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Weekend of Sept. 24

WINSTON-SALEM – Family Weekend at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will feature a keynote speech by the school’s new alumni director, a welcome address by its new dean of students, and activities in the individual arts schools. The event is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 24.  

UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri is also slated to be on hand to meet parents and families.

Jonas Silver, who was named director of alumni affairs in January 2011, is a 1998 graduate of UNCSA’s high school program, were he studied both music (classical guitar) and dance (ballet). For his Family Weekend keynote address, Silver will introduce plans for Alumni Affairs, describe what it’s like to be a graduate of UNCSA, and provide insights into the unique benefits of studying at the school.


As alumni director, Silver said he hopes to build a program that ensures alumni of UNCSA are served well professionally and socially even after they leave the school to pursue their careers. “Being an alumnus of UNCSA gives me insight into what an alumni program needs to help the special talents of professionals that come out of these halls,” Silver said.

Family Weekend begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the BB&T Lobby of the ACE Exhibition Complex.

At 9 a.m. in the Main Theatre, parents and family members will be welcomed by Ward Caldwell, who became dean of students in July. (For more information, see: http://www.uncsa.edu/PressReleases/Releases2011/Jul11/WardCaldwell.htm.)

The keynote address will follow, and the morning will conclude with a panel of students answering questions from the parents and families. Following lunch in the dining hall, parents and family members will have opportunities to attend individual arts school meetings, activities and tours. The rest of the weekend will be spent visiting with students, sight-seeing in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad, and attending a UNCSA performance.

Jonas Silver earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to his ballet study at UNCSA, he studied at San Francisco Ballet School for a year, and spent three years as a contract dancer throughout the United States.


Silver worked in the banking industry in Raleigh for four years, developing and implementing strategies to acquire commercial deposit accounts and commercial loans. He also worked as special assistant to Cal Cunningham in his 2010 race for the U.S. Senate.


Silver is married to Maiya Newstead Silver, who graduated from UNCSA’s high school program in 1997 in modern dance. They have two daughters, Tilly and Remfry.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.