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“Well-a-Bration” – A Week of Wellness Activities at UNC Asheville

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Well-a-Bration,” a week of activities showcasing UNC Asheville‘s health and wellness programs and the grand opening of the new Sherrill Center, will take place Monday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 17. The week will feature cooking and exercise programs, meetings of health policy leaders, two expos, and a talk by Dr. Patch Adams, the physician and social activist who inspired the Robin Williams film named for him. Many Well-a-Bration events and activities will be free and open to the public.

“Well-a-Bration will help focus attention on what we can all do to make this a healthier community and a healthier state,” said David Gardner, executive director of UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness (NCCH&W). “We’re also celebrating the opening of a great new resource, the Sherrill Center, home to NCCH&W and the Kimmel Arena.”

Well-a-Bration will feature two expos in the Sherrill Center: The N.C. Health Expo, featuring interactive exhibits and demonstrations, will take place on the Kimmel Arena concourse. Downstairs, the Sports Expo, held in conjunction with the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, will be held on the Kimmel Arena floor.

“We take a holistic approach to health and wellness, so we have a variety of activities,” said Jill Moffitt, director of student life in UNC Asheville’s Campus Recreation Department, who has scheduled certain events just for students and their families, faculty and staff. “Some activities will introduce the campus community to the new fitness facilities in the Sherrill Center.” said Moffitt. “Other events will highlight the social and emotional aspects of wellness and healthier eating options.”

Well-a-Bration highlights that are free and open to the public include:

  • Dr. Patch Adams, physician, clown, activist, and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, a nonprofit project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Sherrill Center, room 417.
  • Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina statewide leadership team meeting, including Dr. Jeffrey Engel, State Health Director; David Gardner, executive director, UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness; Keith Ray, associate professor and chair, UNC Asheville Department of Health and Wellness; others, 1-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, Sherrill Center, room 417.
  • NCCH&W Partners Health Expo, featuring interactive exhibits and demonstrations, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center.
  • 2011 Asheville Citizen-Times Half-Marathon & 5K Run & Walk Sports Expo, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 and noon-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center.

For the complete Well-a-Bration schedule of evening health policy seminars, cooking and exercise programs and more, visit unca.edu/wellabration.

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program Announces Fall Workshops

Friday, August 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Some of the area’s best authors and instructors are featured in the new fall lineup of workshops from UNC Asheville‘s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP). Courses will help hone the skills of writers of poetry and prose, including memoir, novels, and creative nonfiction. Some classes are open to interested writers of all levels; some are restricted to more advanced writers. In all cases, class size is limited and early registration is suggested.

For writers of all levels:

Laura Hope-GillLaura Hope-GillLaura Hope-Gill, the first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and director of Asheville WordFest, will teach “Up our Game: The Wild and Technical Aspects of Making Poems,” for beginning and advanced poets. Each class will look at a different technical aspect of poetry and explore how the technique supports the poet’s engagement with imagination and expression. This 1o-week class meets from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 13, at Grateful Steps, 159. S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

“We Are What We Eat: Let’s Write About Food!” is a workshop led by novelist and creative nonfiction author Marjorie Klein that will use food as a touchstone for fictional narratives and memoir. Klein’s first novel, “Test Pattern,” was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. This 10-week workshop meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

Brian Lee KnoppBrian Lee KnoppBrian Lee Knopp, author of the memoir “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia,” (2010 Malaprop’s bestseller) teaches “The Devil You Know: The Art, Skill and Thrill of Writing Your Memoir.” The course involves in-class “lifestorming” sessions and writing, at-home writing and reading assignments, and a chance for “a daring rescue of the truth trapped inside your life’s labyrinth.” This 10-week class meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville.

Katherine SoniatKatherine Soniat“Advanced Poetry and Flash Fiction: Glimpsing Yourself through Archetypal Imagery” will be led by Katherine Soniat, whose fifth collection of poems, “The Swing Girl,” is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. Using photographs and Jung’s “The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetype,” the workshop will help participants “re-vision” their writing and unlock latent parts of their creativity. This 10-week course meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

For intermediate and advanced writers only:

Vickie LaneVickie LaneVicki Lane, author of the 2010 novel, “The Day of Small Things,” and the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series (Bantam Dell), will lead “The First Forty: A Fiction Workshop for Intermediate or Advanced Writers.” This course is for writers with a novel in progress or in need of final polishing who want their first 40 pages to catch the attention of agents, editors and publishers. This 10-week class meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.

15-week courses for advanced, experienced writers only:

Tommy Hays, photo by Michael MauneyTommy Hays, photo by Michael MauneyNovelist Tommy Hays, executive director of the GSWP and lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC Asheville, will lead “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop.” This course, with an emphasis on reading and critiquing each other’s work, is for advanced prose writers embarking on new works or with projects in progress. Hays, the author of “The Pleasure Was Mine,” “Sam’s Crossing,” and “In the Family Way,” will respond at length to participants’ submissions. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, at Asheville School.

Elizabeth LutyensElizabeth LutyensThe “Prose Master Class,” taught by Elizabeth Lutyens, is a next step for experienced writers with an ongoing project – essays, stories, a novel or memoir – looking for an intensive writing and critiquing experience. This workshop is for those who are committed to writing well and writing a lot, who are ready to commit to giving the best possible attention to others’ works. Lutyens is editor of “The Great Smokies Review,” a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at Warren Wilson College, and is completing a novel set in the 1860s. The “Prose Master Class” will be limited to eight participants; admission is by invitation from Tommy Hays. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 30, at Asheville School.

The ten-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in literature and language. Tuition and fees for in-state residents is $235.84; the cost for out-of-state residents is $1156.92. Successful completion of the 15-week courses earns three credit hours; in-state cost is $353.76 and out-of-state cost is $1735.38. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students will also be charged.

For more information or to register, visit unca.edu/gswp or call 828/251-6099.

UNC Asheville Earns High Marks from Forbes Magazine College Rankings

Monday, August 8th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – As college classes begin across the nation, so does the season for new national college rankings. In the latest of rankings released this summer, UNC Asheville has again taken top honors. Forbes magazine has ranked UNC Asheville 26th in the nation in its “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges” roster, published this week.

The “Best Buy” ranking is part of Forbes’ larger annual ranking of the nation’s best 650 undergraduate institutions. Forbes based its rankings of best undergraduate colleges on the quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates, and student debt levels. The Forbes rankings were prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, in Washington, D.C.

UNC Asheville is one of eight universities in North Carolina included in Forbes’ “Top 100 Best Buy” list. Also included are: UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State University, Eastern Carolina University, UNC Wilmington, and UNC Charlotte.

Earlier this week, UNC Asheville was among those featured in the Princeton Review’s new edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” which rates the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the nation based on a survey of 122,000 students nationwide. The Princeton Review also listed UNC Asheville as one of 20 institutions that have “Great College Towns.”

In July 2011, the new edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” ranked UNC Asheville among the nation’s top colleges, and for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was among 29 in the nation that showed unusual strength in preparing students for careers.

In June 2011, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 best colleges for the money” by Bankrate.com, a leading online source of financial information. UNC Asheville was the only college in North Carolina to earn a place on this list.

New Exhibit to Feature Works by UNC Asheville Studio Art Faculty

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Works by 11 UNC Asheville Art Department faculty members will be featured in a wide-ranging exhibition Aug. 26-Sept. 16 at UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. The show kicks off the gallery’s 2011-2012 season. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the gallery.

Participating studio art faculty are Tamie Beldue, Virginia Derryberry, Robert Dunning, Mark Koven, Scott Lowrey, Brent Skidmore, Carrie Tomberlin, Eric Tomberlin, Robert Tynes, Matt West and Megan Wolfe. Works in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media, multi-media installation, and ceramics will be on view.

Located on the first floor of Owen Hall, the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828/251-6559, or visit art.unca.edu.

“Art of the Book” Exhibit at UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery Opens August 17

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Art of the Book: Process, Product and Community at Asheville BookWorks,” an exhibit of printmaking, binding, paper-making and related processes, opens Wednesday, August 17, at Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. The exhibit showcases the work of instructors and students at Asheville BookWorks, a West Asheville studio space and gathering place for those interested in print and book arts. “Art of the Book” includes sculptural books, journals, one-of-a-kind creations, and BookWorks collaborations, including “Early Autumn” a hand-set limited edition of poems by Coleman Barks which features a reproduction of a 13th century insect scroll screen by Chinese artist Qian Xuan. A closing reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will feature a gallery talk by Laurie Corral, director of BookWorks, and Frank Brannon of SpeakEasy Press. Blowers Gallery is free and open to the public daily with evening viewing hours most days. For gallery hours and more information, visit the gallery website or call 828/251-6436.

UNC Asheville Featured in Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges”

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is featured in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition,” and also included on several “best of” lists within the annual guidebook released today. The Princeton Review ranked the top 15 percent of colleges and universities, based on a survey of 122,000 students who provide candid assessments of their institutions.

The Princeton Review praised UNC Asheville as offering a “top-notch academic experience,” citing the liberal arts curriculum, challenging course material, and professors who are devoted and passionate about their fields of study. “The professors’ enthusiasm for each course is contagious,” said a student quoted in the guide. An environmental studies major added, “The classes are small enough that the professors know you by name and seem to care if you do well … tutoring sessions are free and plentiful.”

UNC Asheville also received a high “quality of life” ranking of 92 (scale maximum is 99). Students told the Princeton Review that they love living and eating in Asheville and the guide lists UNC Asheville as #16 on its national “best of” lists for the categories “Town-Gown Relations are Great,” and “Great College Towns.” Residence life, outdoor recreation, athletics and opportunities for relaxing in downtown Asheville were among the features commended for rounding out the college experience at UNC Asheville.

Earlier this year, the Princeton Review ranked UNC Asheville as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges, and “A Best in the Southeast.” This assessment is echoed by other prominent college rankings. In July, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” called UNC Asheville “one of the best education bargains in the country.” UNC Asheville was also named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com, and praised for quality and value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and in the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

Fiske Guide Gives High Marks to UNC Asheville and its Environmental Studies Program

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is once again ranked among the nation’s top colleges in the 2012 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” published in July. The Fiske Guide calls UNC Asheville “one of the best educational bargains in the country.”

“This public liberal arts university offers all the perks that are generally associated with pricier private institutions: rigorous academics, small classes, and a beautiful setting,” says the Fiske Guide, noting that UNC Asheville provides all this for a fraction of the cost of a private college. “I have been astounded by the quality of the teaching,” said a senior quoted in the guide. “There are no teaching assistants, only professors, and a large majority of them have the highest degree in their field.”

In addition, for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was named to the Fiske Guide’s list of pre-professional programs with unusual strength in preparing students for careers. Students in UNC Asheville’s program learn to address environmental issues through a multidisciplinary approach that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. Undergraduate research is an important feature of the curriculum, and the Environmental Studies Department stresses on-the-job internships in organizations involved with environmental issues.

Earlier this year, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com. The university was ranked among the nation’s 50 “2011 Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review, and listed among the top 100 public colleges by Kiplinger Personal Finance. The most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” praised UNC Asheville’s faculty for its “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” and ranked UNC Asheville 5th in the nation on the “Up-and-Comers” list of liberal arts colleges.

UNC Asheville Fall Art Season Begins with Selected Student Exhibition

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will begin the new academic year with an exhibit of student art work selected by the Art faculty. The show, featuring more than a dozen works in a variety of media, opens on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and will remain on display through Sept. 6, at the Highsmith University Union Gallery on the campus. UNC Asheville’s Department of Art features concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The department’s 13-member faculty selected exemplary student works in these disciplines to begin the fall exhibition season. The gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. A closing reception with the artists will be held in the gallery from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Department of Art at 828/251-6559.

The image above, “The Intrusion,” Oil on Canvas, 2011, by Katherine Knutsen, on display at Highsmith University Union Gallery through September 6.

UNC Asheville to Hold Third Annual Math Literacy Summit

Monday, October 19th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Math skills have the power to change young lives, so argues noted mathematician and University of Arizona professor William Velez. He will tell his own story in a keynote address at UNC Asheville’s Third Annual Math Literacy Summit. The summit, aimed at K-12 teachers, parents and students, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. The day’s activities will include the talk by Velez as well as a number of workshops. Refreshments and free childcare will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

The summit will begin with the keynote address by Velez, entitled “Mathematics Changed My Life,” at 10 a.m. In the talk, he will describe his struggle with college mathematics as a student, and his decision to persevere and overcome those challenges. Velez works to promote mathematics and increase the number of mathematics majors among Hispanics and Native Americans. He is one of the founding members of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and has served as its president.

“If our society is to survive and prosper, we have to produce a mathematically literate society,” Velez said. “I have decided to dedicate the final years of my academic life to convince our students that mathematics is relevant, that it is fascinating, and that students arriving on campus should increase the mathematical content of their course work. It is important that parents, K-12 teachers and university mathematicians understand how critical mathematics is for our students and for our communities.”,/p>

Eight workshops will follow Velez’s talk. The workshops will address credit fundamentals, credit reports and scores, health connections to math and statistics, mart and art, and technology. A special session for parents will also be offered on helping students with math homework. Two workshops on credit will be offered in both English and Spanish.

The event is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Mathematics Department’s Asheville Initiative for Math (AIM) with support from RBC Bank and the AT&T Foundation. AIM’s mission is to promote excellence in math education and universal math literacy in the Asheville region.

UNC Asheville Athletics & Malaprop’s to Host Roy Williams Book Signing

Monday, October 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café and the UNC Asheville Athletics Department will present a book signing with UNC Tar Heels Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams.

Coach Williams will be at UNC Asheville’s Justice Center on Sunday, Decemeber 13th from 1:30-2:30 to promote his new book HARD WORK: A Life On and Off the Court.

Malaprop’s is donating a portion of the sales to the UNC Asheville Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. The book-signing is first come, first served, and only for those with a Malaprop’s “Hard Work” receipt. HARD WORK can be pre-ordered from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in downtown Asheville. Books can also be purchased at the Justice Center on Dec. 13.

For more information, you can contact: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, N.C., 28801 at (828)254-6734.