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News and Updates for UNC Asheville Families

February 2017

Welcome from the Director


I hope this newsletter finds you well as the month of February begins to wind down. It's hard to believe we are now just a few weeks away from spring break! 

Speaking of the upcoming break, check out the trips planned for our Orientation Leaders (a.k.a. - the Blue Crew), as well as the Alternative Spring Break trips offered by the Key Center. I also am excited to announce the addition of Tau Sigma National Honor Society to UNC Asheville's campus community. The addition of this society is a major move towards providing additional recognition of and leadership opportunities for our transfer student population. 

Finally, I hope you will join me in celebrating the two young ladies featured in our student spotlight for this edition of the UNC Asheville Family Newsletter. Kari Barrows and Cara Forbes are two phenomenal students who have lent their talents to assisting with the transition Student Programs efforts here at UNC Asheville. Kari and Cara embody the discipline, intelligence and passion characteristic of UNC Asheville students - and I want you to see firsthand the wonderful work these students are doing with their UNC Asheville education!

Warm Regards,
Stephanie Franklin
Director of Transition and Parent Programs

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

January 16, 2017

"A Day On, Not a Day Off" is UNC Asheville's driving mantra during the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and this year, we partnered with Mission Hospital to provide a day of community service throughout Asheville with 250 volunteers!

Student volunteers, alumni, and faculty and staff gathered for an early morning breakfast on Monday, January 16th, followed by service at sites including the YWCA, Shiloh Community Garden, and Habitat for Humanity.

The Blue Crew, which is UNC Asheville's Orientation Leader team, served the day in downtown Asheville. The 20 student leaders assisted the Peace March and Rally and Candlelight Service and Awards program to recognize people who are furthering King's work and message.

Black History Month Events

February 2017

Multicultural Student Programs works closely with on-campus partners each month to provide educational, heritage-focused activities and opportunities. February is Black History Month and includes impactful programming such as learning about being an ally and advocate, meaningful language, and the annual Unity Ball, which is an opportunity for multicultural student organizations to gather together in fellowship and fun!

Residence Hall Announcements

Closed for Spring Break: March 13-17, 2017

Residence Halls will close for Spring Break on Saturday, March 11th, at 9 a.m., and will re-open on Sunday, March 19th, at noon. No residents may enter the residence halls during this time without prior, explicit permission granted by the Office of Housing.

Housing Reapplication Period for August 2017 Returning Students

The housing reapplication period for our current residential students is rapidly approaching.  This is the time when current residential students reapply for and later select their on-campus housing for fall 2017. The reapplication process will begin on March 6, 2017. Beginning on February 20th, students will be sent a series of informational emails about the process and banners will be posted in each residence hall to remind students about the upcoming event.

Due to the University's live-on requirement for new, first time freshmen, on-campus housing is not unlimited, and continuing student applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Students must reapply in order to be eligible to select their room for fall. After the reapplication process, students who have reapplied will have the opportunity to select their room for fall beginning after Spring Break on March 21st.

Students who reapply for housing, but do not participate in selection, will be manually assigned a room on March 27, unless they cancel their application prior to that date. Students can cancel their application and housing assignment without penalty until May 1. After May 1, students who have selected a room or been manually assigned to a space will be subject to the terms and conditions as outlined in the housing contract.

Students will receive an email similar to this one and this information will be posted on our website. If your students have any questions, please encourage them to contact Housing at 828-251-6700 or

UNC Asheville Blue Crew and the
Southern Regional Orientation Workshop

March 10-13, 2017

Being a member of the Blue Crew, UNC Asheville's Orientation Leader team, not only builds school spirit, but also provides leadership training and facilitates the building of professional communication skills. During the second weekend in March, the 2017 Blue Crew will attend the annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. SROW is a professional conference held every spring for orientation teams for the purpose of engaging in educational workshops to help solidify their leadership skill sets and prepare for the upcoming orientation season.

SROW's educational sessions provide information on tailoring orientation sessions for specific demographics of our student population, such as transfer students, non-traditional students, veteran students, and first generation students. The sessions also offer tangible leadership development and activities to incorporate during orientation to help new, incoming students get acquainted to campus and start building their personal networks!

Alternative Service Experience

Spring Break 2017

UNC Asheville's students are known for their dedication to giving back to their community, engaging in meaningful ways that positively impact themselves and those around them. One way students continue to do this is through the Alternative Service Experience (ASE) Spring and Fall Break Trips. These trips are led by students who have participated in an intensive semester-long leadership training course and who work with Key Center staff to meticulously plan every detail for the trips, taking into consideration factors such as living below the poverty line for one week, safe transportation, and team building activities. Faculty and staff members also attend the trips alongside the student leaders to facilitate a productive learning environment.

This year's Spring Break trips will bring students to two locations: 

Organization: Jones Valley Urban Farm - Birmingham, Alabama 
Social Justice Issue: Urban farming
The mission of this program is to engage participants with a community to build a future. Participants will engage with the organization to experience how community gardening and healthy lifestyles can affect communities in a positive way.

Organization: The Nature Conservancy - Nags Head, North Carolina 
Social Justice Issue: Environmental preservation

This trip will work on ecosystem renewal projects, which range from the maintenance of over eight miles of hiking trails to the removal of exotic species in the surrounding wetlands. Participants will become part of the efforts to retain the pristine and wild beauty of Nags Head, North Carolina.

Registration for these trips opened on Monday, February 13, so encourage your student to check for open spots in their preferred trips, and to check out the Fall Break 2017 trips!

Transition & Parent Program Student Employees Make an Impact!


Kari Barrows, a December 2016 UNC Asheville graduate, began working with Transition & Parent Programs as the photographer for the extended orientation program, pre-rendezblue, in August 2015. She continued working with our department as a program assistant for her entire time as a student at UNC Asheville and served as a magnificent connection to the transition student. It was bittersweet to see her graduate in December, but she is still making a difference with our students by providing pointed and meaningful words of wisdom for other transfer students

Cara Forbes was a natural fit to our department and has been working with us since January 2017 as the program assistant, helping other transfer and non-traditional students find the resources they need both on- and off-campus. Cara is involved throughout campus in organizations like the Student Government Association, Multicultural Student Programs, and the Native American Student Association. In addition to all this, Cara was recently nominated to the Center for Native American Youth’s Ambassador Program. Cara is an incredible example of the UNC Asheville student!

Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students Comes to UNC Asheville

The Tau Sigma National Honor Society is a national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students. The mission of the society is to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfers students."  Tau Sigma provides its members opportunities to earn scholarships, attend leadership conferences, take leadership positions in the university, and serve others at the university and in the community, all while developing friendships and becoming a more integral part of the university to which they transferred!

UNC Asheville recently began its inaugural chapter, inviting, for this time only, any transfer student who joined UNC Asheville since January 2014 and who meets the eligibility requirements. In the future, we will invite eligible students after their first semester at UNC Asheville. 

We are excited for the advocacy this group will provide for transfer students on campus and for the many benefits transfer students will gain by being a part of the society!

Parents Giving

UNC Asheville's Excellence Fund supports student success both inside and outside the classroom. Your unrestricted donation to the Excellence Fund will support funding for innovative programs and high-impact learning experiences that make UNC Asheville unique, like our nationally renowned Undergraduate Research Program.

Your support creates advancements in the classroom and laboratory, in faculty teaching and research, and prepares students for productive and engaged lives.

To learn more about ways in which parent giving affects UNC Asheville, visit the Parent Annual Giving website. You can now also make your gift securely online. If you have questions about giving, please contact Sallie Broach at 828-232-2407 or
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