When coordinators of the nonprofit Jackson County Christmas Store retired after 26 years of service, two WCU faculty members stepped forward to help carry on its mission of benefiting children from families in need during the holiday season.
The task of overseeing a drive to collect signed holiday cards for distribution to U.S. soldiers deployed around the world might seem like a natural fit for the director of WCU’s Office of Military Student Services. But Briana Ford is motivated to take on that role by another factor – her son, who is in the U.S. Air Force and stationed in Qatar.
Western Carolina University’s Harrill Residence Hall has become the university’s second building to be LEED-certified for its comprehensive energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features.
There’s one more parade left on the itinerary this year for members of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, who opened the 2014. And the remaining route will be quite a bit different than the trek through the concrete canyons of New York City, as the band will march across the bucolic WCU campus to help wrap up the university’s yearlong celebration of its 125th year of existence.
Fred J. Bauknecht, a member of the police, parking and transportation unit at Western Carolina University since 2009, has been appointed to the newly created role of parking and transportation director.
When it comes to fishing, Western Carolina University art professor Jon Jicha is happy angling in all kinds of waters. But recently, Jicha painted a couple of his favorite fish for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to use in two new vehicle plate designs. The designs show native brook trout (the state’s official freshwater fish) and red drum (the official state saltwater fish) in their natural habitats.
The wall of Brian Railsback’s office in WCU’s Honors College has been adorned for many years with a framed photograph of John Steinbeck, the focus of much of Railsback’s scholarly research and writing. But since Railsback’s recent return from a barnstorming trip to Cuba, the visage of another literary giant has made an appearance on the wall. It is “Papa” himself, Ernest Hemingway.
When wintry, inclement weather hits the region, deciding when and whether it is safe to travel to work, or if deteriorating weather conditions necessitate an early departure, ultimately lies with each faculty and staff member under WCU’s adverse weather policy.
WCU's newly restructured online master’s degree in gifted education will be offered this spring as a cross-disciplinary, 30-hour program with a one-week field experience and will focus on helping educators promote students’ creativity and innovation.