The late Josefina Maria Niggli, a bigger-than-life writer and teacher who led the development of Western Carolina University’s theater arts program, will be honored with a posthumous honorary doctor of arts degree during fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 19.
Jim Costa, professor of biology and director of Highlands Biological Station, and Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College, recently presented complementary papers in the same session at an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Porto in Portugal.
The Cortland Review published two poems by Catherine Carter, assistant professor of English, as well as audio files of Carter reading the poetry.
All Western Carolina University campus electrical power will be turned off Monday, Dec. 28, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to allow Duke Energy to replace a switch, which is in imminent danger of failing, on a Duke Energy transformer feeding power to the campus.
The chapbook “Commandment” by Mary Adams, associate professor of English, was recently published by Spring Street Editions as part of a chapbook contest series established by poet laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer.
Chancellor John W. Bardo reflects on 2009 and wishes all members of the Western Carolina University campus community a safe and happy holiday season.
Western Carolina University’s School of Music presented is annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert on Dec. 6 in the concert hall of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Carol Burton, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, and Beth Tyson Lofquist, associate provost, recently presented a session entitled “E is for Engagement: Faculty Roles and the QEP” at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Atlanta.
Members of the WCU campus community have contributed and volunteered their time this year to help others through the Angel Wings program and Jackson County Christmas Store.
The developing partnership between WCU and Dillsboro took another step forward recently as town merchants and leaders visited campus to tour laboratories and other facilities, and to find out how WCU students are engaged in assisting the region.
Visitors to WCU’s homepage will be greeted with revamped news and events sections featuring a feed from a live campus events calendar; links to WCU social networking sites; a lighter color scheme; a less cluttered page header; and an improved WCU site search engine.
Ron Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the 2009 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction for his fourth novel, “Serena.”
An exploratory trip to the Mexican city of San Cristóbal de las Casas could lead to potential partnerships for WCU.
Debbie Hyatt, ticket and reservation manager at Ramsey Regional Activity Center, is hosting a Be The Match bone marrow donor registry drive in honor of her sister.
Chris Cooper became the first WCU professor to teach in the Netherlands as part of a Middleburg Center for Transatlantic Studies faculty exchange program.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded $73,798.85 to Jim Costa, professor of biology and director of Highlands Biological Station, to support the activities of the Highlands Nature Center, located on the HBS campus.
Duke University awarded $7,668 to Barbara St. John, associate professor of nursing, in continuing funding for a collaborative project to develop strategies to better prepare students for the challenges of providing health care with 21st-century technology.
The Jackson County Arts Council awarded $600 to Peter Koch, education associate with the Mountain Heritage Center, to hire three Cherokee artisans for Mountain Heritage Day.
The University of North Carolina awarded $110,000 to Janice Holt, director of the Office of Alternative Licensure, to continue enhancing services and developing new services to recruit, license, train and develop a quality teacher base for public school districts in North Carolina.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency awarded $127,584 to the North Carolina Agricultural Mediation Program, whose executive director is Jayne Zanglein, assistant professor of business law, to provide North Carolina with skilled mediators to help parties with an agriculture dispute regain focus by creating an environment of trust and facilitated communication.