University Union Celebration
Set for 12:15 p.m. October 14
of Special Events Begins October 11
The new Highsmith University
Campus Community is invited to attend the dedication of the
long-awaited Highsmith University Union at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
14, 2004, in Highsmith's University Commons, on the ground floor.
University of North Carolina President Molly Corbett Broad will join
UNC Asheville Chancellor Jim Mullen and Student Government
Association President Porscha Yount for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
festivities on Thursday include grand openings at UNCA Outdoors and
Bike Shop, open houses at the SGA office and Career Center, the free ice cream,
temporary Bulldog tattoos, commemorative photos, live music and much
more. Click here for
a schedule of the entire week's events.
University Union is named in honor of the late William E.
who led the University of North Carolina Asheville during decades of
growth and challenge, first as president of Asheville-Biltmore
College beginning in 1962 and then as chancellor of UNC Asheville
from 1969 until 1984, when he retired. He presided over the
challenging years of the institutionís expansion from a small,
two-year college to one of the 16 senior institutions in The
University of North Carolina.
display about Highsmith's work and life will be on view at the
Highsmith University Union Art Gallery, with the gallery opening
scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
Highsmith University Union is the first of five campus projects
funded by the statewide 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum.
Planning for the new building began in the mid-1990s, but the
project did not become a reality until funding was made available
through the referendum. Of the $15.5 project cost, $11.5 million was
funded through the referendum.
University Union Dedication Week Events
Market Dedication Week Special: 50 cent coffee
Market Dedication Week Special: 99 cent cheeseburgers
dance lessons, 7-8 p.m., Alumni Hall, free
Market Dedication Week Special: 50 cents off purchase with OneCard
Diamond Brand Outdoors Low Ropes Course at UNC Asheville dedication
ceremony, 3 p.m., near south campus Vivian St. parking lot, free
Credit Counseling Workshop for students, 2 p.m. 221 Highsmith
University Union, free
Market Highsmith University Union Dedication Week Special: free
drink with Sunset Mountain Sizzler order
grand opening celebration and sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Outdoors Highsmith Office and Cycle Shop grand opening celebration
and free backcountry breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m.
Center Open House, 10 a.m.-noon, 259 Highsmith University Union
Government Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 237 Highsmith University
ice cream and Bulldog temporary tattoos, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Highsmith
University Union patio
Highsmith University Union commemorative photos, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 103
Highsmith University Union
backcountry lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., UNCA Outdoors Highsmith Office
caricatures, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Highsmith University Union
University Union Art Gallery opening: "William E. Highsmith:
His Legacy to UNC Asheville," 11:45 a.m.
University Union dedication, 12:15 p.m., Highsmith University Union
certified therapy dogs, 1-2 p.m., Highsmith University Union patio
by slam poet Alix Olson on queer issues, 7:30 p.m., Highsmith
University Union Commons
Little Children in concert, 9 p.m., Highsmith University Union
Alumni Hall, free with OneCard or $10 general admission
Market Dedication Week Special: $1 off any Grab-and-Go entree
Shabu & Djembe in concert, 7 p.m., Highsmith University Union
Alumni Hall, free
evening with comedian David J. Nash, 8 p.m., Highsmith
University Union Commons. The UNC Asheville women's a capella group
All Girls Staff opens.
more information, call the Highsmith University Union at