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.
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.
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.
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