UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the recent launch of its online literary journal, "The Great Smokies Review," with a reading by local authors at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16. The free event will be held at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville.
"Impressions," an exhibition of 40 pieces of functional, wood-fired ceramics by UNC Asheville senior Chelsea Mahan, will be on view in the UNC Asheville Highsmith University Union Gallery from May 14-25. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 14, in the gallery.
UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder will confer honorary degrees on noted Civil Rights leader and Freedom Singer Bernice Johnson Reagon and legendary UNC-Chapel Hill Coaches Dean Smith and Roy Williams at the university's spring commencement. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15, on UNC Asheville's Quad. Reagon will give the commencement address to some 500 graduates.
UNC Asheville presented its annual alumni and student leadership awards at a campus ceremony on April 29. Awards were presented by Chancellor Anne Ponder, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Haggard and National Alumni Council Chair James Carter ’00.
UNC Asheville and A-B Technical Community College will host an educational psychology distance learning online course designed for employed lateral entry teachers this spring. The course is designed for teachers who have their own classrooms and are seeking alternative licensing through the Regional Alternative Licensing Center.
The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Phillips Hall, room 117, on campus. The purpose of the meeting is to review the architectural design for the renovation of the Governors Village residence halls.
The UNC Asheville Music Department will wrap up the spring concert season with its annual Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert will include performances from various UNC Asheville musical ensembles, from a string quartet to a vocal jazz ensemble. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Just in time for Earth Day, UNC Asheville has been recognized as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the "Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges." The new ranking, released April 20, focuses solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.
UNC Asheville's Art Department will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in UNC Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is free and open to the public.
Four UNC Asheville senior will hold art exhibitions in Owen Hall April 30-May 11. Exhibitions on view in Owen Hall's Second Floor Gallery include printmaking works by Melanie Carrick, sculpture by Nicolette Carter, and paintings and drawings by James Stickney. The shows are a culmination of the students' work toward a bachelor’s degree or art minor at UNC Asheville.