First-Year Student Showcase

The First-Year Student Showcase, hosted by UNC Asheville’s Writing Program, evolved from an essay contest to a celebration of first-year student work. Originally The Gudger, named for former UNCA professor Peggy Jo Gudger, this event is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative and scholarly work through multimodal presentations and displays for an audience of peers and instructors.

In Fall 2019, the showcase expanded to include student work in HUM 124 and FYS 178. Originally an in-person event, our format shifted to an online celebration in Spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Fall 2020, we’ve moved the showcase to its own website! The multimodal compositions you’ll find there were nominated by faculty and students and represent the variety and depth of the work students create over the course of their semesters in LANG 120, HUM 124, and FYS 178. These creations include individual research, group efforts, and whole-class collaborations.

Thank you for helping us celebrate not only the students this site recognizes, but also the first-year instructors who dedicate their time and energy to their students, every day, all semester.




Fall 2020 Showcase

Spring 2020 Showcase

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016