UNC Asheville Classes Begin August 18;
Community Service Day Set for August 16
UNC Asheville is gearing up for fall semester with transfer student
orientation on Friday, Aug. 13, freshman orientation beginning Saturday,
Aug. 14, and classes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18. UNC Asheville is
expecting some 733 freshmen, the largest class in University history.
Freshmen will check into residence halls on the morning of Saturday,
Aug. 14, and returning students will move back in August 16-17. UNC
Asheville faculty and staff will be on hand to help students and their
parents with the move.
A highlight of freshman orientation will be a formal convocation
ceremony for students and their families at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, on
UNC Asheville’s Quad. Michael Ruiz, the 2004 recipient of the Award for
Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina’s Board of
Governors, will give the keynote address. Ruiz, a professor of physics,
has received national attention for his innovative use of the Internet to
get students involved in learning. His classroom Web site includes not
only supplemental materials and quizzes but also videotapes and e-books.
Freshmen will be introduced to UNC Asheville’s culture of community
service through a massive community work day on Monday, Aug. 16. This
eighth annual "Bulldog Day: A Time of Service" will send some
800 UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff to 29 service projects in
the Asheville community.
Special evening events, designed to introduce new students to campus
life, are scheduled for August 14-17. These include performances by
comedian Paul Wesselmann and hypnotist Tom Deluca, movies and popcorn, a
casino-style game night, a game show, and cards and billiards tournaments.
For more information, call the University at 828/251-6600.
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,