12.0 CENTERS and AFFILIATES
12.1 Mossbauer Effect Data Center (MEDC) (closed 12/31/09)
12.2 North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR)
The North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) was established in 1988 as an integral part of UNC Asheville with the threefold purpose of providing today’s accomplished adult with opportunities for lifelong learning, leadership and community service, each combined with the fellowship of peers sharing a common quest for continued growth and service to others.
Center participants help to set annual objectives and implement programs through the Center Steering Council in collaboration with NCCCR’s professional staff. The center draws financial support from public funding, private fees, consulting services, gifts and foundation grants. For a full description of NCCCR programs, visit http://olliasheville.com/.
12.3 Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) (closed 12/31/09)
12.4 Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
Established in September 1998, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI; visit http://www.pari.edu), located in Rosman, NC, is a not-for-profit public foundation dedicated to education and research in radio and optical astronomy and the related disciplines of physics, math, engineering, environmental studies, chemistry and computer science. The PARI campus was constructed by NASA in 1962 as the east coast tracking station for manned space flights. Today the 200 acre site houses radio telescopes, optical telescopes and the infrastructure necessary to support astronomy education and research. The PARI campus serves as a resource for the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center (PARSEC; see 12.5),
12.5 Pisgah Astronomical Research and Education Center (PARSEC)
The Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center (PARSEC; visit http://national.spacegrant.org/meetings/presentations/2011_Southeastern/1.pdf) is a UNC Asheville center. The PARSEC mission is to provide students and faculty from across the UNC system with access to world-class, state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation in a setting that serves as a conduit for education and research opportunities. PARSEC promotes and coordinates usage of the facilities at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI; see 12.4), a not-for-profit public foundation in the Pisgah Forest southwest of Asheville, NC.
12.6 Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD)
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design is a UNC Asheville Center supervised by the Associate Provost and Dean for University Programs. The CCCD is located on the Kellogg Center site in northern Henderson County. For more information, visit Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.
12.7 North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness
12.8 National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)
12.9 Asheville Graduate Center
12.10 World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council (http://www.main.nc.us/wac/) has since its establishment enjoyed a close connection with UNC Asheville. In 2000 it became an independent affiliate of the University, attaining organizational autonomy while retaining the strong and mutually beneficial relationship. The Council works cooperatively with like-minded organizations, including the United Nations Association of Western North Carolina and the League of Women Voters of Asheville/Buncombe County, as well as with the national World Affairs Councils of America, of which it is a member.
The Council annually sponsors two lecture series. Issues of current global interest are addressed in monthly programs led by guest speakers of national repute, drawn from domestic as well as international organizations. In February and March, weekly Great Decisions lectures are held in several Western North Carolina locations, dealing with international issues such as development, environmental crises and regional conflicts. For this series speakers are drawn from the UNC Asheville faculty and other local colleges and universities. For more information, The World Affairs Council (http://www.main.nc.us/wac/).
12.11 State Employees' Association
In addition to lobbying for increased benefits with the state legislature, the State Employees' Association of North Carolina offers a number of services to members. The annual dues entitles the member to a free accidental death benefit of $1,000 and gives access to programs including a group buying plan for consumer goods and low-cost group life insurance. For more information, visit http://www.seanc.org/.
12.12 State Employees' Credit Union
Any permanent employee of the State of North Carolina may apply for membership by completing an application and accompanying it with $25 to open a passbook savings account. Then the applicant is entitled to all the benefits of membership. The State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) is the third largest in the nation with a membership in excess of 150,000. The SECU offers most banking services including draft (checking) accounts, money market accounts, CDs, personal loans, auto loans, and home mortgages. For more information, visit http://www.ncsecu.org/
12.13 FORMS for Section 12.0
No forms for this section.