Archive for March, 2009

Seventh annual Spring Literary Festival under way

Nature essayist and environmental activist Jan DeBlieu, national best-seller Jeffrey Lent and newspaperman and National Public Radio contributor Scott Huler will be among the panel of noted authors featured at Western Carolina University’s seventh annual Spring Literary Festival from Monday, March 30, to Thursday, April 2.

Lee Mun Wah to lead diversity events April 1

Lee Mun Wah, a nationally acclaimed lecturer and master diversity and communications trainer, will facilitate a series of events Wednesday, April 1, at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Staff Senate accepting donations for yard sale fundraiser

Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate will raise money for its scholarship fund by selling donated items at a booth at this year’s Jackson County Arts Council Indoor Yard Sale, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Professor helps students grasp Darwin’s significance, develop bicentennial exhibit

Jim Costa bought his first copy of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” when he was in high school but did not read the book in detail – and did not grasp the biological revolution within its pages – until he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

English faculty member invited to teach in Budapest

Mimi Fenton, professor of English, has been invited to give six public lectures and teach a special-section undergraduate class in May at the Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, Hungary.

Mountain Heritage Center wins recognition for publications

The North Carolina Museums Council recently named the Mountain Heritage Center recipient of a 2009 Creative Award for the “The Artistry of Plain Style Furniture” exhibit booklet and a 2009 Creative Award for Best Education Guide.

Telescope viewing event planned for April 2

Western Carolina University will host a telescope viewing beginning at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Jackson Country Airport as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy Project.

Professor presents, publishes about integrating mental health providers and primary care physicians at one location

Russ Curtis, associate professor in the WCU counseling program and coordinator of field experiences, recently presented and had a paper accepted for publication about the growing practice of co-locating mental health professionals and primary care physicians.

WCU leaders discuss budget cuts and future

Sleepless nights and tears accompanied the development of a budget reduction plan for 2009-10 that includes elimination of 92 positions – nearly one-third of which are currently filled, said Chancellor John W. Bardo during a campuswide meeting Monday, March 23, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Leatherwood Residence Hall comes down

Demolition crews were attacking the last of Leatherwood Residence Hall’s four wings Monday, March 23.

Recreational therapy students get hands-on with adapted sports

A physical limitation doesn’t have to mean life without competitive and recreational sports, majors in Western Carolina University’s recreational therapy program learned during a workshop earlier this month.

In the Emergency Operations Center with Tammi Hudson

Tammi Hudson recently joined the staff at Western Carolina University as emergency manager. On just her second day on the job, Hudson observed a full-scale emergency drill on campus.

Morehead State leadership academy participants to visit WCU

Participants in the President’s Leadership Academy at Morehead State University will visit Western Carolina University from Saturday, March 29, to Tuesday, March 31.

Author of ‘Green Jobs’ to speak March 25

James Hendrix, co-author of “Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-friendly Employment,” will speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center.

Youth artwork featured at School of Art and Design

In celebration of Youth Art Month, more than 550 works of art by Jackson County students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade will hang until Sunday, March 29, in the hallways of the School of Art and Design in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Instructor wins Fulbright to teach, research in Russia

Paul Dezendorf, an instructor in the master’s degree program in public affairs, won a J. William Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research and teach two courses at the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow in the fall.

Article ‘Leading Generation Y’ selected for The Education Digest

Dave Coley, assistant professor in educational leadership and foundations, authored an article that has been selected for condensation in The Education Digest. The article, “Leading Generation Y,” originally was published in the February 2009 issue of Principal Leadership.

Faculty partner with public school educators to use walkthroughs to boost quality

A team of WCU and public school educators recently presented their findings from using whole-school walkthroughs to build school capacity to an international audience of 60 educators.

Paper about artistic leadership shared at conference

Frederick Buskey, assistant professor of educational leadership, and graduate student Eric Pitts recently presented a paper on artistic leadership at the third annual New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) conference in Philadelphia.

Organizational trust in education examined

Cheryl Joy Daly, assistant professor of educational leadership and foundations, will be presenting two papers she co-authored at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, to be held in April in San Diego.

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