N.C. Center for Creative Retirement to Celebrate Opening of Reuter
September 13 Dedication Features Sampler of Center's Offerings
UNC Asheville's award-winning educational program for older adults, the
North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, will celebrate the opening
of its new building, Reuter Center, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The public is
invited to the daylong celebration, which will include mini-classes, music
and dance performances and building tours. A dedication ceremony will be
held at 1:30 p.m. Speakers will include University of North Carolina
President Molly Broad and UNC Asheville Chancellor Jim Mullen.
"For the 15 years since its inception, the N.C. Center for
Creative Retirement's offices and classrooms were spread out in a number
of UNCA's academic buildings. The Reuter Center marks the first time all
programs will be brought under one roof," said NCCCR Director Ron
The $4.3 million center was funded through contributions from private
sources, including individual donors, businesses, corporations and
foundations. The Janirve Foundation of Asheville provided the largest
contribution, $1.75 million. The building is named in honor of Irving J.
Reuter, the late industrialist who established the Janirve Foundation.
The new center will enable NCCCR to continue expanding its programs,
such as the College for Seniors, Leadership Asheville Seniors,
Intergeneration Learning, the Intergenerational Computer Literacy Program,
and its numerous volunteer service programs. "More than 1,800 people
annually participate in NCCCR programs and the number is expected to rise
dramatically as the surge of retiring Baby Boomers floods into the area.
The new building, with its computer lab, art studio, technology-enhanced
classrooms, large multipurpose room, cafe, meeting rooms, offices and
commons areas will function as a 'student center' for older
learners," Manheimer said.
UNCA's undergraduates will make use of the
building as well, Manheimer said. "NCCCR has sponsored numerous
intergenerational classes that bring young and old together to examine
both timeless issues and major changes in American society and the
Reuter Center was designed by John Rogers Associates, now Rogers &
Chenevert Associates, of Asheville. Cooper Construction Co. of
Hendersonville was the general contractor. The 20,000-square-foot,
two-story building is located just above and to the right of Justice
Center on Campus Drive.
The daylong event, which is open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m.
Mini-classes, held throughout the day, will explore topics ranging from
Edgar Allen Poe and tai chi to forest controversies and Middle East
history. Performers include the YMI Community Jazz Band, the UNCA Senior
Smooth Dancers, the College for Seniors Choir, and QuinTango. The
celebration is expected to wrap up at about 4 p.m.
NCCCR is well known for integrating lifelong learning with leadership
and volunteer service programs. It has been featured in the N.Y. Times,
Christian Science Monitor, Parade magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the
Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Baltimore Sun, and on
CNN, N.C. Public Television and National Public Radio. Its most recent
award was the National Council on Aging's 2002 Jack Ossofsky Award for
exemplifying how imaginative programs and bold leadership can enrich the
lives of older adults. Visitors from as far away as Japan and Spain have
traveled to Asheville to learn how to replicate program.
For more information
about NCCCR and its celebration call 828/251-6140.
Quick Facts on the Reuter Center
- Reuter Center, located on the UNC Asheville campus, is the new home
for the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and its
programs. Previously, the NCCCR offices and classrooms were spread out
in a number of UNCA's academic buildings.
- Completed in the spring of 2003, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot
building is located just above and to the right of Justice Center on
Campus Drive. Cost of construction, current landscaping and equipment
totaled $4.3 million.
- The project was funded through contributions from private sources,
including individual donors, businesses, corporations and foundations.
The Janirve Foundation provided the largest contribution, $1.75
million. The building is named in honor of Irving J. Reuter, the late
industrialist who established the Janirve Foundation. Funds are being
raised now for additional landscaping and additional furniture.
- The Reuter Center project architect was John Rogers Associates, now
Rogers & Chenevert Associates, of Asheville. The general
contractor was Cooper Construction of Hendersonville.
- Building highlights include:
south-facing, two-story glass atrium wall that overlooks the UNCA
downtown Asheville and (on a clear day) the mountains beyond the city
classrooms, including two seminar rooms; a large classroom; an art
classroom; and a computer classroom with 12 computer stations (funded by a
the WNC offices of Smith Barney)
multipurpose Chestnut Ridge Room, which can accommodate 300 people,
ceiling-mounted data projector and Internet ports
** Commons areas
for informal gatherings; staff offices and meeting rooms; and a café
prepared foods and a catering kitchen
** An outdoor
terrace for cultural events and receptions
** Two levels of
on-grade parking that accommodate 140 cars
NCCCR Programs Quick Facts
- Dr. Ron Manheimer, NCCCR executive director, 828/232-5180
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information director, 828/251-6676