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Health and Human Sciences launches WCU Health Educators Academy

Behind the launch of the WCU Health Educators Academy - a new model for professional development in health sciences - was a collaboration of the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and Coulter Faculty Commons, and the enthusiasm of five faculty members comprising the inaugural class.

Vice chancellor honors parents, supports band students with new scholarship

Robert Edwards, who is stepping down in December as Western Carolina University’s vice chancellor for administration and finance after 37 years of service to the university, has turned around the age-old notion of “retirement gift.” Instead of merely accepting a gold watch or a rocking chair, Edwards has made a gift of his own to establish a scholarship fund honoring his parents and his high school band director.

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WCU names director of International Programs and Services

Ling Gao LeBeau, an award-winning educator experienced with leading programs that support study abroad and international scholarship, joined Western Carolina University as director of the Office of International Programs and Services on Oct. 15.

LEAD:WNC economic development summit set for Nov. 12

Leaders from government, business and nonprofits across Western North Carolina will gather with economic development experts and others to discuss solutions leading to sustainable economic and community development at LEAD:WNC, a one-day summit set for Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Western Carolina University.

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Students support Jackson County Glean Team

More than 100 WCU students have assisted the Jackson County Glean Team with harvesting more than 14,500 pounds of excess produce and goods to combat food insecurity since June.

News Briefs

  • Lisa Thomas Briggs, Western Carolina University associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, will speak on the topic “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Please Help Guide Us Through it All” as she presents the university’s annual “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 23. (more…) #
  • The Gender Equality Salary Survey, a comprehensive salary study initiated two years ago, will be discussed at a presentation and open forum to be held in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. (more…) #
  • Members of Western Carolina University Staff Senate are selling collectible purple ornaments imprinted with the university’s 125th anniversary logo to raise money for the Staff Senate scholarship fund. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, has been postponed until the 2015 spring semester. (more…) #
  • In honor of Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary, brick pavers to be installed in the Catamount Legacy Walk can be engraved with the special 125th anniversary logo as well as a personalized message. (more…) #
  • More than 600 photographs will be featured in a two-part exhibition titled “David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures” and “Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors” at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University starting Thursday, Oct. 30. (more…) #
  • The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the university’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s annual Love Your Body Week will include a geocaching challenge, photo booth, belly dancing workshop, Fun Run 5K, discussions, art and other activities from Monday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Nov. 1. (more…) #
  • Autumn Earle, a senior from Hickory majoring in sport management and marketing, presented “In the Eyes of the Beholder: Student Perceptions of Value in Short-Term Travel Courses,” at the Atlantic Marketing Association conference held in Asheville in September. (more…) #

Oct. 22-29, 2014

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