ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville is included once again among the top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges,” in rankings recently released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Beginning with a pool of almost 600 public institutions, Kiplinger’s selected the top 100 based on a combination of best academic quality and value. UNC Asheville, which ranks 58th in the nation, has regularly made the list for the past decade.
Kiplinger’s found that, among the 100 colleges it ranked, UNC Asheville has the sixth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students and seventh lowest in cost after need-based aid. UNC Asheville students graduate with the eighth lowest average debt.
Academic quality continues to carry more weight than costs in the Kiplinger rankings. Factors considered include test scores of incoming students, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates.
UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked first by Kiplinger’s. Others in the UNC system that made the Kiplinger’s best values list were North Carolina State University, North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC Wilmington and Appalachian State University.
Kiplinger’s February magazine edition will publish the complete “Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014,” but the lists are available online now.
Kiplinger’s is not alone among financial magazines in recognizing UNC Asheville’s value. Last August, Forbes ranked UNC Asheville 20th in the nation on its “Top Colleges 2013: Best Value Colleges” roster.
UNC Asheville also is highly ranked for quality. Last September, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Asheville as the seventh best public liberal arts college in the nation for the second consecutive year. The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges noted the “top-notch academic experience” that UNC Asheville students receive and ranked the university 13th nationally on its “Town-Gown Relations are Great” list.
In July, TheFiske Guide to Colleges named UNC Asheville a “Best Buy” among the nation’s top colleges, and for the 10th consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was highlighted as showing unusual strength in preparing students for careers.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of special events January 20-24. Although classes will not be in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, student volunteers will turn their day off into “A Day On,” by contributing a day of service to community organizations on January 20, and the week includes films, workshops and other special activities.
The week’s keynote address will be delivered by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, creator of Youth Speaks and co-founder of Life is Living. His talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Lipinsky Auditorium.
Joseph has been named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences, and was an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists.” He has been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin. In his work with Youth Speaks, Joseph mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He serves as artistic director of Life is Living, a series of festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.
UNC Asheville also offers these additional events, free and open to the public, as part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week:
Social Justice: What Does It Mean to You?: A lunch and learn workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center.
“American Promise” documentary screening: A documentary chronicling the lives of two young boys making their separate ways through one of the nation’s most prestigious private schools will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. This intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle with issues of race, class and opportunity.
Spoken Word and Poetry: The week will conclude with a poetry slam at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Grotto.
For more information, contact Lamar Hylton, director of UNC Asheville’s Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs, at 828.251.6585 or msp.unca.edu.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will host three music events on campus during the month of December. The concerts feature faculty, student and community member musicians, and are open to the public.
Flutist Judi Lampert, adjunct assistant professor of music at UNC Asheville, will lead a concert by the Apollo Winds at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the lobby of Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission is $5.
UNC Asheville’s annual Holiday Concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, with student ensembles performing holiday favorites in Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission is $5.
The Reuter Center Singers will also present a holiday concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Under the direction of Chuck Taft, the chorus will be presenting a program featuring traditional and contemporary arrangements of holiday songs, followed by a cookie and hot cider reception. The performance is free.
For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Department of Music 828.251.6432 or visit music.unca.edu. For more information regarding the Reuter Center Singers, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 828.251.6140 or olliasheville.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.
A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices starting at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s deadline for Early Action applications from prospective students has been extended from its original date, November 15, to November 22, 2013. Applicants now have an extra week to prepare and submit their applications.
Students who apply by the early action deadline of November 22 will be informed of their admission status in December and are considered for Laurels Scholarships – UNC Asheville’s merit-based scholarship that provides a variety of awards, including full tuition and fees.
“We know that students are excited to get their application to us early, but several applicants have experienced technical difficulties when submitting their materials through the online Common Application,” said UNC Asheville Senior Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Shannon Earle. “This new deadline of November 22 gives all of our early action applicants time to complete their application or contact us to work out an alternate submission process.”
For a full schedule of application deadlines and information on how to apply, visit unca.edu/apply, or call 828.251.6481
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will host its 16th annual benefit performance, “Everybody Can-Can,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.
The evening will feature premiere performances showcasing the rich variety of dance at UNC Asheville in technique, composition and repertory. More than 70 dancers from the university and community will perform in many genres, including contemporary, Middle Eastern, ballet, and jazz.
Among the highlights will be a dance created through collaboration by UNC Asheville Dance Program students and residents of Givens Estates Retirement Community. The program will also feature fresh aesthetics and new technologies from students in UNC Asheville’s New Media Department, and UNC Asheville graduate Mary Labianca ’08 will premiere an experimental dance film choreographed in collaboration with the UNC Asheville dance students. The performance is suitable for all ages.
Admission at the door is $5 or four cans of food. All canned goods will be donated to MANNA FoodBank and cash proceeds will benefit UNC Asheville’s Dance Program. For more information, call Connie Schrader, UNC Asheville Health and Wellness Department lecturer, at 828.232.5652.
ASHEVILLE NC – Just in time for the changing seasons, UNC Asheville offers the 2014 Western North Carolina Weather Calendar, complete with daily average high and low temperatures, phases of the moon and daily sunrise and sunset times.
Published by UNC Asheville’s Atmospheric Sciences Department, the unique 12-month calendar features Asheville climatological data including monthly temperature and precipitation normals, and monthly heating and cooling degree days, which have been completely updated based on the normals recently published by the NOAA/NESDIS/National Climatic Data Center with data from 1981-2010.
The weather may change, but the cost of the calendar has held steady at $7, postage included. Please make checks payable to “Weather Calendar” and mail to: Dr. Alex Huang, ATMS UNC Asheville, CPO 2450, One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804.
ASHEVILLE NC – Nationally acclaimed education scholar Lisa Delpit will speak about issues in education reform and diversity in a talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room.
Delpit has won accolades for her work on teaching and learning in urban schools and in diverse cultural settings. She is the author of Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children (New Press, 2013),Other People’s Children (New Press, 2006) and co-editor of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right (Beacon Press, 2010), The Skin That We Speak (New Press, 2008) and The Real Ebonics Debate (Beacon Press, 1998).
Delpit won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1990 and three years later received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which hailed her as a “visionary scholar and woman of courage.” She is currently the executive director for the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University.
This event is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Office of the Provost, Office of Teacher Recruitment, Teaching Fellows Programs, Department of Education Diversity Committee and Center for Diversity Education, as well as Asheville City Schools and Asheville City Schools Foundation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASHEVILLE NC – John Wingerter, director of Health Insurance Information Services for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, will present an informational program on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Wingerter will give an overview of the ACA and the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in North Carolina, and he will review the information needed to apply for coverage and a subsidy. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County has been designated a navigator agency by Health & Human Services for the purpose of helping people enroll in health care plans through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in North Carolina. For more information, visit OLLI’s website or call 828.251.6140.
ASHEVILLE NC – The Orchid Ensemble, which blends modern and traditional Asian music with influences from all over the globe, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.
Using ancient Chinese instruments and Western percussion, the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble embraces a variety of musical styles, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China to world music, new music, jazz and creative improvisation. Ensemble members Lan Tung on Chinese violin, Haiqiong Deng on Chinese zither, and Canadian percussionist Jonathan Bernard create new sounds that defy easy categorization.
The Orchid Ensemble tours across North American and has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery.
Tickets are $20; $12 for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and alumni; $7 for Asheville-area students; $5 for UNC Asheville students, and are available at uncatickets.com or at the Highsmith Student Union front desk.
The concert is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs office. For more information, visit the Cultural Events website or call 828.251.6674.