UNC Asheville will debut its first television
series, "A Conversation with Asheville's University," at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28, on Asheville Educational Television. Hosted by
UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder, the program brings together
the regionís outstanding innovators, policy-makers and educators to
discuss collaborative approaches to key community issues. The
conversational program will focus on a different topic each week --
community health and wellness, environmental research and
technology, K-12 education and teacher preparation, and new trends
among Western North Carolina retirees.
A new segment will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and will be shown again
daily at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. through the following Tuesday morning
on Charter Cable channel 16 in Buncombe County. The programs may
also be viewed online anytime at
The upcoming topics are:
"Health and Wellness in Our Community," airing April 28-May 5.
Joe Damore, Mission Hospitals president and CEO, and Keith Ray,
director of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC
Asheville, join Chancellor Ponder to discuss the challenges and
successes in helping Western North Carolinians pursue healthier
"A Lifetime of Learning," airing May 5-12. Virgil Smith, vice
president for talent management for the Gannett Company and chairman
of the Asheville Citizen-Times, and Sandra Byrd, UNC Asheville
assistant provost for Graduate and Continuing Education, discuss the
achievement gap, mentoring and teacher work force preparation.
"Climate, Technology and Our Environment," airing May 12-19.
UNC Asheville alumnus and award-winning media artist David
McConville and Jim Fox, UNC Asheville's National Environmental
Modeling and Analysis Center director, discuss innovative programs,
technology and research focused on climate change and land use
"The Changing Face of Retirement," airing May 19-26. Ronald
Manheimer, outgoing director of UNC Asheville's North Carolina
Center for Creative Retirement, and Imogene Radeker "Cissie"
Stevens, former director of UNC Asheville's Community Leadership
Programs, discuss how a new generation of retirees is seeking
opportunities for community involvement and intergenerational
A fifth program with William Friday, former president of the
University of North Carolina system and host of UNC-TV's "North
Carolina People," is scheduled to air later this spring.
"Conversations with Asheville's University" was produced by Ramsey
Library Video Production and taped in the library's television
studio. Those working on the series include Kent Thompson, Ramsey
Library television producer/director/manager, and students Sasha T.
Hussey (Multimedia Arts & Sciences), Glenn Weyler (Teaching
Licensure and Theatre Arts),
Rebecca Peterson (Multimedia Arts & Sciences and
Music Technology), Jessica Laney (Multimedia Arts & Sciences and
Fine Arts) and Michael Culbreth (Creative Writing).
For more information, call UNC Asheville's News Services Office at