As people across the Southeast hunkered down for massive snowfalls this month, UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences professor Doug Miller and his students headed out into the storm. The group worked around the clock launching weather balloons to collect important atmospheric data that will help scientists better understand winter weather. In the process, they were able to provide information to the National Weather Service to ensure accurate forecasts.
Poets participating in UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program will read their work, created under the guidance of Katherine Soniat, in the next installment of the Writers at Home series. The reading begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. It is free and open to the public.
More than 2,000 family and friends gathered on Saturday morning to celebrate UNC Asheville's newest graduates. Some 207 students were honored during UNC Asheville's third annual December Commencement Ceremony, which was held at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
UNC Asheville will hold its December Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, located in the Asheville Civic Center. Some 207 students are candidates for bachelor's and Master of Liberal Arts degrees. A reception for graduates and their families will be held in the Civic Center lobby immediately following the ceremony. No tickets are required.
For the fourth consecutive year, the UNC Asheville Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at the White House. The Chamber Singers, the university's premiere student voice ensemble, will sing at the White House on December 13, entertaining VIP tours at the Holiday Open House. The choir will perform under the direction of Melodie Galloway, UNC Asheville assistant professor of music.
UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual holiday sale of ceramics, glass and other art objects from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.
"Figurative Reflections," an exhibition by UNC Asheville senior Katie Scully of approximately 100 wood-fired ceramic pots inspired by the human form, will be on view in the Highsmith University Union Gallery from December 3-16. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in the gallery.
UNC Asheville's Blowers Gallery will display a collection of oil paintings, mixed media works and drawings by senior Emily O'Brien from December 1-17. The exhibition, "Transformation through Displacement," is based on O'Brien's experiences while studying abroad in France.
Theatre UNCA continues its fall season with three one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, including "The Strangest Kind of Romance," "Portrait of a Madonna" and "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen" from November 18-20. These performances are the last of a series of Williams' one-act plays staged throughout the fall semester. Performances will take place at UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theater. Curtain is 8 p.m. All shows are open to the public.