Archive for July, 2009

Courtyard Dining Hall opens

The upstairs all-you-care-to-eat venue and downstairs Starbucks Coffee Company and convenience store at the $17.6 million Courtyard Dining Hall are now open.

Corning executive named new CIO at WCU

Craig A. Fowler, an information technology executive with more than 20 years of private-sector experience with several Fortune 500 companies, is Western Carolina University’s next chief information officer.

WCU recognized for civic learning engagement achievements

Western Carolina University is being honored by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars for the “extraordinary strength” of its civic engagement initiatives.

WCU plans development of multiuse trail network

The WCU trail system will connect to the Jackson County Greenways Project, an initiative under development in the county parks and recreation department to acquire land for a linear park and greenway along the Tuckaseigee River. Together, the trail systems together will provide a network consisting of a variety of trail surfaces to suit a host of activities on both WCU and Jackson County properties.

Academic Success Program breaks enrollment record

Western Carolina University’s 2009 Academic Success Program has shattered its own enrollment record for the third time since its expansion three years ago, enrolling 185 students in college and transition classes from June 30 until Aug. 7.

Artist foundation and residency program grows under WCU professor’s guidance

Gaily colored petals of long-stemmed Cosmos flowers lilt along on the sea-swept winds that blow across Great Cranberry Island, located just off the coast of Maine where Patricia Bailey, an associate professor of art at Western Carolina University, is at work directing another season of artist residencies.

WCU studio engineer wins national Emmy

John E. Wells, studio engineer with WCU’s School of Music, won an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In the Staff Breakroom with David Porter

Western Carolina University emergency telecommunicator David Porter and his wife, Jenny, recently hosted their fifth foreign exchange student.

WCU Family Scholarship Fund accepting applications

Western Carolina University’s Family Scholarship Fund is available to provide assistance to employees, children of employees and spouses of employees who are seeking a degree from WCU.

Campus Recreation Center welcomes new director

As Western Carolina University’s Campus Recreation Center approaches its one-year anniversary, its staff welcomes new director Angie Frederick.

Administrative change for admissions, career services July 1

Two units, Admissions and Career Services, were relocated out of Enrollment Management effective July 1 as part of an administrative realignment announced by Provost Kyle R. Carter.

Catherine Carter wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Catherine Carter, assistant professor of English, won the 2009 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Grant supports collaborative nursing education project with Duke, UNC-C

Western Carolina University joined Duke University and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in a collaborative project to develop strategies to integrate innovative educational technologies into each institution’s nursing programs.

WCU exceptional children consultant to help Western North Carolina education agencies

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction awarded $154,000 to Ellen Robinson, exceptional children consultant in the human services department of the College of Education and Allied Professions, to provide direct assistance to Western North Carolina school systems with developing programs and services for students who have behavioral or emotional disabilities, and other exceptional children […]

Social Forces journal to publish WCU professors’ article

An article by Christopher A. Cooper and H. Gibbs Knotts, associate professors of political science and public affairs, titled “Declining Dixie: Regional Identification in the Modern American South” was accepted for publication in Social Forces.

State biotech center funds WCU research

The N.C. Biotechnology Center awarded $5,000 to David J. Butcher, associate dean of the WCU College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, to support undergraduate research this summer.

White House Studies journal to publish professor’s article

An article by Todd A. Collins, assistant professor of political science and public affairs, titled “Balancing the Scales or Stacking the Deck?  The President’s Ability to Appoint Majorities on the Circuit Court of Appeals” was recently accepted for publication in White House Studies.

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