Lavender GraduationPosted: UNC Asheville Alliance & Multicultural Student Programs invite all faculty, staff, students and their loved ones to Lavender Graduation, honoring the achievements and accomplishments of LGBTQA graduating seniors. This event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.
Día del Niño / Day of the Child Festival April 27Posted: UNC Asheville students are participating in the Día del Niño / Day of the Child Festival, the second largest festival for the Latino community in WNC, which takes place from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, in Jackson Park, Hendersonville.
Working with Michelle Bettencourt, associate professor of foreign languages, students will staff UNC Asheville's booth, offering arts and crafts activities for children, getting a chance to hone their Spanish skills outside of the classroom, and providing a service to festival-going families.
Día del Niño is a national festival in Mexico. The Hendersonville festival is also a business expo for organizations and businesses that work with/serve the Latino community in WNC. There will be lots of food, live music and dance from around the Spanish speaking world.
Ameena Batada Receives UNC Asheville Community Connectors AwardPosted: Ameena Batada, assistant professor of health and wellness, has been named a recipient of UNC Asheville’s Community Connectors Award, given by the university’s Office for School and Community Outreach Programs and Partnerships (SCOPP) and the Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning.
Batada focuses her academic work and community involvement on child health and education. She has engaged herself and her students in joint projects with the nationally focused Center for Science in the Public Interest and locally with area school systems, the Buncombe County Department of Health, and with ABIPA (Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement), among others.
Je’Wana Grier-McEachin, ABIPA executive director, said “being able to receive support from Dr. Batada and her students to conduct community surveys and synthesizing the data that we have been collecting over the years has been invaluable. Her expertise and commitment to health equity is aiding us in telling our story, measuring our outcomes and impact.”
Students who have worked with Batada and representatives of community organizations and churches joined together for a luncheon celebrating the Community Connectors Award on April 10. Among those attending were Grier-McEachin and Kathey Avery, nurse case manager of ABIPA; the Rev. Spence Hardaway of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church; Pastor A.L. Dyson and First Lady Valerie Dyson of Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church; Alma Atkins, director of Buncombe County’s Minority Health Equity Project; senior Laura Lee Petritz; Professor of Sociology (retired) James Pitts; Provost Jane Fernandes; Lise Kloeppel, assistant professor of drama and director of the Key Center; Keith Ray, chair and associate professor of health and wellness; and Annie Burton, director of SCOPP.
Michelle Bettencourt, associate professor of foreign languages, won the inaugural Community Connectors Award in December. To learn more about the award, and the work done by Batada and Bettencourt, visit the SCOPP website.
The Globalization of Careers and the Importance of French - a Talk by Stephen WalshPosted: Stephen Walsh, director of UNC Asheville's Engineering Education Programs, will give a talk, "A Road Less Traveled ... A conversation on the globalization of careers and the importance of French, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, in Karpen Hall's Laurel Forum. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Walsh is also a Participating Faculty at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France where, during his sabbatical year, he completed the AACSB Post-Doctoral Bridge-to-Business Program under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Mangematin. He also worked for the French CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) in their Bureau d’Etude Marketing and with their scientists and engineers that planned to spin technologies out of the CEA laboratories and into start-up companies.
Prior to his work in France, Dr. Walsh spent over ten years at North Carolina State University as the director of its Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, as a member of its Entrepreneurship Initiative, and as a teaching associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
In 1997, prior to his academic career, he cofounded BOPS, Inc. (Billions of Operations Per Second), a venture capital backed intellectual property semiconductor company specializing in parallel DSP processors, with Dr. Gerald Pechanek. Dr. Walsh served as the company’s first president and CEO, overseeing business and product development and seed-round funding. In addition, he has held numerous engineering and marketing positions within IBM, and as a selected recipient of IBM’s Resident Study Scholarship, he was awarded MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University.
Professor Walsh's presentation will be followed by the initiation ceremony for Pi Delta Phi, awards in French, and a reception
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and the French Club
Fulbright Information MeetingPosted: Friday, April 18, 3:00 pm, in Zageir Hall 236
The Fulbright Program for U.S. students aims to foster mutual understanding among peoples and nations around the globe through educational and cultural exchange. Each year the program provides funding for approximately 1,500 recent college graduates from all disciplines to study, conduct research, and/or teach abroad, in one of 155 participating countries. The UNC Asheville campus deadline for the 2014 Fulbright Program is Monday, September 29.
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UhaulCarShare Hourly Rental Program Coming to UNC AshevillePosted: You’ll notice two new cars parked on campus in the coming months – directly in front of Brown Hall – and they represent a new transportation option for the entire community.
Through the UhaulCarShare hourly rental program, students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus can access a car without the expense of purchasing, storing, and maintaining a personal vehicle.
There will be three cars parked downtown and two on our campus that are all available to members of the program. There is no fee to become a member and enrollment can be done online. Members must be 18 years or older. Once approved, members simply reserve a car online, enter and start the car with a code, and pay only for the hours and miles used. Insurance is included.
The Office of Public Safety at UNC Asheville has partnered with the City of Asheville and U-Haul to bring this program to campus. If you would like to request an update at your next meeting about this partnership and learn more about the program, please contact Police Chief Eric Boyce at 251-6951 or email@example.com.
Brown Hall Parking Deck ClosingPosted: Renovation work on Brown Hall will begin Wednesday, April 9. The Brown Hall parking deck will be closed tonight and remain closed until the fall semester. The parking deck will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.If you normally park in the Brown Hall deck, please locate parking in Faculty and Staff parking lots. We ask that you do not park in designated student parking lots until the semester ends after May 10.Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Pool Closed for RepairsPosted: Due to a leak in the main drain, the Student Recreation Center swimming pool is closed.
Repairs will take at least 3-4 weeks. Please check the Campus Recreation website for updates.
Work by Lorraine Walsh is Part of "Impromptu" Exhibit at AAAC GalleryPosted: "Voice Me," a sound visualization/animation by Lorraine Walsh, associate professor of new media, is on display as part of the current exhibit at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery.
"Voice Me" was culled from a collection of recordings from skateparks across the United States, from Charleston Skatepark, S.C. to Tanzanite Skatepark, Cal. The sounds were recorded by the skaters from the Sk8 the St8s adventure across the US, with special thanks to new media student, designer and production assistant Chantae Shor.
Walsh's work is part of current exhibition, Impromptu, how a second can change the outcome, curated by Martha Skinner. It will remain on view through April 25, with gallery hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, at 346 Depot Street in Asheville's River Arts District. For more information on the exhibition, visit the AAAC Gallery website.
American Chemical Society Award for Research at an Undergraduate InstitutionPosted: Bert Holmes, Philip G. Carlson Distinguished Chair and professor of chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at the society's meeting in Dallas on March 18.
The award states “For his research exploring the mechanism and measuring kinetic parameters of uni- and bimolecular reactions of halocarbons and his efforts promoting undergraduate research.” Holmes also received an honorarium and the department a $5,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.