time is moving faster than the Greeks during homecoming bed races—so fast I had to bundle the last two weeks of September into this single blog post.
A Busy Week on Campus
Indeed, September 18 ushered in homecoming week at Wilmington College. Each day offered something exciting to do around campus, from mud volleyball to the pep rally to the multitude of athletic matches. The evenings were full and fun—especially the great WIN against Capital University under the stadium lights on Saturday night. Way to go Quakers!
It was also wonderful catching up with alumni throughout the weekend, and especially members of the class of 1973 who returned for their 50-year anniversary. I loved hearing the stories of what brought them to Wilmington College in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and of course, what lessons and values they took with them after graduation. Congratulations to those who received their emeritus medallions during the Alumni Awards breakfast.
In addition to homecoming, the final events of the Westheimer Peace Symposium wrapped up on Wednesday, September 20 at the majestic Murphy Theatre, with a showing of This Is Not a War Story, featuring commentary from director Talia Lugacy. On behalf of the campus community, I want to extend a thank you to Tanya Maus and the Westheimer Peace Symposium Committee for curating such a wonderful and thought-provoking series of events on "Peace and the Nature of War: Combat Trauma and Healing."
In other news:
Agricultural Lobbyists Visit Washington, D.C. to Advocate for a Farm Bill Extension
A cohort of 16 students and 4 faculty and staff visited Washington, D.C. September 24-26 to advocate or "agvocate" for issues pertaining to the U.S. Farm Bill, set to expire September 30.
In preparation for their individual lobby meetings with members of the House and Senate, students spent Monday learning about farm policy through visits with the American Farm Bureau Federation, United States Department of Agriculture, Canadian Embassy, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Corn Grower's Association, and National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. They received training from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby group that seeks to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Agriculture Lobby Trip, which has brought together student advocates on topics such as conservation, renewable fuels, labeling laws, trade, local food systems, and food waste. I want to express full gratitude to the trip leaders: Michael Snarr, Jenny Tower, Ellen Short, and Jason Parrish, who kept us on pace ( and on time for the Metro) during the busy three-day trip.
WC Help Desk Expanding Service to Include Non-Emergency Requests
An update from George Dimidik, VP of IT and Operations:
Friends, we are expanding the Help Desk to better serve you! The new WC Help Desk will now service your non-emergency housing requests as well as your IT requests. Just send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and the WC Help Desk will route your request to the appropriate department to address your request.
We want to make it easier for you to report issues, thereby helping us address issues quickly!
Here are some examples:
Have trouble printing or accessing Wi-Fi? Send an email to email@example.com and describe your issue.
Have an issue in your room or residence hall such as a cleaning issue, a burned-out bulb, something is damaged but not causing immediate harm to people or the building, etc.? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the issue and the location where we can find the issue (building and room number).
Have an emergency repair issue that needs immediate attention, such as a major water leak? Call, instead, the Housing Office at 937-481-2312 during the day. Otherwise, contact Campus Safety at 937-382-0100.
History Horrorfest Continues This Fall
The History Horrorfest has returned for another year of spooky delights this October! The first screening is scheduled for tomorrow, October 3 at 6:30 PM in CSA 148.
"We will be viewing the horror classic 'The Exorcist' with guest speaker Daniel Gulotta introducing the film. There will be candy, salty snacks, sodas, and even prizes at this year's Horrorfest," noted Keith Orejel, professor of history and event organizer.
Faculty or staff who are horror fans are also welcome to attend! See image (left) for details about upcoming Horrorfest events.
The "Agriculture Wall of Fame" Display Installed in CSA
A multi-year project led by Don Chafin, professor emeritus of agriculture, and Pam McCoy, former trustee and friend of the college, the Agriculture Wall of Fame donor wall display was installed last week, just in time for homecoming guests to visit and view.
The nearly 30-foot-wide display features a brief history of the agriculture program and honors those who have donated to its success with acres, loads of grain, and monetary support.
Production of the panels was made possible through a gracious gift from Paul Neumann, former Wilmington College trustee.
This Week in Athletics
Finally, be sure to follow updates from Athletics (schedule below) and Student Affairs for other happenings on campus.
Stay busy, friends. There is certainly plenty to do in October!
In peace and gratitude,