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UNC Asheville SENSER Meeting

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Hundreds of educators from many disciplines will come to UNC Asheville for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, sharing best practices for connecting teaching of STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math) with critical local, national and global issues. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) will hold its summer institute July 31-August 4, bringing together university faculty, K-12 teachers and educators from museums and science centers across the country.

“The SENCER project is perhaps one of the most important, if not the most important, curriculum reform effort currently underway, particularly in the area of science education,” says Edward Katz, UNC Asheville associate provost and dean of university programs. “SENCER’s aim is to open our students’ minds to the interconnections between fundamental science concepts and the complex social questions they powerfully address. These engaged and interdisciplinary learning approaches have enabled us to reach students who otherwise may not have been open to or interested in science, which is critical if we are to help shape a generation of citizens who are science literate.”

Keith Krumpe, UNC Asheville’s dean of natural sciences, will present at the SENCER Summer Institute, as will Rebecca Hale, Angeldeep Kaur, Caroline Kennedy and Jennifer Rhode Ward of the university’s biology faculty.

UNC Asheville also hosted the SENCER Summer Institute in 2010. “We are pleased that our annual SENCER Summer Institute is returning to UNC Asheville this year,” said David Burns, SENCER principal investigator and executive director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. “A great faculty team from Asheville won our William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science last year.”

SENCER, initiated in 2001 under the National Science Foundation’s course, curriculum and laboratory improvement national dissemination track, is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. “Our National Science Foundation program brings the science of learning to the learning of science, specifically by connecting course content to issues of local and global impact,” said Burns.

The 285 participants invited to take part in the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute include 39 teams from 118 higher education, museum and science center institutions, and 15 Asheville-area K-12 teachers. Educators will be coming from as far away as South Africa, New Zealand and the Republic of Georgia.

To join in the social media conversation that will be part of the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, use #SSI2014.

UNC Asheville Authorized to Make $990,000 in Capital Improvements

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville has been authorized by the state to borrow approximately $990,000 to make needed capital improvements. Governor Pat McCrory signed the authorization bill on July 8 allowing approximately $376 million of improvements at six campuses in the UNC system: UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and Western Carolina University.

At UNC Asheville the funding will be used to improve learning and living conditions for students, with $550,000 designated for the completion of the Karl Straus Track Building and $440,000 invested in improvements to the Student Recreation Center, including renovations of the current locker rooms, the addition of a gender-neutral locker room and resurfacing the floors of the multipurpose courts. The projects are expected to begin in early fall 2014.

“These projects will allow UNC Asheville to make needed improvements in our recreation facilities, providing a better experience for our students and community members who use these facilities,” said John Pierce, vice chancellor for finance and campus operations.

The projects will be financed by special-obligation bonds, to be repaid by a $27 student debt service fee that has been approved by the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors.

The Karl Straus Track serves as the training and competition facility for the UNC Asheville men’s and women’s track and field programs. With the renovation of the track and field facility to NCAA/IAAF standards, UNC Asheville will be able to host intercollegiate and community track meets.

The Student Recreation Center accommodates varying types of recreational activities accessible to students, faculty, staff, and eligible members with a valid OneCard or Recreation Pass. The facility includes a pool, indoor track, racquetball courts and multipurpose courts that may be sectioned off to allow multiple events to occur simultaneously.

“Climate Change and Society” UNC Asheville Certificate Program

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – A few positions remain open in the fall semester for UNC Asheville’s unique, graduate-level certificate program, Climate Change & Society. Tailored for working professionals and students interested in the fields of climate and sustainability, the two-year program consists of four courses, one each semester, with a convenient evening schedule.

The certificate program and course of study were developed to bridge the gap between climate scientists and the government agencies, business and community organizations whose decisions and work may be impacted by climate change.

Applications to enroll in the third cohort of the program are due August 1, 2014. Ten students have completed the coursework, which may be taken on its own through the certificate program, or within the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) degree program at UNC Asheville.

“I chose classes and research topics that directly related to my work at ASAP,” said Katie Descieux, who began her studies while an intern at ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), and was able to advance to a staff position as research coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Research Center while earning the certificate and MLAS degree. “The classes that I took that focused on issues of sustainability and community resiliency really resonated with me … and ignited my passion to positively contribute to my community.”

The certificate was affirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2011. The four course sequence includes:

  • Fundamentals of Climate Change Science
  • Tools for Climate Change Information and Decision-Making
  • Decision Modeling and Statistics
  • Communicating Science

For more information about the program or to start your application, visit mlas.unca.edu/climate-change-society or call 828.250.2399.

Estill Voice and Alba/Feldenkrais Workshops

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Arts and Ideas Program is offering July workshops using Estill Voice Training and Alba and Feldenkrais methods for emotional and kinesthetic awareness and expression.
  • Estill Voice Workshop, July 13-16 – Participants will learn anatomical elements that change the quality of sound and power of the voice, and how to voluntarily adjust them for confident vocal control and versatility. Kerrie Obert, Director of Medical Arts and Clinical Voice Pathologist at The Ohio State University Voice and Swallowing Disorders Clinic and a certified course instructor of Estill Voice International, will lead the workshop, which is appropriate for beginners as well as professionals. Cost of the four-day workshop is $330. Registration is due June 27.
  • A Body of Emotion: Alba/Feldenkrais Workshop, July 21-25Laura Bond, chair and professor of drama at UNC Asheville, and Feldenkrais master teacher Lavinia Plonka, director of Asheville Movement Center, will lead this five-day workshop, combining the Alba and Feldenkrais methods. This workshop is designed for those interested in increasing their ability to manage and regulate emotions and achieve full embodiment of personal expression. Cost for the workshop is $700. Registration is due July 16.
  • Intermediate Alba Training, July 21-25 – Bond and Jessica Beck, an Alba Emoting instructor and veteran of theater in the United Kingdom, will lead this workshop for students who have had at least 30 hours of Alba training and are interested in refining their pattern work and learning intricate methods for applying the Alba Method to their professional work and life.  Cost of the workshop is $650. Registration is due July 16.

All workshops will take place on campus. Residence hall lodging on campus is available for an additional fee. Those seeking on-campus lodging should register by July 7. For more information or to register, visit arts.unca.edu/events or call 828.251.6808.

UNC Asheville Department of Education Earns Reaccreditation

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Education has earned reaccreditation for its teacher preparation program.

The reaccreditation was awarded by the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for Educator Preparation (CAEP), which wrote that the university’s education programs “meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

UNC Asheville’s education program combines the university’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum with a focus on pedagogy and professionalism for future teachers. Students in the program have opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad, and each semester are able to observe, assist and teach in local classrooms.

“We are proud of the quality of our teaching programs,” said Kim Brown, chair and assistant professor of education. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for all of their great work as teachers of future educators and in the processes necessary for the reaccreditation.

“Students in UNC Asheville’s Teacher Education Program graduate as well-trained teachers and with deep knowledge of their content areas. Our students major in the subject of their choice and additionally, take the education and other courses needed to learn pedagogy and gain licensure. More than 600 graduates have gained certification through our program in the past five years.”

The next reaccreditation visit is scheduled for the fall of 2020. UNC Asheville is one of 37 North Carolina education programs accredited by CAEP. For more information, visit education.unca.edu.

Advance Care Planning Workshop at UNCA

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold an advance care planning workshop from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the Reuter Center, home of OLLI at UNC Asheville. This workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop will feature a panel experienced in addressing end-of-life issues, including workshop coordinators, David Mouw, M.D., Ph.D. and Mary Campbell, BSN, COHN-S.

Discussion will include communicating treatment wishes to family and medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. Assistance will be provided for those wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the “Five Wishes” format.

For more information on the workshop, including suggested things to do and read in advance, visit http://olliasheville.com/special-programs#advance-care-planning or call 828.251.6140.

Me2We Luncheon at UNC Asheville

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville will host a fundraising luncheon for the “Me2We” summer youth leadership program, from 12-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, in the Sherrill Center on campus. This event will be held in recognition of young adult leaders in the community who have worked collaboratively on the Me2We program.

Me2We is modeled on the work of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality (ASCORE), which was developed by Stephens-Lee High School students to desegregate Asheville‘s movie theaters, lunch counters, libraries and more in the 1960s. The program is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Asheville, AVID Summer Bridge at UNC Asheville, and the YMI Cultural Center.

Me2We works to build the social justice leadership skills of Asheville youth during a two-day summer conference with follow up events throughout the year, in the belief that building a community of young adult leaders strengthens a more equitable community for tomorrow. The conference is co-sponsored by Mission Health and the Perry Rudnick Endowment.

Featured luncheon speakers will be students who have participated in Me2We, including UNC Asheville students Nicole Barnes and Giovanni Figaro. Tickets to the luncheon are $50, and the registration deadline is May 1. For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit diversityed.org, or contact Deborah Miles, executive director of the Center for Diversity Education, at [email protected].

Reuter Center Singers Perform Rat Pack Favorites at UNC Asheville

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Reuter Center Singers will perform favorite tunes by The Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – in “Come Fly With Me,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

Illustration by UNC Asheville alumna Meghan LaFave

The Reuter Center Singers, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s community chorus directed by Chuck Taft, will treat audiences to renditions of “High Hopes,” “Just One of Those Things” and “New York, New York,” among others. Their performance will also include an audience singalong opportunity.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.

Star Party and Solar Observing NC Science Festival at UNC Asheville

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s main quad will be part of a statewide star viewing party and also will host a solar observing event in April. Both events are free and open to the public, presented jointly by the UNC Asheville Department of Physics and the Astronomy Club of Asheville as part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The star viewing party will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 on UNC Asheville’s main quad. Participants will use telescopes to view the moon, Jupiter, star clusters and galaxies. The evening will include two indoor educational activity sessions as well, where participants can model moon phases and cratering processes, from 7:45–8:30 p.m. and 8:45–9:30 p.m. in Rhoades Robinson Hall, room 119.

The solar observing event will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11 on UNC Asheville’s main quad, and will include safely observing the sun through telescopes with a variety of filters to see sunspots, prominences and more.

Both events are part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The North Carolina Science Festival provides us with a wonderful opportunity to bring people together to share in the excitement of astronomical observing,” said Judy Beck, lecturer in physics at UNC Asheville. “Viewing the moon’s impressive, cratered surface through a telescope gives people a whole new appreciation of our closest astronomical neighbor, and glimpsing star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies is also a thrill.”

For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit the festival’s website. For information on the events at UNC Asheville, including the latest updates regarding cloudy weather and possible cancellations, visit the Astronomy Club’s website, or contact Bud Holmes at 828.251.6442.

Greenway Work on 9-Acre Parcel by UNCA

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – With all environmental, archaeological and regulatory reviews complete, work will begin this month at 525 Broadway on the Reed Creek Greenway linking UNC Asheville and Montford with downtown. The nine-acre parcel was purchased by the UNC Asheville Foundation in 2012 from TD Bank.

The greenway construction work is made possible by a combination of public and private funding, with financial support coming from a $200,000 grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program administered by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation; the City of Asheville; the UNC Asheville Foundation; RiverLink, UNC Asheville students; the Montford Neighborhood Association; and most recently,  a $30,000 grant from the Glass Foundation, a private family foundation based in Asheville, and a $30,000 grant from the Pigeon River Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

“UNC Asheville is so grateful to all of our partners, public and private, including the Glass Foundation and the individual donors who have helped make this possible,” said Buffy Bagwell, UNC Asheville vice chancellor for university advancement. “We are excited to be starting construction on the greenway.”

“A lot has been done already to clean up and stabilize the property,” said John Pierce, treasurer of the UNC Asheville Foundation. “Now with the reviews complete and funding in place, we can complete the greenway and associated landscaping and site work so students, bikers, runners and walkers can have a great way to get back and forth from downtown.”

“RiverLink is so excited to be adding yet another ‘missing link’ in the greenway system that will begin to connect UNC Asheville to  the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay  and the river greenway system we have been developing and promoting since 1994,” said Karen Cragnolin, executive director of RiverLink. “Our Deeds of Support have been a vital tool in developing greenways and at $50 a foot it’s a great value to help ensure that forever we will have some green, multimodal public space in our city.”

“The public-private partnership has made this possible,” said Roderick Simmons, City of Asheville director of parks and recreation. “The city has long supported greenway development and multimodal transportation. Once work is complete we hope to see lots of folks making use of the greenway.”

J.L.S. Company LLC has been selected as contractor for the work. Completion is expected by June 2014.