Plans to complete Phase III of the Reed Creek Greenway through property owned by the UNC Asheville Foundation on Broadway Avenue are one step closer to implementation. Recently, the UNC Asheville Foundation received approval of its 2013 Federal Recreational Trails Program grant of $200,000 administered by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has approved the grant and once other environmental, archeological and regulatory reviews are completed, the grant can be awarded.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold an advance care planning workshop from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Reuter Center, home of OLLI at UNC Asheville. This workshop is free and open to the public.
With the theme of "Dare to be Different," educators from around the world, including Australia, Azerbaijan, and Canada, among others, in the interdisciplinary fields of management will gather for a four-day experiential conference June 5-8 at UNC Asheville.
UNC Asheville today dedicated the "TD Bank Atrium" in Rhoades Hall, in honor of a major gift from TD Bank to the university. The atrium on the first floor of the newly and greenly renovated building is a popular study and meeting spot for environmental studies and other science students. Rhoades Hall houses science classrooms, labs and offices.
"People and Places of Nepal," an exhibition of watercolor paintings in the plein air style by Dhwoj Bahadur Gurung, will open with a reception from 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in the Blowers Gallery at UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
With poet Nikki Giovanni delivering the commencement address to a crowd of more than 4,000 on the University Quadrangle, UNC Asheville held its 85th annual commencement ceremony Saturday morning, celebrating the 730 graduates of the Class of 2013. Those honored included the 466 May graduates, the 243 students who received degrees in December, and 21 August graduates.
UNC Asheville's Biology Department and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville will celebrate Appalachian nature with the 41st annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage May 3-5. This weekend of special events, including talks and guided tours, will focus on local flora and fauna. All are open to the public.
UNC Asheville presented awards to distinguished alumni Charles Thomas Steele Jr., Lt. Col. Wes Morrison, Barbara Baker, Justin Belleme and Leslie Klein Newman, in a ceremony that also included awards to distinguished faculty and student leaders.
"Write Now," a creative writing program for high school students, will return to UNC Asheville this summer with workshops held weekdays, June 17-28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. "Write Now" offers each participating student experience in different styles of writing – fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry – under the tutelage of three of Asheville's finest writing instructors.