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Holly IglesiasHolly Iglesias, assistant professor in the Master of Liberal Arts Program, and Katherine Min, assistant professor of Literature and Language, have received North Carolina State Art Fellowships. The two UNC Asheville faculty members were among just eight authors from across the state to receive the $10,000 awards. Iglesias will use her fellowship to do research on her third collection of poetry, while Min plans to conduct research in Italy for her second novel.

Lora Holland, associate professor of Classics, is serving as the 2009–10 Blegen Research Fellow in Classics at Vassar College. She has spent the year pursuing research on the religion of the Roman Republic and lecturing on classical antiquity. Holland is also a visiting fellow in Greek and Roman religion at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Katie Bachmeyer ’09 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an English teaching assistantship in the Republic of Macedonia this fall. She will draw upon the teaching skills she learned while previously working in Korea and Bulgaria to teach students how to apply their English skills in the global market. During her time off from teaching, Bachmeyer plans to offer free public workshops to forge discussions about how disability rights and special education contributes to Macedonia’s advancement on the global stage. To prepare for this project, Bachmeyer is currently working with the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism and is editing the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation, based out of Skopje.

Bill MillerJ. William “Bill” Miller, professor and chair of Environmental Studies, was named a recipient of the 2010 Award for Excellence in Teaching from The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors. He received a $7,500 cash prize and a commemorative bronze medallion that is worn with academic regalia.

Senior Emily O’Brien was given the Yedlicka Scholarship by Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, for exceptional academic performance in French. She will spend seven weeks this summer studying French language, literature and civilization at the American University in Paris. O’Brien will graduate in December with a double major in French and Art.

Virginia Derryberry, professor and chair of the Art Department, has been selected to be a visiting artist at the prestigious American Academy in Rome. She spent a two-week residency at the Academy in June producing new works. Founded in 1894, the Academy fosters the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities.

ben reidBen Reid ’10 recently received a National Windgate Fellowship with an accompanying $15,000 prize. Just 10 fellowships are given to graduating college seniors each year to help encourage and advance their artistic development. Reid is the third UNC Asheville graduate to earn a National Windgate Fellowship since the program was founded five years ago.

UNC Asheville’s student chapter of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, the oldest in the country, earned second place in the national Theatre Tech Olympics held in Kansas City in April.

Blue BannerUNC Asheville’s student newspaper, The Blue Banner, won several awards at the North Carolina College Media Association’s Statewide College Media Awards Ceremony in February, including Best in Show for newspapers published at universities with less than 6,000 students and Best in Show for online news.

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