Get ready for a weekend of royalty, Bulldog
style. UNC Asheville will hold its Homecoming 2009 celebration
February 19-22 with activities fit for kings and queens. Special
events range from a men's basketball game to the annual alumni arts
Homecoming 2009 events are as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 19
• UNC Asheville's 13th 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. A pep rally will
follow at Reed Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.
• An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for UNC Asheville's new
Intercultural Center will be held at 2 p.m., on the lower level of
Highsmith University Union. The Center will house the offices of
Multicultural Student Programs and the Center for Diversity
Education. It will also provide space for student group meetings and
small receptions. Chancellor Anne Ponder; Deborah Miles, director of
the Center for Diversity Education; and Rory James, Multicultural
Student Programs director, will speak. The event is free and open to
• UNC Asheville's Black Student Association will hold its annual
fashion show at 7 p.m., at UNC Asheville's Alumni Hall, Highsmith
University Union. Students will showcase their own creations and
ensembles. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Feb. 20
• The annual UNC Asheville Alumni Art Exhibition reception will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Highsmith University Union Gallery. The
show, which includes 26 pieces of art ranging from ceramics to
paintings, will be on display through February 24. Artists include
alumni from the classes of 2000-2008. The event is free and open to
• The Oxymorons, one of Asheville's top improvisational comedy
troupes, will perform at 8 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Grotto, Highsmith
University Union. Their unique brand of edgy, sometimes irreverent,
but always funny, shows have been a cornerstone of the Asheville
comedy scene since 2002. The Oxymorons play short-form improv games
that are built solely on audience suggestions. The troupe has
performed in a variety of locations, both in Asheville and around
the Southeast. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Feb. 21
• UNC Asheville's women's basketball team will take on High Point at
2 p.m. in the Justice Center. The homecoming court will be announced
at halftime. Tickets are $15 reserved and $10 general admission.
• The men's basketball team will play Coastal Carolina at 4:30 p.m.
in the Justice Center. Halftime events will include an introduction
of the 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and the official first
appearance of UNC Asheville's newest live bulldog mascot, Rocky I.
Tickets are $15 reserved and $10 general admission.
• There will be a pre-game tailgate party for both games from 12:00
p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall parking lot. Food
and drinks will be provided. The event is free and open to the
Sunday, Feb. 22
• A special ceremony honoring five UNC Asheville African-American
faculty with 25 or more years of service to the University will be
held at 11:30 a.m. at UNC Asheville's Alumni Hall, Highsmith
University Union. Current students and alumni will celebrate the
careers of Charles James, associate professor of chemistry; Dee
James, professor of literature; Dolly Mullen, associate professor of
political science; Dwight Mullen, professor of political science;
and Anita White-Carter, associate professor of library science. The
event is free and open to the public.
For more information about homecoming events, call UNC Asheville's
Alumni Office at 828/251-6512 or click on