ASHEVILLE NC – With China warning that President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama will cause “serious damage” to relations with the U.S., “China’s Foreign Policy” will be the topic of the next “Great Decisions 2014” lecture, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.
The Great Decisions 2014 series is sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, and the university’s Department of Political Science.
Jim Lenburg, professor emeritus of history and humanities at Mars Hill University, and former visiting professor at Jilin University in Changchun, China, will deliver this World Affairs Council Talk. Lenburg is also former president of the World Affairs Council WNC Chapter, and he teaches courses on American foreign policy and modern China, at OLLI’s College for Seniors.
Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNC Asheville is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students. For more information, visit OLLI’s website or call 828.251.6140.
ASHEVILLE NC – In honor of national Peace Corps week, Feb. 23-March 1, UNC Asheville announces “Global Presenters,” a new program that will bring people with a wealth of international experience and service into area classrooms.
The “Global Presenters” are returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served in many nations in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Southern Europe, and are ready to share in the classroom, stories and lessons learned from living and working in other cultures. Global Presenters is a project of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education and the WNC Retired Peace Corps Volunteers.
Peace Corps Week celebrates the anniversary of President Kennedy’s establishment of the program on March 1, 1961. With the Peace Corps now 54 years old, there are more than 215,000 current and returned Peace Corps volunteers nationally. According to the Peace Corps Week “Classroom Challenge” website, North Carolina ranks second among U.S. states in the number of classroom presentations made by RPCVs, and this new program will add to this effort to foster inter-cultural understanding.
“The Global Presenters program is an exciting opportunity for teachers to bring the world into their classroom in a very personal way,” said Carrie Wagner, a global presenter and author of Village Wisdom, a personal story that highlights her time spent serving in Uganda.
The presenters are trained to apply effective and age-appropriate presentation skills to engage and inspire students. Through class lessons, talks and participation in international fairs, the global presenters will make connections between local and global citizenship and give students the opportunity to engage in cultural exploration and thought-provoking dialogue. Teachers can learn more about each presenter and contact them directly at http://www.diversityed.org/k12programs/global-presenters-2/. There is no charge for these presentations.
The new Global Presenters program joins the ongoing UNC Asheville Global Ambassadors program as a way of connecting area schools and community groups with the wider world. Global Ambassadors – UNC Asheville students who are current international exchange students or have returned from study-abroad trips – have led sessions for some 4,300 K-12 students and community members in Buncombe and six surrounding counties since 2009. This program is offered as a free community service by UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad office and the Center for Diversity Education with more information at http://studyabroad.unca.edu/gap.
For more information about Global Presenters, call Deborah Miles at the Center for Diversity Education at 828.232.5024. For more information about Global Ambassadors, call Cara Gilpin at UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad office at 828.258.7725.
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.