Alumni Events

Come back to your alma mater for Homecoming & Family Weekend, September 22-24, as we celebrate the university's 90th anniversary! We've got soccer games, back-to-class sessions with professors, special alumni events, a pre-game tailgate, and more.

Bringing the whole family? Then don't miss Rocky's Kid Zone on Saturday. We'll have a bounce house, cookie decorating, face painting, and more fun activities for your little bulldogs. 

Register for Homecoming & Family Weekend



Friday, September 22

6 p.m. – Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner; Sherrill Center

Help celebrate the 2017 Alumni Awards recipients. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. on the Scholarship Deck in Kimmel Arena, with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 417.

Tickets are $25 and are not included in the Alumni Weekend package.

7 p.m. – Volleyball Game; Justice Gym

Catch the women's volleyball team as they take on the Campbell Camels.

Tickets are $6. (Included if purchasing the Alumni Package)

8 p.m. – Evening Reception at Well Played (Downtown Asheville)

Get your game on at Asheville's first board game café! Owned by three alumni (Kevan Frazier '92, Steve Green '01, Cortland Mercer '11), Well Played offers more than 500 classic and contemporary board games. The back section of the café will be reserved just for Homecoming & Family Weekend guests. With snacks, games and alumni, this event is sure to be more fun than a barrel full of Bulldogs!

Entry is $10 per guest and includes:

  • One beverage ticket
  • Snacks and food, while supplies last
  • Gaming fee ($5 value)

(Included if purchasing the Alumni Package)

Saturday, September 23

10 a.m. – Back to Class sessions; various classrooms
Engage your mind with these sessions led by current and retired UNC Asheville faculty. List subject to change.

Faculty Name Department Room
Angel Kaur Interdisciplinary Studies Karpen Hall 012
Jeff Shields Management & Accountancy Karpen Hall 033
Irene Rossell Environmental Studies Rhodes Robinson 131
Regine Criser Modern Languages & Literatures Karpen Hall 038
Sophie Mills Classics Karpen Hall 034
Cathy Whitlock Mathematics Rhodes Robinson 106
Elena Adell Modern Languages & Literatures Karpen Hall 006
Evan Couzo Education Karpen Hall 035
Keya Maitra Philosophy Karpen Hall 005
Evan Gurney English Karpen Hall 016

Noon – Homecoming & Family Weekend Picnic; Quad
The whole UNC Asheville community will gather on the Quad for a NC BBQ buffet. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Tickets are $8 per person. (Included if purchasing the Alumni Package)

2 p.m. – Tailgate w/ Rocky's Kid Zone; P16 Karpen Lot
Pull in, kick back and enjoy food and games with your fellow Bulldogs. Don't forget to bring your own lawn chairs, coolers and snacks! This tailgate is family-friendly, thanks to Rocky’s Kid Zone. There will be a castle bounce house, giant bubbles, cookie decorating, face painting, spin art, hoola hoops, and more.

Register for a tailgate spot now and save time later!

3 p.m. – Women’s Soccer Game; Greenwood Field
5 p.m. – Alumni Zone Opens
6 p.m. – Men's Soccer Game
; Greenwood Field
Cheer on the women's and men's soccer games on Greenwood Field! The women play at 3 p.m. and the men play at 6 p.m.  One ticket gets you entry to both games and a special 'Alumni Zone' with two drink tickets and snacks. There will also be an area for children with activities, games and more.

Tickets are $7 and include:

  • Entry to both games
  • Access to the "Alumni Zone" (opens at 5 p.m.)
  • Two drink tickets to redeem at the Alumni Zone

(Included if purchasing the Alumni Package)

8 p.m. – Closeout Event; Green Man Brewery (Downtown Asheville)

Raise a glass to UNC Asheville as we close out Homecoming & Family Weekend. The entire top floor of Green Man Brewing will be reserved for UNC Asheville alumni and guests.

Tickets are $10 and include:

  • Appetizers while supplies last
  • One drink ticket

(Included if purchasing the Alumni Package)