UNC Asheville will hold its week-long Homecoming 2002 Celebration
beginning February 11. The roster of 34 special events range from an
evening with Grammy-Award winning entertainer David
Holt to a special tribute to Bob Hartman, famed UNCA basketball
Among the highlights will be a special celebration honoring the 180
students and faculty who volunteer in Asheville City and Buncombe County
schools. Asheville City Schools Superintendent Robert Logan will speak at
the event, to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the YMI
Cultural Center on S. Market Street. In addition, historic photos
of Asheville's African American community, collected by the YMI and UNCA's
Ramsey Library, will be on view. The public is invited to attend this free
"We are so pleased and proud to be recognizing all the members of
the UNCA family who are mentoring and tutoring students in our local
schools," said UNCA Chancellor James Mullen. "Their
efforts illustrate wonderfully two special UNCA emphases: our commitment
to partnering with the community to accomplish important tasks, and the
significant benefits that come from making intergenerational
UNCA has long history of working in both the city and county schools.
Among UNCA's tutoring and mentoring efforts is Asheville to Asheville, a
collaboration between UNCA and Asheville High schools, which encourages
9th-12th graders to complete high school and go on to post-secondary
education. Students and faculty also volunteer through the
Asheville/Buncombe Education Coalition, the national AVID and RETAP
programs, and provide English as a second language tutoring to middle
A number of other Homecoming 2002 events are open to the public. They
are as follows:
February 12 -- Celebrate Chinese New Year and UNCA Homecoming at a
special dinner featuring Asian food and entertainment from 4:45-7 p.m. in
UNCA’s Dining Hall. Dinner is $5 at the door. The event is sponsored by
UNCA’s International Student Association and Asian Students in
February 12 -- To celebrate the completion of "Campaign UNC
Asheville: Moving to the First in Our Class," the community is
invited to join the UNCA family for an evening of celebration featuring a
concert by Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller David
Holt at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Some 800 free tickets will be
given away on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7 p.m. in the
Civic Center lobby. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information,
call UNCA’s Development Office at 828/251-6080.
February 13 -- UNCA’s free weekly lunchtime entertainment series,
Clear Window on the Arts, will feature Bryan White and Jason Richmond, a
jazz bass and guitar duo, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Glasshouse adjacent
to the Ramsey Library.
February 13 -- UNCA’s women’s basketball team takes on Radford
in a Big South Conference game at 7 p.m. in the Justice Center. Admission
is $4 for adults and $2 for children at the door.
February 14 -- The Clear Window on the Arts series will feature
Tyler Kittle on the tenor sax from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Glasshouse.
February 15 -- UNCA’s sixth annual homecoming parade is set to
roll along University Heights, beginning and ending in front of the
Justice center, at 4 p.m. A pep rally follows on the Justice Center lawn.
February 15 -- A member of several champion National Poetry Slam
teams, Asian American poet Beau Sia
will entertain the audience with his witty word stream at 7 p.m. in
Lipinsky Auditorium. Sia’s poetry was featured in the movies
"Slam!" and "Slamnation." He recently released a book
of poems and a spoken word CD. The event is free.
February 16 -- Community members can join UNCA students, faculty,
staff and alumni at the Homecoming Brunch held from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
in UNCA’s Dining Hall. $4.50 per person at the door.
February 16 -- Bulldog fans will get pumped up at the Pontiac
Pre-game Tailgate Party from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. near the UNCA tennis
courts. Rain location is the lower level of the parking deck near Zageir
Hall and the Justice Center. This event is sponsored by UNCA’s
fraternities and the Alumni Association.
February 16 -- UNCA and Coastal Carolina face off in the homecoming
basketball games. The women’s team plays at 2 p.m. followed by the men’s
team at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be played in UNCA’s Justice Center and
admission is $6 adults, $4 children.
During half time of the men’s game there will be a special tribute to
Bob Hartman, UNCA’s men’s basketball coach from 1962-1979. Hartman,
who holds the record for most wins in any sport in UNCA history, led early
Bulldog teams to two district titles and trips to the NAIA national
tournament in Kansas City.
The homecoming court will also be presented at half time of the men’s
game. The king and queen will be crowned following the game at a formal
February 17 -- Festivities wrap up at 4 p.m. with a Faculty Chamber
Music Concert in the Humanities Lecture Hall. UNCA music faculty Judi
Lampert, flute, Jacqueline Mattingly, horn and Elsa O’Farrell, piano
will be joined by Western Carolina University faculty Alan Mattingly, horn
and Lillian Buss Pearson, pianist.
For more information about homecoming events, call UNCA’s Alumni
Office at 828/251-6512.