News and Updates for UNC Asheville Families
UNC Asheville is alive with students and the excitement that accompanies the start of a new academic year! Now that the busy rush of getting your student settled is behind you, I want to share some highlights from the past few weeks.
You play an important role in the overall success of your student and we look forward to partnering with you during your student’s time here at UNC Asheville. With that in mind, please take a few moments to catch up on some of the great things that are happening on campus!
Director of Transition and Parent Programs
Family Weekend: September 21-22, 2012
Family Weekend 2012 is a wonderful opportunity for families to visit their students and to get to know “home away from home.” This year’s weekend features two anniversaries: the 50-year anniversary of integration at UNC Asheville and the 20-year anniversary of receiving official recognition as one of the nation’s first public liberal arts colleges. In addition to panels, meeting the chancellor and spending time with your student, make sure to check out the Back to Class sessions and the picnic on Saturday. Several Asheville tours are offered at a discounted Family Weekend rate, as well. Make sure to pre-register for Family Weekend as space fills up quickly and you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
Freshman Move-In 2012
On August 17th, UNC Asheville faculty and staff broke out their sneakers to kick off an old tradition of helping new freshmen move into their residence halls. The class of 2016, which is comprised of 550 freshmen, experienced firsthand the personal approach and investment our campus community takes in welcoming its newest members. New faces aren’t the only noticeable changes on UNC Asheville’s campus this fall, though. Our addition of the state-of-the-art Overlook residence hall, newly renovated computer labs and a transition into becoming a more energy efficient campus are also exciting developments for the UNC Asheville community!
Class of 2016 Convocation
Convocation is the ceremonial opening of the academic year and serves as the official welcome for the University’s newest students. Students received greetings from Chancellor Anne Ponder, Provost Jane Fernandes, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Bill Haggard. Dr. Ellen Pearson, one of UNC Asheville's accomplished faculty, gave the keynote address. All freshmen received a special gift at the end of convocation to commemorate the occasion.
After Convocation, our newest students began celebrating their first weekend on campus with Rockypalooza. A barbeque picnic accompanied a myriad of activities like Zumba, rock-wall climbing and photos with Rocky. The first two weeks of the fall semester is known as the Weeks of Welcome, which are filled with activities across campus to help new and returning students get engaged in campus life.