While most college students are enjoying winter break and unwinding from final exams, some 25 UNC Asheville student singers are traveling to the performance of a lifetime. UNC Asheville's Chamber Singers, the university's premiere student voice ensemble, has been invited to perform at the White House on December 17. The group will sing for VIP tours at the Holiday Open House.
UNC Asheville is completing the installation of a new emergency siren system and will conduct a full-volume test during brief periods between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The campus community as well as neighborhoods adjacent to campus may hear intermittent warning tones and spoken announcements. The test is to assess the volume and reach of the system.
The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees approved proposed tuition and fees for the 2010-11 academic year at its meeting Monday, Dec. 7. The recommendation, which now moves to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for consideration, originated with campus tuition and fee committees, made up of faculty, students and administrators.
"Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis," a new book by Amy Lanou, UNC Asheville assistant professor of health and wellness, has been getting a lot of attention. In fact, on November 24, it landed in the widely respected Jane Brody health column in the New York Times. The article was one of the most emailed stories in the Times that day. The exposure also helped boost book sales. "Building Bone Vitality" jumped more than 1,000 spaces in Amazon.com sales rankings.
UNC Asheville's Math Literacy Summit has helped local K-12 teachers, parents and students build better math skills. Now the annual event is also receiving support from RBC Bank. The bank recently donated $5,000 to support the 2009 daylong event, which featured a keynote address by noted mathematician and University of Arizona professor William Velez followed by eight workshops.
UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program has launched a new online literary magazine, “The Great Smokies Review.” The magazine offers former and current students of the Great Smokies Writing Program an opportunity to share not only their creative work, but their writing experiences and expertise, as well.
What do human rights abuses look like? How do they feel? What difference do they make to our lives? These and other questions will be examined at the Second Annual Visualizing Human Rights Anti-Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union. The event will bring together visual and performance artists to put a human face on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional academic approaches. The event is free and open to the public; lunch will be provided.
TheatreUNCA will stage the Michael Slade drama "And a Child Shall Lead" November 18-22 at UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theatre. Curtain is 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. All shows are open to the public.
UNC Asheville’s Amnesty International Student Chapter will hold its sixth annual Human Rights Film Festival November 9-13. Five films will be shown at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. Each film will be followed by a discussion led by a UNC Asheville professor, student or community member. The festival, which has become the largest of its kind in the Southeast, is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies will host "A Jerusalem Between Us," a one-man play written and performed by Aaron Davidman, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The performance is held in conjunction with the Visualizing Human Rights Anti-Conference. The event is free and open to the public.