pre-rendezblue 2018 Leader Recruitment Flyer

Apply now to be a pre-rendezblue 2018 urban trip leader!

The application to be a trip leader for pre-rendezblue 2018 is now open! Please click here to access the application.

Leading a pre-rendezblue trip will provide you with valuable leadership experience and a chance to get to know incoming students who will soon become your classmates! No specific experience is required to lead any of the seven urban programs. All you need is a willingness to learn and grow your understanding of different areas of Asheville!

Applications will be closed on February 28th with individual interviews to follow in the next few weeks! 

Mark your calendars for pre-rendezblue 2018!

August 12-16, 2018

Held in August every year before the beginning of classes, new students are invited to get a head start on their UNC Asheville education by delving into the many aspects of their new community. pre-rendezblue offers special-interest programs that showcase Asheville. Participation in pre-rendezblue allows students to move in early to the residence halls and meet fellow students and staff who share their interests. 

Each program includes meals, instruction, equipment, and transportation.

Read about each of our nine programs below and check out the pre-rendezblue video to get a better idea of what it's all about!

pre-rendezblue is a program that keeps our students active and engaged throughout the week. Please be prepared for at least a moderate level of physical activity. Each program involves walking, sitting, and participating in group activities throughout the week from breakfast through dinner-time. If you have any concerns about the level of physical activity, please reach out to our office to discuss further! We look forward to having you in the program!

Registration for pre-rendezblue 2018 will open on Monday, April 2, 2018.

We are eager to welcome UNC Asheville's incoming students to pre-rendezblue 2018! 

If you are an incoming student who will not be living on-campus for fall 2018, but you want to participate in pre-rendezblue, please call Stephanie Franklin at 828.232.5131 to discuss your participation in pre-rendezblue. Students who participate in pre-rendezblue will move into the residence hall room they have been assigned for the 2018-2019 academic year. With this in mind, all pre-rendezblue participants will need to complete an early arrival form for the Housing Office.

In order to complete this form, log into your OnePort account and then select the housing portal. Search under the "Forms and Agreements" section is the link for early arrival. The deadline for them to complete this form is midnight on August 8th.

In the meantime, please check out our pre-rendezblue FAQ link to begin preparing for this great program!

pre-rendezblue is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville Transition & Parent Programs and Campus Recreation.

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All that Jazz!

Experience the Asheville area’s vibrant music scene on- and off-campus! Check out a local radio station, visit some of Asheville’s popular music venues and explore Bob Moog’s influence on modern music.

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

Asheville, a Work of Art

See first-hand the successful arts scene of Asheville and explore how you can become involved! From on-campus resources to Asheville area alumni and local organizations, you will explore the many facets of art that Asheville embraces.

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

Blue Ridge Experience

Travel to some of the best scenic areas the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Take in the views, challenge yourself to a hike, and try a new adventure sport while you get to know your classmates. By night, you will stay at basecamp, cook dinner and sleep in a rustic cabin. Relax around the campfire, gaze at the stars, and get ready for your next adventure at UNC Asheville. No outdoor experience is necessary; all required equipment is provided.

Early Bird: $375/Regular: $400

The Catcher in the Rhyme

Delve into the rich history of Asheville’s literary community while developing your own unique writing style. Explore the lives and creations of the area’s literary giants, such as Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Get ready to create your place among these great writers who have called Asheville home!

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

CSI: Community Service Involvement

Begin your time at UNC Asheville by giving back to your new community through meaningful volunteer work and examining social justice issues. Work with UNC Asheville faculty, staff, and nonprofit organizations committed to helping make our city a better place to live and learn.

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

*See below for information about pre-rendezblue Scholarships for CSI: Community Service Involvement.*

It's Easy Being Green

See what the buzz is about and explore the many sustainability initiatives on campus and in Asheville. From bees to bogs, learn about environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

*See below for information about pre-rendezblue Scholarships for It's Easy Being Green.*

Justice for All

Experience the rich heritage of Asheville through religion, ethnicity, and food while learning about contemporary and historical social justice challenges and opportunities, both on- and off-campus. Connect with resources throughout the community and become an advocate for social justice initiatives!

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

Wellness in Action

This program highlights Asheville's local food movement, as well as UNC Asheville's on-campus health initiatives! Discover holistic approaches to wellness and vitality while exploring social justice issues surrounding food access and economy.

Early Bird: $350/Regular: $375

Wilderness Experience

Explore the natural beauty of your new home and sleep under the stars. Backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains will give you the chance to challenge yourself, make new friends, and learn more about what your college experience has to offer. Finish off the week with a night at basecamp and a day participating in climbing, biking, canoeing or rafting trips (choose one trip during registration). No outdoor experience is necessary; all required equipment is provided.

Early Bird: $375/Regular: $400

*See below for information about pre-rendezblue Scholarships for Wilderness Experience.*

pre-rendezblue Scholarships

Scholarships are available for registered students participating in the Wilderness Experience, CSI: Community Service Involvement, and It's Easy Being Green programs through the Karpinos Scholarship Fund. Students may apply for either the needs-based or service-based scholarship. Scholarships may be full or partial.

Karpinos Need-Based Scholarship Application

This application is for students who wish to participate in pre-rendezblue but find the registration fee prohibitive. Please be thoughtful and complete in your responses as this is a competitive scholarship.

Please note that we will ask Financial Aid for a need report on those who apply for the Need-Based application. We will be reviewing the level of anticipated unmet financial need as a factor in determining these scholarship recipients.

Karpinos Service-Based Scholarship Application

This application is for students who have shown exemplary community service in their home communities. Please be thoughtful and complete in your responses as this is a competitive scholarship.

Scholarship awards impact your Financial Aid package. If you are scheduled to receive Financial Aid in the upcoming academic year, check with the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact this scholarship could have on your package.

To complete the scholarship application and registration process

  1. Register for Wilderness Experience, CSI: Community Service Involvement, or It's Easy Being Green via their respective links provided above.
  2. When at the payment page, instead of entering your credit card information, select "Other" and indicate "Karpinos Scholarship Application" in the notes.
  3. Follow up by notifying that you are interested in the scholarship.
  4. Complete the Karpinos Scholarship Application. Your registration and space in a pre-rendezblue program will not be confirmed until we receive your Karpinos Scholarship Application.

Applications are due by July 7, 2018. If your application or registration fee is not received by this date, your space in the pre-rendezblue program is not guaranteed.

Cancellation Policy

Please read the following information regarding cancellation. These policies have been established because operating funds for the trip must be committed long before the trip departs and few (if any) of these expenses can be recovered from late cancellations.

If UNC Asheville cancels the trip due to insufficient registration, weather, etc., you will receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations made on or before July 13, 2017 will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made between July 14 and July 19, 2017 will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made on or after July 20, 2017 will not receive a refund.

Please also note that any registration that has not been paid in full within 15 business days after the date of registration will be cancelled.