Welcome, Bulldogs!

Welcome home, Bulldogs! We’re excited to welcome new faces to campus this semester, and of course thrilled to have our returning students back for another great year. We’re so excited, in fact, we’ve arranged a little celestial phenomenon for the first day of classes: The Great American Eclipse!

OK, so we’re not actually responsible for moving the moon in front of the sun on August 21. But we have arranged a special solar eclipse festival on the Quad that afternoon! Classes will not be held from 1-3 p.m. so everyone can head outside, don their special solar eclipse glasses (we’ll make sure everyone has a pair, don’t worry—and don’t look at the sun without putting them on first!), and witness this once-in-a-lifetime event. You’ll also be able to view the eclipse through solar telescopes, participate in some yoga sun-salutations with Campus Rec, indulge in a few Moon Pies, enjoy eclipse-themed music from Blue Echo (“Total Eclipse of the Heart,” anyone?) and more.

The fun won’t end when the sun reappears in the sky over campus—in fact, throughout the entire 2017-18 academic year we’ll be celebrating UNC Asheville’s 90th anniversary with great events, fascinating speakers, and a special Gala in the spring semester. We’ll kick it off with a special Founders Day keynote address by New York Times columnist David Brooks, a leading analyst of American Culture and politics, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Keep an eye out for special stories delving into UNC Asheville’s past, and of course lots of photos of dated hairstyles and fashion from Bulldogs throughout the years. You can find it all on social media, and share your own special photos and memories, using #UNCAVL90years. 

There are a few special new classes on campus this semester, as well. Three new programs in the interdisciplinary studies program have been added to the catalog: the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor, Arts Management and Entrepreneurship concentration and the Contemplative Inquiry certificate. Students in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor can look forward to courses like “Intersections of Gender in the Americas,” in anthropology, “Indigenous Perspectives of the Sky” in astronomy and “ReStorying Community” in political science. Two courses in the Cherokee languages are offered, as well. The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program will help students connect their artistic abilities with business, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors. Students will learn the principles of accounting, marketing, professional writing and even web design. Finally, the Contemplative Inquiry program focuses on creating opportunities for greater inquiry, connection, reflection, insight, and communication. Students will explore contemplative practices like mindfulness techniques, meditation and contemplative movement. They’ll also learn how those practices might be applies to different situations and settings, such as scientific research or health care.

There will be great events happening on campus all semester, from the annual Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad on Sept. 14, to Homecoming and Family Weekend on Sept. 22-24, to TheatreUNCA’s production of Into the Woods in November. Stay up to date with everything that’s going on at events.unca.edu.

Here’s to another great year, Bulldogs!