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UNC Asheville to Switch to Energy-Efficient LED Lighting

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Projected Annual Savings of $468,000 Will Pay Off Capital Costs in Seven Years. UNC Asheville is beginning a $3.2 million project to upgrade the majority of all indoor and exterior lighting on campus to energy-efficient LED fixtures. LED or light-emitting diode bulbs typically use between 30 and 40 percent less electricity than comparable alternatives. The project also will include installation of some linear fluorescent lamps and occupancy sensors that will automatically turn off lights in empty rooms. The upgrade, estimated to generate at least $468,000 in avoided energy costs per year, is expected to be completed by the end of May.

“This is a huge step forward in minimizing our carbon footprint,” said Sonia Marcus, UNC Asheville director of sustainability. “We will save about 5,000 megawatt-hours of energy per year, equivalent to the annual electricity use of about 475 homes. The cost savings are also tremendous. We expect to save nearly $79,000 a year in Ramsey Library alone.”

The LED fixtures are designed to meet brightness and color temperature requirements in a wide range of applications. All lighting levels will adhere to LEED® standards set by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

UNC Asheville’s effort is part of a University of North Carolina system-wide campaign to reduce the energy intensity of its facilities by 30 percent between 2002 and 2015. The lighting upgrade initiative is projected to save at least $3.5 million annually across 12 of the system’s campuses.

As part of this larger $26.5 million UNC system project, UNC Asheville will benefit from economies of scale in purchasing, contracting and financing. Utilities savings are guaranteed and will be used to pay back over seven years the $3.2 million debt UNC Asheville will incur to invest in the upgrade.

North Carolina-based Cree Inc. will supply the majority of LED fixtures used in the upgrade project, and installations will be performed by local firm MB Haynes Corporation. “This is a win-win-win for the environment, the state budget, and for the local economy,” said John Pierce, UNC Asheville vice chancellor for finance and campus operations. “We appreciate the help of the UNC system in making this possible.”

“A Chat over Coffee” – Exhibition of Paintings Explores Cyber Cafe Dynamics

Monday, November 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A new exhibition of paintings by UNC Asheville senior Katherine Knutsen examines the impact of wifi on coffee house atmosphere. “A Chat over Coffee,” Knutsen’s BFA Painting Senior Exhibition, opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the university’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, in Owen Hall, first floor.

Knutsen’s paintings convey her observations on the social and psychological dynamics in today’s coffee houses. The exhibition is free and open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, through November 21. For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call 828.251.6559.

Concert at UNCA with University Singers, Chamber Symphony and Reuter Center Singers

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – An afternoon of choral and orchestral music is in store when UNC Asheville‘s University Singers and University Chamber Symphony perform with the Reuter Center Singers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission to this concert is $5 at the door, and free to children and students with ID.

The University Singers, a large choral ensemble open to students, faculty, staff and community members, will be joined by the Reuter Center Singers, a chorus directed by Chuck Taft of more than 50 voices from the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. This combined vocal ensemble will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem,” conducted by Melodie Galloway. Additional pieces will be played by the University Chamber Symphony, directed by Milton Crotts.

For more information, please contact UNC Asheville’s Music Department at 828.251.6432.

October “Writers at Home” Features Poetry Readings

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Poets who have honed and developed their work in UNC Asheville‘s Great Smokies Writing Program will be featured in the next installment of Writers at Home. The reading, featuring five area poets, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 16, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. It is free and open to the public.

Those reading will be Anne Maren-Hogan, Susan Larson, Bethany Roundtree, Teleia H. Tollison, and Joy Boothe, whose work has appeared in Headwaters Creative Arts Journal, Fresh Magazine and The Great Smokies Review. All five poets took part in Pat Riviere-Seel’s workshop, offered last year as part of UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, which sponsors the Writers at Home series.

For more information about the Writers at Home series and the Great Smokies Writing Program, call the program at 828.250.2353.

“Pierced” – Photo Exhibit of Facial Adornment Opens at UNC Asheville

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Pierced,” an exhibit of portraits by photographer Leigh Svenson, is now on display and has an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in the Blowers Gallery at UNC Asheville‘s Ramsey Library. Svenson’s black-and-white photos, using the gelatin silver process, express his fascination with piercings.

Svenson has been an active photographer since the age of 12, and has a bachelor’s degree in art history from New York University. The reception and exhibit at Blowers gallery are free and open to the public. The gallery is open daily with some evening viewing hours. For more information, visit the exhibit web page or call 828.251.6336.

UNC Asheville Hosts 2nd Annual Invitational Art Exhibition

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville‘s 2nd Annual Invitational Art Exhibition, featuring 18 artists invited to exhibit by the Art Department faculty, opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery on the campus. The show will remain on display through October 25 and includes works in the six concentrations offered in the Art Department: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Exhibiting artists are: Bette Bates, Dusty Benedict, Betty Clark, Christopher Curtin, Dave Detrich, Dustin Farnsworth, Larkin Ford, Brian Glaze, Constance Humphries, Debra McClinton, Monty McCutchen, Mark Nystrom, Jo Pumphrey, Tom Shields, Courtney Starrett, Jean-Paul Tousignant, Denise C. Woodward-Detrich and Valerie Zimany.

Located on the first floor of Owen Hall, the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit the Art Department website, or call 828.251.6559.

Sports and Health Expos to Conclude Well-a-Bration at UNC Asheville

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Well-a-Bration week of health and wellness activities will conclude with a talk by Dr. Patch Adams and two expos in the new Sherrill Center.

The 2011 Asheville Citizen-Times Half-Marathon & 5K Run & Walk Sports Expo will feature exhibits of interest to area runners, many of whom will be coming to the Sherrill Center to pick up their packets and bib numbers for Saturday’s half-marathon. The Sports Expo, with exhibits on health and fitness, running, outdoor gear and more, takes place 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, and noon-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, on the floor of Kimmel Arena.

The N.C. Center for Health and Wellness (NCCH&W) Partners Health Expo will feature interactive exhibits from many health and wellness organizations that are partners with NCCH&W, UNC Asheville’s new hub for statewide coordination and promotion of healthy living initiatives. The Health Expo takes place from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Kimmel Arena concourse.

Dr. Patch Adams, physician, clown, activist, and subject of the Robin Williams movie named for him, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Sherrill Center room 417. Adams is founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, a nonprofit project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself.

Adams’ talk and both expos are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of Well-a-Bration activities, visit unca.edu/wellabration.

UNC Asheville Ranked 8th Among Nation’s Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville received high marks in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” released September 13. The new survey ranks UNC Asheville as the eighth best public liberal arts college in the nation.

US News & World Report "Best Colleges" logoU.S. News & World Report ranked 252 liberal arts colleges, 225 private and 27 public, in this year’s survey. The annual college rankings look at a range of measures, including academic reputation, commitment to instruction, student abilities and admissions selectivity, college financial resources, graduation and retention rates, and alumni financial support.

Said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder, “It is always gratifying to be recognized for the great work our faculty and staff undertake every day as we challenge and inspire our students to great scholarship, research and service. It is especially rewarding, in this economic climate, to be able to assure access to a stellar educational experience for all students, regardless of their financial situation. These rankings affirm our continued success in both endeavors.”

UNC Asheville was also again recognized by U.S. News & World Report for affordability as measured by student debt. The university ranked 22nd among 252 private and public national liberal arts colleges for least debt among students graduating in 2010.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among several accolades UNC Asheville has recently received. In August 2011, Forbes magazine ranked UNC Asheville 26th in the nation on its “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges” roster. Also in August, UNC Asheville was included in the Princeton Review’s new edition of “The Best 376 Colleges” and as ranked as one of 20 institutions that have “Great College Towns.”

In July 2011, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” ranked UNC Asheville among the nation’s top colleges, and for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was among 29 in the nation that showed unusual strength in preparing students for careers.

In June 2011, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by Bankrate.com, a leading online source of financial information. UNC Asheville was the only college in North Carolina to earn a place on this list.

In January 2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance again ranked UNC Asheville among the nation’s top 100 public colleges for its combination of outstanding education with economic value.

“Well-a-Bration” Events Support Healthier Eating

Friday, September 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Nutrition workshops, garden tours and cooking demonstrations in the Sherrill Center’s new teaching kitchen will all be part of “Well-a-Bration,” a week of activities showcasing UNC Asheville’s health and wellness programs. Well-a-Bration, which takes place Monday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 17 at UNC Asheville, will also feature exercise programs, meetings of health policy leaders, health and sports expos, and a talk by Dr. Patch Adams, the well-known physician, clown, and advocate.

David GardnerDavid Gardner“Supporting healthier eating is an important theme of Well-a-Bration,” said David Gardner, executive director of UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness (NCCH&W). “Reducing childhood obesity in North Carolina is one of our center’s three prime goals. If we can educate parents about nutrition, teach healthier cooking techniques and encourage more gardening, we know children will benefit too.”

Many Well-a-Bration events are free and open to the public. Many other activities have been designed specifically for UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff, to promote healthy lifestyles in the campus community.

Well-a-Bration healthy eating highlights that are free and open to the public include:

Amy LanouAmy Lanou• Tours of Campus Gardens – Hour-long “walk and talk” tours of UNC Asheville’s three thriving educational gardens will be led by Amy Lanou, UNC Asheville associate professor of Health and Wellness and others. Tours meet at the new Sherrill Center teaching kitchen, room 346, at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 , and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Patrick Foo and Jason Wingert conducting balance researchPatrick Foo and Jason Wingert conducting balance research• Building Bone and Balance – This workshop is offers information on how to improve bone density and balance, helping prevent or minimize injuries from falls, which is a widespread problem in older adults. Amy Lanou, author of “Building Bone Vitality,” will share insight into eating patterns for bone health. UNC Asheville Balance Laboratory Directors Jason Wingert and Patrick Foo will discuss their research and findings. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Sherrill Center room 410.

Keith RayKeith Ray• Motivation for Healthy Living – Keith Ray, associate professor and chair of UNC Asheville’s Department of Health and Wellness, leads this workshop offering practical tips for becoming and remaining motivated for lifelong weight management and fitness. 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Sherrill Center room 411.

• Plant –Based Dining for Health and Vitality – Learn delicious and healthful ways to prepare fall harvest bounty with nutritionist, health promoter and former café owner, Amy Lanou, UNC Asheville associate professor of Health and Wellness. Participants will cook and taste four dishes using plant ingredients that work well together for a hearty meal. Be among the first to cook in the new Sherrill Center teaching kitchen, room 346, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

For the complete Well-a-Bration schedule, including health and sports expos, tours of the Sherrill Center and biofeedback lab, exercise programs and more, visit unca.edu/wellabration.

New Grant to Fund Improvements at the Rudnick Trail at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE – The Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded a $19,000 grant to UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCC&D) to improve the center’s popular Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail. Funds will be used to update and print trail maps, repair and add signage, clear debris, and add new plants.

"Fiddleheads" by Harry McDaniel. Reinforced cement, steel and aluminum. 2003.“Fiddleheads” by Harry McDaniel. Reinforced cement, steel and aluminum. 2003.The Rudnick Fund has been the trail’s key supporter since awarding its first grant to CCC&D in 2002. The funds were used for trail construction and maintenance, artist-designed interpretive signage and commissioning of outdoor sculpture. Financially supporting this trail continues the kind of work Rudnick carried out during his lifetime. He volunteered each week with the Carolina Mountain Club to create trails in the region’s parks and forests, and also collected sculpture.

The Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail, which opened in May 2002, meanders through three distinct ecosystems – trillium and fern wetland, hardwood forest with rhododendron and mountain laurel, and wildflower meadow. Immensely popular with local residents, the trail boasts a wide variety of flora and birdlife and also features 14 commissioned outdoor sculptures. Among the most popular are “Fiddleheads,” six forms standing more than ten feet high that appear as ferns opening in the spring, and “Rhododendron Bell,” an earthen work of stones with a bell in a cavern underneath that can be rung from above.

"Bell Rhododendron" by David Tillinghast. 2005.“Bell Rhododendron” by David Tillinghast. 2005.“These new funds are critical to the upkeep of the trail, which has provided enjoyment for visitors for almost a decade,” says Stephanie Moore, CCC&D executive director. “The legacy of Mr. Rudnick and ongoing volunteer help from the Carolina Mountain Club have preserved this unique asset in Henderson County.”

The Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail is accessible through the center’s main parking lot on Broyles Road near Hendersonville from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and from the parking lot off of South Rugby Road on mornings, evenings, and weekends.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, located on the fifty-acre UNC Asheville Kellogg Center, convenes national meetings, supports research in the area of craft and design, cultivates emerging craft artists, and curates exhibitions for a gallery space and sculpture on the property’s one mile trail. The Center also manages the Kellogg Conference Center that provides space for community, educational, and corporate meetings and retreats. For online information, visit craftcreativitydesign.org.