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Annual Leadership Tour travels region to connect to communities

The third annual Western Carolina University Regional Leadership Tour recently traveled throughout Western North Carolina to learn firsthand about the area’s public safety efforts, business initiatives and the media, as well as education, health and wellness issues.

Faculty member honored for work in athletic training certification

Ericka Zimmerman, director of Western Carolina University’s School of Health Sciences and associate professor of athletic training, is being honored for her service to the national board responsible for the certification of athletic trainers.

WCU, Cashiers Historical Society present symposium on Horace Kephart

The Cashiers Historical Society will partner with Western Carolina University to present the 11th annual Jan Wyatt Symposium, with the topic “Horace Kephart: The Man Behind the Myth” on Thursday, June 9, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU is Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s ‘Top Adventure College’

Western Carolina University is the premiere outdoor adventure college in the region, according to a Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine online readers’ poll.

Greensboro couple establishes scholarship fund for Honors College students

Greensboro couple Rebecca Heafner Schlosser and Michael Schlosser are honoring the memory of their late son, David, by establishing an endowed scholarship fund in his name at Western Carolina University.

Carmody takes over as director of OneStop

Linda Carmody admits to having mixed feelings about her recent promotion to director of Western Carolina University’s OneStop student services center.

Noteworthy News

  • An item that should be of interest to many members of the campus community is on the agenda for the meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Friday, May 27. (more…) #
  • The 15th year of the Rural-Urban Exchange took place during the spring semester, with education students from WCU and North Carolina A&T State University trading places to learn about working with diverse higher education and public school faculty and students. (more…) #
  • The development of verbal, nonverbal and visual communication tools to help information technology professionals work toward becoming more effective communicators will be the focus of a Thursday, June 23, workshop offered by Western Carolina University in Asheville. (more…) #
  • Editor's update: Because of the weather forecast for the announced date and time below, the viewing has been changed to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is hosting a telescope viewing party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Jackson County Airport. (more…) #
  • Jennifer Schiff, Western Carolina University assistant professor of political science and public affairs, will take over as director of the International Studies Program on July 1 after spending the last six years on the program’s advisory board. (more…) #
  • The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University is presenting an exhibition of images of the Great Smoky Mountains that in turn helped inspire the creation of the nation’s most visited national park. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education has scheduled a series of summertime swim classes that are suitable for children ranging in age from 6 months to teens. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s annual College of Education and Allied Professions Golf Classic will be held Saturday, June 11, at Crooked Creek Golf Course in Hendersonville. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s Friends of the Arts is celebrating a successful fundraising event that raised more than $113,000, with over $60,000 going directly to the organization’s endowed scholarship fund. (more…) #
  • Like the Cheshire Cat written about by Lewis Carroll, the MyCat web portal for the Western Carolina community will fade away at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28, but without leaving even a grin behind it. (more…) #

Achievements

  • A short film by WCU English faculty members Beth Huber and Emily Darnell, “Angelic in America,” was recently released on YouTube. Based on Alan Ginsberg’s 1956 poem “America,” the film features many WCU faculty members and students. (more…) #
  • Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, visited Ireland to greet Western Carolina exchange students there and deliver a keynote address at the International Conference on Outdoor Education on Friday, April 22. (more…) #
  • Rob Young, professor of geology and director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, has agreed to serve as an expert on-call during the 2016 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, responding to media inquiries on behalf of the American Geophysical Union. (more…) #
  • Jeffrey Ray, dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology at WCU, was interviewed on Hendersonville’s WTZQ AM 1600 radio show “Local Focus” on Wednesday, May 5, and spoke with host Mark Warwick and sponsoring host Terry Houck Jr. about workforce development. (more…) #
  • Maurice Phipps, professor of health, physical education and recreation, took the oath of allegiance to become a citizen of the U.S. at a ceremony in Charlotte on Tuesday, April 26. (more…) #
  • It isn’t often that a Western Carolina University professor is pictured in the fashion section of the Washington Post, but Kofi Lomotey recently added that distinction to his accomplishments. (more…) #

Events

  • Harris Regional Hospital, in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health and Western Carolina University, is offering a free summer program for kids age 4-17 and their families. (more…) #
  • The 2016 Summer Institute for WCU Faculty on Reaching and Connecting ALL Diverse Learners through Universal Design for Instruction will feature facilitator Seb M. Prohn, June 23 and 24 in Multipurpose Room A of the A.K. Hinds University Center. (more…) #
  • The Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness invites you to a drop-in farewell reception honoring David Onder Director of Assessment celebrating nine years of service to Western Carolina University Monday, June 13, 2016 3:30 – 5:00 PM Office of the Provost Suite, HFR560 (more…) #
  • Rocket to Creativity 2016 Get ready to soar! This year’s Rocket to Creativity will take your child’s imagination on a grand adventure! For children ages 7-14, Rocket to Creativity is a week long experience where children are guided in problem/project based learning to explore their passions and unleash their creativity.   The camp will be held in the Killian Building from Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more…) #
  • HANDMADE LANDSCAPE MAY 19 - AUGUST 26, 2016 RECEPTION MAY 19, 2016  5 - 7 PM (more…) #
  • Applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Academy cohort are now being accepted. The WCU Leadership Academy seeks to identify and develop campus leaders who are dedicated to supporting the mission of WCU. The WCU Leadership Academy is a year-long program for 12 members of WCU's full-time faculty and staff. (more…) #
  • 2016 Summer Institute for Interested WCU Faculty Reaching and Connecting ALL Diverse Learners through Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) Facilitated by: Dr. Seb M. Prohn and UP Faculty/Staff in the University Center June 23, 1:00pm – 5:00pm June 24, 9:00 am – 3:00pm (more…) #

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