Playing In the Dirt

Today, I got to do an activity that I haven't done in a long time--gardening!  A friend invited me to meet the UNC Asheville Botanical Society, a group that works closely with the staff of the Botanical Gardens and UNC Asheville Facilities to make the area around our school beautiful.  This group began when a group of students, concerned with the glass they were finding in the stream by that Botanical Gardens, started to clean up the water.  Membership grew, and the group expanded its activities to include removing invasive species from the Gardens and planting a variety of greens around campus.  We met on Friday afternoon to do some light garden work near the Chancellor's house; for about an hour, we transplanted a number of plants to the hillside garden.  I had a wonderful time with the Society, and although I was pretty dirty by the time it was over, I felt relaxed and peaceful (something that can only be a good thing during exam week!).  The members of the Society are cool, fun students, and really deserve an award for all of the hard work they've done to make to help make our community beautiful.   

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Highsmith Union: First Floor

Although I have written several posts about various parts of the student union building here at UNC Asheville, I realized that I have not written much about the building itself.  Because Highsmith Union is such a big building, I decided to break it down by floor; this post is just about the first floor, which, coincidentally, is where you'll find the most student activity.  This level contains the bookstore (topic of a future post!), mailroom, game room, food court, art gallery, among others.  Many events for students are held on this floor, and there is a lot of traffic from students who cut through Highsmith Union to get to and from Founders Hall.  When I transferred to UNC Asheville, I was surprised to see how much the students utilize the student union building; it was a really pleasant change from my previous university, where students did not linger or socialize in the same way as they do here.  At UNC Asheville, you're sure to find someone you know when you go to Highsmith, so this building is a very popular spot for students to socialize and relax.  We also have a Redbox in Highsmith Union, which makes it even more popular for students interested in renting a movie that they cannot find in our library.  I took some pictures of the first level of this building to show what it has to offer.  Interested in learning more about Highsmith Union?  Check out the links at the end of this post or leave a comment!  
Views of Highsmith from Outside:

The game room is a very popular place to relax

Mail Room

Highsmith Union Gallery

Intercultural Center
Copy Center
We have an ATM on campus for students who cannot get to the bank

Highsmith Union Food Court and dining area


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Last Day of Classes

Today was the last day of classes, which means several things.  First, the semester is about a week away from being over; summer is just around the corner (sweet).  Second, because the semester is wrapping up, we are about two days away from final exams (bitter).  But perhaps more important than either of these--with the end of the semester comes the annual "Last day of Class" celebration at Chancellor Anne Ponder's house.  This event, which ends the semester on a very positive note, is nothing short of awesome.  Several of my friends and I walked up to the Janice W. Brumit Pisgah House tonight to enjoy great food, live music, and conversation in her back yard.  Although this semester has been tough, and my exams will be trying to say the least, Chancellor Ponder's hospitality tonight (not to mention the delicious dinner I enjoyed) has given me new energy with which to face the final week of school.  We had a wonderful time tonight, and I cannot wait to go back next semester.

Chancellor Ponder and some of my friends
Rocky, the living counterpart to our Bulldogs mascot  (he is so cute!)

A view of the house from the road

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