By Chancellor Anne Ponder

Chancellor Anne PonderChancellor Anne Ponder

As friends and supporters of UNC Asheville, you know that we have established a proud tradition of excellence in the kind of education that truly changes lives. By nurturing the critical-thinking skills our citizens need to be successful in their careers, the UNC Asheville experience enriches our students’ capacity to live creative lives and improve their communities.

As a university, we can’t do this in isolation; it’s an endeavor advanced by linking arms with others who share our passion for a brighter future for North Carolina. In this issue, you’ll learn about a just a few of those linkages.

The efforts of faculty member Kitti Reynolds and her students to help find a solution to the imminent loss of hemlock trees in the Southern Appalachians represents a key partnership between UNC Asheville and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, whose headquarters is hosted on our campus.

And I know you’ll enjoy learning about our Mechatronics program, where art meets science for the precision control of mechanical and machine systems. To do this program well, UNC Asheville joined forces with N.C. State University to develop a joint degree program that’s been pursued with strong interest by highly accomplished students on both campuses.

There are dozens of examples of successful partnerships with organizations, including Mission Hospital, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, and the City of Asheville, the last of which began working with UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) after widespread flooding here followed back-to-back hurricanes in 2004. The city is using the modeling tool they developed together in planning to mitigate the effects of the future floods.

We are thrilled to serve our community in this way, and we invite you to visit our website, www.unca.edu, to learn about the new ideas that are coming to fruition every day.

“This is an endeavor advanced by linking arms with others who share our passion for a brighter future for North Carolina.”
—Chancellor Anne Ponder


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