Letter from the Chancellor

Chancellor Joe UrgoIn UNC Asheville's 90th year, we are making history.

It starts in our classrooms and studios, where our collaborative approach brings to life the vision of conceptual artist Mel Chin, who has been working on campus as our Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow since the fall to create a multidimensional exhibit in New York City this summer. Our new media students helped him prototype elements of a mixed reality project, while our engineering, art, and drama students collaborated on a commissioned sculptural piece to be displayed prominently in Times Square. At 22 feet tall, their Jenny Lind figurehead and accompanying sculpture evoking a shipwreck will be a combined work of art and engineering, as it breathes, moves, and makes visitors question the City’s complex history and sustainable future. These creative collaborations are typical of what we do when we deliver a liberal arts education at UNC Asheville.

Our work stays vital through faculty research, student projects, and alumni careers. In this edition of UNC Asheville Magazine we take a local focus, and look at Appalachia through multiple perspectives and approaches. We also connect to our local community through our centers, institutes, initiatives and partnerships, from our youngest mathematicians to our active lifelong learners, and the university is a proven economic driver in the region. Read more in our economic impact report, which finds that UNC Asheville makes an annual impact of almost half a billion dollars.

We also have an individual impact, as our campus continues to lead the state and serve as a model for the UNC System. This summer we’ll launch into our second year of a summer school program that strives for college completion, with students offered cost-free classes of four to eight credits in the core curriculum. By encouraging degree completion in four years, we are saving students and tax payers the costs of an added semester and giving students the opportunity to start their careers or graduate school.

We want to hear from you about these next steps as you make history of your own. Share your class note or news with alumni@unca.edu, and let us know how UNC Asheville has made an impact in your life.

Joe Urgo
Interim Chancellor