Get ready for a weekend of royalty, Bulldog
style. UNC Asheville will hold its Homecoming 2008 celebration
February 21-23 with activities fit for kings and queens. Special
events range from a sold-out men's basketball game to the annual
alumni art show.
Homecoming 2008 events are as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 21
• UNC Asheville's 12th annual homecoming parade will roll down
University Heights at 12:30 p.m. with floats from a host of UNC
Asheville student organizations and departments. For the first time,
participating groups will vie not only for the prize of best float,
but they will also perform for the judges in hopes of winning the
best performance prize. A pep rally will follow at Reed Plaza. The
event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Feb. 22
• The annual UNC Asheville Alumni Art Exhibition opening reception
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Highsmith University Union
Gallery. The show, which includes 44 pieces of media ranging from
photography to assemblage, will be on display through February 28.
Artists include alumni from the classes of 1989-2007. The event is
free and open to the public.
• The Langston Hughes Project will present
"Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" at 8 p.m. in UNC
Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The performance will bring the
Harlem Renaissance to life by setting to music the 800-line, 12-part
poetic suite written by Langston Hughes in 1961. The poems will be
read aloud to the accompaniment of live jazz featuring The Ron
McCurdy Trio and video images of the Harlem Renaissance by
African-American artists and photographers. General admission
tickets are $15; $6 for all area students. To reserve tickets by
phone, call UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Box Office at
828/232-5000. Tickets may be purchased online at
A limited number of tickets will be available with cash or check at
only two locations in downtown Asheville: YMI Cultural Center, 39
South Market St., and Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St.
Patrons may call the YMI at 828/257-4530 or Malaprop's at
828/254-6734 to check availability. For information about purchasing
group tickets, call 828/251-6991.
Saturday, Feb. 23
• Festivities will begin at noon with a tailgating party in parking
lot E, above the Justice Center. Guests are encouraged to bring
their grills or buy hotdogs and hamburgers at the alumni tent. Soft
drinks and water will be provided.
• UNC Asheville's women's basketball team will take on Charleston
Southern at 2 p.m in the Justice Center. The homecoming court will
be announced at halftime. The event is sold out.
• The men's basketball team will play Charleston Southern in a
sold-out game at 4:30 p.m. in the Justice Center.
• Graduating seniors and alumni are invited to reunite with their
college friends at a reception starting at 8 p.m. at Wild Wing Café,
161 Biltmore Ave. Free refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.
For more information about homecoming events, call UNC Asheville’s
Alumni Office at 828/251-6512 or click on