Archive for October, 2009

Marching band receives top national honor and invitation to 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade

Everything’s coming up roses for Western Carolina University’s marching band these days, as the 360 members of WCU’s Pride of the Mountains learned Saturday, Oct. 24, that the band has been selected to participate in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.

WCU to host live broadcast of UNC-TV town hall meeting

As the culmination of “North Carolina Rising,” Western Carolina University will host a topical town hall meeting to be broadcast live by UNC-TV beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, from WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

Radio show explores life of Josefina Niggli

An hour-long radio program featuring a panel discussion about the life of Josefina Niggli will air twice this week on WWCU-FM Power 90.5, the broadcast service of Western Carolina University.

Comprehensive energy-use audit begins
as part of $5.25 million energy-savings project

ConEdison Solutions is conducting a comprehensive campus energy audit and will begin implementing in late spring or early summer improvements such as solar water heating, rain-water harvesting, and heating and air-conditioning controls.

‘Listen Carefully (in case life happens)’

Winford Gordon, an assistant professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, presented “Listen Carefully (in case life happens)” at the Last Lecture Series event Friday, Oct. 16.

WCU students host safe Halloween events
from trick-or-treating to storytelling to theater

WCU students, faculty and staff host trick-or-treating, ghost stories and theater events this Halloween.

Concerns about revised FERPA policy due Oct. 27

A revised version of a university policy regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act has been posted on the Faculty and Staff Announcements Web site (link no longer active).

Robert McMahan speaks at economic development summit

Robert McMahan, dean of The Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology, was a featured participant in the 2009 North Carolina Economic Development Summit held recently at North Carolina Central University.

Nursing professor presents alternative herbal and nutritional therapies

Claire DeCristofaro, associate professor of nursing at Western Carolina University, presented “Common Alternative Herbal and Nutritional Therapies” on Oct. 13 at the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant conference, “Get Wild about Healthcare.”

‘Women Who Dare!’ speaker series begins Wednesday, Oct. 21

The Women’s Center will host the first “Women Who Dare!” interdisciplinary speaker series event in Multipurpose Room A on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Fundraising campaign exceeds goal,
tops $51 million in private support

Officials at Western Carolina University announced Thursday, Oct. 15, that the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in university history has netted a grand total of – drumroll, please – $51,826,915 in private giving for endowed scholarships, professorships and programmatic support.

WCU wins $420,000 to expand product and business development services

Western Carolina University will receive $420,000 in federal funding over three years to develop a center that synergizes and expands efforts at WCU to help innovators and companies transform their ideas into marketable products.

WCU joins schoolchildren’s efforts to raise money for sick classmate

The campus community at Western Carolina University is pitching in to raise money for a family whose child is sick with cancer.

New members of UNC Board of Governors
learn about WCU initiatives in luncheon, tour

Five newly elected members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and one almost-new member of the board, visited Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to learn about university initiatives from Chancellor John W. Bardo and tour the campus.

Pride of the Mountains to receive ultimate prize for marching bands Oct. 24

Representatives of the John Philip Sousa Foundation will be on hand Saturday, Oct. 24, to present the prestigious Sudler Trophy, the nation’s highest and most-coveted award for college and university marching bands, to Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Music professors to present at national convention

Bruce Frazier, the Carol Grotnes Belk professor; Shannon Thompson, professor of clarinet; and Brad Martin, director of the musical theater program, will travel to Portland, Ore., in October to present at the joint conference of the annual meeting of the College Music Society and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.

Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to perform in China

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform in China in late spring 2010.

Robert J. Conley featured in Appalachian Heritage magazine

Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, will deliver the featured author reading to celebrate the fall 2009 issue of Appalachian Heritage magazine, in which Conley is the featured author.

Center for Service Learning launches Catamount Student Service Corps

The Center for Service Learning has launched the Catamount Student Service Corps to replace the Jacob Spencer Medford Scholars program. Through this initiative – organized in conjunction with the federal work-study program – students will engage in leadership roles in some of the center’s programs and projects.

Catamount fans showed purple pride at Homecoming

Catch Catamount Pride with a slideshow from Western Carolina University’s 2009 Homecoming weekend Oct. 15-18.

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