Letter from the Chancellor

Chancellor Mary K. GrantAt UNC Asheville, we’re celebrating 90 years of history while focusing on the creative collisions that move us into the future. Art and engineering come together in our newly opened STEAM Studio, where college students and faculty partner with middle school students to build boats and prepare young people for successful lives. Our Student Affairs and Campus Operations staff teamed up to envision the future of housing and residential life on campus, with apartment-style residence halls and renovations to Highsmith Student Union—construction started this spring and will bring the student experience front and center in this building.

Even our past takes a leap into the future, as history and technology come together in the projects of our computer science and history students, as well as in the work done by our alumni who graduated in fields of study ranging from philosophy to atmospheric sciences. And in our own backyard, we meet a few of our facilities crew members, who work to make our future campus a little brighter and a little greener.

They all exemplify the university’s core values of innovation, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability—values that continue to guide us as we move forward as a university community. We are excited to share their stories with you in this edition of UNC Asheville Magazine.

You are all a part of our history and future at UNC Asheville, and as we start our celebration of 90 years in fall 2017, we take a look back at a few memories from our archives. Thanks to our student photographer Emmanuel Figaro for his creative approach, merging the past and the present. We appreciate hearing from you too, whether you share a memory from your time on campus or help us envision the future.

Coming up on August 21—on the first day of classes—is the Great American Solar Eclipse, passing through campus or a location near you. We’ll look upward as we look forward, sharing a few perspectives from our faculty about what we might learn from this celestial event.

I hope to see you at one of the many events celebrating our 90th Anniversary.

Go Bulldogs!

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant