H I IK.|/^A Monthly News University of North Carolina at Asheville
Volume 2, Number 6, June 30, 1980
$5 Million Construction job
Underway For UNC-A Students
ON YOUR MARK!
Somewhere in the cab of this mechanical monster is UNC-A Chancellor William E, Highsmith, do
ing the honors with driver Junior Banks, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Eric lovacchini, ar
chitect Bert King, and Student government President Brett Pangle as ground was officially broken
for the university's $4.8 million present to its students.
Look Out, G. Tech!
Hopeful homegrown engineers,
take note: UNC-A is ready for you!
Beginning with the fall semester
starting Aug. 25, Asheville's
"hometown university" will accept
students for the School of Engineering
at N.C. State University.
A program worked out between
UNC-A officials and the engineering
school in Raleigh now makes it possi
ble for students in the best part of
North Carolina to take their first two
years of required engineering courses
on the Asheville campus, then transfer
directly to the School of Engineering at
State for the courses needed in the
specialty they choose.
Selected to head the program on the
UNC-A campus is Richard F. McCor
mack, experienced as a professional
engineering consultant who has
served in the Civil Engineer Corps of
U.S. Navy and as a manager in the
planning, design and construction of
the Space Shuttle Landing Facility at
the Kennedy Space Center, among
McCormack will live at 204 Robin
Hood Rd. with his wife, Jan, and their
children Richard, 13; Kara, 12, and
Katie, 10. He may be reached on the
campus through the office of the
NCSU coordinator at 253-3535.
The new program has been sought
and planned for almost two years. It is
intended to serve a frequently ex-
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UNC-A Board Chairman David F.
Felmet of Waynesville can fire a quip
at the drop ot an invitation, and for this
occasion he had one ready.
"It's with a little disappointment that
I realize we're going to have these
buildings here," he said.
"Up until recently I felt we would be
able to move the university to
Waynesville. I thought it would be a
good thing to have this fine institution
located over there. Asheville already
has so many things going for it.
"But since they are to be built, I can
tell you that we're all real proud-the
trustees, the faculty, the students,
Asheville and the whole area..."
Pride was the order of the day on
Tuesday, June 17, as Chancellor Bill
Highsmith climbed into the seat of a
10-ton front-end loader and,
somewhat assisted by driver Junior
Banks, scooped aside some symbolic
dirt to mark the ceremonial start of a
seven-story residence hall and con
necting student center.
More than seven years' planning,
pushing and pulling had preceded the
first bite of the bulldozer eight days
earlier. Two more years will pass
before the residence hall will be ready
for 300 students and the student
center prepared to give a bright new
focus to campus activity.
When the buildings are completed,
they will represent an investment close
to $5 million in the student life of the
University of North Carolina at
Chancellor Highsmith called the
project, the costliest addition to the
campus since it-7opened in the fall of
1961, "the most important single
event (here) since July 1, 1969, when
we became the University of North
Carolina at Asheville.
"This would not have been possible
if it had not been for the coordinated
and significant work of the board of
trustees, the board of governors of the
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