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Board of Elections Seeking Poll Workers

Monday, September 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Board of Elections is partnering with local schools and institutions to institute a poll worker recruitment program in Buncombe County. This program is an effort to ensure better representation of young citizens, and citizens with diverse backgrounds in future elections.

Despite an impressive record of professionally-run elections in our county, it should be noted that the average age of active poll workers in Buncombe County was 60 years of age in 2008.

Recruits will be offered the opportunity to serve as poll workers in one of the two elections scheduled to take place in the fall of 2009. Other local institutions participating in this program include A-B Tech, UNC-Asheville, Montreat College, and Western Alliance Center for Independent Living.

Buncombe County Elections (2009)

* October 6th – Asheville Primary

* November 3rd – General Municipals

Responsibilities:

Assistants must report to the precinct to which they have been assigned by 6:30 a.m. and are required to remain at the precinct until after the polls close at 7:30 p.m., and all votes have been counted.

Assistants are also required to study educational materials provided by the county board of elections office and may be trained to check voter’s registration or to demonstrate the use of voting systems.

Compensation

Election Day Service $115.00

Training (if required) $15.00

Total $130.00

For more information on serving as a poll worker please contact the Buncombe County Board of Elections at (828) 250-4200, or visit the website Board of Elections For other questions on the College Poll Worker Recruitment Program please contact the program coordinator, Sami Disu, at (828) 275-4908 or email [email protected]

WCU Ranked No. 10 Among Public Master’s Universities in South

Monday, August 31st, 2009

CULLOWHEE, NC – The latest U.S. News & World Report guide to “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Western Carolina University 10th among public universities in the South that offer master’s degrees.

The list in which WCU is ranked includes higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. It is the first time WCU has made the U.S. News top 10 list of southern public master’s institutions.

“Western Carolina has moved steadily up the rankings over the past few years, and we are glad to see that trend continue again this year,” said WCU Chancellor John Bardo. “In recent years, our College of Education and Allied Professions has received two major national honors, and our academic programs in business administration, project management, criminal justice and entrepreneurship have earned high national rankings, so it is obvious that our rising academic quality is becoming known nationally.

“Also, earlier this year, our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band was named recipient of the Sudler Trophy, the ‘Heisman Trophy’ of university marching bands. We think there are plenty of signs that good things are happening in Cullowhee,” Bardo said.

Still, Bardo cautioned prospective students against putting too much stock in rankings when they are making the important decision about where to go to college. “After students narrow down their list of prospective colleges to a handful, they should visit the various campuses to get a feel about which one is right for them,” he said.

Bardo said high school graduates who decide they want to become WCU Catamounts can expect to find some of the nation’s best teachers and researchers, representing a wide variety of academic programs, when they enter the classrooms. Among the faculty are Ron Rash and Robert Conley, two of the nation’s top fiction writers; Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, an internationally recognized expert in the field of adult neurological communication disorders; Rob Young, one of the nation’s most-sought-after experts on coastal issues and hurricane impacts; and John Williams, one of only 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America.

WCU representatives will hold informational programs across the state in September to help shed some light on the college admission process for students and their families. The stops include Concord, Sept. 14; Durham, Sept. 15; Raleigh, Sept. 16; and Greensboro, Sept. 17. In addition, Open House sessions will be held on the Cullowhee campus on Oct. 3, Nov. 14, Feb. 17 and April 17.

A-B Tech Holds Summer Commencement

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech Student Services Vice President Dr. Dennis King urged graduates to share their newly attained knowledge with others, as part of the responsibility that comes with success, during Summer Commencement at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

“Charge for it (the knowledge) fairly, if you are in a position of setting fees. Give it away to the less fortunate who nevertheless need your skills. And comfort those who come to you stressed by a problem that you can solve. That’s being a professional, as well as being a good person,” commencement speaker King said.

King also reminded the graduates to remain current and continue on a path of lifelong learning, to be open to change, to be humble and ethical, to mentor others as soon as they are able and to be a “round” person.

“E. M. Forster, the renowned 20th-century author, classified fictional characters as flat or round. Flat characters are predictable, simple, one dimensional, whereas round characters are unpredictable, complex, and multi-faceted,” King said. “Forster went on to say that round characters are the truly interesting ones. That truth can be taken beyond fiction and into life itself. You want to be not only a health care professional, but one who volunteers at the local homeless shelter; not only an auto mechanic, but a mechanic with a political opinion; not only a chef, but one who loves baseball. Find the outside interest that makes you a round character.”

During the ceremony, President Emeritus and Trustee Harvey Haynes called for a moment of silence for fellow trustee J. Herbert Coman, who died July 13. Coman’s cap and gown were placed in an empty chair in his memory.

A-B Tech Interim President Richard Mauney presented the Staff Member of the Year Award to Tamala Barnett, Arts and Sciences division secretary. “I am especially pleased to present this award to Tamala because she is one of our very own graduates,” Mauney said. “When the Arts and Sciences dean’s secretary retired a few years ago, Tamala took on those responsibilities in addition to her other ones for several months, while we hired and trained a replacement for Tamala so she could move into the vacant position.”

Dr. Sam Dosumu, Instructional Services vice president, awarded Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year to Gary Crossey, a computer training instructor. One of Crossey’s students who nominated him for the award wrote, “Gary not only has his finger constantly on the pulse of new technology, but more importantly, he knows how to explain it to the students and help us stay excited about the class subject matter. His teaching style is very personal and fun. He has patience and easily encourages creativity.”

The College had 188 students complete the requirements to earn 189 degrees and diplomas for the August graduation including a posthumous Associate in Arts degree presented to the family of Reed Ignizio, who died in a drowning accident in June. Ignizio, who would have graduated with high honors, was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and had received a Carolina Covenant scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC Asheville Welcomes Freshmen

Friday, August 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is preparing to welcome some 645 new Bulldogs to its ranks this Friday as freshmen move onto campus. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

“The Class of 2013 is one of the larger classes,” noted Barkley Barton, senior assistant director of Admissions. “And the overall academic profile of this class is very strong – among their ranks are several valedictorians and many truly outstanding students with high grade point averages and great college entrance test scores.”

This new freshmen class will check into residence halls from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Some 80 UNC Asheville faculty, staff, alumni, upperclassmen and College for Seniors members will be on hand to help freshmen and their parents with the move. Returning students will move in on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16.

A highlight of the freshmen’s first day on campus will be a formal convocation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, on UNC Asheville’s Quad. Initiated in 1985 at UNC Asheville, convocation is rooted in ancient academic tradition. The ceremony will include the presentation of the Class of 2013 pin to each freshman, as well as the class dogwood tree, which will be planted on campus. Sam Kaplan, associate professor of mathematics and 2009 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award, will give the keynote address.

New this fall, students will have the option of choosing Religious Studies as their major field of study. The new program, under the direction of Rodger Payne, offers students classes in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Greek and Roman religions and a number of other courses that compliment UNC Asheville’s liberal arts mission, said Payne.

“Religious studies considers one of our oldest collective human experiences from a variety of academic disciplines,” Payne said. “From music to mathematics, from art and politics, and beyond, each can be examined through the lens of religion. It’s nearly the perfect way to encounter the liberal arts.”

Payne plans to continue building the program around classes that provide comparative examinations of faith traditions from around the world.

Students in the sciences will find themselves in new, state-of-art laboratories in the recently opened in the Zeis Science & Multimedia Building. While a few classes were held in the $24 million building last spring, this fall will be the first semester that all science and multimedia classes and labs will be held in the new facility, located adjacent to Ramsey Library on the Quad.

The University can now fully capitalize on “the collaborative learning style that showcases how we approach teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” said Keith Krumpe, dean of Natural Sciences. “The labs are designed like labs in industry; they are all project-based so students can work in teams.”

A $9 million renovation to Rhoades Hall, including spaces that were previously occupied by the Chemistry and Biology departments, should be completed in 2011, giving UNC Asheville some of the best undergraduate science facilities in the Southeast, Krumpe said.

When not in class, freshmen – as well as upperclassmen – will be able to enjoy free events in the Weeks of Welcome series, designed to introduce students to campus life. Events this fall include a cookout, a block party, a performance by comedian Eddie Ifft, a rock climbing trip and a leadership conference.

Fiske Guide Names Warren Wilson One of Nation’s "Best Buys"

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


SWANNANOA, NC – For the fourth consecutive year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Warren Wilson College as one of its 24 “Best Buy Institutions” among private colleges and universities nationwide.

According to the 2010 guide, schools “qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance” – in other words, “outstanding academics with relatively modest prices.” With tuition and fees of slightly more than $24,000 for the 2009-10 academic year, Warren Wilson is rated as “inexpensive” compared with other private colleges and universities in the selective guide.

In its narrative on the college, the Fiske guide says Warren Wilson is the “best of schools where students combine academics, community service, and on-campus work…. It promotes global perspectives, puts students to work on the campus farm, and makes service-learning a central part of the educational experience.”

The guide also notes, “Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades, but by community service and a sense of stewardship.” It quotes a student as saying, “Students come here for all different reasons and are allowed to shine in all different areas.”

In addition to giving the college high marks for its academics and social life, the Fiske guide awards Warren Wilson the highest possible rating for its overall quality of life: five stars, as opposed to the guide’s norm of three.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, first published in 1982, has been called “the best college guide you can buy” by USA Today.

UNC Asheville Offers Three Online Courses for Fall Semester

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is taking advantage of the growing trend in online education to improve access to classes for students, working adults and others in all parts of the state who need the flexibility and convenience that online education provides.

This fall the University will offer three online courses. These 300-level education, statistics and women’s studies classes are each worth three credit hours. The deadline to register is August 12.

“Math Methods” (EDUC 373) will focus on methods and materials for teaching mathematics to high school students. This class will emphasize diversifying classroom instruction, technology preparations, creating resources and designing methods for effectively working with students. Participants will be assessed on content knowledge, pedagogy, dispositions, and ability to connect theory and practice.

“Statistics for High School Teachers” (STAT 273) is an introductory course that will cover the basic concepts of statistics. The class will provide a theoretical foundation for data collecting and analysis, using hands-on experiences analyzing real data. Topics include basic probability, sampling methods, descriptive statistics, regression and variance.

“Theorizing Women’s Lives” (WMST 273) will examine the elements and evolution of the major theories articulated by feminists from the early days of the movement to present day. Building on a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the basic ideas articulated by feminists throughout history, the course will offer a close analysis of feminist critiques on subjects including marriage, sexuality, capitalism and “cutting edge” feminist thinking.

UNC Asheville, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, makes every effort to ensure that online courses provide an outstanding learning experience. All UNC campuses are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which requires that online offerings be similar in quality to residential courses.

In-state tuition for these courses is $267.30 and out-of-state tuition is $1,454.82, plus a one-time non-refundable $20 application fee. To register, email [email protected]

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Office of Extension and Distance Education at 828/232-5122 or click on www.unca.edu/distedu/onlinecourses/.