More than 5,000 family and friends gathered on UNC Asheville's Quadrangle Saturday morning to celebrate UNC Asheville's 2011 graduating class. Some 691 students were honored as the Class of 2011 during the 83nd Commencement Ceremony, including 447 spring graduates, 212 winter graduates and 32 summer graduates.
David Gardner and Laurie Stradley of UNC Asheville's N.C. Center for Health & Wellness (NCCH&W) have been named to leadership positions with two partner organizations that promote healthier lifestyles.
Thomas W. Ross, new president of the University of North Carolina system, will deliver the commencement address, and business and education leader C.D. Spangler will receive an honorary doctoral degree when UNC Asheville holds its May 2011 Commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The university is expecting 5,000 people, including graduates, faculty and guests, to fill the University Quadrangle for the ceremony.
UNC Asheville presented its annual alumni and student leadership awards at a recent ceremony on the campus. Awards were presented by Chancellor Anne Ponder, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Haggard and National Alumni Council Chair James Carter ’00.
UNC Asheville has been awarded $599,850 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will provide 31 chemistry students with scholarships and implement a program to enhance educational support in the chemistry major. The program will include recruiting motivated and promising students, providing opportunities for undergraduate research, offering faculty and peer mentorship, and educating and grooming students for success as chemistry professionals.
UNC Asheville's Admissions Office will host an open house for high school and transfer students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 2, on campus. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff from all academic areas, and representatives of a wide range of campus organizations. The open house also includes student-led campus tours and sessions for parents and students on admissions, academics, extracurricular programs, scholarships and other financial aid.
Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, has contributed $100,000 to UNC Asheville. The funding will support a $25,000 Wachovia-Wells Fargo Endowed Scholarship for Future Teachers and provides $75,000 in unrestricted support to the new Wilma M. Sherrill Center, which houses the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness and Kimmel Arena.