Letter From the Chancellor

Chancellor Mary K. Grant

THIS SPRING, UNC ASHEVILLE has been making headlines. We announced new initiatives in the arts and sciences, including launching the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in partnership with The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and securing a $1.5 million grant from the N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for STEM research. We celebrated the success of our Big South Champion basketball teams—that’s right, TEAMS, plural—with both men’s basketball and women’s basketball winning conference titles and advancing to the NCAA tournament. We welcomed acclaimed speakers to campus to share in important conversations, and we’ve learned from our students, faculty, staff and alumni about how you are making an impact, from leading rallies to starting social businesses. 

It’s no surprise that The Princeton Review named UNC Asheville the No. 1 school in the nation for Making an Impact. You already know why, because you are the people working day in and day out to make a difference and find meaning in your work. We share a few of these stories in this edition of UNC Asheville Magazine and give you a glimpse of the all-hands-in effort behind the Big South Championships that came to campus this past March. You’ll meet
our creative entrepreneurs, see students engaged in service learning, and discover how UNC Asheville connects to the community through cutting-edge research, hands-on design, and even dining services.

That’s just a taste of the semester, one in which we brought more than 4,000 scholars to campus for the 30th anniversary of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and shared the work of at least 200 of our own undergraduate researchers. Our faculty and staff also served behind the scenes, reading all of the abstracts and welcoming visitors to our vibrant campus and city. We’ve collected a few scenes from this wonderful showcase of ingenuity and innovation in our magazine web extras, and my thanks go to everyone who volunteered or participated!

Many UNC Asheville supporters have played a role in this exciting semester, and we appreciate all of you being a part of our winning team on the courts and in the classrooms.

Go Bulldogs!

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant