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, 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.
Western Carolina University recently honored the 2008-09 EPA retirees for a combined 322 years and five months of service.
A resident of Sylva since 1989, Jan O’Brien will celebrate 20 years with Western Carolina University’s team of dining staff this August.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Heidi Buchanan, reference librarian in Hunter Library, completed the State Library of North Carolina’s master trainer program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WCU enters memorandum of understanding with Guangxi Normal University.
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.
An antique adding machine won the best trash removed prize at the 25th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup…
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.
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.