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by Chancellor Anne Ponder

Anne Ponder

From left to right: Jeff Michael, director of the RENCI at UNC Charlotte Engagement Center, UNC President Erskine Bowles and Chancellor Anne Ponder admire the facilities at the new RENCI at UNC Asheville Engagement Site, located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.

We at UNC Asheville have long been known for our creativity and resilience, and our secret ingredient has been our habit of creating collaborations. In 2009, there is no shortage of urgent and complex problems to which this might apply: from the changing economy to the debate over healthcare.

It is not enough for UNC Asheville to adapt to these challenging times. One of our fundamental responsibilities is to collaborate with the wider community to address those challenges.

“Carrying out our mission as a public university is at the center of our Strategic Plan. Our university’s many outreach endeavors bring that commitment to life. ”

Carrying out our mission as a public university is at the center of our Strategic Plan. Our university’s many outreach endeavors bring that commitment to life. Through these endeavors, we bring our best resources — faculty expertise, student curiosity and the academic enterprise—to bear on the most urgent issues facing our communities. You may be surprised to learn about the many outreach efforts and partnerships already under way within Western North Carolina and beyond. This issue of UNC Asheville Magazine will focus on just a few of them.

Addressing the challenges of human interaction with our changing environment is UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC). Faculty, staff and students conduct research and provide decision-support tools on environmental issues. Through multiple collaborations, NEMAC has advanced science visualization processes for community planners.

Also in this issue is an introduction of Zeis Hall. Learn how our practice of collaborative learning influenced the design of its laboratories and how students conduct undergraduate research in a setting reflective of industry.

You’ll also get a view of our Career Center, a vibrant hub of activity and professional guidance available to all students and alumni.

At UNC Asheville, ‘learning’ and ‘doing’ are not two separate concepts. The realworld experience required of students undertaking a liberal arts education at UNC Asheville is the very best preparation for the uncertainty of our times, as well as the very best investment we can make in our communities and their future.

—Chancellor Anne Ponder

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