Archive for August, 2009

University responds as flu hits campus

During the first two days of classes, staff at the University Health Center treated about 20 suspected cases of the flu, a number that had swollen to about 82 by Monday morning.

Economic strategies developed at WCU gain national attention

A special project designed at Western Carolina University to help economic development professionals approach their jobs from a regional perspective was featured at the National Meeting of Economic Developers Aug. 29-Sept.1.

Groundbreaking for health sciences building set for Thursday

The groundbreaking ceremony for a $46 million, 160,000-square-foot health sciences building – the first facility to be constructed as part of Western Carolina University’s Millennial Initiative – will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at the construction site off of Little Savannah Road.

Endowed fund expands opportunities for WCU students at Highlands Biological Station

Thanks to a contribution of $20,000 from the Barstow Foundation, Western Carolina University has created a scholarship and fellowship fund in tribute to the late Bob Zahner, former trustee of Highlands Biological Station. Undergraduate and graduate students showing potential in environmental sciences may use the award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, internships, research and mentoring at the station.

Professors win grant to prepare
special education teachers

David Westling and Karena Cooper-Duffy, professors of human services at Western Carolina University, recently received an $800,000 grant from the Department of Education to increase the quantity and quality of special education teachers of students with severe disabilities in Western North Carolina.

Christopher Blake co-authors journal article about service-learning project that helped Spanish-speaking students learn English

Christopher Blake, assistant professor of applied linguistics at Western Carolina University, co-authored “English Language Learners in Appalachia: Meeting the Need,” which was recently published in the Journal for Civic Commitment.

Scott Koger co-authors scholarly article about information security

M. Scott Koger, security analyst with WCU’s Division of Information Technology, co-authored “Using the Private-Internet-Enterprise Model to Examine IT Risks and Threats Due to Porous Perimeters,” which was recently published in Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective.

WCU trustee and longest serving woman president of a U.S. public university to speak Sept. 3

Betty L. Siegel, a Western Carolina trustee who was the first woman to head an institution in the University System of Georgia, will deliver an address titled “Celebrating Differences” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

From the riverbank with Maurice Phipps

The organizer of a new amateur canoe and kayak race called the Old Cullowhee Slalom is Maurice Phipps of Western Carolina University.

Staff and faculty offered discount on season football tickets

Western Carolina University faculty and staff can purchase discounted Catamount Football season ticket packages – $55 for gold seating and $70 for purple seating. Four “family fun zone” season tickets cost $150.

First yellow bicycles roll onto WCU campus

The first eight yellow bicycles to be placed on Western Carolina University’s campus for public use were released Aug. 24 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Yellow Bike Project.

Chancellor announces partnership with Dillsboro as part of university focus on state, regional needs

WCU must refocus on helping North Carolina recover from a lingering economic downturn. As part of that effort, the university will marshal its resources to provide additional assistance to the nearby municipality of Dillsboro, suffering after the recent departure of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Balsam Hall opens to first 298 residents

The fourth residence hall to open at Western Carolina in five years, the 426-bed Balsam Hall is the first to be built as part of a $50.2 million project to construct two residence halls.

WCU fall foliage forecaster says wet spring means average leaf color

The good news is that ample rainfall across the Western North Carolina mountains put an end to a lengthy drought that threatened local water supplies and reduced crop yields. The bad news is all that moisture will put somewhat of a damper on fall color this year.

Rob Young co-authors book about the threat of sea-level rise

Western Carolina professor Rob Young and his friend and mentor from Duke University, Orrin H. Pilkey, have an “urgent message” for society about the threat posed by global sea-level rise.

Faculty chair Richard Beam discusses education as product, process or both at Opening Assembly

“The idea of education as a process focuses on general knowledge and basic skill acquisition. The idea of education as a product focuses on the specific knowledge and skills related to a particular discipline or job market. There has been considerable discussion, particularly in recent years, over the appropriateness of both of these foci in higher education…”

Registration opens on campus for Sept. 12 river race

Canoes and gear will be provided to amateur paddlers who pay $5 to register to compete in the Citizens Race on the Tuckaseigee River in Old Cullowhee on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Scholarship fund honors the memory of Dixie L. and Miles S. McGinty

A new endowed scholarship fund will benefit Western Carolina University students in educational leadership and foreign language programs, and honor the memory of beloved professors Dixie L. and Miles S. McGinty.

WCU groups collaborate on Red Zone Awareness Campaign

Western Carolina University will host a march, rally and events including a presentation by a national women’s safety expert this fall as part of a Red Zone Awareness Campaign to combat dating violence.

WCU welcomes students to campus

Western Carolina University has made academic course and made housing provisions to meet the needs of 1,600 first-year students – a freshman class that is more than 30 percent larger than last year’s.

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