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QJ Volume 31 Issue 1 February 3, 2000 $62,000 stolen By Alison Watson staff Writer PHOTO BY WALTER FYLER The money was stolen from the business office on Jan. 11 and Jan. 14. burse all of the students for any stop payment costs. Foley said that, ordinarily, there are two cashiers work ing. However, registration is such a busy time for the cash iers office, more employees fill in. Foley estimated that there were five to 10 UNCA employees working other than cashiers. Statements were al ready taken from all the em ployees involved. “Unfortunately, at this point, because this is under investi gation, I cannot offer further details on this matter.” said Epstein. The ongoing investi gation makes any information that is not already public record, unavailable. The incident report was filled out on the day the money was discovered missing. Foley said the business office was very “Because of the good inter nal procedures that we have in the cashiers office, we were able to determine the funds were missing,”said Foley. At the end of the day, the controllers made record of their deposits and found the money to be missing and re ported it immediately. The Chancellor said he in tended to prosecute to the full extent of the law. Until SBI completes its procedures, more information and names will not be released. Over $62,000 in cash and on-endorsed checks were re- orted stolen from UNCA’s lusiness Office during regis- ation, according to incident :ports by Public Safety. The tate Bureau of Investigation 5BI) has been called in to ivestigate the matter. Busi- ess office employees reported 757 in cash and $10,223 in on-endorsed checks stolen n Jan. 11. A second report laimed $1,500 cash and 30,5 00 in non-endorsed hecks also missing on Jan. Jolene Moody, a UNGA itroller, reported the losses. The SBI stepped in because if money is stolen from JNCA, it is stolen from the said Merianne Epstein, irector ofpublic information. Public Safety has already osed i ate. The money was collected : registration and part of the olen cash and checks were ^posits for tuition and other e payments. Arthur Foley, vice chancel- of financial affairs, stated lat at least 11 students would ;placement lecks and most had already >pped payment on the origi- als. The university will reim- Corrigan evaluates athletics By Kathryn Krouse Staff Writer An assessment of the UNCA athletic program by Gene Corrigan, former Na tional Collegiate Athletic As sociation (NCAA) President, will provide guidelines to search for a new athletic di rector after the current director’s retirement. “He stands for everything that’s right about college ath letics,” said Associate Ath letic Director Mike Gore. “We always want to look to improve, and this is a perfect time to bring in someone like Gene Corrigan to look over our program. He can tell us what we are doing well and what we’re not doing so well. It’s just fantastic.” Tom Hunnicutt, UNCA’s athletic director for seven years, announced he will re tire in April. Chancellor James Mullen has taken this opportunity to evaluate the program before hiring a new athletic director. Hunnicutt’s announce ment has given the school ample time to look at the program and see where im provements can be made, according to Mullen. “I think Gene Corrigan coming in to assess where we are now, what our possibili ties are and the timeliness of him coming is excellent,” said Hunnicutt. Right now, there are no can didates for Hunnicutt’s po sition. A committee will do a nationwide search for a new athletic director after Corrigan’s assessment. His evaluation will give the com mittee aspects to look for in a new athletic director, said Mullen. Corrigan has chosen not to comment on his assessment until it is completed. Corrigan will suggest ways for the athletic program to continue to increase public awareness of UNCA teams and strengthen the program itself to bring more money into it, according to Hunnicutt. A range of issues concern ing the athletic program will be Corrigan’s focus, yet he will not be looking at the job perfo rmances of UN CA per sonnel, according to Mullen. His assessment how UNCA can successfully compete in Division I ath letics. Corrigan’s efforts will deal with how to organize tocom- pete, how to budget money, fundraising and recommen dations on increasing com munity relations, according to Mullen. As a smaller athletic pro gram that does not include a football team, finances are a challenge, according to Hunnicutt. UNCA’s athletic focus, the men’s basketball team, continues to gain com munity support. “It’s very important that the community continue to de velop a sense of ownership for our teams in this pro gram, that they feel a com mitment to attend our games and support our programs,” said Mullen. Corrigan met with com munity represeritativSftOdis- ■ cuss ways to gain support. A prominent figure in in tercollegiate athletics, Corrigan was president of the NCAA and commis sioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to Gore. Corrigan also served as ath letic director of the Univer sity of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and has done assessments of pro grams similar in size to UNCA’s, like that at Niagara University. “Gene understands inter collegiate athletics in a way that very few people do. He understands not only large PHOTO BY JASON GRAHAM Gene Corrigan’s assessment of the athletic department will establish criteria for the new atheltic director. programs, but how programs of our size can compete and succeed in Division I,” said Mullen. Hunnicutt’s retirement an nouncement gives UNCA the time to evaluate the pro gram before hiring a new ath letic director. “We’ve gotten where I feel its time tor me to step aside and let someone with some new ideas and maybe some experiences that I haven’t been exposed to, come in and raise the level of our programs,” said Hunnicutt. “Chancellor Mullen could not have picked a more prominent man to come and take a look at UNCA,” said Hunnicutt. A private donor funds his efforts at UNCA, so funds will not come from the university’s budget, ac cording to Mullen. The current position of the athletic program provides an opportune time for Corrigan’s assessment. Sup port from the community continues to increase and UNCA athletes continue to staj^ompetitive, athletically See ASSESS page 8 fob options increase for graduating students Bachelor's Degree Candidates Total Offers = 29,777 PROPORTION OF OFFERS BY CURRICULAR AREA Business 38.9% Communications Education & Home Economics Humanities & Social Sciences Engineering 31.5 % Agricultural & Natural Resources Computer Sciences Health Sciences Sciences 2.6 %[ 3.2% 1.9%! 8.7% ' ' 1.6% 4.1 % ; Master's Degree Candldates-lnexperlenced Total Offers - 2,095 Communications Education Humanities & Social Sciences 35.7 % Engineering Computer Science Health Sciences Sciences UNCA’s Career Center provides students with illustrations of growing career fields. By Davon Heath staff Writer Jobs for college students rose 31-5 'ercent nationally from 1998 to ‘999, yet the job opportunities for new graduates are not as abundant UNCA Career Center director. inWesternNorthCarolina(WNC) “The challenge behind all that is as they are nationwide, according the job opportunities depend a lot to a representative from the UNCA on what kind of a job you’re look- Career Center. ing for and geographically what “I think we’ve known for the last you’re looking for.” year (that) the job market has been About half of the graduates that much improved for graduates com- use the UNCA Career Center ser- ing out,” said Kerri Day Keller, vices are looking for jobs in WNC, according to Keller. “The unemployment rate for col lege graduates is the lowest it has been in 30 years and the demand for skilled employees is very high,” said Ken Ramberg, Co-Founder of “The index shows a 31.5 percent increase in total jobs with an average starting salary of $36,897.” There are two contributing fac tors to account for the job increases. The Internet and other technical developments are contributing to the growth of the economy. Also, as baby boomers retire, there is a short age of qualified candidates to fill their positions, according to a press release. The most promising fields are education and high-tech. “These two industries have the greatest dis parity between the demand for employees and the supply of recent graduates,” said Ramberg. “As far as teaching goes, I think the area is wide open,” said Donnie Alan Slye, a continuing student majoring in education. “You can find a job if you’re willing to look for it.” “I don’t think the opportunities for a history major are expanding like technology, service and educa tion,” said Reed Wood, a senior history major. “I feel optimistic,” said Becca Cau sey, a junior Spanish major. “I think with a Spanish degree, I can use it no matter what. I think it will help a lot because the way things are going, it’s pretty marketable now.” “There’s a wide array of manage ment positions, but that’s not just for management majors,” said Keller. “Some folks may be inter ested in applying their liberal arts skills to a business type setting. “Broad studies of liberal arts indi cate a payoff down the road,” said Keller. “Those are people that are the chief executive officers, manag ers and people in higher level posi tion, so there is hope.” ■ is an on-line job listing and resume service. Jobtrak works with over 960 colleges and univesity career centers nationwide. “The Jobtrak index provides in formation about the job market for recent college graduates, details about the employment outlook, hot jobs, salaries, career planning and development,” according to the “Since Jobtrak has a unique rela tionship with university career of fices and has posted jobs from'more than 400,000 employers, it is in the See JOBS page 8

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