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I II^I^A Bi-weekly news University of North Carolina at Asheville
rN V^/\ Volume 1, Number 7, November 19, 1979
Experiment Station Closer For UNC~A
Congressional action on Nov. 2
made it virtually certain the
Southeastern Forest Experiment Sta
tion of the U.S. Forest Service will be
established in a new building on the
UNC-A campus as soon as the work
can be done.
The Senate-House Conference Com
mittee early this month approved a
$3.6 million appropriation to put the
headquarters building for the Experi
ment Station on 10 acres of campus
land facing W.T. Weaver Boulevard
opposite the University Botanical
Chancellor William . E. Highsmith
said construction of the new facility
could start early in 1980. The first ap
propriation for the project was made
in fiscal 1978 when $250,000 was ap
proved for preliminary planning.
Design work for the headquarters is
finished, Highsmith said.
The Southeastern Forest Experiment
Station was established in Asheville in
Now operated by 93 forest scien
tists, technicians and administrative
personnel, it directs the federal
government's forestry research in
North and South Carolina, Virginia,
Georgia and Florida.
This study covers every aspect of
forestry science, including timber pro
duction, disease and insect control,
use of forest products, fish habitat and
Both university and government of
ficials have been urging the move to
the UNC-A campus for several years.
Dr. Highsmith said the mutual ad
vantages to the university and to the
Forest Service were clear from the
beginning, with each facility reinforc
ing the other's potential.
"The university is the ideal location
for the type of basic and applied
research carried out by the Experiment
Station," he said.
The Station's headquarters is
presently located in the Asheville post
office building, where it has been
since 1930. Its director is Dr. Eldon
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Design for Forest Experiment Station at UNC-A by Six Associates.
SALT AND PEPPER
The university is the prime sponsor
of an important debate on national
policy to be held in Asheville on Fri
day, Nov. 30.
With the help of a special grant from
the Foreign Policy Association, UNC-A
will bring two imposing spokesmen for
national defense here to join the
debate over the SALT II treaty now
The debaters will be Admiral Elmo
Zumwalt, a former chief of naval
operations, and Lt. Gen. Arthur Col
lins, former deputy commander in
chief of the U.S. Army in Europe.
Zumwalt will argue in favor of the
treaty, which is designed to add new
controls on nuclear arms between the
United States and the Soviet Union.
Collins will argue against it.
The debate will be held at 12:30 at
the Inn on the Plaza. The event is
called a SALT I! Town Meeting. It will
be preceded by a buffet luncheon
beginning at 11:45. Reservations,
which are $3, are required.
The debate is a project of the
Foreign Policy Association and UNC-
A's Political Science Department.
The debaters will be questioned by
John Butte, Rick Gunter, Bill Moore
and Dr. Shirley Browning.
ONWARD AND UPWARD
The latest figures from Registrar jo
Cadle show once again how UNC-A is
Total fall semester enrollment after
Term I! registration is 2,070 this year,
Mrs. Cadle reports.
This is an increase of 12.93 per cent
compared to total fall enrollment for
1978, she said.
The "Full Time Equivalent" enroll
ment is 1,379.75, a five per cent rise
over last year. Full Time Equivalent
(FTE) enrollment is calculated by con
solidating total semester hours for
which students are registered into
units of 12 hours or more carried by an
individual on a "full time" study
The FTE enrollment achieved this
semester exceeded the enrollment
budgeted to UNC-A for the 1979-80
school year by almost 30 students.
Chancellor William E. Highsmith
said he is especially pleased at these
enrollment increases since they come
"at a time when enrollment at most in
stitutions across the country is leveling
Said the chancellor, "It is helpful to
us as an institution because it means
we are reaching more people, and that
is our steady goal."