Family Events 2017

A final email reminder to all who have registered for the Family Package for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 has been sent to all registrants. A copy of the email is available here.

Registration for Homecoming & Family Weekend is 'closed' on the eventbrite registration form (so we can tally our numbers for catering and prepare all of the materials for check-in).

HOWEVER -- if you haven't yet registered to attend, but want to, please plan on attending (we will love to have you here this weekend)!

We will have walk-in registration for those who wish to purchase a Parent/Family package available on Friday afternoon (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) and Saturday morning (8:45 - 10:00 a.m.) in Lipinsky Hall. Check out our online campus map to find Lipinsky (it's building #11 on the online UNC Asheville campus map).

Parking will be available for all Family Weekend registrants in P11 (which is also noted on the campus map).

Family Weekend Welcome Reception

Kick off this year's Family Weekend by mingling with the dynamic people who shape the academic rigor and creative climate of UNC Asheville at this drop-in reception. Stimulating conversation & delicious hor d'oeuvres are waiting for you at this event!

The schedule for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 will highlight the following events noted below. An electronic version of the tentative schedule is also available.

Friday, September 22, 2017

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Check-in for Homecoming and Family Weekend (*parents packages only)
Lipinsky Hall Lobby

Come to Lipinsky Hall to check-in with the Family Weekend staff! When you arrive, you will receive a copy of this weekend’s schedule, the Back-to-Class session handouts, your picnic ticket(s), ticket(s) for this weekend’s volleyball and soccer games, a campus map, information about Asheville and more!

Siblings of current UNC Asheville students are invited to stay in the residence halls! Be sure to bring bedding for the sibling and any other toiletries needed for the evening. Registration for the stay-over will take place during Family Weekend check in.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lipinsky Hall Lobby
Welcome Reception

Kick off this weekend’s festivities by mingling with the dynamic people who shape the academic rigor and creative climate of UNC Asheville at this drop-in reception. Stimulating conversation & delicious hor d'oeuvres are waiting for you at this event!


UNC Asheville Women’s Volleyball Game
7:00 p.m.
Justice Gym

Support the UNC Asheville women’s volleyball team as they play the Campbell Camels!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

North Asheville Tailgate Market
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Parking Lot 28

Stop by the North Asheville Tailgate Market on your way into campus on Saturday morning – but don’t be late for the Back-to-Class sessions that begin at 10 a.m.! The tailgate market is held weekly on Saturday mornings and offers over 40 vendors from local farms, as well as accomplished craftsmen and bakers.


Late Check-in

8:45 - 9:55 a.m.

Lipinsky Hall Lobby

Check-in will be available for participants who were unable to arrive on Friday afternoon. When you arrive, you will receive a copy of the Family Weekend schedule, the Back-to-Class session handouts, your picnic ticket(s), ticket(s) to this afternoon’s soccer games, a campus map, and information about Asheville and more!


Back-to-Class sessions
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. (round 1)
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. (round 2)
Various classrooms in Karpen and Rhoades Robinson Halls (specific locations will be provided at check-in)

These sessions will showcase our award-winning faculty and talented staff. You'll get a glimpse into the engagement and dynamic teaching and learning experiences that take place on our campus every day!


Picnic on the Quad
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
University Quadrangle

Bring your family to enjoy a casual picnic on the University Quad with the rest of our campus community for a NC BBQ buffet. Enjoy music by one of UNC Asheville's student music ensembles and or try out some of our lawn games. Bring your camera with you so that you can have your picture taken with Rocky, the official UNC Asheville mascot.

*Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.


Homecoming Golf Cart Parade
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
University Quadrangle

After you’ve stuffed yourself with some amazing food at the picnic, stay around to take in UNC Asheville’s first-ever golf cart parade! Student groups will proudly display their creativity and school spirit in this event, which leads up to our tailgate!


Homecoming Tailgate
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Karpen Hall Parking Lot (P16 on the campus map)

Take a short walk over to the parking lot behind Karpen Hall to 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.

Women's Soccer Game
3:00 p.m.
Greenwood Field

One ticket gets you entry to both the women’s and men’s soccer games this afternoon! There will also be an area for children with activities and games. Show your Bulldog spirit while cheering on UNC Asheville’s Women’s Soccer Team to victory against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers!


Men's Soccer Game
6:00 p.m.
Greenwood Field

Hang around to watch UNC Asheville’s Men’s Soccer Team go head to head against the High Point Panthers!


Homecoming Royalty Coronation
7:00 p.m.
Greenwood Field

In the spirit of inclusion, UNC Asheville will debut a new version of the traditional Homecoming Court at the men's soccer game. Instead of selecting a Homecoming Queen and King, up to eight students will be nominated by campus clubs/organizations, faculty, and staff and then selected by the Homecoming judges to be part of “Homecoming Royalty.” Students will vote on the eight candidates between September 20-21, 2017, and the three candidates receiving the most votes will be crowned “The Royal Family” at halftime during the men's soccer game.

Highsmith After Dark

10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Highsmith Union

Even though it’s currently under renovation, Highsmith Union is far from vacant! Come check out this program, which will be hosted on all three floors of the building! A special door prize will be provided to the first 100 people to check-in for this event, along with great activities such as Think Fast Interactive Game Show (which provides one lucky UNC Asheville student a chance to win $500), Midnight Bingo, make-your-own photo dry erase boards, a balloon animal artist, a caricature artist and great food!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bee-hind the Scenes with UNC Asheville’s Bee Campus
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pollinator Garden (G9 on the online campus map)

*Meet at the flagpole on the Quad by 10:50 a.m. to walk to the Pollinator Garden.

Check out a different kind of campus with our Director of Sustainability, Sonia Marcus, and one of our currently enrolled students, Delandra Clark, as they highlight the university's Bee Hotel, which is a great addition to our Bee Campus. Learn about the critical role bees play within our food supply, as well as the initiatives UNC Asheville’s Student Environmental Center is taking to help preserve the local bee population.

Bagel Brunch sponsored by Hillel
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Karpen Hall, room 139 (the Laurel Forum)

Join Hillel for a Bagel Brunch with all of the proper fixin's. Nosh and schmooze with Jewish students, parents, and those involved in UNC Asheville’s chapter of Hillel. Make connections, play Jewish geography and make new friends over bagels!