Chancellor Anne Ponder
At no time in our history has the Liberal Arts been more important to the future of our economy and our society. When I talk with business and civic leaders around the state, they continue to tell me that their organizations need college graduates who can think critically, analyze data, solve problems creatively, work with people who are different from them, and adapt to the changing workplace...in other words, they need more liberal arts graduates.
With so much uncertainty throughout our country and the world, it is critical that the students we educate today have what it takes to be the creative and visionary leaders of tomorrow.
In this issue of UNC Asheville Magazine, you will come to know just a few of the UNC Asheville students and graduates who are breaking new ground and taking on the careers of tomorrow.
In our New Media Department, faculty and students are blurring the boundary between art and science by using technology to create art—digital works like that on our magazine's cover, as well as videos and abstract animations.
You'll also hear about a recent graduate of our Atmospheric Sciences program who is forecasting weather in far-flung places like the Russia's Sea of Okhotsk and Singapore. Travel to Oklahoma City with us as we check in on four of our graduates who are working as TV news and weather experts there. Meteorologists, curators, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, clergy, civic leaders, doctors, writers, CEOs—UNC Asheville graduates are doing all this, and more.
UNC Asheville is also continuing our exciting collaborations within our own community. Learn how our Family Business Forum is helping family businesses all across our region meet the challenges of today's economy while staying true to the traditions that made their organizations great; or visit the WNC Vitality Index, a web-based product that provides elected decision makers with a "one stop" source of respected, objective and current information about our region's economic conditions, ecological health and cultural traditions. This tool—designed in cooperation with UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) —also helps draw new businesses to the area.
As a friend of UNC Asheville, you very likely have your own stories of UNC Asheville graduates doing extraordinary things and changing the world. Thanks for all you do to make UNC Asheville the kind of place where this can truly happen.
“With so much uncertainty throughout our country and the world, it is critical that the students we educate today have what it takes to be the creative and visionary leaders of tomorrow.”
—Chancellor Anne Ponder