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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Posted by:marytz.
Time:2:48 pm.
Thank you for the info.  I am very new to this!  I may just have to do the myspace or facebook thing!

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Subject:Watauga College
Posted by:marytz.
Time:8:12 am.
I Just found this site.  Is it still being managed?  Is anyone still collecting info. about past Watauga College Grads? 
I have to share this joke from Greg Snider former RD "How many Watauga College Students does it take to change a light bulb?
All of them: one to change the bulb and the rest to talk about how great the old one was" (And it really was GREAT!)

I was there from 1981 - 1984 (Jr year Sub floor RA).  I also had 2 older cousins that came through Watauga College before me: Shelia Rodenhizer and Ed Crabtree, and 2 sisters that came after me: Teresa Taylor (Geer) and Tammy Taylor.   Some member of my family was at Watauga College from about 1977 to 1987. 

Mary Taylor Zorn
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Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Subject:hi :)
Posted by:michellee623.
Time:11:11 pm.
1) Your name: Michelle Miller

2) What years were you in Watauga? just started this year, fall 2008.

3) Did you end up as an IDS major? nope, i am thinking about sustainable development but i'm not sure yet.

4) Who were your favorite professors? joe gonzales for sure. (he's the only one ive had so far but i also favor him for some reason)

5) What are you up to now? i'm still here, in the llc. just hangin out. :)

6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself: i love watauga college (or watauga global community as it's called now) and i love living in the LLC.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Posted by:camilee.
Time:3:53 pm.
Hello lovelies!

I've posted before (a couple years ago now, I think). I am a former Wataugan/East-ite, who did a big paper on "The Ghost Lore of East Hall." It was for an undergrad folklore class, but I experimented by spending the night in the basement with some audio and video equipment. 

Anyway, this paper was lost for awhile (computer crash), but it's back now. So if you're interested in reading it, let me know! My email is camilee1000@yahoo.com

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Subject:me (an introduction)
Posted by:fated_doubtful.
Time:12:34 am.
1) donnie
2) just spring 2004
3)no but im working on plans for a sustainable community and the management for it
4) none made an impression except pete. but he hated me for uncommentable reasons
5) working on my blueprint
6) im not insane. but i am only searching for my light, my shadow, in essence what is not between you and me was who i was than a deterrent for who i am now or was there really only light and the mistaken trappings of a mind new to the spirit of gnosis. it takes a few years and some medication to make a functioning individual who still maintained the spirit so many wataugans share. inititive. insight. and more importantly a desire to perfect
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Subject:Wataugan on Jeopardy!
Posted by:trishfs.
Time:11:38 am.
I know, you think I mean Wataugan in jeopardy, but not this time. On Monday I was flipping channels and saw, to my surprise, the illustrious Bob Hutton sharing small talk with Alex Trebek. And he won! He actually told the world that he occasionally answers the phone as a farm animal to scare off telemarketers. That's just so Bob. Of course, of all the Wataugans I've known, Bob does seem the most likely to appear on Jeopardy. I have that night and Tuesday night's episodes DVRd if anyone is interested.
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Monday, November 27th, 2006

Subject:WC Database
Posted by:sweetp288.
Time:2:15 pm.

Dear Wataugans:


My name is Kimberly Lomonaco, and I am a graduate of Appalachian State University’s Watauga College, c/o 2006.  I am currently working with the director of Watauga College, David Huntley, to compile a database of former Wataugans.  In this database, we would like to collect data on how Watauga has influenced the lives and professions of its graduates.


Please answer the brief questions listed below to help with our research.  You can send responses to watcolinfo@appstate.edu.  In addition, you may let the university know your status by visiting the Appalachian Alumni Association website, www.alumni.appstate.edu, and registering.


When answering, please try to focus only on your professional choices related to Watauga.


1.      For identification purposes, what is your current and/or maiden name?

2.      What year did you graduate Watauga College?

3.      What is your current profession or job?  (Note: include both specific titles and broad titles (i.e. teacher, attorney, etc.) if your specific title alone may not be clear.

4.      Who is your employer?

5.      Please concisely describe what influence you feel Watauga may have had on job selection.  Did your experience in Watauga affect any positions you’ve held?  Did your experience in Watauga cause you to reject any job offers, and why?


Thank you for your cooperation.  This information will serve as valuable insight as to the lasting effects of Watauga College on its graduates.


Kimberly Lomonaco


Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Posted by:theerin.
Time:9:56 pm.
Mood: excited.
Wow, a Watauga College community. this is just too exciting.  Um, i didn't recognize anyone in the member listings, but I could just be slipping in my old age. Holler at me anytime, I'll just be in Polk County. :)

- My name is Erin Ross.
- I was over in East Hall (3rd floor, 373 w00t) fall of 01 and 02...i think. never did graduate from ASU, moved on to Ashevegas.
- I ended up majoring in Decorative Historical Restoration. It sounds pimp, but jobs are scarce. Turns out it's cheaper to tear something down and rebuild than it is to restore. Who knew?
- Leighton Scott is a god. Dorothea was at least a good sport when heckled by myself and Chris Lay. And though he is a superb bastard, I do find myself missing Bud Gerber's antics.
- Um, hanging out in Polk County, NOT using my degree. I do data entry for a tapestry dealer in town. It's ok, i can wear flip flops and it's a steady paycheck. Getting married next fall and moving to Charlotte with Morgan who is a senior at  App now. You can find him in the history department. He'll be the tall bearded fellow with weezer glasses. Oh jeesus, it's a college campus. Um, just ask around i guess. 
- Well, I do come to Boone every few weeks to throw down with friends old and new, and I try to see Rob Taylor play any chance i get. God I wish he'd run for mayor. I haven't missed a halloween at Portofino's in 5 years, and I seriously <3 Hebron rock colony (thanks wussow!)  So yeah, holler at me if ya feel like it, the LJ's open 24/7.

While i'm reminicing...does anyone remember the Great East Hall Mud-Wrestling Fiasco? I need pictures.

- Erin
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Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Subject:just thought I'd go ahead and post this
Posted by:camilee.
Time:11:46 am.
This is from my folklore paper exploring East Hall's ghost lore. The "experiment" I'm referring to is when I (and a friend) got locked into the basement overnight. We set up all kinds of video and audio recorders all over the place.

The following ‘Map of Reports’ maps out the rooms of which have been particularly troublesome for residents or workers. The information is a conglomeration of my own experiences either living in the dorm or in the experiment, stories told to me through the interviews, and bits and pieces from casual conversations on the topic.
A.     Basement. In our experiment, an inhuman growling noise is heard over the second audio recorder in the hallway by the men’s bathroom when we are all alone. Sometime in the night a loud noise from this same direction awakens Leslie, my partner in the experiment.
B.     IDS office. A hair dryer comes on by itself when it’s not even plugged in.
C.     Women’s Studies Bathroom in Basement. 15-20 years ago a girl had reportedly hanged herself in the first stall (over which someone has spray painted a black noose on the ceiling). This is where “something” began grabbing onto former Wataugan Corey Maher’s leg during a scene for ‘Dorm of Doom.’ Also, a girl participating in a hanging scene for ‘Dorm of Doom’ became trapped in bathroom, until she agreed to not do the scene. Many noises and door slammings have been heard from here. And in doing our own “legend-tripping,” we are in this bathroom when distinctive footsteps are heard in the hallway, although we are alone and no doors are heard opening or closing. It is followed seconds later by a cold chill in the bathroom.
D.     B18. Now an IDS classroom, it is supposedly the most haunted place in East, as it is the center of a pentagram formed by five mountains in Boone. This is the center of the energy. Many seances have been held here, as there have been many accounts of noises, sightings, cold drafts, and furniture moving. When there was a piano in there, it was said to “play itself” (B. Hutton, personal communication, April 26, 2002). For a Native American studies class, a meditation led by Hawk Hurst had a Native American elder visiting. During the meditation, the elder suddenly sat up and said what translated to “there are spirits among us. One just walked through the room.” Some say someone committed suicide here. In our experiment, distinctive breathing is heard on the video camera and a voice is heard on both the video camera and audio recorder. Famed author Orson Scott Card has spoken in here and was so convinced of its supernatural activity that he wrote about it in his Lost Boys.
E.      Subfloor. Many report radios and lights turning on and off. Report of heavy footsteps down hallway when the floor is otherwise empty. The second most haunted area of East Hall.
F.      Housekeeper’s closet. Former housekeeper Cricket Carroll would have problems getting the key to turn, almost as though something/someone was keeping her from getting into the closet. She at one point requested someone else to take over the subfloor duty. She would end up yelling at “Mrs. Brown” to let her in, which “she” then would. This is reputed to be where Mrs. Brown’s bed stood.
G.     025. This is the corner room where it is believed (not confirmed) that someone was killed either by homicide or suicide. There are complaints of furniture moving through the air or turning around by itself when the room is empty and locked up. Another report of an Elvis clock’s legs spastically swinging back and forth.
H.     027. This is the sight of lamps coming on and footrests of chairs coming out by themselves and reportedly, a very out-of-tune violin getting tuned by itself. A woman who lived here one summer knew nothing about its history, but still became surprisingly terrified.
I.        Bathroom by 012. Going in very late one night, I walk past a shower stall to see it get slammed in my face. I immediately turn around and walk back to push the door open. There are no drafts and no one in sight in the stall, in the bathroom, or in the hallway. There are reports by others of seeing a woman in white.
J.       International Hall. One report of a radiator becoming unusually hot and burning the draperies while a bed begins lurching at the room’s inhabitants: two international students. The first confirmed report that a suicide happened here (room 125?). Cricket Carroll relates the story, as her supervisor was the one who had to help clean up after it. 

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Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Subject:edible schoolyard
Posted by:sommeree.
Time:7:08 pm.
i don't know how many of you have seen the new Watauga College building, but some of us students have started up an organic vegetable garden on the premises.
a couple students started and facilitated a class to get the garden under way, and David Huntley supported them in that.
here are some pictures of the project so far.

pictures of the gardenCollapse )
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Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Posted by:camilee.
Time:5:20 pm.
Mood: nostalgic.

1) Your name: Cami Maher

2) What years were you in Watauga? errrm.....98 and 99

3) Did you end up as an IDS major?
 Oh no. What was your major? Creative writing

4) Who were your favorite professors? Jay Wentworth for doing exorcisms, David Huntely for his stories about the Beat writers, Bud Gerber for intentionally leaving students behind on a field trip to "see what they would do", Kay Smith for her class on Shakespeare in Film.

5) What are you up to now?
 Back at ASU finishing up my Masters in Community Counseling with a concentration in addictions counseling and a certificate in expressive arts therapy.  

6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself. They should definitely not get rid of Watauga College, but since it's not in East and the professors and classes are different, I feel like it's gotta be completely different now. Also, I'm the one who created the East Hall ghost map, since I did a ghost investigation of the place my senior year. :) That shit is haunted, I don't care WHO you are!

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Posted by:maxmercury14.
Time:4:58 pm.

Hey may name is Joel and I’m in a class in Watauga this semester where we are looking into the history of Watauga. In the process we are trying to formulate a oral history of Watauga, something that until this point has never been done. This is a crucial time for Watauga due to the fact that the IDS department has unofficially only a few years left at ASU (sorry if this is new and disturbing news to some), thus Watauga is under a lot a scrutiny and needs to be able to show the university why it is worth their money. And this is one way to help.

Below there are a few questions about your Watauga experience that if you have time would greatly help us out if you answered, I have also LJ cut more questions if you would really like to go above and beyond (because in Watauga we do more, or at least talk about how we could do more if we wanted to). We are also interviewing many past directors, as well as some current and past students and faculty, so if you would like to hear what your favorite and not so favorite professors have to say about these questions i will also post a link the website when it is up so you can. Thank you guys, and feel free to ramble on as much as you feel like and please include your name.

1)      When and how were/are you associated witWatauga College?

2)       If you had to choose three ideals or values of Watauga College that you believe are fundamental to the program, what would they be?

3)      How does WC differ from other residential learning communities on this campus?  What is unique about WC as a residential learning community?

4)      Is there something common to the faculty who teach in Watauga?  In teaching style, personality, interests, approach to learning, etc.?

5)      Historically, what would you say has been the educational focus of WC?  What should its focus be in the future?

6)      Who were some of the key figures in WC during your time?  (students, faculty, other...)  What made them particularly important or noticeable?  Were they especially representative of the program, central to its operation, otherwise notorious...?

7)      What is one story or tradition from Watauga's past that you think should be remembered?  Something that 'newer' Wataugans may not know about...?

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Posted by:nenanell.
Time:9:35 pm.
See pictures from the Watauga College 25th Anniversary at

1) Your name: Nena Brittain Moss
2) What years were you in Watauga? 1972 Original!!
When did you graduate from ASU? 1976
3) Did you end up as an IDS major? No
What was your major? Music Ed.
4) Who were your favorite professors? I will post a list at a later date.
5) What are you up to now? Webmaster, Office of Scientific & Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself. Married, 2 grown sons, still reaping the benefits of WC.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Posted by:findingpenance.
Time:3:29 pm.
1) Your name: Brooke Bailey
2) What years were you in Watauga? I am currently a second semester freshman in Watauga.
3) Did you end up as an IDS major? While I'm tempted to do so, I think changing my major to IDS would make my parents have a nervous breakdown. Right now it's Social Sciences Secondary Education.
4) Who were your favorite professors? Jay Wentworth made academia and slaving over papers appealing. He's the first professor I've had that I was afraid to let down because of what he thought of me-- he's a friend to his students just as much as he is the man that hands out their grades. I found Bud to be a bit intimidating given his love of arguing with students (and co-professors), but I loved his dry sense of humor.
5) What are you up to now? Getting ready to audition for the Vagina Monologues and the beginning of the semester.
6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself.
I'm interested in getting more involved in Watauga, so if you have any ideas...
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Monday, December 19th, 2005

Subject:ugh... my friend posted this today...
Posted by:cry884.
Time:9:43 pm.
Mood: embarrassed.

This is supposed to draw students to ASU? It would scare me far far away.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Posted by:reality_applied.
Time:10:53 am.
Please make an introductory post and address the following questions:

1) Your name: Jwilly, or John as some like to call me

2) What years were you in Watauga? started asu in spring 2003, started watauga fall 2003.

3) Did you end up as an IDS major? no, though perhaps i should have. instead i went on sabbatical and never returned to asu. i'll be finising a BA in Philosophy at UNCW by winter 2007.

4) Who were your favorite professors? jay wentworth and j mackey probably had the biggest influence. jay wentworth was the one that actually kept me in school.

5) What are you up to now? i'm living in wilmington, working at a custard shop and learning how to build computers.

6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself: in retrospect i should have taken IDS courses without watauga college. i never actually finished the program. i hated it at first, to be honest. then i met some really cool kids, and performed in "WLOH?" which i want to start in wilmington sometime within the next year, when i have time. IDS taught me that there are writers that think on the same lines as i do and i find that inspiring and i don't feel so alone.
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Subject:my fondest memory of boone
Posted by:reality_applied.
Time:10:51 am.
Casting Chants in the Viaduct

howl in tunnels
stretching mountains

like bottoms of curtains
silky cold with rushing blood,

voices keep
the beat, darkness

wrapped in blankets of tongue,
harmony breathes

deep and guttural like diamonds
smoothing granite;

time fades
with self.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Subject:finding this community made my night...
Posted by:petulantsophia.
Time:11:05 pm.
Mood: better since finding this.

Please make an introductory post and address the following questions:

1) Your name: GULYA

2) What years were you in Watauga? ahfuck if i know... 98 and 99? When did you graduate from ASU? 2003 (overachiever, i know...)

3) Did you end up as an IDS major? ummmm... NO. What was your major? social work and psych (dbl major)

4) Who were your favorite professors? jay wentworth. all the way. (although bud did attempt to make me his little errand bitch when i was a freshman living on 1st floor by his office)

5) What are you up to now? more social work... doing case management for kids in the mental health field in asheville, nc...

6) Add anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself  maybe later when i'm not in a pissy mood

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Monday, October 31st, 2005

Subject:Photos of ASU
Posted by:malawry.
Time:5:05 pm.
A friend of mine who went to ASU for graduate school went back to Boone for homecoming last weekend and took some pics. Includes some images of the new, improved Watauga building. I am so jealous of that new library!

Anyway, check it out:
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Posted by:eva_prawn.
Time:7:43 pm.
...or MIA, or whatever term you want to use...

I see quite a few ex-Wataugans on a regular basis (Phil, Alex, Steve) and I run into Lee Williamson every now and then. It comes with living in the Triangle, I guess. However, some folks have seemingly vanished. Whatever happened to:

Dave Pearson
David Bostick
Brian Benson

I'm sure some others will come to mind. It's kind of neat to see people congregate here and fill in the gaps. If you have any "Whatever happened to" questions for me, feel free to ask.
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