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May 2016 Commencement Ceremony Video Finished and Available Now!

May 16, 2016

Thanks to the heroic work of Ramsey Library’s Video Production team, who was responsible for planning, setting up, filming, editing, and captioning our 2016, 88th Annual Spring Commencement, the full video is now completely finished and available to be viewed. Check it out on YouTube here or in this post below.

Great work Kent Thompson, Sasha Hussey, Cliff Hedrick, and everyone else who worked hard to make graduation, and us, look so good! Enjoy it? See more of UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production’s work on YouTube here or learn more about our Video Production unit here.

Congratulations Seniors!

May 5, 2016


After sweat and tears, many hundreds of pages of notes, tests, drafts, papers, and 4 years-ish of multicolored memories, you’ve climbed the ladder to the next high dive of life. Now you stand ready with new skills, friends, mentors and connections to aide you. Good luck and congratulations! We at the Ramsey Library honor your achievements and wish you wings in your travels. As Richard Halliburton said, “…I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”

Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist, selected to attend the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute at Berea College

May 2, 2016

Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at UNC Asheville, is one of 25 archivists selected to participate in the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).    

ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Berea College for the years 2016-18. The Archives Leadership Institute will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. To learn more about ALI see

Participants were selected in a competitive application process based on their leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, career progress and history, organizational involvement, professional motivation and goals, a collaborative and innovative spirit and diversity and specialization within the profession.   

The Archives Leadership Institute held at Berea College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as visionary leadership development, strategic planning, project management, human resource development and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Appalachian mountain region.

Following ALI, participants will return to their institutions to develop a practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.

In support of the project, Berea College Archives was awarded $243,954 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Leadership Institute will be held on the campus of Berea College.  

Join us for a Study Break!

April 20, 2016


Need a break? Come by the Blowers Gallery on the Main Floor of Ramsey Library Tuesday April 26th starting at 8pm. We will have board games, snacks, drinks, and more to lift your spirits!

Need the Love of a Good Book?

April 19, 2016


Courtesy of your fellow UNCA students, staff, and faculty, here is a whole whiteboard of book recommendations. Take a look, then grab a book! Most are available in Ramsey Library: simply search our collection here or look in the whole WNCLN network (includes UNCA and also ASU and WCU). If you find something at ASU or WCU you like, simply click ‘Request’ to have it sent here.  Happy reading!


Graphic Novel Contest Winners!

April 5, 2016

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Graphic Novel Contest!

First place: Megan Van Voorhies
Second place: Keith James
Honorable mention: K.S. Stultz

Thank you so much to all the student artists who submitted wonderful creative work, as well as to The Belk Distinguished Professor, The UNC Asheville Department of Art and Art History, and our fine jurors:

Larkin Ford (Larkin Ford Art)
James Lyle (James Lyle, Illustrator)
Lauren J. Patton (Zapow!)
Colin Sutherland (Woolly Press)
Jessica White (Heroes & Criminals Press, Ladies of Letterpress and Asheville Zine Fest)


Graphic Novel Contest


See previous winning entries >


Goodbye Rocky!

April 1, 2016

As you may have heard, UNCA lost our mascot, dear Rocky the bulldog over the last weekend in March. He is already greatly missed. Rocky was a treasure, friendly and full of spirit. He regularly lifted the spirits of students, staff, and faculty alike here on campus as took part in commencements, athletic games, orientations and homecomings. He came to campus after being adopted by alumni Alexis Johnson ’97 and Ed Johnson ’96, a math lecturer here at UNC Asheville. How should we remember him? Just as he was, bounding and gregarious as you can watch him here as the star of ‘It’s a Bulldog’s Life.’


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