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Postponed (Fall 2017)

Join Davidson alumni, parents, and friends for a special Wildcat weekend in Asheville, N.C., hosted by Professor of Biology Dave Wessner. Our friends at Summit Coffee, located in downtown Davidson and owned by Brian Helfrich '07, will also join us.

Only a few short hours away, Asheville is the perfect weekend getaway. Travel together from Davidson on Friday afternoon (or meet us there if you prefer!) and spend the weekend enjoying friends and making new ones as we explore and sample the many breweries and tasty grub the city has to offer.

Not only will it be a fun weekend, it will also prove an educational one! Microbes play various roles in our daily lives, from the production of beer, wine, cheese, and yogurt, to the generation of life-saving drugs. Professor Wessner will talk about the role of microbial fermentation necessary for the production of beer and review the history of Asheville's link to microbiology. We'll also have the opportunity to learn more about coffee production from Summit Coffee.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Our Wildcat Weekend Trip Includes:

  • Transportation to and from Asheville (departing from Davidson at 3 p.m. on Friday) and throughout the weekend
  • Welcome Happy Hour 
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Talk by Professor of Biology Dave Wessner on the microbiology behind beer and cheese
  • Coffee demonstration by Summit Coffee
  • Tours, tastings and/or unique experiences at four local breweries

Does Not Include:

  • Dinner on Friday or Saturday night 
  • Additional drinks at breweries
  • Hotel accommodations. For a special Davidson rate of $199 per night at the Renaissance Asheville Marriott in downtown, book online or call 1-800-468-3571 and ask for the Davidson College Travel Program block.

Price and Reservations: Price per person is $200. Registration is limited, so reserve your spot today.

About your host: Dave Wessner has always been fascinated by viruses because they seem so simple, yet are so Headshot of Dave Wessnercomplex, and have undoubtedly caused immeasurable human suffering. Yet, he believes that, in the near future, researchers may be able to use viruses to treat various human diseases, and they play critical role in biogeochemical cycling. His research focuses on viral pathogenesis—how viruses cause disease. Currently, his students are exploring the potential antiviral properties of compounds synthesized by members of the chemistry department. He is also very interested in HIV/AIDS education and outreach. In addition to teaching courses about HIV/AIDS, he works with various student groups, like Warner Hall Eating House, to increase community awareness about this virus and the AIDS pandemic.

Questions? Please email Lauren Biggers at or call 704-894-2919.