Thanks for an incredible #GivingTuesday!
Together we raised nearly $30,000 to support UNC Asheville students. It goes to show that when the UNC Asheville community comes together, we can accomplish extraordinary things.
Thank you to everyone that invested in our students on #GivingTuesday. We could not have done it without you!
As we brace ourselves for the shopping frenzy of the holiday season—Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and so on—#GivingTuesday on Nov. 29 is a national day of giving back. It is a day to thank those that helped you by paying it forward to the next generation.
By investing in UNC Asheville students on #GivingTuesday, you are making dreams come true for current and future Bulldogs. Your support is felt in every area of campus—from scholarships, endowed professorships and lab equipment that create the best possible classroom experience, to cultural events and guest speakers who inspire our students, and everything in between.
Take a look at the impact donor support has made in the lives of our students. Make your impact by helping UNC Asheville raise at least $16,000 on Giving Tuesday to support students. On November 29, make your gift, then help spread the word by sharing your support on social media.
Scholar Athlete: KJ Weaver
An athletic scholarship allowed KJ Weaver to balance her time on and off the court. She was already busy with a championship basketball season last spring when she tried out for TheatreUNCA’s production of Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. But she found being on the stage wasn’t so different from being on the court.
“Memorizing plays on the court and memorizing your lines for a play are very similar,” Weaver said. “There was a lot of physical activity in that play, too. And acting in basketball is definitely a thing!”
Weaver, a senior majoring in psychology with a management minor, is also an artist and a musician, and she’s fluent in American Sign Language. She hopes to one day become a psychologist working with the deaf population.
“My mom always said, ‘you never can settle on just one thing, can you?’” Weaver laughs. Thanks to the flexibility her scholarship provides, she won’t have to.
Your generosity allows students to follow their passions.
Undergraduate Research: Robyn Lewis
Support for undergraduate research can lead to scientific breakthroughs. Just ask Robyn Lewis, who presented undergrad research in physics at the 30th Anniversary National Conference on Undergraduate Research on campus in April. For her research project, Lewis conducted experiments using an infrared carbon dioxide laser—which was built by students—to produce a form of carbon called graphene on polyimide film.
Lewis said graphene, being both exceptionally strong and conductive, is valuable for its potential uses in materials science, bioengineering, and energy storage, among other fields. But large-scale production of graphene is currently difficult and cost-prohibitive.
“Being able to form graphene would really just be the first step in a lot of potential research,” Lewis said.
The opportunity to conduct real research allowed Lewis to take the information acquired in the classroom to the next step.
“Not only do we have a good physics department, but we have a physics department that has really cool stuff, and we’re doing really neat experiments,” Lewis said.
Lewis said her initial results have been promising but, since she’s graduating, “it’s time to pass the torch.” Student researchers in the physics department will be continuing research subsequent to her graduation.
Your gifts to undergraduate research better prepare students for post-graduate education and the workforce.
Internships in the Real World: Kyle Noel
For some, the weather may be a small part of everyday conversation. For atmospheric science major Kyle Noel, it’s been a lifelong passion—a passion that led him to a major at UNC Asheville and an internship with the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS).
With his summer internship, Noel conducted a research project on wind gust climatology around eastern North Carolina. He analyzed weather patterns while assisting weather balloon launches—a dream come true for the lifelong weather enthusiast. This research will improve aviation, fire, and public forecasts for the eastern North Carolina region.
"Overall, it was an amazing summer and I'm thankful for new memories from that office,” Noel said. “Working at NWS was a huge boost for my resume and should help me land a job after my undergraduate career at UNCA is over next May."
Your gift helps prepare our students and alumni for successful careers and rewarding lives.