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LIGHT OF WISDOM: A brand new, breakthrough K-8 school in Asheville

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Center for Spiritual Living is honored to announce the formation of a new K-8 school in Asheville where children are learning to be extraordinary  spiritual beings who are creating their lives through the power of their thoughts. Those who have seen Louise Hay’s movie, You Can Heal Your Life, know that our thoughts are amazingly powerful.  Now at the Light of Wisdom School, we are teaching this wisdom to our children.

Most children through traditional educational methods are never given the opportunity to recognize their fullest potential.  As a Youth Education Program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Light of Wisdom School with its empowering educational design offers Asheville families an exciting new approach for learning.

Specifically, this school’s guiding philosophy is rooted in:

  • New Thought – The idea that thought is the most creative and powerful force in the universe.
  • Academic Excellence – Our program maintains or exceeds all standards set for North Carolina academic requirements, K-8th grade. Children also experience activities beyond the classroom to foster a wide-ranging and holistic education.
  • Ethics – Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, children attending Light of Wisdom School are supported in their character development by consciously practicing honesty, integrity and impeccability.
  • Spiritual Growth – Light of Wisdom School embraces New Thought principles that teach children that there is a power within them that they use to create meaningful successful lives.
  • Emotional and Social – Going beyond the basic requirements of traditional teaching methods, Light of Wisdom School nurtures our children through emotional and social development to support their greatest potential.
  • Honoring the Needs of Each Child – With small classes and specialized attention, every child that attends the Light of Wisdom School is deeply cared for and nurtured in ways that support his or her healthy development.

Barbara Waterhouse, Co-Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, explained, “The children who come to Light of Wisdom School are becoming the greatest versions of themselves, not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country and the world.”  Currently, there are no other New Thought schools in Western North Carolina; so many eyes are on our groundbreaking initiative in Asheville.

About the School
Light of Wisdom School is fully approved by local and state authorities and is now accepting new student enrollment for grades K-8. Children may enter at any grade level and the only requirement is that parents or caregivers are in alignment with the New Thought spiritual philosophy. To tour our school, meet with teachers and/or receive application forms, contact Nancy Miller at 828-670-6725.

More Information

Light of Wisdom School: www.lightofwisdomschool.com

Email: [email protected]

Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville: www.cslasheville.org

AB Tech’s Fall Enrollment Reaches Record High

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s fall semester enrollment has reached a record high, according to the registration summary as of Sept. 17. The College has enrolled 7,495 curriculum students, a 6.7 percent increase over the 7,020 students from fall 2008.

“A-B Tech’s curriculum registration has reached nearly 7,500 this semester. We’re delighted that we can have this large impact on the education of Buncombe and Madison County residents,” said Dr. Dennis King, vice president of Student Services.

College transfer programs have the largest enrollment with more than 1,400 students, followed by Allied Health programs including growth in Medical Assisting, Veterinary Medical Technology, Surgical Technology and Emergency Medical Science.

“Our students realize that with smaller classes, taught by instructors who focus on teaching instead of publishing, they will receive excellent preparation to be successful wherever they transfer,” said Kenet Adamson, Arts and Sciences dean. “This is borne out by the state’s community college performance report documenting that our graduates outperform the North Carolina colleges’ and universities’ native students as juniors. Our significantly less expensive tuition in today’s economic environment also helps convince students to choose A-B Tech as a means to reduce the escalating cost of a higher education.”

“The employment outlook in Health Care and Public Service occupations has remained relatively strong during the recent cycle of higher unemployment and economic uncertainty. Enrollment in A-B Tech’s Allied Health and Public Service programs has also remained strong and in many cases increased as workers look to change careers or move forward in their current profession,” said Ned Fowler, Allied Health and Public Services dean. “Health care and public service programs continue to be an attractive option for students at the community college.”

UNC Asheville’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars Chapter Receives Gold Award

Monday, September 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) recently received the Gold Award at the NSCS Honor Gala in Washington, D.C. The chapter received the award for meeting a series of requirements, including holding an induction ceremony, creating a student mentoring program, holding campuswide events to support the NSCS integrity initiative, creating an on-campus membership recruitment campaign and engaging a campus office in a chapter event.

The UNC Asheville chapter also received a $250 scholarship. The group was among just 61 other NSCS chapters nationwide to receive the Gold Award and scholarship this year.

“The members of the UNC Asheville chapter are amazing,” said Blair Edwards, an NSCS staff representative. “They have truly embraced the ideals of NSCS.”

NSCS is an honors organization open to college students based on grade-point average and class standing. UNC Asheville’s chapter was established in 2005.

WCU Ranked No. 10 Among Public Master’s Universities in South

Monday, August 31st, 2009

CULLOWHEE, NC – The latest U.S. News & World Report guide to “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Western Carolina University 10th among public universities in the South that offer master’s degrees.

The list in which WCU is ranked includes higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. It is the first time WCU has made the U.S. News top 10 list of southern public master’s institutions.

“Western Carolina has moved steadily up the rankings over the past few years, and we are glad to see that trend continue again this year,” said WCU Chancellor John Bardo. “In recent years, our College of Education and Allied Professions has received two major national honors, and our academic programs in business administration, project management, criminal justice and entrepreneurship have earned high national rankings, so it is obvious that our rising academic quality is becoming known nationally.

“Also, earlier this year, our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band was named recipient of the Sudler Trophy, the ‘Heisman Trophy’ of university marching bands. We think there are plenty of signs that good things are happening in Cullowhee,” Bardo said.

Still, Bardo cautioned prospective students against putting too much stock in rankings when they are making the important decision about where to go to college. “After students narrow down their list of prospective colleges to a handful, they should visit the various campuses to get a feel about which one is right for them,” he said.

Bardo said high school graduates who decide they want to become WCU Catamounts can expect to find some of the nation’s best teachers and researchers, representing a wide variety of academic programs, when they enter the classrooms. Among the faculty are Ron Rash and Robert Conley, two of the nation’s top fiction writers; Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, an internationally recognized expert in the field of adult neurological communication disorders; Rob Young, one of the nation’s most-sought-after experts on coastal issues and hurricane impacts; and John Williams, one of only 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America.

WCU representatives will hold informational programs across the state in September to help shed some light on the college admission process for students and their families. The stops include Concord, Sept. 14; Durham, Sept. 15; Raleigh, Sept. 16; and Greensboro, Sept. 17. In addition, Open House sessions will be held on the Cullowhee campus on Oct. 3, Nov. 14, Feb. 17 and April 17.

A-B Tech Holds Summer Commencement

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech Student Services Vice President Dr. Dennis King urged graduates to share their newly attained knowledge with others, as part of the responsibility that comes with success, during Summer Commencement at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

“Charge for it (the knowledge) fairly, if you are in a position of setting fees. Give it away to the less fortunate who nevertheless need your skills. And comfort those who come to you stressed by a problem that you can solve. That’s being a professional, as well as being a good person,” commencement speaker King said.

King also reminded the graduates to remain current and continue on a path of lifelong learning, to be open to change, to be humble and ethical, to mentor others as soon as they are able and to be a “round” person.

“E. M. Forster, the renowned 20th-century author, classified fictional characters as flat or round. Flat characters are predictable, simple, one dimensional, whereas round characters are unpredictable, complex, and multi-faceted,” King said. “Forster went on to say that round characters are the truly interesting ones. That truth can be taken beyond fiction and into life itself. You want to be not only a health care professional, but one who volunteers at the local homeless shelter; not only an auto mechanic, but a mechanic with a political opinion; not only a chef, but one who loves baseball. Find the outside interest that makes you a round character.”

During the ceremony, President Emeritus and Trustee Harvey Haynes called for a moment of silence for fellow trustee J. Herbert Coman, who died July 13. Coman’s cap and gown were placed in an empty chair in his memory.

A-B Tech Interim President Richard Mauney presented the Staff Member of the Year Award to Tamala Barnett, Arts and Sciences division secretary. “I am especially pleased to present this award to Tamala because she is one of our very own graduates,” Mauney said. “When the Arts and Sciences dean’s secretary retired a few years ago, Tamala took on those responsibilities in addition to her other ones for several months, while we hired and trained a replacement for Tamala so she could move into the vacant position.”

Dr. Sam Dosumu, Instructional Services vice president, awarded Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year to Gary Crossey, a computer training instructor. One of Crossey’s students who nominated him for the award wrote, “Gary not only has his finger constantly on the pulse of new technology, but more importantly, he knows how to explain it to the students and help us stay excited about the class subject matter. His teaching style is very personal and fun. He has patience and easily encourages creativity.”

The College had 188 students complete the requirements to earn 189 degrees and diplomas for the August graduation including a posthumous Associate in Arts degree presented to the family of Reed Ignizio, who died in a drowning accident in June. Ignizio, who would have graduated with high honors, was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and had received a Carolina Covenant scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNCA Draws High Marks from U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

Friday, August 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville, once again, has been praised by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings released on August 20. The magazine’s highly anticipated ranking gave high marks to UNC Asheville for its commitment to teaching, innovation, undergraduate research and affordability.

New this year, U.S. News & World Report singled out 80 colleges and universities where “the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” Among 19 public and private liberal arts colleges, UNC Asheville tied for 12th place with University of the South. UNC Asheville was the only public liberal arts college selected in this category.

“While we always welcome national confirmation as a noteworthy university, it’s especially gratifying to be recognized for adhering to our core mission of providing an outstanding liberal arts education for undergraduate students,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder.

UNC Asheville was also noted for its overall positive upward trajectory. The University tied for ninth place among all liberal arts colleges as a “Top Up-and-Coming School” for having recently made promising and innovative changes. UNC Asheville was the only public liberal arts college named to this list.

UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program was among a handful to be listed by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation. This section of the guide lists eight academic programs that contain “outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.” UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program is one among only 27 colleges and universities in the nation to be included in the Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects category. UNC Asheville, which founded the National Council for Undergraduate Research, has made this roster every year since it began eight years ago.

In a category that listed colleges and universities whose class of 2008 students graduated with the least debt, UNC Asheville improved significantly, moving from number 24 among public and private liberal arts colleges to number 15 in the latest ranking. No other North Carolina college made this list.

The newsstand book, “America’s Best Colleges,” which contains the U.S. News & World Report rankings, will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 25. Many of the rankings will be featured in the next issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which goes on sale August 24.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among several accolades the University has recently received. In the 2010 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” UNC Asheville landed a spot on the Best Buy list of American and Canadian colleges for the 16th consecutive year. Earlier this year, UNC Asheville was among just 50 institutions nationwide named to the Princeton Review’s “Best Value” Public Colleges list.

UNC Asheville Welcomes Freshmen

Friday, August 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is preparing to welcome some 645 new Bulldogs to its ranks this Friday as freshmen move onto campus. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

“The Class of 2013 is one of the larger classes,” noted Barkley Barton, senior assistant director of Admissions. “And the overall academic profile of this class is very strong – among their ranks are several valedictorians and many truly outstanding students with high grade point averages and great college entrance test scores.”

This new freshmen class will check into residence halls from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Some 80 UNC Asheville faculty, staff, alumni, upperclassmen and College for Seniors members will be on hand to help freshmen and their parents with the move. Returning students will move in on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16.

A highlight of the freshmen’s first day on campus will be a formal convocation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, on UNC Asheville’s Quad. Initiated in 1985 at UNC Asheville, convocation is rooted in ancient academic tradition. The ceremony will include the presentation of the Class of 2013 pin to each freshman, as well as the class dogwood tree, which will be planted on campus. Sam Kaplan, associate professor of mathematics and 2009 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award, will give the keynote address.

New this fall, students will have the option of choosing Religious Studies as their major field of study. The new program, under the direction of Rodger Payne, offers students classes in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Greek and Roman religions and a number of other courses that compliment UNC Asheville’s liberal arts mission, said Payne.

“Religious studies considers one of our oldest collective human experiences from a variety of academic disciplines,” Payne said. “From music to mathematics, from art and politics, and beyond, each can be examined through the lens of religion. It’s nearly the perfect way to encounter the liberal arts.”

Payne plans to continue building the program around classes that provide comparative examinations of faith traditions from around the world.

Students in the sciences will find themselves in new, state-of-art laboratories in the recently opened in the Zeis Science & Multimedia Building. While a few classes were held in the $24 million building last spring, this fall will be the first semester that all science and multimedia classes and labs will be held in the new facility, located adjacent to Ramsey Library on the Quad.

The University can now fully capitalize on “the collaborative learning style that showcases how we approach teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” said Keith Krumpe, dean of Natural Sciences. “The labs are designed like labs in industry; they are all project-based so students can work in teams.”

A $9 million renovation to Rhoades Hall, including spaces that were previously occupied by the Chemistry and Biology departments, should be completed in 2011, giving UNC Asheville some of the best undergraduate science facilities in the Southeast, Krumpe said.

When not in class, freshmen – as well as upperclassmen – will be able to enjoy free events in the Weeks of Welcome series, designed to introduce students to campus life. Events this fall include a cookout, a block party, a performance by comedian Eddie Ifft, a rock climbing trip and a leadership conference.

Western Carolina University Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, July 31st, 2009

CULLOWHEE, NC – Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

A novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist, Conley is the author of more than 50 books. They include “Back to Malachi,” “Ned Christie’s War,” “Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears,” “The Dark Way,” “War Woman” and “Cherokee Dragon.”

Conley has won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for the novels Nickajack and The Dark Island, and for his short story “Yellow Bird: An Imaginary Autobiography.” Earlier this year, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Conley assumed his duties as an endowed professor at Western Carolina University in 2008, prior to which he was a professional writer and served as programs director of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The endowed professorship was established in 1998 and is dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee and Native American culture, heritage and values.

A registered tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, Conley taught throughout the Midwest and was attracted to the mountains of Western North Carolina by the opportunity to connect with ancient Cherokee history. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Conley will be honored, along with the winners of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas’ First Book Awards for Poetry and Prose, during the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Festival at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in late October.

For more information about Cherokee studies, contact the program office at (828) 227-3841.

UNC Asheville Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees elected new officers at its July meeting on the UNC Asheville campus. James R. Buckner, regional vice president of CompassLearning Inc. and a 1971 alumnus of UNC Asheville, was elected chair. Joseph F. Damore, president and CEO of Mission Health and Hospitals, was elected vice chair, and Audrey Byrd Moseley, deputy general counsel for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and a 1974 alumna of UNC Asheville, was elected secretary.

The board also welcomed new trustees Bruce Peterson, retired district director for Congressman Heath Shuler and former teacher and coach; Nathan Ramsey, dairy farmer and former chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners; and Pat Smith, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Buckner, the first alumnus to serve as UNC Asheville Board of Trustees chair, has also served on the University’s Foundation Board and National Alumni Council, which he helped establish. In 2008, he received UNC Asheville’s Thomas D. Reynolds Award for Service to the University. In addition, Buckner and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Class of ’68), have been generous supporters of the University. The couple established an endowed scholarship and regularly host alumni gatherings near their home in Atlanta.

Prior to being named Mission Hospital’s CEO, Damore was president and chief executive officer of Sparrow Hospital and Health System in Lansing, Mich.. He also has served as executive vice president of Mercy Health Services in Farmington Hills, Mich., and Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio. He is currently a member of the Board of United Way of Buncombe County and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Following graduation from UNC Asheville, Byrd Mosley attended Harvard Law School. The Asheville native began her legal career as an attorney with the U. S. Department of Army Materiel and Readiness Command and since 1980 has worked in the office of the general counsel of the National Academy of Sciences. Byrd Mosley has also served on UNC Asheville’s National Alumni Advisory Council.

,p>The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees has 13 members; eight are appointed by the UNC Board of Governors and four are appointed by the governor. The UNC Asheville Student Government Association president, who is elected by the student body, also sits on the board.

NC Governor Announces Sales Tax Holiday

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

RALEIGH, NC – Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that North Carolinians can save money by purchasing items such as clothing, school supplies and computers during the state’s sales tax holiday that begins on Friday, Aug. 7 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 9.

“Especially during these tough economic times, it’s important that we provide families with a break when it comes to buying school supplies,” said Perdue. “The sales tax holiday will make it easier for families to buy the supplies they need, and I encourage all North Carolinians to take advantage of it.”

During the sales tax holiday weekend, consumers will not pay sales tax on the following items: clothing, footwear and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

For more details on the 2009 sales tax holiday – including a list of the items that are exempt from sales taxes during the holiday – visit the N.C. Department of Revenue’s web site: http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html.

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. The sales tax holiday was first enacted in 2001.