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Campus community rallies to show support for chancellor

About 250 members of the Western Carolina University community braved rain showers to gather for a noon rally Friday, April 22, to show their support for Chancellor David O. Belcher, who is dealing with a health issue.

High-achieving faculty, staff honored during ceremony

The best of Western Carolina University’s teaching, scholarship and service for academic year 2015-16 was recognized Friday (April 22) during the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Lab provides nursing students with realistic hospital experience

Simulation is often used in nursing programs to give students an idea of what actual patient interactions are like in a hospital. It can come in various forms, such as human-patient simulations, the use of manikins, virtual simulations or role playing. Western Carolina University School of Nursing assistant professor David Wells has taken simulation to another level, his colleagues say.

Could WCU be magazine’s ‘Top Adventure College’ again?

Could it be three straight titles for Western Carolina University as the “Top Adventure College” in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region?

Ceramics students create bowls for fundraiser

Heather Mae Erickson and students in her advanced ceramics class, along with student members of the Mudcat Club – WCU’s ceramics club – created 100 handmade bowls for the Empty Bowl event Friday, April 22, benefiting The Community Table in Sylva.

Safety more than a priority for Department of Emergency Services

Staff in the Department of Emergency Services for Western Carolina University stand ready for a long list of situations, most in the category of “when things go wrong.” Consider the descriptive words that can be found in their work plan: “crisis, catastrophe, disaster, eminent danger.”

Record class expected for spring commencement ceremonies May 6-7

Western Carolina University will hold a trio of commencement ceremonies over a two-day period – Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 – to recognize the academic achievements of what is expected to be the university’s fifth straight record spring graduating class.

Noteworthy News

  • As part of Western Carolina University’s ongoing efforts toward improving the campus climate on the issues of race, diversity and inclusion, the Coulter Faculty Commons and Office of Intercultural Affairs will host a series of activities leading into the fall semester that are designed to equip faculty and staff with skills to help them tackle the often-tricky subjects. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s first-year students recognized and thanked some of the key people in helping them during their initial collegiate experience. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering “Mountain Classroom,” a program for all ages that features guided day trips that explore the history, geology and culture of the Smoky Mountain region. (more…) #
  • The Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop with biologist Jeff Gottlieb as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series on Tuesday, May 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (more…) #
  • Nominations are being accepted through Monday, May 2, for the 2016 Coulter Regional Leadership Program. (more…) #
  • Twenty Western Carolina University students recently attended the Southeastern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Charlotte, where they competed with students from 33 other colleges and universities located across the Southeast. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s annual Kimmel School Capstone Symposium will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Center for Applied Technology building. (more…) #

Achievements

  • Laura Wright, associate professor and head of WCU’s English Department, is among the co-authors of a teaching module about climate literacy called “Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts,” offered free to teachers on the site of the publisher, InTeGrate. (more…) #
  • Current and former geology students and faculty from Western Carolina were a “heavy presence” in presenting research at the southeastern sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America, according to Mark Lord, professor of geology and head of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources. (more…) #

Events

  • You are invited to the WCU Engineering & Technology Annual Capstone Project Symposium Open House April 29, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Center for Applied Technology (CAT Building) #
  • Reception Honoring Tim Carstens and George Frizzell, May 4 (more…) #
  • The Pride of the Mountains is excited to hold its annual Band Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, June 3rd at beautiful Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, NC. (more…) #
  • If you’re wondering how to work more golf into your summer and you want to support scholarships for students in the College of Education and Allied Professions, please consider playing in our golf tournament on Saturday, June 11, at Crooked Creek in Hendersonville. (more…) #
  • SAVE THE DATE!! 2016 Summer Institute for Administrative Support Professionals July 19, 1:00pm – 4:30pm July 21, 8:30am – 12:00pm (more…) #

April 27, 2016

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