All Announcements

  • Robinson Hall Chiller Work Outside of RRO 125, RRO Greenhouse and ZEI/RRO Service Yard

    Posted: Friday, October 31 The Rhoades Robinson Hall (RRO) chiller is being replaced and a new one is being installed on November 3 and 4. The magnitude of both the infrastructure being removed/installed and the equipment necessary to make the work happen means that egress to and from RRO via the ground-level entrance near the greenhouse and the Zeis (ZEI) and RRO service yard, as well as the side entrance to RRO 125 will be prohibited except for an emergencies. Access to the ZEI/RRO service yard will be will also be limited.

    The work areas will be clearly demarcated, and Environmental Health & Safety personnel, folks from Facilities Management, and Campus Police will be in place to assist individuals and manage vehicular traffic. Only properly trained and authorized workers will be permitted in the space outside the lecture hall, along the sidewalk to and from the ground floor of Robinson Hall near the greenhouse, and in the service yard.

    During the work, access to RRO can be achieved via the entrances located around the RRO courtyard (near RRO 011, near RRO 004, Rhoades Tower, and near RRO 001), via the TD Bank Atrium or via the quad.


  • Memorial Arrangements for Nicholas Igou

    Posted: Friday, October 31 A memorial service for the late Nick Igou, our student who died last weekend, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. CST at his family's home.

    1907 Chippendale Dr., Huntsville, Alabama, 35801. 

    Any correspondence you would wish to send could be sent to the same address.

  • Dave Erb of Engineering Faculty to "Preach" about Sustainable Transportation

    Posted: Thursday, October 30 Electric vehicle builder and enthusiast Dave Erb of the Mechatronics Engineering faculty offers a talk sponsored by local Sierra Club branch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5.


    Most forward-thinking people already understand the need for a shift to more sustainable transportation.  But how does that play out in practice?  What are the most effective steps to get there?  And what are the most worrisome potholes along the road?  The Wenoca Group of the Sierra Club invites you to the Unitarian Church of Asheville (corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place) at 7:00pm on Wednesday, 5 November, when automotive engineer Dave Erb will give a presentation focused on the hows of sustainable transportation, rather than the whys.  And, since electrified powertrains figure heavily in any future worth creating, a panel of plug-in vehicle owners will discuss their experiences.

    Speaker bio:  In a 33 year career focused on energy and emissions, Dave Erb has developed vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, alcohol, electric, and (since 1986) hybrid electric powertrains.  A former chair of Wenoca Group and the present secretary of the Asheville Transit Committee, Dave is a committed environmentalist, lifelong outdoorsman, passionate auto enthusiast, auto racer, and public transit advocate who sees no contradiction or hypocrisy in any of those interests.  He lives on a small lot within walking distance of UNC Asheville, where he teaches Mechatronics Engineering.

  • Talk by Volker Frank at Exhibition Opening Nov. 1

    Posted: Wednesday, October 22 Volker Frank, professor of sociology and anthropology, will provide a lecture to accompany the opening of an exhibit of works by Jose Guadalupe Posada, known as the father of Mexican printmaking.

    The exhibition, Posada: Marigolds & Skulls, is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The opening is on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6pm to 9pm at the Pump Gallery at 109 Roberts Street on the main floor of the Phil Mechanics Building in Asheville's River Arts District.

    For more information, see the Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center news release on the Mountain Xpress website.

  • Residence Halls Close During Thanksgiving Break

    Posted: Tuesday, October 21 UNC Asheville's residence halls will officially close during Thanksgiving break.

    The residence halls will close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and re-open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. University staff and resources will be limited and on-campus food and mail services will be unavailable. All students should make arrangements for other accommodations during this period when residence halls are closed.

     Students must complete a request to stay over form and be approved in order to remain in the residence halls. The form is located at

    For more information, contact Tara Hopkins at

  • Make Your Gift to the Unified Campaign by Oct. 31

    Posted: Tuesday, October 21 As an employee of UNC Asheville, you create the vibrant campus experience that gives deserving students a life-changing education. Make your impact go even further by making a gift to support our students during the Unified Campaign.

    As a faculty or staff member, you already enrich the campus community through your devotion to our mission and our students. This is the time of year where we ask you to make your impact go further by making a contribution to the university. It's your chance to see your gift in action, each and every day. 

    The campaign runs for six weeks, ending on October 31. You may give in person at any of our weekly express giving tables, where you can also pick up materials for the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). You can make your gift online, with a check or through payroll deduction—which has no administrative processing fees, meaning 100 percent of your gift goes to your chosen area. Download the payroll deduction form.

    Visit for more information or to make your gift online.

  • Author Beth Revis to Read in Ramsey Library Glasshouse

    Posted: Friday, October 17 Science fiction novelist Beth Revis will read from her works at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Glasshouse connected to Ramsey Library.

    Revis is the author of the bestselling Across the University trilogy (Penguin Books), which has been translated into more than 20 languages. She describes her new novel, The Body Electric (Scipturient Books, 2014) as “Bladerunner meets Total Recall.

    This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).

    Beth Revis is also a former high school English teacher and state SNCAE President.

    Light refreshments and snacks will be served!

  • Call for Papers - UNC Asheville's 2015 Queer Studies Conference

    Posted: Tuesday, October 7 The abstract deadline is Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 for the 2015 Queer Studies Conference at UNC Asheville, which will take place April 2-4.

    Navigating Normativities, Queering Institutions and Challenging Inequalities

    The UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, a biennial event established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities. All GLBTQ-related proposals will be considered. We invite a diverse representation of approaches and participants, including faculty, staff, graduate students, community members and undergraduate students.  All formats will be considered, including paper presentations (15 minutes), panels (60 to 75 minutes), workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances. Paper presentations will be organized into groups of 3 to 4.

    For more information:

  • Drawing Discourse: Call for Entries

    Posted: Tuesday, September 30 As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, the Department of Art at UNC Asheville invites artists to submit entries to an international juried exhibition of contemporary drawing.

    UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both Retrograde by Val Brittonconventional and innovative methods. Accepted work will be exhibited in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery from January 16, 2015 through March 1, 2015. Esteemed juror, Val Britton, will be present and open the exhibition with a lecture about her practice on January 16, 2015; the opening reception immediately follows her lecture.

    Deadline for submissions is Nov. 16, 2014. For more information, visit

  • Faculty Research Forum

    Posted: Monday, September 29 Drop in to meet and engage with our new faculty in the Department of Management and Accountancy. Gwen Whitfield, Susan Clark Muntean, Deena Burris, and Jeff Shields will discuss their current research projects on Friday November 21st 2-4pm in HIG 104.
  • Fall 2014 Brown Bag Talks at Ramsey Library

    Posted: Thursday, September 11 We are pleased to announce this semester's Ramsey Library Brown Bag Talks. Bring your lunch and join your colleagues for informal presentations and discussions about research and recent publications. Brown Bags are held from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday afternoons and are held in Ramsey Library’s Special Collections, unless a different location is noted.

    Brown Bag presenters this semester include:

    September 25: Kirk Boyle, Literature and Language. “Creative Documentation of Creative Destruction: On Margin Call and Other Great Recession Documentaries” 

    Join Kirk Boyle for a reading from the introduction to his edited collection The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-First-Century Bust Culture

    October 9: William Spellman, Professor of History and Director of COPLAC.

    Join Bill Spellman as he discusses his latest book, A Brief History of Death

    October 23: Joseph Urgo, Provost.  “What’s Knotty in Higher Education.”  

    Join Provost Joseph Urgo in a discussion on issues facing the academy at large. Topics may include student access vs student motivation, intellectual elitism in a democracy, the invasiveness of popular culture, the age-old tendency to make war on the young, and general confusion about various forms of financial aid and the "cost" of a college education. 

    November 6: Ellen Holmes Pearson, Department of History, Jeff McClurken, Professor of History, University of Mary Washington, and Greg Dillingham, Distance Learning Services Manager, TLTR Ramsey Library  (To be held in the Square D Classroom, Ramsey Library 001)

    Join Ellen Holmes Pearson and Jeff McClurken as they discuss the Century America Digital Liberal Arts Project,  a collaborative effort between COPLAC member campuses that were founded before 1914, the year when World War I began in Europe. Taught by Ellen Pearson and Jeff McClurken, with extensive technical support from Greg Dillingham, the Century America Project brought together thirteen students from nine different COPLAC schools across the country in a virtual classroom setting to examine how their campuses and communities fared from 1914-1919. Jeff McClurken will be participating via videoconference.

    A full schedule of Brown Bag Talks is available here:

    Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

    For questions, please contact Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections, at 251-6645 or