Archive for April, 2009

WCU presents 2008-09 top awards for teaching, research, service

Western Carolina presented its top faculty and staff awards for teaching, research and service for the 2008-09 academic year. Sean O’Connell (above) won the 2009 Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sean O’Connell named one of UNC system’s top teachers

Sean O’Connell, associate professor of microbiology, is being honored for the creative ways he transforms students into not only scientists but also citizens aware of the world’s delicate environmental balance.

WCU honors EPA retirees at luncheon

Western Carolina University recently honored the 2008-09 EPA retirees for a combined 322 years and five months of service.

At the dining hall with Jan O’Brien

A resident of Sylva since 1989, Jan O’Brien will celebrate 20 years with Western Carolina University’s team of dining staff this August.

$5,000 grants awarded for faculty research and creative activities

Four faculty members received $5,000 grants to support research and creative activities. Recipients were announced at the Faculty Scholarship Celebration reception earlier this semester.

Telecommunicators recognized for round-the-clock service

The people who answer emergency calls for police assistance at Western Carolina University recently were honored and awarded certificates as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

History professor awarded Fulbright

Vicki Szabo, associate professor of history, was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to continue creating a database to identify whale species from artifacts and examine historical whale hunting patterns.

Professor presents research about student success, assessment at national events

Meagan Karvonen, assistant professor of educational leadership and foundations, co-presented two papers at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

Professors publish article about redesigning the principal preparation program

Frederick Buskey, an assistant professor in the educational leadership and foundations department, and Jacque Jacobs, head of the department, co-authored “Catalysts for Redesigning Principal Preparation: A Courageous Journey.”

Professor co-authors scholarly articles about community college programs, responsibilities

Kevin Pennington, associate professor of educational leadership and foundations, former WCU faculty member Mitchell Williams and WCU alumna Monica Boyd co-authored an article to be published by The Community College Enterprise.

Librarian completes master trainer program

Heidi Buchanan, reference librarian in Hunter Library, completed the State Library of North Carolina’s master trainer program.

WCU, VA Medical Center announce partnership to increase nurses

Thanks to nearly $1.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Western Carolina University and the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville are establishing a new partnership to provide more nurses qualified to serve the region and its veteran population.

Universitywide awards to be given Friday; nominees announced

The annual Spring Awards Convocation will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in the performance hall of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Students to present results of Cullowhee revitalization survey

A survey of 1,082 students revealed more students said they would patronize businesses in the Old Cullowhee Road community if the area was beautified. Attend a presentation on April 21 to see what else they said.

WCU Relay For Life begins Friday

Cancer survivors including WCU student Brittany Phillips will walk the first lap of the campus Relay For Life together as part of the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 24.

Agreement creates new faculty, student opportunities in China

WCU enters memorandum of understanding with Guangxi Normal University.

Club sponsors Parents’ Night Out on Friday, May 1

The WCU Physical Education Majors’ club is sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out for 40 children of WCU faculty and staff from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in Reid Gym. Club members will lead activities including basketball, gymnastics, bowling and other games.

Paw Prints: Photos from the 25th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup

An antique adding machine won the best trash removed prize at the 25th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup…

Peace Prize nominee Mandy Carter to speak April 29

The Graduate Student Association and Safe Zone Program will present “A Conversation with Mandy Carter on Social, Racial, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Justice Organizing” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Faculty, staff and their families offered free baseball admission

Employees with their Cat Cards and their immediate families will be admitted free of admission to baseball games at 6 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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