UNCA Classes Begin August 20;
Community Service Day Set for August 18
UNC Asheville is gearing up for fall semester, with freshmen
orientation beginning Saturday, Aug. 16, transfer student orientation
beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19, and classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20. UNCA
is expecting about 615 new freshmen, the largest class in UNCA history.
A highlight of orientation will be a formal convocation ceremony for
students and their families at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, on the main
Quadrangle. Margaret Downes, the 2003 recipient of the Award for
Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina’s Board of
Governors, will give the keynote address. Downes, who joined UNCA in 1981
as a professor in the Literature and Language Department, is a noted
campus leader in the classroom, among faculty and further afield in the
U.S. and abroad.
Freshmen will be introduced to UNCA’s culture of community service
through a massive community work day on Monday, Aug. 18. This seventh
annual "Bulldog Day: A Time of Service" will send some 700 UNCA
students, faculty and staff to 33 service projects in the Asheville
Freshmen will be able to check into residence halls on the morning of
Saturday, Aug. 16, and returning students will be able to move back in
August 18-19. UNCA Alumni Association members, faculty and staff will be
on hand both days to help students and their parents with the move.
Evening events, designed to introduce new students to campus life,
include a talk by motivational speaker Paul Wesselman and a movie
screening on Saturday, Aug. 16; a game show-style competition on Sunday,
Aug. 17; and a performance by Gary Gulman and a game night on Monday, Aug.
For more information, call the University at 828/251-6600.
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676