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Western Carolina University Announces Lineup for Free Summer Concerts

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University has announced the lineup for its 2011 Summer Concert Series.

The concerts, sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held on the University Center lawn at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule follows:

  • June 2, Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir. A Chapel Hill-area vocalist for 1990s band Squirrel Nut Zippers, Whalen and her current band, The Fascinators, combine jazz with modern electronic effects and percolating rhythms. Also, musicians of the Colorado-based band Chimney Choir, who play instruments including mandolin, harmonica, accordion, guitar, flute, piano and banjo, will combine vocal harmonies, epic arrangements and imaginative lyrics.
  • June 9, The Back Pages. This Western North Carolina group performs rock, as well as classic and southern rock.
  • June 16, Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers. With a vocalist and guitar and bass players from Charlotte and Raleigh, pop-savvy BKTF mixes catchy lyrics, melodies, guitar solos and rhythm to inspire fans to pump their fists and sing along.
  • June 23, Lionz of Zion. The Lionz of Zion fuse funk and reggae for a unique sound that gets people dancing. Appealing to music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, this Greenville, S.C.- based band’s fresh style includes bass riffs with groovy guitar, soulful vocals and roots-rock backbeat.
  • June 30, Luke Webb. A singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sylva, Webb, formerly of the folk rock group Shiner Miners, recently formed The Imperative, which features an unusual brand of alternative folk.
  • July 7, The Buchanan Boys. This Western North Carolina progressive country group blends high-energy country, ballads and three-part harmony.
  • July 14, Beau Bristow. A native of rural Alabama, Bristow is a singer-songwriter who seeks to connect with his audience through candid, powerful lyrics and guitar performance.
  • July 21, Serious Clark. The folk-fusion trio from Brevard incorporates elements of alternative rock, improv and country with its looped acoustic guitar grooves and soul-influenced vocals. The group has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band and Barenaked Ladies.
  • July 28, Arnold Hill and the Medicine Man. From Sylva and WCU, the four-piece band strives to provide a healing experience to the ears with three-part harmony and unexpected turns from one genre to another, from indie alternative to singer-songwriter to Americana to folk.

For more information, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for university programs, at 828-227-3622 or [email protected].

The Southern Highland Craft Guild Hosts Show at Blue Ridge Parkways Folk Art Center, May 21-July 10

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Southern Highland Craft Guild will host the Haywood Community College Graduate Show at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center from May 21 – July 10.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 21 from 3 – 5pm.

Graduates of Haywood’s Professional Crafts Program will showcase their talents in wood, clay, fiber, metal and jewelry. This exhibition continues the historical relationship between the Folk Art Center and Haywood, an Educational Center Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Haywood Community College is located in Clyde, North Carolina, just west of Asheville. The college’s Professional Crafts Program began in recognition of the region’s strong craft heritage. It was envisioned that students would learn the basics of craft media and how to transform that craft into a business. The clay studio was the first to open in 1974. With the addition of jewelry, wood and fiber studios, a comprehensive curriculum was in place by 1977.

The program’s total enrollment is about 60 students; classes are, therefore, small which allows for one-on-one student to teacher attention. Students come from the area, the nation and abroad. They may or may not have prior experience of their craft and many are pursuing crafts as a second or third career. The course of study is challenging, combining craft concentrations with supplemental classes in design, drawing, craft history, business, marketing and photography. Students spend the majority of their time in the studio making their work. At the end of the two-year program, graduates are awarded either a diploma or an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The teaching of professional practices has set Haywood’s program apart. The college has worked closely with NC Real Enterprises (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) to develop a hands-on approach to the business and marketing of crafts. This practical training has proven far more successful than academic business classes in the development of entrepreneurial skills. For more information about the Professional Crafts Program, call 828-627-4674 or visit www.haywood.edu.

Haywood Community College and the Southern Highland Craft Guild share a history that documents the role of craft education in preserving traditional culture, creating economic opportunity and fostering professional practice. All of the artists represent the vitality and creativity of craft practice today, which is the ultimate purpose of both institutions.
Many Haywood graduates have become individual members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and have served the Guild in various capacities.

The Graduate Exhibition will be on display in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery through July 10. The Folk Art Center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 382, just north of the Hwy 70 entrance in east Asheville.

AB Tech Business Center Presents 2011 Student Expo Today at 12:30

Friday, May 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Business Computer Technologies Department will present its 2011 Student Expo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 6 in Balsam 110 on the Asheville campus.

Graduating students will present their system projects in Web Technologies, Digital Media and Information Systems. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Jacqueline Larsen at [email protected] or phone 254-1921, ext. 847 or contact Jean Finley at [email protected], ext. 252.

Sherrill Center Dedication Set for Monday at UNC Asheville

Friday, April 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville campus community and invited guests will join in the dedication ceremony for the new Wilma M. Sherrill Center, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 18. The dedication will take place rain or shine, at the site of the Center.

Wilma M. Sherrill CenterThe Center is home to the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness and the Kimmel Arena. The 133,500-square-foot facility houses classrooms, labs, fitness rooms, a wellness café and a demonstration kitchen. Funding for the Center came from a $35-million appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly and $6 million in private funds.

The dedication ceremony will include brief remarks from Chancellor Anne Ponder and many honored guests, including U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, N.C. State Health Director Jeffrey Engle, M.D., Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, and former N.C. Rep. Wilma Sherrill, for whom the building is named. Building tours and refreshments will follow the ceremony.

To accommodate parking for the dedication, many lots on that side of campus will be reserved. If you normally park in Lot 9 and/or the Zagier Parking Deck, there will be parking available in Lot D at the Reuter Center, Lot A, Lot 3, and the Vivian Street Lot. Additional Transportation Shuttles will be deployed to provide service from these parking areas. You can find all of these lots on the Campus Map.

Commuters students are encouraged to use Asheville Transit buses or carpool on Monday. For more information about transit and parking options for Monday, visit the UNC Asheville Parking and Transportation Web page.

CNN Hero Steve Peifer to speak at Warren Wilson Scholarship Luncheon

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – The Warren Wilson College Scholarship Luncheon is an annual rite of spring that brings together scholarship recipients and donors whose generosity helped establish named scholarship endowments. This year’s luncheon, scheduled for April 16 in Canon Lounge, promises to be even more meaningful for those attending.

Steve Peifer, recipient of a CNN Hero Award for his work with schools in Kenya, will be the luncheon’s special guest speaker. He will speak on his experiences in Kenya as well as on the importance of providing scholarship support for deserving students.

A former Oracle software manager, Peifer and his family moved to Kenya in 1999 after the death of his infant son. In addition to serving as the college counselor for a school near Nairobi, Pfeifer has built solar-powered computer stations and helped schools provide meals to hungry students.

UNC Asheville to Host Open House

Monday, March 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Admissions Office will host an open house for high school and transfer students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 2, on campus. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff from all academic areas, and representatives of a wide range of campus organizations. The open house also includes student-led campus tours and sessions for parents and students on admissions, academics, extracurricular programs, scholarships and other financial aid.

Online registration is encouraged. Walk-in registration is also available at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. The open house is free and open to the public.

For more information contact vist the UNC Asheville’s Admissions Office Web site, or call 828.251.6481 or 800.531.9842.

A-B Tech to Create Institute for Climate Education

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech is adding its voice to the global dialogue on climate by establishing a new institute designed to educate citizens about climate-related issues.

A-B Tech President Hank Dunn said The Institute for Climate Education and Geophysical Engagement will offer credit and non-credit classes, workshops, seminars and other training for the general public about climate and climatology.

“This institute will complement the work already being done by agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and provide a way for A-B Tech to join the critical conversation that’s occurring about climate change and its long-term effects on our country and our world,” Dunn said.

“National resources are available for scientists and experts in climatology to share information and address climate change. For everyone else, there is a growing hunger and need for public information and discussion. That’s why we’re creating this institute.”

Located in Asheville, NCDC is one of the world’s premier centers for archiving, processing, and researching climate data. NCDC analyzes weather land records, radar records and incoming data from U.S. weather satellites to document and measure climate change, processes that are augmenting NCDC’s role from an archive of weather records into one that can also project changes through interpretation of data trends.

“As the climate of our planet changes, individuals, businesses, and policy makers will need to use climate information to make critical adaptation and mitigation decisions for the future. Developing opportunities for people to learn about climate science and apply that knowledge will be key,” said Dr. Scott Hausman, Acting Director of NCDC.  “It is great to see A-B Tech leading the technical and community college sector by enabling its students to capitalize on the latest climate research and assessments through this new institute.”

In addition to NCDC, the college will be working closely with the Centers for Environmental and Climatic Interaction (CECI), a community organization building an economic sector focused on climate-related science and services and assisting in the coordination of related community opportunities.

“National interest and the need for climate-related information, training and education services continue to grow, as does Asheville’s reputation through NCDC and others as a center for related science and technology,” CECI President George Briggs said. “A-B Tech represents a welcome and important workforce development niche in technical programs related to climate change adaptation.”

Dunn said a unique aspect of the institute will be its efforts to engage the local arts community in educating the public about climate. “We want to use Asheville’s arts culture, its artisans and artists to help create climate engagement through creative works of art that convey messages in a variety of visual or oral formats, including songwriting, painting, and fine arts,” he said.

The college is in the process of hiring a coordinator for the institute who will assist in its development, create opportunities within A-B Tech’s service area to expand the conversation about climate, climate products and climate services; and assist in the design, development, updating and implementation of non-credit courses and certifications related to climate education.

Playoff Time for the UNC Asheville Bulldogs

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Bulldog men closed the regular season with three wins in a row, and now need three post-season victories in a row to gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs face Charleston Southern in the opening round of the Big South tournament, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 at the Justice Center.  The two teams split their regular season match-ups. With a home victory, the Bulldogs can advance to the semifinal round Thursday evening at Kimbel Arena in Conway, S.C. Sophmore forward Jaron Lane, who was just named Big South Player of the Week

It will take victories Tuesday and Thursday to make it to the Big South championship game, set for Saturday at 4 p.m. at the home of the remaining highest seed. That game will be nationally televised on ESPN 2 and bring the winner a place in the NCAA Tournament.

Tickets for Tuesday night’s first round game at the Justice Center are available at the Bulldog Ticket Office, online at uncabulldogs.com, by e-mailing Harmon Turner at [email protected], or by calling 828/251-6904. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 general admission, and $20 for reserved seating.

UNC Asheville Named One of the Nation’s 50 “Best Value” Public Colleges by Princeton Review

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Despite the current economy, there are still great values to be found in higher education, according to the “2011 Best Value Colleges” ranking released today, February 22, 2011, from the Princeton Review. For the fifth year in a row, UNC Asheville was selected as one of the 50 best value public colleges in the country.

The Princeton Review also published a 50 Best Value Private Colleges list, for a total of 100 colleges in all. According to the Princeton Review, the 100 Best Value Colleges “provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price, either by controlling costs or offsetting them with stellar financial aid packages.”

The Princeton Review praised UNC Asheville’s growing national academic reputation, noting that the university provides “students a private school experience at a public school cost.” It also favorably notes UNC Asheville’s  The ranking applauds the university’s accessible faculty and the diverse offering of student activities both on and off campus.

The Princeton Review selected the top 100 institutions based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected in 2009-10. The selection criteria focused on undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid.

Writers at Home Continues with Readings by Master of Liberal Arts Students

Monday, February 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Members of UNC Asheville’s Master of Liberal Arts program will present their creative writing works in the next installment of UNC Asheville’s Writers at Home series. Authors include Nathan Cook, Jordan Dolfi and Carolyn Ogburn. The reading begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. It is free and open to the public.

Ogburn is a recipient of an Asheville Area Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant and multiple fellowships to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She recently received her Master of Liberal Arts degree with concentrations in disability studies and creative writing. Cook recently received his Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in political science; he holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Cook currently lives in Asheville. Dolfi is a current student of the Master of Liberal Arts program. Her work focuses on the creative expression of the human condition in memoir, stories of the self and lyric essay.

The Writers at Home Series is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. For more information, call the program at 828.250.2353.