Archive for June, 2009

Art, shows, exhibits and camps pack 2009 WCU summer calendar

From learning to play soccer to hiking in the mountains, from enjoying a free concert on the lawn to visiting an arts and craft show, summer events hosted at Western Carolina University are transforming the campus into “Destination Cullowhee.”

WCU magazine online edition goes live

The spring 2009 issue of The Magazine of Western Carolina University recently went live in a completely online format.

Furlough hours mean longer
holiday weekend for most

The majority of employees at Western Carolina will be able to enjoy a lengthy Independence Day weekend this year after a decision by the university’s Executive Council to schedule 10 hours of state-mandated furlough time around the July Fourth holiday.

Partnership for Defense Innovation
opens office on WCU campus

The Partnership for Defense Innovation opened an office at Western Carolina University on Thursday, May 28, as part of a growing collaboration between PDI and WCU on research, development and testing for projects that have applications in the defense and security industries.

WCU alum wins fellowship with faculty support

Three times was the charm for Evan Daniel Clapsaddle, a graduate of Western Carolina University and winner of a prestigious 2009 James Madison Fellowship. Clapsaddle will use the national award – which he won on this third application attempt – to return to the university and pursue graduate-level academic work.

History professor’s book explores
mystery of lost ship La Galga

What began for history professor James Lewis as research for a company in search of the more than 200-year-old sunken Spanish warship La Galga has evolved into a book.

Mountain Heritage Center cabin to find
new use at Tennessee museum

A log cabin sold as surplus property by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will be put to new use in a Tennessee museum that depicts the life of the legendary Cherokee statesman Sequoyah.

Tentative opening date set for Courtyard Dining Hall

The convenience store and Starbucks coffee shop in the new, 53,000-square-foot Courtyard Dining Hall are tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, June 29, and the second-level all-you-care-to-eat venue the week of Monday, July 6.

Hunter Library welcomes associate dean
and reference librarian

Elisabeth Leonard of Winston-Salem is the new associate dean for library services at Western Carolina University.

Faculty and staff help needed for blood collection

The Red Cross is sponsoring a faculty and staff blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

New representatives elected to Staff Senate

Staff Senate has eight newly elected members.

Athletic media relations director to host
podcast co-owned by actress

Denise Gideon, director of WCU’s athletic media relations, will host a new podcast for Southern Gothic Productions, a new company based in Wilmington that is co-owned by Hilarie Burton, an actress on the TV show “One Tree Hill.”

Center for Math and Science Education
receives grant for mentoring program

Western Carolina University has been awarded a NC QUEST Cycle VII grant for $299,593 to conduct a project titled Mentoring for Meaning in Math and Science.

Geosciences and natural resources management professor wins grant to study marsh qualities

The National Park Service through Acadia Partners for Science and Learning awarded $5,000 to Benjamin Tanner, assistant professor of geosciences and natural resource management, to determine the long-term carbon storage potential in different marsh settings within Acadia National Park.

Professor receives grant to survey
for archaeological resources

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee awarded $6,300 to Jane Eastman, associate professor of anthropology and sociology and interim department head, to conduct a systematic survey for archaeological resources in areas with high probability for town sites in the property owned by the LTLT in the western half of Yellow Creek valley.

Grant awarded to support academic training
for nurse anesthesia students

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $9,825 to Cheryl Johnson, assistant professor of nursing, to support educational opportunities for second-year students in the master’s degree program in nurse anesthesia.

Outdoor programs director wins
planning grant for trail network

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation awarded $14,440 to Josh Whitmore, director of WCU’s outdoor programs, to develop a comprehensive plan for a community multi-use trail network.

Grant awarded to professor to conduct study
at long-term experimental forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, managed by the Forest Service, awarded $16,088 to Brian Kloeppel, associate professor of geosciences and natural resources management, to conduct a study at a long-term experimental forest.

Professor wins grant to assist agricultural mediation program

The United States Department of Agriculture awarded $157,903 to Jayne Zanglein, assistant professor of business administration and law, to provide mediators to the North Carolina agricultural industry to examine all facets of a dispute and come to an agreeable resolution.

Grant to benefit nursing students
enrolled in master’s program

The Health Research Sources Administration awarded $47,029 to Judy Mallory, assistant professor of nursing, to provide support to nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator and first-year nurse anesthesia students enrolled in WCU’s master’s program.

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