Faces of UNC Asheville
Meet individuals who shape the UNC Asheville academic community.
Sarah Addison Allen ’94 is taking the literary world by storm. After graduation from UNC Asheville she sold a few stories, but her big break came in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North... Read More
After graduating from UNC Asheville in 2008, Katie Bachmeyer was awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Macedonia. During that experience, she found herself surprised and saddened by the way people with disabilities in Macedonia often led closeted lives—kept away from... Read More
Photographer Tim Barnwell '77 has risen to acclaim by capturing the beauty of his own Appalachian backyard through stunning black-and-white photographs. He is the author of three books of fine arts photography that feature portraits of traditional musicians, craftspeople and farmers.
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Novelist Wiley Cash ’00 has received high praise for his novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, which earned him the Western North Carolina Historical Association’s 2013 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award—one of the most prestigious literary awards in the region.
Since he graduated from UNC... Read More
Name a Western North Carolina river, and it’s likely that Kevin Colburn ’98 has played a role in its conservation. Colburn has negotiated for rivers and streams for 12 years as part of American Whitewater, a stalwart advocate for the preservation and protection of waterways throughout the... Read More
Despite all their specialized knowledge, sometimes scientists need some friendly help when it comes to communicating with the general public. That's where Caroline Dougherty steps in. She graduated from UNC Asheville in 2010 with a degree in multimedia/new media, concentrating in interface... Read More
Courtney Galatioto ’11 joined the Alliance to Save Energy, an energy efficiency advocacy nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., in June 2013 as an intern, and is now a Stakeholder Engagement associate. Galatioto was student body president at UNC Asheville and graduated summa cum laude with a... Read More
At some point, practically everyone has tried -- and failed -- to move something with their minds. But Avi Goldberg ‘13, a Computer Science major at UNC Asheville, does it every day. Wearing a single-sensor Electroencephalography (EEG) device, a headset that reads electrical activity in the... Read More
In tough economic times, it is comforting to know someone is on your side working to improve the economy, helping citizens navigate government bureaucracy and finding solutions to all kinds of challenges. In North Carolina, that someone is UNC Asheville alumnus Steve Green '01, who serves as... Read More
It was in the Bay of Campeche on the world’s second largest offshore oil platform installation barge that UNC Asheville graduate Jenny Hibbert ’09 realized she’d found her passion.
“This was the best experience of my life,” Hibbert says of her stint as resident weather expert on the... Read More