Archive for September, 2009

Crowd braves rain to enjoy Mountain Heritage Day

Fans of traditional mountain culture from around Western North Carolina and adjacent states gathered at Western Carolina University on Saturday (Sept. 26) to get a taste – make that a “wet” taste – of Southern Appalachian music, dance, food, and arts and crafts.

Book by Ron Michaelis cited in Supreme Court opinion

A book co-authored by Ron C. Michaelis, a faculty member in the biology department at Western Carolina University, was cited multiple times in a recent opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Professor researches cyberterrorism for Joint Special Operations University

Is cyberterrorism a real threat to national security? Yes, says William G. Perry, professor in the computer information systems department, who is currently researching the topic as an associate research fellow for the military’s Joint Special Operations University.

Casey Hurley recommends alternative educational model in “The Six Virtues of the Educated Person”

Casey Hurley, professor of educational leadership at Western Carolina University, suggests in his new book that the educational system should focus less on the kind of skills that make a person a good contestant on “Jeopardy.”

WCU faculty to present at fall Great Life Series workshops

Western Carolina faculty will be among featured presenters at several fall workshops to be held in Sylva as part of The Great Life Series and designed to enhance the lives of adults as they age.

Pavel Wlosok jazz trio to perform live on WCQS

Pavel Wlosok’s acoustic jazz trio will perform live on WCQS radio station from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

Friends Weekend in Atlanta to feature art and symphony

The eighth annual Friends Weekend in Atlanta will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31.

Flute professor Eldred Spell to give 20th anniversary concert Oct. 6

Eldred Spell, professor of flute in Western Carolina University’s School of Music, will celebrate his 20th year as a WCU faculty member with an evening of music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Heavy rains hit campus; lead to relocation of Mountain Heritage Day festival

Photos below show how recent heavy rains in Cullowhee caused creeks to rise and water to pool in low-lying areas on Western Carolina University’s campus.

Mountain Heritage Weekend to feature Friday concert and Saturday festival with traditional mountain crafts, music and food

The traditional culture of the Southern Appalachians will be in the limelight during Mountain Heritage Weekend, with WCU sponsoring its 35th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a pre-festival bluegrass concert featuring the Crowe Brothers on Friday, Sept. 25.

Memories of Josefina Niggli inspire professor to propose a yearlong celebration of her life and legacy

“When I took ‘Shakespeare on Stage’ from Ms. Niggli, she said ‘It’s only literature if you read it. If you figure out how to present it on stage, it’s drama. Shakespeare was meant to be performed,’” said Luther Jones.

Clean-up continues after flooding in Belk Building

Classes have been relocated temporarily from the ground floor of Belk Building as clean-up continues after flooding caused by a ruptured water main. About 1 to 2 inches of standing, muddy water was found in classrooms, labs and offices on the ground floor of Belk Building on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 20, after fire […]

WCU professor teaches at U.S. Air Force Academy

“Working with a different type of student will help me see new ways of looking at the material I’m teaching, giving me new insight as I teach that material again at WCU,” said Julia Barnes, WCU associate professor of mathematics.

WCU studio engineer invests earnings from Emmy-winning project in Western North Carolina business with creation of Cabin Creek Studios

Not far from the Jackson County mountain home WCU studio engineer John E. Wells shares with his wife and twin 3-year-old daughters is Cabin Creek Studios – a budding recording, mixing and video production business.

Backstage with Jason Solomon

Jason Solomon, assistant professor of music, is directing a new group on campus – the Western Carolina University Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Nominations due Oct. 10 for teaching award

Nominations for the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching are due to Anna McFadden, director of Coulter Faculty Center at Western Carolina University, by 5 p.m. Oct. 10.

Claire DeCristofaro presents on hypertension

Claire DeCristofaro, associate professor of nursing at Western Carolina Univeristy, recently gave an invited continuing medical education presentation titled “Hypertension Update 2009” at a regional conference for nurse practitioners.

Blood drive held on campus Sept. 22-24

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the multipurpose room of A.K. Hinds University Center from Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 22-24.

Beverly Collins assists with Southern Forest Futures Project

Beverly Collins, associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University, recently received an $11,878 grant from the United States Forest Service to assist with the Southern Forest Futures Project.

On the road again: Faculty and staff take WCU to prospective students

Two dozen faculty and staff members will go the extra mile – or 632 miles, to be exact – for students this week as they travel with the annual WCU On Location recruiting event.

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