Congratulations to our May 2013 Graduates!
On Saturday, May 11th, UNC Asheville celebrated its 85th annual commencement ceremony on the University Quadrangle.
Kevin Rumley, a Marine Corps veteran and member of the University Veterans Alliance student organization, received the William and Ida Friday Award for Service to the Community. Read more about this prestigious accolade, as well as UNC Asheville's commencement here.
We also want to personally recognize and congratulate all of the 10 UNC Asheville seniors who graduated and wore the red, white and blue cords for the first time ever at commencement.
Jonathan Michael Chalvet: North Carolina Army National Guard,PFC
Colleen Marsh: United States Army, Intelligence Analyst, E3
James Lackey McLelland: United States Navy, Retired ITC (SW/AW)
Rachel Pagan: United States Navy, MS3
David William Rogers: United States Army, E4 Corporal
Kevin James Rumley: United States Marine Corps, Retired Lance Corporal, Purple Heart
Kyle James Silva: United States Marine Corps, Sergeant
Donnell Jerome Sloan: United States Army, Ammunition Specialist, E4
Mary Belinda Smith-Gagnon: United States Army, Spec 4
Andrew David Zorn: NC Army National Guard, Sergeant
We wish all of you the best as you transition into a new chapter in life. Congratulations on your incredible accomplishments!
Congratulations to some of our own!
Kevin Rumley, a graduating senior and Marine Corps veteran, received UNC Asheville's Service Learning and Community Based Scholar Award at the 2013 Student and Alumni Leadership Awar
ds Banquet on April 9, 2013. Kevin has completed some extensive community service work in the Asheville area, particularly within the Shiloh community. Congratulations Kevin!
David Rogers, a graduating senior and US Army veteran, received the Thomas Wolfe Award for Literature from the Headwaters Literary Magazine. The Thomas Wolfe Award is given to the top fiction piece submitted to the magazine, and the competition for such an award is intense. David's story, titled "Honeydew" won this top honor, and is a zombie story with a suprise. Congratulations David!
Honoring Graduating Veteran Students
UNC Asheville is steeped in tradition and history, and May 2013’s Commencement will see the birth of a new tradition. UNC Asheville’s graduating veterans will wear red, white and blue cords at Commencement. These cords, which will be worn around the shoulders of 10 graduating veteran students, signify UNC Asheville's appreciation for our military and veteran students, as well as for their service and sacrifice.
If you are a student interested in participating in this tradition, please contact Marianne Martinez at email@example.com or 828.232.2417.
Programs are offered throughout the month to provide networking and support to veteran students.
To see a calendar of upcoming events please click on the "Calendar" menu item on the menu bar on the right of your screen.
A Military Task Force Committee is comprised of faculty and staff throughout the departments of UNC Asheville and meets twice every semester to discuss opportunities to suppot Veteran students on campus. These "UNC SERVES: Committe Meetings" are open to all faculty, staff and students. The dates are listed on the calendar.
University Veterans Alliance
We welcome the University Veteran Alliance, a new Veteran Student Organization, to UNC Asheville! The University Veteran Alliance is a student organization open to all veteran and non-veteran students interested in veteran affairs at UNC Asheville. If you are interested in learning more about the University Veteran Alliance, contact Stephanie Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the University Veterans Alliance is to bring together student veterans at UNC Asheville together with each other and with other students to build camaraderie and to develop relationships with the university and the city of Asheville. This organization works to raise awareness of veterans on campus and the challenges they face along with the unique strengths that they bring to the university environment. Through service, this organization seeks to develop a culture of citizenship in the local community. Anyone interested is welcome to participate regardless of veteran status.
Keep up to date on the organization's upcoming events on the "Calendar" menu item on the menu bar on the right of your screen.
Every effort is made for a smooth transition from military to academic life. Services to veterans include forums throughout the year providing an opportunity to meet and to discuss their concerns. If you have specific needs and questions please contact us by email today or call 828.232.5131.
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