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Sweet Briar’s Jill Granger named dean of WCU Honors College

Jill Nelson Granger, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Honors Program at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, will be the next dean of Western Carolina University’s residential Honors College.

WCU appoints Tom Ashcraft as Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts

Tom Ashcraft, head of the sculpture program in the School of Art at George Mason University, has been named the inaugural Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts at Western Carolina University.

Tickets for August 15 film festival available July 13

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.

WCU receives $225,000 grant to help increase family nurse practitioners in WNC

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University is recipient of a $225,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to help increase the number of family nurse practitioners working in health care settings in rural Western North Carolina.

Menickelli wins innovation grant; disc golf book announced

Justin Menickelli, associate professor of health and physical education at WCU, received a mini-grant of $500 from the Professional Disc Golf Association ( on July 2, and has accepted an offer from Triumph Books in Chicago, Illinois, ( to publish his work, “The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf.”

News Briefs

  • Krissy Mabry, manager of desktop services and asset management in WCU’s Division of Information Technology, delivered the keynote address as more than 200 high school students and 100 adults gathered at the university’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center for the Western North Carolina Real World Expo. (more…) #
  • Duke University Press has released three new volumes of the Carlyle Letters Online, of which Western Carolina University associate professor of English Brent Kinser is the coordinating editor. (more…) #
  • Richard S. “Dick” Jones Jr. (left) and Teresa H. Williams recently received Western Carolina University Foundation service awards for their years of work as foundation board members. (more…) #
  • The title of Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in College Student Personnel has been changed to Higher Education Student Affairs, confirmed Monday, June 22, by the University of North Carolina System. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet recently returned from a 12-day concert tour of Hungary and Romania. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences welcomed two new leaders to its administrative team July 1 as Dave Hudson began his duties as associate dean and Ericka Zimmerman assumed the role of director of the School of Health Sciences. (more…) #
  • Lane Perry, director of Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning, has been recognized twice this year for excellence in connecting students with opportunities to learn by serving in their communities and beyond. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization playing a prominent role in researching, preserving and/or interpreting Southern Appalachian history, culture and issues. (more…) #
  • The parking permit office moved July 1 from the Cordelia Camp Annex (Police Department) to the Room 106 of the Cordelia Camp Building, and the remaining parking and transportation offices will be making the move to Room 149 in Camp Building this week. (more…) #
  • Signs inscribed with “FGC” can be seen across WCU’s campus this week, an indication that the Friends General Conference is having its annual meeting in Cullowhee. (more…) #


  • Yang Fan, assistant professor of project management, delivered a presentation about analyzing project environment in late May at China’s Xi’an University of Technology. (more…) #
  • Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, presented her research “Ole Bull and the Ill-Fated Norwegian-American Colony” at the 2015 College Music Society’s International Conference, which convened June 17-24 in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. (more…) #

July 8 – August 11, 2015

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