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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.’

From the Archives: The Great War

March 30, 2016

While our Special Collections focus primarily on Western North Carolina and Appalachia, we also hold a number of materials documenting World War I. Student worker Cassie Crowe has been working on the Roland Sargent Collection, which includes several hundred copies of the rare Cross and Cockade Journal. Cassie became interested in the history of the journal and its various name changes and has written about her discoveries in Remembering the Birds of The Great War.

Interested in more materials related to World War I? Check out these collections:

  • Robert J. Godbey CollectionGodbey was a clerk for the American Expeditionary Force in France from 1918-19. He kept extensive diaries of his experiences.
  • Otis J. Clontz Collection – Contains postcards, photographs, and memorabilia from WWI.
  • Henry Martin Knauth Photograph Collection – A collection of two-hundred-eighty-four photographs taken by Henry Martin Knauth during his tour of duty in Europe in the First World War as a quartermaster for the American Army.
  • Ernest and Magnolia Thompson McKissick Oral History – McKissick discusses his experiences in the army during WWI.
  • Massie Collection of Jesse Morris Photographs – Documents the Oteen Hospital during WWI.
  • Irwin Monk Papers – Monk served in the 30th Division (The “Old Hickory” Division) in WWI. Includes maps of the war front, journals, Signal Corps manuals, wartime correspondence, and extensive documentation of his activities with veterans groups after the war.
  • Black Highlanders in World War I – a brief account of Asheville area African Americans who served in WWI
  • The Howard H. Peckham Collection – Contains over 100 first person accounts of individuals in WWI. These books are shelved in Special Collections.

Language Learning DB Workshop

March 22, 2016


Interested in learning a language? Did you know that  UNCA students, staff, and faculty have full access to a language learning database called Pronunciator that teaches over 80 languages including English as a Second Language? Yes we do! It’s similar in style to interactive Rosetta Stone software and has about 2 years of content for most languages.

Interested? Come to a workshop about Pronunciator on March 31st OR April 1st from 12:30 to 1:30pm in Ramsey Library’s Kimmel Lab (behind the Reference and Technology Desk). There we will learn how to access it through the library even off campus, register for the database, and how to make use of it to learn a language interactively using your computer, tablet, or smartphone (iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire).

Can’t make that time? Darn…we’ll miss you! But we can still get you started and walk you through the basics anytime! Just come by the Library’s Reference Desk, or contact us anyway you like! All these roads lead to help: (includes email, phone, online chat, and more)


Julian Bond Keynote Speech Now Online

March 11, 2016


UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has just released the recording of Civil Rights legend Julian Bond’s visit to UNCA during Black History Month of February, 2004. The speech is titled ‘Affirmative Action: The Just Spoils of a Righteous War.

Who was Julian Bond? Bond was a legend of the American Civil Rights movement. As a Civil Rights activist, he took part in sit-ins at segregated Atlanta lunch counters and was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee working directly with Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself even. Bond also spoke out in support of students opposing the war in Vietnam, served multiple terms as both a Georgia State House Representative and a State Senator, hosted the television program America’s Black Forum, was the founder and president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was a widely popular author and lecturer, and famously served as the chairman of the N.A.A.C.P from 1998-2010.¹

Interestingly, Bond was offered both to be the first Democratic vice presidential candidate and later a cabinet position in the Carter administration, both of which he refused.¹ On Bond’s passing last year in 2015, president Obama expressed his loss by saying, “Julian Bond was a hero and, I’m privileged to say, a friend. Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life – from his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his founding role with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to his pioneering service in the Georgia legislature and his steady hand at the helm of the NAACP. Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship – and we offer our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Pamela, and his children. Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that.”²

Still interested in learning more about Julian Bond? Read more about him in Ramsey Library’s Online Reference Databases such as Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

If you enjoyed the video, check out many others like it on UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production’s Youtube Channel where we have more than 100 videos of UNCA’s past visiting speakers, student projects, special presentations, performances, commencement addresses, and many others. You can also get support creating quality audio-visual projects yourself from the experts (and creators of these videos) from Ramsey Library’s Media Design Lab and Video Production Studio.

Have questions? Find answers here:


¹”Julian Bond (1940–).” 2012. In African American Almanac : 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence, Lean’tin Bracks. Canton: Visible Ink Press.

²”Statement by the President on the Passing of Julian Bond.” The White House: Office of the Press Secretary. August 16, 2015.


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