Dear Alumni Friends of UNC Asheville,
We know that it is a difficult time for our entire UNC Asheville family and the world as we face an unprecedented challenge. I want to take a moment to let you know that your alma mater is thinking of you.
While you focus on the health and wellbeing of your family through social distancing, know that your UNC Asheville Alumni Association continues to prioritize serving our alumni community through opportunities to feel more connected even if we are far apart. We are here for you and we are all in this together.
I believe that Chancellor Nancy J. Cable said it best:
"Despite these difficult times, our University values of compassion, our culture of collaboration, inclusion and mutual respect will allow us to get through this time of national emergency."
In the spirit of these words, we are working to provide resources and meaningful opportunities to engage with one another. To read the latest COVID-19 news at UNC Asheville, visit coronavirus.unca.edu. Please note, this webpage is updated regularly and contains the latest campus news regarding COVID-19.
For the health and well-being of our campus community, beginning 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 through at least April 6, the Highsmith Student Union, Brown Dining Hall, certain residence halls where approved students with qualified exceptions reside, and the Health and Counseling Center will be the only facilities open on the UNC Asheville campus and access will be restricted to faculty, staff, and students. All other facilities including the Ramsey Library, the Student Recreation Center, and Justice Center will be closed at least through April 6.
We will continue to keep you informed as we know many of our alumni use these facilities. You can monitor coronavirus.unca.edu for updates and reach out if you have any questions.
If you don't already, follow our social media channels for special content to make you feel more connected to UNC Asheville with upcoming giveaways, activities, messages from your favorite faculty, and opportunities to share your favorite memories with your Bulldog Community.
Many members of our compassionate community have asked how they can support UNC Asheville students impacted by the changes in campus operations and by the virus itself.
1) There are a number of ways you can support students and your fellow alumni:
Send a message of support to your fellow alumni or to current students
Film a fun video at home while wearing UNC Asheville attire.
- Email your message with your name and class year to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see it shared on social media!
2) Join our exclusive UNC Asheville Alumni Association LinkedIn Group and expand your professional network. Share opportunities for career advancement or make connections with alumni in your same career field.
3) Consider making a gift to one of the following funds:
UNC Asheville Fund: gifts to the UNC Asheville fund enable the university to be nimble in times of challenge from providing vital support for moving our classes online to funding special initiatives to provide additional services to students in need.
Student Emergency Fund: from providing off-campus housing to healthy meals to counseling services, this fund enables our faculty and staff to quickly respond to student emergencies and needs that arise during this time.
Food Equity Initiative: this on-campus program dedicated to providing healthy food to students struggling with food insecurity is now providing one-on-one support for students staying in the area who are struggling to find healthy food options they can afford while off-campus.
- Remote Technology Support: to meet the technology needs of our students, faculty, and staff as they take their learning and teaching online.
4) If you are interested in ordering a UNC Asheville Alumni t-shirt, now a portion of your order will go to support the Student Emergency Fund. For $35, you will receive your t-shirt when students are able to safely return to campus. While you wait, your gift will go to work immediately to aid students most affected by COVID-19.
Whether in times of great joy or in times of crisis, we remain a caring Bulldog family that supports one another. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or ideas on how we can feel more connected.
Elizabeth Saxman Underwood, Ph.D.
Class of 2001
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving