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WCU Appoints Kevan Frazier to Lead Programs at Biltmore Park

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University did not have to go far to find the new executive director for its programs at Biltmore Park – just as far as the northern side of Asheville.

Kevan Frazier, who served four different divisions during a 17-year career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville before embarking upon a private business venture, joined WCU on Monday, Aug. 18, to lead the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square.

Frazier is succeeding Patsy Miller, who is retiring this month after more than 30 years of service to WCU, all of them in administrative roles with the university’s programs in the Asheville area.  Miller joined WCU in 1984 as program coordinator for the Asheville office, where she worked with the late Harry Ramsey, assistant to the chancellor for WCU programs in Asheville. She became director upon Ramsey’s retirement in 1997.

“Kevan brings extensive experience and very strong connections throughout the Asheville-Hendersonville area, especially in the banking, finance, legal, medical, government and entrepreneurial sectors,” said Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU provost. “He also brings tremendous energy and excitement as he begins to build upon the solid foundation that Patsy Miller is leaving behind, as well as those with whom she has worked over the years.”

Frazier served as associate vice chancellor for university advancement at UNC Asheville from 2012 until the fall of 2013, stepping down to start a small business in the tourism sector, Asheville by Foot, which provides historic and architectural walking tours of the city’s downtown. At UNC Asheville, he also had served as associate vice chancellor for alumni relations from 2004 until 2012, director of student life and the Highsmith University Union from 2001 until 2004, and coordinator of the Honors Program and associate director of undergraduate research from 1999 to 2001.

In addition, Frazier taught history at UNC Asheville, having earned his doctorate in U.S. and African history at West Virginia University. He received his master’s degree in history from Kent State University and his bachelor’s degree in history from UNC Asheville.

“While I was not on the job market, when I learned of WCU’s opening at Biltmore Park, I could not pass up the extraordinary opportunity to lead and grow one of the cornerstones of economic and community development in Western North Carolina,” Frazier said.

“As the leading provider of graduate education in Western North Carolina, WCU is positioned better than any other institution in the area to offer the curricular breadth and depth needed to support economic and community development in the region,” he said. “As a native Ashevillian, my roots are deep in this community and my commitment to its success is very strong.”

Frazier is taking over the reins of WCU Programs at Biltmore Park as the university is on the verge of implementing a long-range strategic plan for the instructional site in order to strengthen the university’s contribution to economic and community development in the greater Asheville-Hendersonville area. Carol Burton, associate provost for undergraduate studies, and Doug Keskula, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, have led a long-range planning process to determine the future mix of academic programs that will be offered and enhanced at Biltmore Park.

The newest addition at the site is engineering, as on Aug. 18, WCU began offering undergraduate engineering in nearly 11,000 square feet of space at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park Town Square. Expansion of WCU’s engineering degree was made possible through an appropriation of more than $1.4 million in the state budget for the 2013-15 biennium. The N.C. General Assembly approved $698,962 for start-up costs and laboratory equipment for the 2013-14 fiscal year, with $719,844 in recurring funds to cover faculty positions and ongoing operations.

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher, who credited N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) with ensuring that the state budget included funds for the expansion, said additional engineering education opportunities in the fast-growing corridor between Asheville and Hendersonville will help meet increasing industry and business demand for a highly qualified workforce.

Biltmore Park also will be one of two venues for WCU’s new lifelong learning institute aimed at people age 50 and older. The institute, titled [email protected], will feature weekly interactive seminars in Cullowhee and Asheville. Sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics spanning business, history, science, literature, politics and personal development.

Western Carolina has offered a variety of programs in Asheville since 1937, and previously provided more than 20 academic programs at various sites in Buncombe County, including at UNC Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Enka campus. WCU consolidated graduate and undergraduate academic programs that were offered at locations across Buncombe County to Biltmore Park in August 2012, a move designed to expand access to university-level programming to better serve the educational needs of Western North Carolinians in the Buncombe-Henderson corridor, while also improving operational efficiencies.

For more information about WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, visit the website biltmorepark.wcu.edu or call 828-654-6498.

WCU to New Undergrad Engineering Facility at Biltmore Park

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University will host a “sneak peak” Wednesday, April 16, of the soon-to-be-opened laboratories and classrooms that will enable the expansion of WCU’s undergraduate engineering program to the Asheville-Hendersonville area.

Nearly 11,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of a building located at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park Town Square is undergoing renovations to accommodate the expanded engineering program, with classes scheduled to get underway in August

Expansion of WCU’s engineering degree was made possible through more than $1.4 million in the state budget for the 2013-15 biennium. The N.C. General Assembly approved $698,962 for start-up costs and laboratory equipment for the 2013-14 fiscal year, with $719,844 in recurring funds to cover faculty positions and ongoing operations.

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher, who credited N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) with ensuring that the state budget included funds for the engineering program expansion, said additional engineering education opportunities in the fast-growing corridor between Asheville and Hendersonville will help meet increasing industry and business demand for a highly qualified workforce.

Western Carolina began offering the bachelor of science degree in engineering (the BSE) in fall 2012 at its campus in Cullowhee as a new stand-alone program. The university had partnered with UNC Charlotte to jointly offer a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (the BSEE) from 2004 until 2012.

The Biltmore Park program will primarily focus on serving working professionals and will lead to a general engineering degree that will provide the specific skills sought by regional industry partners, said James Zhang, dean of WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

WCU’s generalist approach to engineering offerings has a common core of mathematics and science, augmented by concentrations in specific engineering specializations. Additional engineering specializations can be created to meet the needs of the region. Because of industry demand, a new concentration in mechanical engineering was added to the Cullowhee campus offerings beginning last fall.

Western Carolina has conducted classes at a variety of sites in the Asheville area since 1937, consolidating graduate and undergraduate academic programs previously offered at locations across Buncombe County to its new Biltmore Park instructional site in August 2012. The move has expanded access to academic programming to better meet the educational needs of Western North Carolinians in the Buncombe-Henderson area and has resulted in increased operational efficiencies.

The “sneak peak” will begin with remarks by Belcher, Zhang and Apodaca; Teresa Williams, chair of the WCU Board of Trustees; and representatives of the Golden LEAF Foundation, which awarded a $500,000 grant to WCU last year for the expansion of engineering education opportunities across Western North Carolina through a partnership with regional community colleges.

The event, to run from 4 until 6 p.m., will enable guests to observe renovation work at the facility, followed by a reception and optional tour of WCU’s existing instructional site at Biltmore Park.

Those interested in attending the April 16 sneak peak are asked to respond by Wednesday, April 9, to Amber McKendrick at [email protected].

Biltmore Park to Host Epilepsy Awareness Summer Fling- Purple in the Park

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – This Saturday, June 18thm from noon until 3 p.m. in Cecil Park join Mission Healthcare Foundation for the Epilepsy Awareness Summer Fling.  This event will have live music from The Caribbean Cowboys, a silent auctioon, games, and face painting.  Proceeds from the summer fling will benefit the Joshua David Chapnick Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder fund at the Mission Healthcare Foundation.

This organization supports those with seizure disorders by helping with medication and transportation costs.  Since the fund’s formation in July 2010 they have raised over $11,000.  Click here for more information about this event or call 828.213.1436.

Brioso Fresh Pasta Arrives in Biltmore Park Town Square Summer 2011

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – This July, Brioso Fresh Pasta, an authentic Italian Fresh Casual restaurant, will open next to Barnes & Noble in Biltmore Park Town Square.  This restaurant combines a fast casual experience and price point while providing a full-service table experience in Town Square.

Brioso Fresh Pasta is uniquely situated at the high-end of fast casual dining.  Guests can enjoy homemade pasta, sauces and fresh baked rosemary bread for as little as $5.  Patrons can choose from salads, appetizers, paninis, Brioso Signature Dishes, or they can create their own unique dishes, with 390 different possible combinations of mix-and-match pastas and sauces.

“At our restaurant we pride ourselves in providing our customers organic greens, homemade bread, hydroponic herbs and serving food with no preservatives,” states Brioso Fresh Pasta’s President, Karan Stratford.  “Guests can also enjoy many different choices of fresh, homemade egg, spinach, wheat and gluten-free pasta.”

For more information about this restaurant and to preview their menu, visit briosopasta.com.

Biltmore Farms Communities Present the Asheville Poetry Review Reading Series

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Friday, March 25th, at 7 pm Biltmore Farms Communities invites guests to the Asheville Poetry Review Reading Series at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park.  This free event celebrates the work of famed poets, Pamela Uschuk, Marilyn Kallet and William Pitt Root.  Guests are invited to hear these three poets speak and purchase autographed copies of the 2011 Asheville Poetry Review.

Biltmore Farms Communities, one of the four divisions of Biltmore Farms, LLC, strives to promote arts and culture in Western North Carolina.  As one of their five tenets of community development, Biltmore Farms believes that its focus on education, healthcare, economic development, arts & culture, along with environment/quality of life will improve our lives and region as a whole.

Click here to learn more about this event and the poets.

Local Banks Wanted for 3rd Annual Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore Park Town Square is searching for local talent to be included in their third annual summer concert series – Concerts in the Park. Some of the biggest names in the Asheville music scene have performed in the series over the past two years, and your band could make the cut this summer.

If you think your band has what it takes to fill the evening with tunes and have event-goers dancing under the summer sun, please submit .mp3s and/or press kits for consideration to Biltmore Park Town Square at [email protected].

Beginning in May and running through October, the concerts will take place every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Cecil Park in front of Brixx Pizza and Hickory Tavern Grill and Raw Bar.

Biltmore Park Town Square Hosts Harry Potter Preview Party

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore Park Town Square is partnering with Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 and local radio station Star 104.3 for an evening of Harry Potter-themed activities for the whole family. The festivities will take place on the evening of November 18th, preceding the much-anticipated midnight premiere of the latest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I. This is the next-to-last film in the beloved Harry Potter series.

The week prior to the premiere, Star 104.3 will be giving away tickets by asking listeners to call in and answer Harry Potter trivia questions. The night of the 18th, Star 104.3 will be broadcasting live from Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 from 10pm until midnight. Fun activities for adults and kids alike include a costume contest, Harry Potter trivia, prizes from stores and restaurants in Biltmore Park Town Square, and many more exciting surprises!

It’s a great opportunity for families to make an evening out of it with food and drinks available for purchase from nearby restaurants like 131 MAIN Restaurant, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Roux located in the Hilton Asheville, Cold Stone CreameryRocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Brixx Pizza, and P.F. Chang’s.

Marthaler Jewelers Celbrates Grand Opening at Biltmore Park

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Friday, October 15th, Marthaler Jewelers had guests sparkling with smiles as they gathered around the displays of diamonds, sapphires, silver, and more for their ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce as well as surrounding office tenants and friends and family spoke with Tonya and Andy Marthaler and explored the store as they perused the fine jewelry selection, snacked on food catered by Hickory Tavern, entered their names for door prizes, and learned more about what goes into creating the exquisite accessories. Marthaler Jewelers continued to celebrate their opening on Saturday, October 16th, with a trunk show and a wine and cheese reception.

Marthaler Jewelers is a full-service jewelry store offering custom jewelry design, sales, repair work, and insurance appraisals. The store exclusively carries well-known brands including Sara Blaine, Parade, Tissot, and more. Andy, who is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, also has a passion for working with customers to help them find the right piece for them and their budgets, and with the holiday season fast approaching, now is a better time than ever to browse his selection.

Find Marthaler Jewelers in Suite 100 at 8 Town Square Boulevard, or call them at 828.676.1625.

Woof Gang Bakery Opens at Biltmore Park

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you’ve ever visited Biltmore Park Town Square, you’ve probably noticed that the residents here love their dogs. From shopping at City Market and listening to music at Concerts in the Park to running errands or just taking a stroll, apartment and condo residents can be spotted frequently with their canine companions. Now, their love for their pets can enjoy even more attention because Woof Gang Bakery is now open.

Specializing in gourmet dog treats, Woof Gang Bakery offers pet owners a wide selection of handmade biscuits that dogs will love. And with no added salt, sugar, or preservatives, treating man’s best friend to something delicious has never been healthier. With scrumptious ingredients like bacon, cheddar and parmesan cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, and peanut butter, you can rest assured that every dog will find a flavor to suit its tastes. Woof Gang Bakery also offers something for everyday nutrition. The store is well-stocked with organic cat and dog food, and they carry some of the best brand-name products, including Pure Bites, California Natural, Cloud Star, Ark Naturals, and more.

The store will also offer customers boutique items like collars, leads, apparel, toys, bowls, and even spa products–all great ways to pamper your puppy. In addition to their fabulous products, Woof Gang Bakery has a Loyalty Club that is free to join and that allows store patrons to earn credit towards future purchases, enjoy a free birthday treat for their dog, learn about special promotions and events, and take advantage of free home delivery if they are a local customer.

Over the next week, make sure you stop by Woof Gang Bakery to welcome them to Biltmore Park Town Square. They and your pets will be sure to thank you for it. Also be sure to stay tuned for more information about the store’s upcoming grand opening.

The Twighlight Saga, Eclipse to Premiere at Biltmore Park Town Square

Friday, June 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Look out all of you night owls because vampires and werewolves are planning to invade Biltmore Park Town Square…at least they will on the big screen. Next Thursday night, on July 1st, Town Square’s retailers and restaurants, along with Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, will welcome the much-anticipated third installment of The Twilight Saga. “Eclipse” will continue to chronicle the main character Bella’s adventures in a supernatural world inhabited by a slew of creatures that usually only appear in fairytales, not in real life. But her life is far from ordinary, and these creatures, although usually depicted as villains, quickly become her friends and confidants. Still, evil and deep-seated rivalries await her around the darkest corners, forcing her to make difficult decisions about her safety, future, and friendships.

Hundreds of Twilight fans are expected to show up in order to discover just what it is that Bella will decide to do, and restaurants and retailers are looking forward to joining in on the guessing game. Complete with costumes and rivalries in our own world over whether vampires or werewolves will prevail, movie-goers can expect plenty of shopping and dining specials along with games and activities before watching the movie.

So go ahead an choose a side to cheer for and come to Biltmore Park to see how the story will end. Click here to learn more about Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 and to see a link to movie times.