MHU Events April 26 – May 7, 2017

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 26
Migrant Education Program and Donation Drive
6:00 p.m. at Broyhill Chapel
Leah Charbonneau, MA, AmeriCorps Vista with the NC Department of Public Instruction Migrant Education Program (NCMEP) will discuss the program that works with this vulnerable population, their needs from the community, and opportunities that MHU students have in helping them through ESL internships and donating needed materials for them and their families.

Wednesday, April 26
Student Debate on Abortion Policy
7:00 p.m. at Belk Auditorium (Wren Student Center)
Mars Hill University’s chapters of College Democrats and College Republicans will host a debate about abortion policy in the United States. Two student teams will debate the public policy, legal, and ethical implications of abortion to educate students, staff, and faculty on these important issues and to model civil dialogue when discussing controversial issues with high emotional investment. The debate will be moderated by political science professor Heather Hawn.

Thursday, April 27
Presidential Search Community Input Session
4:00 p.m. at Broyhill Chapel
Mars Hill University President Dan Lunsford announced in January that he will retire in spring 2018 from the post he has held since 2002. The presidential search committee will hold a community input session to gather feedback from the community to help inform its search for the next president of the university.

Thursday, April 27
Cadenza Unveiling
7:00 p.m. at Broyhill Chapel
Formal release of the 2016-17 edition of Cadenza, the Mars Hill University student literary magazine. Student awards will be presented. Marc Mullinax, religion professor, will speak about his photography. Abigail Hickman, adjunct professor English, will read from her book, “This, That, and the Third.”

Friday, April 28
Senior Student Art Exhibition – Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. at Weizenblatt Gallery (inside Moore Fine Arts Building)
Artwork from three graduating seniors will be displayed from April 28 – May 13. The three artists, Thomas Propest, Hannah Stapleton, and Christina Williamson, all are graphic design majors. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, April 28
Far From the Railroads – Bailey Mountain Cloggers
7:00 p.m. at Moore Auditorium
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers will be hosting their annual spring concert from April 28th to April 30th in Moore Auditorium at Mars Hill University. This year, the team will be presenting “Far From the Railroads,” featuring stories of Mars Hill and classic folktales from around the world.

Saturday, April 29
Far From the Railroads – Bailey Mountain Cloggers
7:00 p.m. at Moore Auditorium
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers will be hosting their annual spring concert from April 28th to April 30th in Moore Auditorium at Mars Hill University. This year, the team will be presenting “Far From the Railroads,” featuring stories of Mars Hill and classic folktales from around the world.

Sunday, April 30
Far From the Railroads – Bailey Mountain Cloggers
2:00 p.m. at Moore Auditorium
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers will be hosting their annual spring concert from April 28th to April 30th in Moore Auditorium at Mars Hill University. This year, the team will be presenting “Far From the Railroads,” featuring stories of Mars Hill and classic folktales from around the world.

Tuesday, May 2
Crossroads Chapel Service
11:00 a.m. at Broyhill Chapel
Senior Convocation, recognizing and awarding students from the spring 2017 graduating class in both the traditional undergraduate and the Adult and Graduate Studies programs.

Thursday, May 4
Puppy Day & Kitten Korner
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Bentley Fellowship Hall
Rescued puppies will be available for “puppy time” for students to cuddle to relieve stress on the day before final exams begin, and to help socialize the puppies for easier adoption to loving homes. 15 minutes of puppy time is $3 and 30 minutes is $5. All proceeds go to help these rescued animals receive medical care and food/supplies so they can get adopted into “forever” homes.

Ongoing:

Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern Highlands
Exhibit runs through May 28
Rural Heritage Museum
This exhibition presents an overview of the unique built environment created by the peoples who have, over many thousands of years, inhabited the mountains, valleys, buffalo trails, and river basins of the Southern Appalachians. The exhibition features an introductory film, a large log-pulling sled, broad axes and other log-shaping tools, tobacco planters, 27 large informational panels, and over 70 photographs, many never seen before.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

The Fight for Bluff: A Community’s Effort to Preserve Its Mountain
Exhibit runs through July 28
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies (inside Renfro Library)
The exhibit looks at the history behind the proposed cut of Bluff Mountain in the late 1990s and the public response to the National Forest Service’s proposal. It examines how the two sides were able to come to an agreement that drastically reduced the size of the proposed timber harvest. The exhibit was researched, written, and designed by history students who are a part of the Public History Concentration and were enrolled in the HIS 255: Archival Management/Museum Studies course in the Fall of 2016.
Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.; and by appointment.

Upcoming

Spring Commencement
May 13, 9:30 a.m.
Graduation speaker: Walter Ziffer, Holocaust survivor and retired Mars Hill University religion professor. Limited public access due to seating availability, but the commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the MHU website.

Zena Howard Lecture
September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Zena Howard was the senior architect for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is an architect and principal at Perkins+Will architectural firm. Her lecture is part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

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For more information, contact Mike Thornhill, Director of Communications, (828) 689-1298, mthornhill@mhu.edu

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