UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder will confer honorary doctoral degrees on Evergreen State College President Thomas "Les" Purce and legendary musician Arthel "Doc" Watson at the University's spring Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on UNC Asheville's Quad. Purce will give the commencement address to some 385 graduates.
UNC Asheville's Reuter Center, home to the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, has recently commissioned three distinctive art pieces for permanent display inside the 20,000-square-foot facility. The pieces will be unveiled at a special reception at 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the Center. The commissioned artists Tucker Cooke, Bernie Rowell and Jack Stern will also be honored. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's Atmospheric Sciences Department will host advanced Skywarn storm spotter training at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at UNC Asheville's Robinson Hall, room 125. Justin Lane of the Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service Forecast Office will lead the two-hour course. Representatives from emergency response agencies, amateur radio operators and interested weather watchers are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
Ron Manheimer, founding director of UNC Asheville’s nationally renowned North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR), has announced that he will retire July 1, 2009. Manheimer, who will soon turn 66, has been Center director since August 1988.
The YMCA of Western North Carolina and UNC Asheville will host “YMCA Healthy Kids Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, on the UNC Asheville campus. Healthy Kids Day, the nation’s largest health day for children and families, will feature fun, engaging and creative activities to promote wellness and healthy living. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the lawn in front of UNC Asheville’s Justice Center and will continue throughout the day. Events will be held at the main stage at UNC Asheville’s Karl Strauss Track and at other locations across campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Glen Edward Chapman, an innocent man recently released from North Carolina’s death row, will speak at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. He will be joined by UNC Asheville Psychology Department Chair Pamela Laughon who served as a mitigation specialist on his case. The free talk is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Psychology Department.
UNC Asheville's Craft Campus will wrap up its year-long lecture series, "Meet the Maker: Conversations of Meaning with Craftspeople," with a talk by noted gallery director Martha Connell. She will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in UNC Asheville's Owen Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The Universe is yours to discover at two star gazing events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy. The viewings, held on the evenings of April 3 and 4, will take place in front of Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center. The Health Adventure, UNC Asheville, and amateur astronomers from the area will be coordinating the events.
UNC Asheville recently honored four of its most outstanding alumni with the University's annual National Alumni Awards. UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and UNC Asheville National Alumni Council Chair Neal Rhoades (Class of 1986) presented the awards at a special dinner on campus on March 23, 2009.
UNC Asheville's Religious Studies Department and History Department will host a talk on by noted southern religions scholar Samuel Hill at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. The talk -- "Tell About the South: Why Are They So Religious?" – will examine southern religions and religious history. The event is free and open to the public.