ASHEVILLE NC – Wiley Cash, UNC Asheville graduate and author of two best-selling novels, will return to his alma mater to teach courses and mentor students as writer-in-residence for the 2016-17 academic year.
“Since graduating in 2000, I’ve taken every opportunity to return to UNC Asheville, whether it be as a member of the National Alumni Council or as the speaker at the 2015 May Commencement, but I never imagined that I’d be able to return as writer-in-residence,” said Cash. “It’s an honor to have the chance to work with such intelligent, creative students alongside literature and language faculty members I’ve so long admired.”
“We look forward to bringing Wiley back to the classroom, where he’ll work and write side-by-side with our students, encouraging them to find their voices as writers and as community citizens,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant. “His ability to capture the character of Western North Carolina – an ability which stems from his own undergraduate study of literature and Appalachian history here – will also offer meaningful opportunities for the community to engage in the literature that tells our shared story.”
Cash’s first novel, A Land More Kind than Home (William Morrow, 2012), set in Madison County, reached The New York Times best-seller list in hardcover, paperback and e-book. It won the Western North Carolina Historical Association’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, the Appalachian Writers’ Association’s Book of the Year award, and was named a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
He followed that success with This Dark Road to Mercy (William Morrow, 2014), a national best-seller which was optioned for film and became a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. The novel was an Indie Next Pick, an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance, a LibraryReads selection and an Amazon Book of the Month.
Cash earned a master’s degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from UNC Asheville at the university’s May 2015 Commencement. He also returned to campus in 2013 to offer a reading as the Goodman Endowed Visiting Artist.
Cash says he will use the writer-in-residence position to help introduce other high-profile authors to students and the community. “One aspect of the position I’m really excited about is the responsibility of organizing a reading series that will bring best-selling and award-winning poets and prose writers to campus,” said Cash. “I’m devoted to introducing students to successful authors who are talented, accessible, collegial and kind.”
“Wiley Cash is among the strongest voices in a new generation of American writers to emerge from the rich literary landscape of the South,” said UNC Asheville Provost Joe Urgo. “He is also the product of a UNC Asheville education, and we are pleased to welcome him home. Wiley will invigorate an already superb creative writing program at Asheville, adding to the resources we offer our students whose creative lives are now in the process of taking shape and direction.”
Cash will take his position as UNC Asheville writer-in-residence at the start of the fall 2016 semester.
ASHEVILLE NC – Leadership Asheville‘s 2015 Buzz Summer Breakfast Series begins on Wednesday, June 17, with “AsheFestivals: Secrets to Successful Festivals,” a panel moderated by Jon Fillman, economic development specialist for the City of Asheville. The Buzz Breakfast event takes place at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street in Asheville. Admission is $20.
The “AsheFestival” panel includes Terry Bemis, director, Mountain Sports Festival; Jennifer Pickering, executive director and founder, LEAF; Meghan Rogers, executive director, Asheville Downtown Association; and David Whitehill, executive director, Asheville Symphony. Additional programs in the series include “Boosting Business: Asheville’s Resources” on Wednesday, July 15, and “Asheville’s Innovations Districts: A Catalyst for Growth” on Tuesday, August 18.
Leadership Asheville, the region’s foremost community leadership development organization since 1982, is a program of UNC Asheville, and is supported by sustaining partnerships with TD Bank, Mission Health System and BorgWarner. The Buzz Summer Breakfast Series presenting sponsor is Ward and Smith, P.A. For more information, to purchase tickets or reserve corporate tables visit the Leadership Asheville website or call 828.255.7100.
ASHEVILLE NC – Homage to Life, an exhibit of 24 multimedia paintings by Hendersonville-based artist Cecilia R. Frederic, will open Tuesday, May 19, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Frederic’s series was created in collaboration with the artist’s 28-year-old daughter, Abigail, who was diagnosed with Trisome 18, a genetic condition that is rarely survivable beyond infancy. Frederic used her daughter’s drawings as a foundation and point of departure for her work. “Her drawings are instinctive and intuitive which to me is where the essence of art lies,” Frederic said. “A primal human impulse is at the center of making art. My daughter has that essential impulse.”
Homage to Life will be on view in the Blowers Gallery through July 30 during regular library hours. For more information, including the library’s summer hours, visit the Library’s website or call 828.251.6336.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville students will present more than 220 research and creative projects at the university’s Spring Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium, on Wednesday, April 22. Presentations of student research and creative projects begin 8 a.m. and conclude with a performance of an adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Belk Theatre.
Also that day, UNC Asheville students will showcase their work in community service projects and internships at a celebration with community partners from 4-6 p.m., in the Sherrill Center on campus.
All events are free and open to the public.
Presentations of the students’ research, which was conducted by 318 students, represents many topics and disciplines, including the sciences and technology, social sciences and humanities, business, language and the arts, will be offered simultaneously in many campus locations. For more information and the complete schedule, visit urp.unca.edu or contact UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program office at 828.251.6122.
The Celebration of Service-Learning, Internships and Service, which starts at 4 p.m. with a community partner celebration ceremony and takes place on the Sherrill Center Concourse, will feature student-created displays and presentations about their work with the community as well as showcase the organization that they partnered with. More than 50 UNC Asheville students will present, including 11 students who have earned the Community Engaged Scholar honor. Light refreshments will be served.
Representatives of community organizations and businesses interested in learning more about partnering with UNC Asheville to provide opportunities for internship and service-learning projects are invited to attend.
The celebration is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning, the Undergraduate Research program, the Health and Wellness Department, and Career Center. For more information, contact Jess-Mara Jordan at [email protected].
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s main quad will host a solar observing event, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The event is 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 solar observing event is scheduled to take place 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. Participants will also create artwork using photosensitive paper and found objects.
The event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is also part of UNC Asheville’s Arts Fest, a three-day festival featuring musical and theatrical performances, exhibits, creative workshops and more.
For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit ncsciencefestival.org. For information on the events at UNC Asheville, including the latest updates regarding cloudy weather and possible cancellations, visit astroasheville.org, or contact Brian Hart at 828.251.6442.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will perform its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. A reception with live music will follow the program in the Lipinsky Hall lobby. The concert is part of UNC Asheville’s Arts Fest, a three-day festival featuring musical and theatrical performances, exhibits, creative workshops and more.
This family-friendly program, titled Looking Forward, Looking Back, celebrates the Dance Program’s 17 years of production and performance, and will feature student and faculty work in contemporary and jazz styles, dances from Ivory Coast, a performance by out-going Dance Program Director Connie Schrader, movement theatre, live percussion and a premiere by guest choreographer, Susan Collard.
Tickets are $5 for general admission. For tickets and information, contact Connie Schrader, lecturer in health and wellness, at 828.232.5652. For more information about Arts Fest, visit the Arts Fest website.
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].
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 mindfulcampus.wordpress.com.
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.
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 ObservationMagazine. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.