Posts Tagged ‘UNCA’

Farmer’s Market-Based Food Assistance Program

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Health and social sciences scholar Darcy Freedman will present “Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a Food Assistance Incentive Program for Farmers’ Markets: Lessons Learned in South Carolina,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health System Mountain View Room.

With a decade of experience developing, implementing, and sustaining food environment interventions, Freedman’s research is based on the social aspects of health frameworks. She focuses most of her work on promoting health equity through research, teaching, and practice that uses collaborative and participatory models to create healthy places to live, work, play, and pray. Freedman employs a range of research approaches including participatory action research, community-level intervention analysis, qualitative methods, and arts-based approaches. Freedman is associate professor at Case Western Reserve University and core faculty of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

Freedman’s lecture is part of UNC Asheville’s Greenfest, and is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professorship of the Mountain South and the UNC Asheville Departments of Economics, Health and Wellness, and Sociology. For more information, contact Leah Greden Mathews at 828.251.6551 or [email protected].


“Creating a Mindful Campus” at UNCA

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will host “Creating a Mindful Campus: Mindfulness in Action,” a conference exploring how mindful and contemplative practices cultivate abilities to understand, appreciate and relate to one another, on March 27 – 28 at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center.

The conference will feature members of the community and UNC Asheville campus who work in community gardens, sustainability, community building, equity and justice, technology, evolving religious traditions and other areas, who will share their experiences and their insights into ways that contemplative practices inform action.

Presenters and facilitators include Susan Sides, garden manager and executive director of The Lord’s Acre; Emily Horn, co-director of Buddhist Geeks; the Rev. Teijo Munnich, abbess of the Great Tree Zen Temple; DeWayne Barton, creator of the Burton Street Peace Garden; Sonia Marcus, director of sustainability at UNC Asheville; Jesse Goldman, UNC Asheville junior and founder of Slack-Librium LLC; and Melissa Mahoney, visiting assistant professor of economics at UNC Asheville, and yoga instructor.

Suggested conference cost for members of the UNC Asheville community is $15, and $50 for general public. For more information and to register for the “Creating a Mindful Campus” conference at UNC Asheville, visit

Barefoot Wines Founders at UNCA

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of world sales leader Barefoot Wines, will present How to Build a Number One Brand, a free public talk, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The first 150 attendees also will receive a free copy of the couple’s bestselling book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand (Evolve, 2013).

Starting with almost no capital and fermenting wine in the laundry room of a rented farmhouse, Houlihan and Harvey grew Barefoot Wines into a leading brand with pioneering use of worthy-cause marketing and other business innovations. After winning the National Hot Brand Award for sales growth in 2003 and 2004, Houlihan and Harvey were positioned for the lucrative sale of Barefoot Wines to E&J Gallo in 2005. Barefoot Wines is now the largest wine brand by global volume sales in the world.

How to Build a Number One Brand is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Department of Management and Accountancy and the university’s Family Business Forum. “Our goal is to help entrepreneurs grow strong family businesses, so we are excited to hear the insights and lessons, as well as great stories about how a global leader can be built from the laundry room up,” said Cindy Clarke, Family Business Forum executive director.

While visiting UNC Asheville, Houlihan and Harvey will meet with management students, and offer a separate presentation for members of the Family Business Forum (admission for non-members is $80), Are You Married to Your Spouse, Your Business, or Both? This presentation will take place from 8-10 a.m., Friday, March 20, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health System Mountain View Room.

“Ultimately, launching and growing a successful business isn’t so much about how much money you have as it is about identifying the resources you have and using them as effectively as possible,” says Houlihan. “We love sharing what we’ve learned about not only building a successful brand, but doing it as a couple. At our presentations, we hope audiences will come away understanding how to use cost-saving measures and innovations to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Houlihan and Harvey now consult with businesses large and small and are regular guests on Bloomberg and FOX News Radio networks. They were keynote speakers at the 2014 World Conference on Entrepreneurship in Dublin, Ireland, and are co-authors of The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People (Footnotes Press, 2014).

For more information, please contact Cindy Clarke, [email protected] or 828.232.5091.

“Zombies, Sports, and Cola” Lecture by Climate Expert Marshall Shepherd

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Former NASA scientist Marshall Shepherd and director of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia will share his experiences and lessons from the past two decades of his career in his lecture, Zombies, Sports, and Cola: What Does it Mean for Communicating Weather and Climate, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, room 224.

Shepherd is the host of The Weather Channel’s WxGeeks, and served as president of the American Meteorological Society in 2013. He currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Committee. Shepherd has been called upon to testify before the U.S. Senate on climate and extreme weather and has frequently presented findings to NASA, Congress, the White House, Department of Defense and foreign officials.

Shepherd has more than 70 publications of peer-reviewed literature and he contributes to publications including Weatherwise and Earth Observation Magazine. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Massey Bartolini at [email protected] or Douglas Miller at [email protected].


UNC Asheville and Asheville City Schools Dual Enrollment Agreement

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Students of Asheville High School and SILSA (School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville) will soon be able to take courses at UNC Asheville while still in high school beginning next fall as part of a new dual enrollment agreement signed today.

UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant and Asheville City Schools (ACS) Superintendent Pamela Baldwin signed the agreement at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library as students of both high schools, ACS Board Chair Jacquelyn Hallum, UNC Asheville Provost Joseph Urgo and other education leaders looked on.

“What this means is that students from the Asheville City Schools, in addition to the excellent work that’s happening there, will be able to take real college courses for real college credits which expedites the time toward a degree and exposes them to a higher level of work,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant.

“We are excited that our students will be able to extend their learning throughout their tenure here at Asheville City Schools and work with a wonderful university,” said Asheville City School Superintendent Pamela Baldwin. “This is an opportunity for exposure to college. … Our students will know there’s an avenue for success.”

“Having true partnerships with our K-12 system and early childhood educators is essential,” said Grant. “That is what’s going to set us apart as a community, as a democracy. … And there’s more to come. We’re going to do a lot more with our partners in the schools.”

Grant and Baldwin, who both assumed their positions within the academic year, also thanked key staff members at both institutions for working together to expand the partnerships and focus on student success.

“Projecting the Urban: Humanists and Designers in Collaboration” at UNC Asheville

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Dana Cuff, professor of architecture and founder of cityLAB at University of California, Los Angeles, will present, Projecting the Urban: Humanists and Designers in Collaboration, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Her lecture is part of UNC Asheville’s “Humanities in New Places” lecture series, exploring the continuing importance of the traditional humanities disciplines for the problems of the 21st century.

Cuff is an author and practitioner in architecture whose work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. She is the founder of cityLAB, a think tank for the architecture and urban design school of UCLA, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis.

In 2012, Cuff along with a cross-disciplinary team at UCLA received an award from The Mellon Foundation for the “Urban Humanities Initiative,” which brings the humanities and design together to build a new discursive platform to better understand Pacific Rim megacities.

The series is sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professor. For more information, visit the Humanities program website or call 828.251.6808.

Free Sunday Concert at UNC Asheville

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Centerconcert series on February 1, 2015, at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Brevard Music Center artist faculty member Gwendolyn Dease with guest flutist Dilshad Posnock performing works by Bach, Piazzola and more.

Gwendolyn Dease is currently associate professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Ms. Dease is passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians. She regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the US and abroad and has served on the faculty for the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center. Dease has studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.
Flutist Dilshad Posnock will join Dease in Piazzola’s L’Histoire du Tango. Ms. Posnock is on the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals across the United States, England, Puerto Rico and India. She has been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio. Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music, London and Carnegie Mellon University. She has also served as Artist Lecturer in Flute and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
The Sundays with Brevard Music Center series is presented October through May by the Brevard Music Center, a world-renowned summer music institute and festival. The Music Center presents 80 public concerts in the summer season, more than 30 of which have no admission charge.
The series continues on March 4, 2015, with a concert by cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Sundays with Brevard Music Center, visit For more information about OLLI visit

Heartbeat, Young Palestinian and Israeli Musicians at UNC Asheville

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – Heartbeat, an ensemble of young musicians from Palestine and Israel, will bring their dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae to UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium on at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

Heartbeat is an international nonprofit organization that offers musical workshops, camps, field trips, overseas exchanges, and the development of ensembles to young musicians living in conflicted and segregated cities. The organization unites Israeli and Palestinian youth to build critical understanding and transform conflict through the power of music.

This year marks the group’s fourth tour to the U.S., where they have performed and offered workshops at universities, music festivals, the State Department and Congress. The organization recently received funding support from Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, and from Neil Young, who announced his donation after he was forced to cancel a performance in Israel due to security concerns.

Concert tickets are $22; $13 for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for Asheville-area students; free for UNC Asheville students, and are available at The concert is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs office. For more information, visit or call 828.251.6674.

“Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together” Polk and Chotas at UNCA

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas, co-authors of Power Through Partnership – How Women Lead Better Together (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), will discuss their research about women business partnerships at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Lauren Forum in Karpen Hall on the UNC Asheville campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Polk and Chotas are business partners who have operated The Mulberry Partners coaching and consulting business for a dozen years. Drawing upon their own experience as well as interviews they conducted with 125 women business partners, their book challenges myths about female leadership and competitiveness, and finds that women working together as equals enjoy advantages they rarely find in other work relationships.

This presentation by Polk and Chotas is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Family Business Forum and the university’s Department of Management and Accountancy. Those wishing to attend should RSVP via email to Cindy Clarke, executive director of the Family Business Forum, at [email protected], or call 828.232.5091.


UNC Asheville Moves Up in Kiplinger’s Best Values Rankings

Friday, December 26th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville is once again among the top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” in the 2015 rankings released online by Kiplinger’s, advancing to number 51 nationally, up from number 58 last year.

In creating its rankings, Kiplinger started with a list of more than 1,200 public and private four-year schools. Academic quality measures are weighted at 55 percent in Kiplinger’s rankings, with affordability weighted at 45 percent.

Kiplinger includes competitiveness (acceptance rate and SAT scores of incoming freshmen), graduation rates (with the four-year graduation rate weighted most heavily), retention rates, and the student/faculty ratio in measuring academic quality.

UNC Asheville is ranked sixth nationally among public colleges ranked by Kiplinger in total cost of attendance for in-state students, 10th lowest average debt at graduation, and 11th for lowest cost after need-based aid for in-state students.

Schools in the University of North Carolina system made a strong showing in Kiplinger’s rankings, with UNC-Chapel Hill maintaining its spot atop the “Best Values in Public Colleges” list. NC State University, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University are also among Kiplinger’s top 100 public colleges.

The Princeton Review and The Fiske Guide to Colleges also ranked UNC Asheville as a “best value” this year. In addition, UNC Asheville was the only public university to be included by U.S. News and World Report on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list of national liberal arts colleges – placing eighth nationally.

A complete summary of UNC Asheville’s national rankings is available online here.