St. Patrick's Day Trivia BowlPosted: Fun Question and Answer Trivia Bowl about all things Irish in celebration of St. Patrick's Day
Who is invited: Any students who wish to participate or come and watch. We need teams of 4 students to participate as a group and can accommodate as many students who wish to participate.
There will be free popcorn and soda.
Grant Hardy Again Featured in "The Great Courses" SeriesPosted: UNC Asheville Professor of History Grant Hardy's "Sacred Texts of the World" is drawing 5-star reviews, as part of "The Great Courses" offered by The Teaching Company.
Hardy's scholarship is being offered to the public as part of this prestigious series for the second time in three years; his courses consist of 36 lectures each.
And information about his 2011 course, Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, is available here.
SGA Election Results Are InPosted: James Whalen, a Charlotte native double-majoring in math and philosophy, who is also president of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, has been elected Student Government Association president for 2014-15. Whalen will become a voting member of UNC Asheville's Board of Trustees during his term as SGA president.
Juliana Grassia, a New Jersey native double-majoring in political science and French who is also administrative vice president of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was elected SGA vice president.
Voters in last week's election also chose three senators for each class year. For more information, visit the SGA website.
Tickets Available On-Line for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"Posted: Because there seems to be such a demand from schools to bring their students to see our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, we have decided to open the on-line ticket portal for the campus community much earlier than usual.So beginning March 1st, you can order your tickets here, and box office tickets will go on sale beginning March 17th.Our production of Shakespeare's comedy is set in present-day Asheville, with the fairy kingdom disguised as notable downtown figures such as LaZoom's Nun-on-a-Bike. We are hoping for other surprises as well. The goal is to make the play as fun and accessible as possible.The play opens April 4th and runs through April 12th.
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Asheville Hosts LEAD Program on March 29Posted: Explore a career in pharmacy and learn how to be competitive in the pharmacy school admissions process - registration for this information session is open through March 17.
The Carolina LEAD program is scheduled Saturday, March 29 in Karpen Hall, 8:30 am – 3 pm. This is a free program. To learn more and find a link to apply, visit https://pharmacy.unc.edu/news/events/lead-program
Contact me with any questions. Thank you.
Register Now: Creating a Mindful Campus, March 21 - 22, 2014Posted: Notice regarding Creating a Mindful Campus: Adjusting Our Default Settings.Below you'll find a brochure with an overview of the event as well as a draft of the schedule of activities.The event is open to faculty, students, staff, and others interested in contemplative practices in higher education.Thanks to those of you who have already registered.If you have any questions, please let Rick Chess or any of the other Mindful Campus planners know.
Creating a Mindful Campus: Adjusting Our Default Settings
March 21 – 22, 2014
Additional Details Coming/Subject to Change
Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
“Shabbat, Digital Culture, and the Politics of Rest,” David Levy
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville
Friday, March 21, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom 101
Participants will share classroom practices with each other. Whatever your level of experience, you are invited to these sessions to share and/or receive practical suggestions for ways to incorporate contemplative exercises in higher education and other educational settings.
Creating A Mindful Campus: Adjusting Our Default Settings
4:00 – 5:00: Registration and Welcome Reception
5:00 – 6:00: Opening Circle
6:15 – 7:30: No Time to Think: Balance, Technology and Academic Life, David Levy
Today we have the most powerful tools for teaching, scholarship, and learning the world has ever known, yet we have no time to think—no time for reading, writing, and reflecting. In this presentation, Dr. Levy will first describe the historical and technological conditions that have brought about this condition and will then discuss work that aims to address it by restoring “contemplative balance.”
Saturday, March 22
8 – 9: Yoga Led by Kelsey Ambruster, Innercise Yoga
9:15 – 10 a.m.: Meditation
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.: Conversation on the Digital Life of the University in Four Rounds
Round 1: In what ways has digital technology changed the work life of the university? (This might include teaching, scholarship, student services, facilities management, administration, and other areas of university life.)
Round 2: In what ways has digital technology changed the quiet, or reflective, life of the
Round 3: In what ways has digital technology changed the social life of the university?
Round 4: In what ways has digital technology changed the disciplinary life of the university? (This might include both scholarship as well as the notion of interdisciplinarity, softening or hardening boundaries, enhancing or hindering the output of particular sorts of knowledge).
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Catered Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: UNC Asheville Students Describe and Reflect on Their Experiences of
Contemplative Practices As Part of Their Education
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.: Student Centered and Led Conversations on Contemplative Practices and the
Digital Life of the University (World Café style)
3:30 – 4:00: Meditations, Several Options
4:15 – 5:15: Mindful Tech: Learning to Use Our Digital Tools More Attentively and with Less
Stress, David Levy
In this presentation, a continuation of my Friday evening lecture, Dr. Levy will talk in detail about the course he has created, called “Information and Contemplation,” and will describe some of the contemplative exercises he has created that allow students to make powerful discoveries about their relationship to their digital tools and to make healthy and effective changes.
5:15 – 5:30: Meditation
5:30 – 6:15: Closing Circle
Sociology and Anthropology Department EventsPosted: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to announce the following upcoming events: The Virtual Diner Guest Project: Asheville-Cairo, Youth OUTRight Panel Discussion with Professor Bramlett and Ethnography Poetry: A Reading.
The Virtual Diner Guest Project: Asheville-Cairo
Thursday February 20, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ZAG 236
A group of UNC Asheville students participated in “The Virtual Dinner Guest Project” in April 2013. Founded by the filmmaker Eric Maddox and brought to Asheville by filmmaker and Arabic teacher Jennifer MacDonald, the premise behind the project is simple: it is much harder to ignore, vilify or stereotype those with whom we have broken bread. Having previously launched intercultural exchanges in the US, Mexico, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Mongolia, Argentina, Gaza, Uganda, and Pakistan since 2011, the Asheville-Cairo round of the Virtual Dinner was the first one that incorporated a joint film project.
The Asheville group, supervised by Dr. Oguz Erdur of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, met twice over a Skype connection with the members of MasterPeace, Cairo which is the Egyptian branch of an international organization that focuses on peace initiatives around the world. Five to seven guests gathered on each side of the monitor and shared a meal (brunch in Asheville, dinner in Cairo). After the first of the two meetings, where the participants got to know each other and discussed world events and cultural perceptions, the two groups agreed upon a pertinent question having to do with the current state of understanding between the USA and Egypt. The groups then took the question to the street and interviewed their local citizens. The footage of these interviews were edited into short films by the two groups themselves and made available before the second Skype meeting. Overall, the project was a great success. Participants agreed that, from the meetings themselves, to the processes of interviewing, filming, and editing, the experience was a very educational and enriching.
The members of the Asheville Group were: Stacie Toropova Benson, Ryan Halas, Beth Hinson, Jozef Lisowski, Jason McDaniel and Jethro Waters. The videos produced by the two groups can be viewed in the following links: Asheville to Cairo:http://vimeo.com/65508283 Cairo to Asheville: http://vimeo.com/67614264Youth OUTRight Panel Discussion with Professor BramlettMarch 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ZAG 236Ethnography Poetry: A ReadingDr. Heidi Kelley, Professor of AnthropologyMarch 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ZAG 236
Writing Submissions for ArtsFest Now Being AcceptedPosted: Faculty, Staff, and Alumni who write poetry or fiction or creative non-fiction are invited to participate in a reading at UNC Asheville's Inaugural ArtsFest in April.
At least one reading has been set up for April 11 from 3:30-5:00 in Highsmith University Union, Grotto. Those interested in submitting work should contact Ann Dunn with a brief bio at email@example.com.