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Mars Hill Theatre Arts Department Presents “All In the Timing”

Mars Hill University’s theatre arts department kicks off its 2018-19 performance season with “All In the Timing.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 30. “All In the Timing” is a collection of one-act plays by American playwright David Ives. The short plays... [READ MORE]

Weizenblatt Gallery To Host Randy Shull Exhibit

Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University will host an exhibition of Asheville artist Randy Shull’s work from September 26 to November 2, 2018. There will be a reception on Wednesday, October 3, from 6-8 p.m. It’s almost impossible to put a label on Shull’s work. For over 25 years, he has been working at the... [READ MORE]

Mars Hill University Climbs in U.S. News Rankings

One of the country’s top college rankings guides gives Mars Hill University high marks. U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges ranking lists Mars Hill among the top colleges in the south, as well as a Best Value School for the region. “I’m excited that we moved up two spots from last year in... [READ MORE]

Mars Hill University Nursing Students Honored

Two Mars Hill University nursing students have been recognized for their accomplishments within the university’s Judge-McRae School of Nursing. Haley Sparrow, a senior from Gastonia, North Carolina, received the Strom Scholarship, and Tonya Hooper, a junior from Hilo, Hawaii, received the Wood Scholarship. The Mark and Christine Strom Nursing Scholarship for Excellence is awarded annually... [READ MORE]

Lunsford Festival Returns for 51st Year at MHU

Western North Carolina’s second-oldest folk music festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus for its 51st year. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival takes place Saturday, October 6, 2018. The festival brings together some of the region’s finest musicians and dancers for a day of performances, workshops, and impromptu jams. Festival hours... [READ MORE]

MHU Adult & Graduate Studies Student Among Inaugural NC AHEC Scholars

Michelle Riddle of Burnsville, a social work major at Mars Hill University, is one of 13 western North Carolina students accepted into the 2018-2020 NC AHEC Scholars Program. It’s a statewide initiative to create “a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in North Carolina,” according... [READ MORE]

New Faculty for 2018-19 at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University began classes for its traditional program on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and along with new students, the university also welcomed new full-time faculty for the 2018-19 academic year. Sharon Bigger, Visiting Associate Professor of Nursing. Bigger is certified in hospice and palliative care as well as nursing professional development. She has bachelor’s... [READ MORE]

Convocation Speakers Urge Mars Hill University Students to Move Mountains

“Our world needs you, faculty, students, staff. We need writers. We need newspaper people. We need chemists. We need reporters. Dancers, actors, doctors, teachers. We need coaches.” Those words from Mars Hill University President Tony Floyd helped formally kick off the 2018-19 academic year during opening convocation in Moore Auditorium on Tuesday, August 21. New... [READ MORE]

Two MHU Professors and One Staff Member Awarded For Work With Students

Brett Johnson, an associate professor of sociology, received the 2018 Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award at Mars Hill University. Johnson, who joined the Mars Hill faculty in 2012, was recognized for outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, outstanding development of teaching methods and materials, influence on students, and influence on other teachers. The Gibbs Awards was... [READ MORE]

Museum Film About Civil War Incident Is Honored By Film Festival

A film about the Shelton Laurel Massacre has placed as a semifinalist for the 2018 Southeastern International Film Festival. The film was produced to accompany “The Civil War in the Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective,” an exhibition curated and displayed at Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum in late 2017 and early 2018. “A main... [READ MORE]

Mars Hill University Selects Provost

Omachonu To Lead Academics and Student Development John Omachonu will join Mars Hill University as provost, effective August 13, 2018. He will be the chief academic officer for all academic and student development programs and report directly to the president. University President Tony Floyd said, “I believe that he will be a great partner in... [READ MORE]

Mars Hill University Director of Athletics To Retire

Mars Hill University Athletic Director David Riggins announced he will retire in December at the end of the fall semester. David Riggins has served Mars Hill for 32 years. He joined the school as head men’s basketball coach in 1986, added the title of assistant athletic director in 1993, and took the top athletics job... [READ MORE]