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UNCA is committed to providing a rich curricular and co-curricular environment for its students, faculty and staff.  The following sections describe current programs, activities and services on the UNCA campus in this continually growing domain.

11.1 Arts and Performances

Throughout the year the Art Department sponsors workshops and lectures for the university and the community. Workshops are usually concentrated studies in a specific area of interest or media. Art exhibits are located in the Owen galleries on the first and second floors of Owen Hall.

The Art Department has a rotating collection. The works from the collection are available to the university community on a "check-out" system and can be hung in faculty offices where security is not a problem. When new works are added to the collection these become available for general university use.

UNCA music offers many musical opportunities for members of the faculty, their families, and friends. If you are interested in making music, you are welcome to join one of our performance groups: UNCA Community Chorus, UNCA Community Band, or UNCA Community Jazz Band. If you are interested in hearing music, call the Music Department to receive a calendar of upcoming musical events.

If you would like more information on any of these opportunities or if you would like to become a member of the UNCA Friends of Music and obtain free admission to many musical activities, please call the Chair of the UNCA Music Department.

Theatre UNCA, the production laboratory of the Department of Drama, is located in the Carol Belk Theatre, a 199-seat flexible theatre-in-the-round. An active and varied theatre season includes full-length productions that have reduced-priced tickets for the UNCA community.  A dress rehearsal is held prior to opening night for all productions; faculty may purchase tickets at student prices for other performances. Faculty members may also arrange group ticket rates for classes and departmental organizations. Admission is free to student productions.

All Theatre UNCA productions are open to participation by faculty, as well as students. Auditions are announced in the UNCA Calendar and on posters around campus.

Cultural and Special Events Programs
The Cultural and Special Events Program brings numerous national and international performers to campus each year including dance troupes, concerts, poets, and theatrical performances. Faculty may purchase tickets at a discounted price through the ticket office in the Highsmith University Center.

11.2 First Year Experience

First-Year Experience program (FYE) is an integrative, collaborative academic program promoting first-year student adjustment, involvement, integration, commitment to the educational process, and success. The program provides a supportive community of learning which encourages innovation in curriculum and instruction and provides programming for students to develop their interests and abilities beyond the classroom through co-curricular programming.

11.3 Honors Program (formerly 11.7)

The University Scholars Honors Program, established in the fall of 1985, is designed to recruit more able and motivated students, foster an environment in which the intellectual potential of students can flourish, and retain a core group of students committed to liberal learning by means of enhanced advising, counseling and other support services. The program is based on honors course work as well as co-curricular activities that "extend learning beyond the classroom." Course work emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of liberal learning, the historical and cultural context of knowledge, and the value of understanding classical works as the foundation of contemporary ideas. The Honors Program encourages independent study and collaborative research, particularly through the close interaction among students and faculty in a capstone senior research experience. Co-curricular activities include meetings with visiting scholars, discussions following selected cultural events, field experiences, service learning, study abroad and other travel opportunities.

The Honors Curriculum consists of Honors sections of the general education core curriculum, interdisciplinary special topics seminars, independent study reading and research, and a senior colloquium where students present their senior research.  Students successfully completing the Honors Program graduate "with distinction as a University Scholar" (see current UNCA catalog for requirements).

The Honors Program, in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Program, sponsors the Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholars Awards. These scholarships include special program components as well as financial support. Competition is open to entering first-time freshmen based on high school GPA, SAT scores, and an essay. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Transfer students and continuing UNCA students may participate in the program by invitation, application, or faculty nomination. Contact the honors Director for more information on eligibility.

The University Honors Program is administered by a Director, appointed from among the faculty, in consultation with the Honors Advisory Committee and an Honors Student Advisory Committee.  Academic policies for the program are referred from the Advisory Committee to the APC of the Faculty Senate. Faculty teaching Honors courses are selected by the Director and the Advisory Committee. More information is available at http://www.unca.edu/honors/.

11.4 Undergraduate Research Program (formerly 11.14)

The primary goal of the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is to provide participating students with a wide variety of research opportunities which support and supplement other educational activities. The program began in 1984 and founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the North Carolina Consortium on Undergraduate Research.

URP allows students to work closely with faculty on a wide variety of research projects; undergraduates share in the difficulties of planning and conducting research, as well as in the excitement of discovery. Students learn that research is not an esoteric, mysterious process, and they learn to organize themselves for a world of imperfect answers to sometimes fuzzy questions. Across all areas of interests, participating students benefit from a different kind of learning experience that changes their perspective on knowledge and education.

URP provides the organizational and programmatic structure for research experiences, usually reserved for graduate-level students, across the arts, humanities, natural sciences or social sciences. The innovative, nationally recognized program includes:

Students who have worked on research projects, whether or not they were funded by the URP are invited to present their results at one of three Undergraduate Research Symposia held on campus each year. The Program also funds travel grants for fifteen to twenty-five students and faculty to attend the Fall Conference of the North Carolina Consortium on Undergraduate Research, held in Durham, North Carolina, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, held at various campuses around the country in the spring. More information about the program is available at http://www.unca.edu/urp/.

11.5 International Programs (formerly 11.9)

The Office of International Programs seeks to facilitate cross-cultural interactions between the UNCA community and the wider world community. This office is responsible for the study abroad program, the International Studies minor, international curriculum development, and sponsoring co-curricular international activities.  Faculty members wishing to develop educational programs abroad or bring individuals from other countries to our campus may avail themselves of this office's support.

The Director of Study Abroad is responsible for the day-by-day functioning of the Office of Study Abroad: promoting its more than 20 programs, helping students with their application process, organizing orientations and attending regional meetings. More information is available at http://www.unca.edu/intlstudies/.

11.6 Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major (IST) became a degree program at UNCA during the 2000-2001 academic year. The IST major currently consists of two concentrations: the Individual Degree concentration, for students developing their own interdisciplinary degree programs, and the Ethics and Social Institutions concentration.  More information about IST programs is available at http://www.unca.edu/catalog/ist.html.

11.7 African-American Colloquium

The minority status of Black students at UNCA requires a targeted classroom effort to facilitate their successful transition into this liberal arts setting.  Such an experience aims to develop a sense of academic and social community and offers an opportunity for the students to see their place within the Black community and in the university culture.  This course is interdisciplinary by nature to provide the broadest academic exposure to entering students and is taught primarily by a core of Black faculty and staff.  Topics are chosen to permit participating faculty and staff to invite rich comparisons between Black cultures (e.g. African American, Caribbean, etc.) as well as between Black and non-Black cultures.

A vital part of this experience is the co-curricular component which encourages participation in the full array of student life.  Because the course aims at transitioning students into the university it espouses and utilizes the pedagogy and resources of the First Year Experience courses.

11.8 Special Academic Programs (formerly 11.12)

Special Academic Programs provides:
* Extension and Distance Learning opportunities
* Nonacademic-credit continuing and professional education programs, workshops and seminars, both with and without Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
* Youth programs
* Coordination of summer conferences, special academic year conferences and programs, and select special events.

Because of the broad scope of these activities, the impact of the programs is wide-ranging.  The activities and services of the department affect UNCA at large, including the faculty, staff, and students, as well as the local and regional communities of Western North Carolina.  These programs complement the liberal arts mission of the university, and play a vital role in the perpetual education of the regionís citizens by providing credit and non-credit learning opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as for professionals required to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The department develops curricula with faculty/instructors and advises faculty and coordinators on appropriate pedagogical methods, assessment techniques and program delivery modes in concert with institutional policies. In addition, SAP coordinates summer conferences and serves as the liaison between conference coordinators and department heads in charge of campus facilities and services.  More information is available at http://www.unca.edu/sprog/

11.9 Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a range of services specifically aimed at assisting faculty in teaching enhancement.  For example, the Center 
* promotes better understanding of how our students learn;
* relates our teaching methods to these modes of learning;
* assists instructors who voluntarily seek help;
* provides monetary assistance for invited experts, instructional equipment and supplies, seminars, etc.

As an ongoing priority, the Center emphasizes UNCA's commitment to teaching through a wide and flexible range of individual and group enrichment activities.  The Center provides support, information and assistance to faculty interested in improving their range of classroom skills; plans and sponsors pedagogy workshops and teaching retreats; seeks funding and writes grant proposals to support the improvement of teaching at UNCA; and supports other ongoing teaching enrichment programs. More information about the Center is available at http://www.ctl.unca.edu/.

11.10 Key Center for Service Learning

The Key Center for Service Learning encourages UNCA students to undertake service projects in the Asheville area, to reflect on what they learn through service, and to draw connections between what they learn in the community and what they learn in the classroom. The Center helps UNCA students and faculty find meaningful projects ranging from a few hours in length to short-term projects lasting a few days or weeks, to long-term internships with local service organizations and schools.  UNCA students have worked at more than 60 area agencies and schools on a wide variety of projects including:
* tutoring basic skills such as reading and math in local schools,
*serving as mentors to at-risk youth,
* working on environmental projects,
* helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence,
* teaching English as a second language,
* helping local food banks and shelters for the homeless, and
* working with children and adults with disabilities.

11.11 Highsmith Center Services (formerly 11.6)

The Highsmith Center houses UNCA's student life programs and offers a number of facilities and services for UNCA faculty.

1. Meeting Rooms: The Highsmith Center has numerous meeting rooms of various sizes to accommodate small meetings or large gatherings. There is no charge for campus meetings and programs.
2. Bookstore: The University Bookstore is located in the Highsmith Center and offers convenience items and sundries as well as books and school supplies.
3. Food service: The Highsmith Center houses several fast food dining options.
4. Game room: The Game room offers pool, ping pong, fooseball, and video games and is open to the entire campus community.
5. OneCard: The OneCard Student/Faculty/Staff ID card office is located in the Highsmith Center.
6. Offices: The Highsmith Center houses offices for the Office of Student Life, Study Abroad, Multicultural Student Affairs, the assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs as well as Student Government, Underdog Productions, the African American Student Association, and the International Student Association.

Discounted Tickets
The Office of Student Life offers discounted tickets to campus cultural events, city cultural events, and area attractions.

11.12 Health Center Services (formerly 11.15)

The Weizenblatt Health Center is the home of Student Health Services and is available to all students who pay the health service fee. Services available for faculty and staff include blood pressure and cholesterol screening, flu shots, CPR training and smoking cessation groups. If interested in any of the above services please call 251-6520 or visit http://www.unca.edu/shs/ for further information.

Center staff will be happy to assist you in finding a primary care physician in the Asheville area. The Mountain Area Family Health Center, across Weaver Blvd. from the main UNCA entrance, provides UNCA's students with after hours coverage for emergencies and hospitalizations. The Mountain Area Family Health Center is available for primary care to UNCA's faculty and staff.

11.13 Justice Center Services (formerly 11.8)

The Justice Center houses both UNCA's intercollegiate athletics programs and its recreational facilities.

Recreation Programs
All programs offered by UNCA Recreation are open to all students, faculty and staff.  UNCA Recreation provides recreational opportunities which consist of structured intramural sports and special events, informal "open" recreation, wellness programming, aquatics, sport clubs and outdoor education all in an environment which values, embraces and enriches individual differences.  More information is available at http://www.unca.edu/recreation/.

Recreation Policies
1.  Students, faculty and staff members must present their valid UNCA ID card at the check-in desk to gain access to the Justice Health and Fitness Center.
2.  Spouses and dependents will be issued a Recreation Pass after being registered by their "host" UNCA student, faculty or staff member.
3.  Spouses and dependents must present the Recreation Pass for admittance.
4.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.
5.  No one under 16 is allowed in the weight room.
6.  Retired faculty and staff members may register for a Recreation Pass.
7.  Guest Policy - UNCA students, faculty and staff are allowed three guest visits each semester and three guest visits for the entire summer.  Hosts must sign-in their guests and accompany them in the Center.

UNCA Basketball Ticket Policy for Faculty
Prior to the start of basketball season, all faculty will be sent a request form to purchase UNCA men's and women's basketball season tickets at a discounted price. These tickets will be valid at any pre-season or regular season game at Justice Center or the Asheville Civic Center.  More information about UNCA's intercollegiate athletics program is available at http://www.unca.edu/athletics/.

11.14 FORMS for Section 11.0

No forms for this section.

Faculty Handbook - version 8/12
Handbook for contracts dated prior to 7/1/03 (PDF)
Index | Faculty Senate | UNCA