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October 2017

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to our first edition of the 2017-2018 newsletter series! Campus has been alive with exciting events and developments since August, so it's about time we take a moment to reflect upon all that has happened in the initial seven weeks of this semester. 

Our featured stories kick off with a solemn acknowledgement of our Chancellor's upcoming departure from UNC Asheville. Although I am saddened to see her leave, Chancellor Mary Grant's impeccable talent for bringing out the best in others is just one of many components of an amazing legacy she has created here at UNC Asheville. Our university has soared to new heights of excellence during her tenure and we are grateful for all she has done to promote UNC Asheville's public liberal arts mission within the state of North Carolina, as well as within American Higher Education. 

Despite this somber news, we kicked off Chancellor Grant's final semester at UNC Asheville with some great, once-in-a-lifetime events! Our campus community came together on the first day of class to witness the Great American Solar Eclipse and award-winning author Jennine Capo Crucet visited campus to discuss our summer reading book. We also combined Homecoming and Family Weekend for the first time ever this year and thoroughly enjoyed a robust schedule that celebrated our campus's 90th anniversary!

Please join me in taking a few moments to read more about these happenings -- and don't forget to review the information outlining the upcoming breaks, final exams and residence hall closings towards the end of this semester.

Warm Regards,
Stephanie Franklin
Director of Transition and Parent Programs

Chancellor Mary K Grant Departing UNC Asheville

UNC Asheville will say goodbye to Chancellor Mary K Grant at the end of the Fall 2017 semester after three years of service to our campus community.

Chancellor Grant has been asked and accepted a new challenge as President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Our students, faculty and staff wish Chancellor Grant and her husband, Jim Canavan, the best as they begin the process of leaving Asheville and returning to Boston.


The Great American Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017, this academic year's first day of classes, UNC Asheville celebrated the occurrence of the Great American Solar Eclipse with a viewing party on the University Quadrangle. Although our campus was not in the path of totality, we experienced a 99.16%, which provided near darkness for three minutes before the sun began to reemerge.

Activities at the Great American Solar Eclipse viewing party included yoga with sun salutations, telescope viewings of the eclipse, and the opportunity for participants to create their own lightboxes out of shoeboxes. We enjoyed Moon Pies, Sun Chips, and an exclusive Eclipse flavored ice cream created and served by The Hop.

After the eclipse, our campus community came together to donate over 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses to Explore Scientific. These glasses will be sent to South America so that students in Chile and Argentina will have the opportunity to safely view their own total solar eclipse in 2019.

Author of 2017 Summer Reading Visits UNC Asheville

Award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet visited UNC Asheville on August 31st to meet with faculty, staff and students to discuss her book (Make Your Home Among Strangers) and its connection to the transition process all students encounter during their first year in college.

All incoming freshmen were required to read this book before move-in weekend in August (which is known as rendezblue). On the Saturday afternoon of rendezblue, students gathered into groups with their fellow Freshman Colloquium classmates to participate in a discussion about the various themes and their development throughout the story. 

Ms. Capo Crucet's visit culminated in her sharing parallels of her own experience as a first-generation college student, as well as sharing critical insight about character development and the writing process with aspiring student authors. 


Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017

Over 450 alumni and family members joined us this year during Homecoming and Family Weekend as we combined these wonderful school traditions for the first time ever! Faculty and staff opened the weekend with a reception in honor of UNC Asheville families. Families and alumni were welcomed to attend 10 Back-to-Class sessions led by distinguished faculty and staff, our first-ever Homecoming golf cart parade, Homecoming double-header soccer games, and a delicious barbecue picnic on the Quad with the all-student jazz band X-Tet. Join us next year as we combine Homecoming and Family Weekend again for even more school-spirited fun!

Third Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner

Our third annual Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad reached full capacity again this year! Hosted by Chancellor Mary K Grant, this mid-September event is aimed at celebrating and embracing the hard work that our students and campus community collaborators put into UNC Asheville's sustainability efforts, while also providing a delicious and healthy meal. The Farm-to-Table Dinner is open to all who would like to attend so keep an eye out as tickets go on sale for this amazing event in August 2018!

David Brooks Rescheduled

Our Founders' Day keynote lecture with The New York Times columnist David Brooks was rescheduled due to concerns regarding Hurricane Irma's trajectory. In turn, we're looking forward to welcoming David Brooks to our campus on October 12th as we move forward with celebrating our 90th anniversary as an institution.

UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant said, “Founders Day is an opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of UNC Asheville and the public liberal arts. David Brooks is an important voice in our national discourse, encouraging us to think critically, consider varied opinions, and engage in open conversation – all qualities that stand at the heart of our mission.”

Thanksgiving Break

It seems that the semester slips away quickly after Fall Break, with Thanksgiving Break a little over one month afterwards. The University and all residence halls will close during Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday, November 22 at 9 am to Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 9 am. Students do not have to move out of their rooms, but they must be off campus during Thanksgiving Break.

Exams, Commencement, and Residence Hall Closings

The Undergraduate Symposium (above) will take place just over a week after students return from Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday, December 5. No regular classes will be held this day as it is an opportunity for students to share their undergraduate research projects with the UNC Asheville community. 
The day after the Undergraduate Symposium is Reading Day. This day marks the beginning of Exam Week. Again, no regular classes are held so that students may spend the day studying for their exams.

Exam Week begins Thursday, December 7 and ends Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Commencement takes place December 15, 2017 in Kimmel Arena. 

Winter Break is a time for students to recuperate and renew their energy. As with Thanksgiving Break, students do not have to move out of their residence halls, but they must check out of them, and may not reenter beginning Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9am, or within 24 hours of their last exam, whichever comes first. Residence Halls reopen on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 9 am.

Exam Bags are Coming!

Show your student some extra love this exam season with an Exam Bag from Residential Education. For $25, you can send your student a bag packed full with both healthy and sweet snacks, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a sweet note from you! Keep an eye out in your mail, as Residential Education will be sending an order form to you after Fall Break. For immediate questions, contact Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education.

Parents Giving

The university excellence fund provides opportunities to give additional support to UNC Asheville students in many ways. Unrestricted donations support funding for innovative programs that make UNC Asheville so unique, like our nationally renowned Undergraduate Research Program.

Such advancements can be seen in the classroom and laboratory, in faculty teaching and research, and global perspective and local commitment of our students.

To learn more about ways in which parent giving affects UNC Asheville, visit the Parent Annual Giving website. You can now make your gift securely online.

If you have a student getting ready to graduate, don't forget - pavers are also a unique way to contribute to UNC Asheville and leave a lasting legacy on our campus!
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