Archive for December, 2009

Commencement to honor fall class, summer grads along with legendary teacher and notable alumnus

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.

Costa and Railsback present at Darwin conference in Portugal

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.

Cortland Review publishes recordings of Catherine Carter’s poems

The Cortland Review published two poems by Catherine Carter, assistant professor of English, as well as audio files of Carter reading the poetry.

Campus to turn off electrical power Monday, Dec. 28

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.

Mary Adams’ book of poetry published

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.

Season’s Greetings

Chancellor John W. Bardo reflects on 2009 and wishes all members of the Western Carolina University campus community a safe and happy holiday season.

Watch a slideshow from WCU holiday concert

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.

Burton, Tyson Lofquist present at SACS meeting

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.

Campus participates in Angel Wings program

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.

Dillsboro community members tour campus

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.

WCU homepage, events calendar to get ‘tune-up’

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 wins second Sir Walter Raleigh Award

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.”

Mexico visit fruitful for art, language

An exploratory trip to the Mexican city of San Cristóbal de las Casas could lead to potential partnerships for WCU.

Q&A with Debbie Hyatt

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.

WCU professor teaches in the Netherlands

Chris Cooper became the first WCU professor to teach in the Netherlands as part of a Middleburg Center for Transatlantic Studies faculty exchange program.

Jim Costa wins grant to support Highlands Nature Center

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.

Collaborative nursing education project moves forward

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.

Mountain Heritage Center wins grant to help bring Cherokee artisans to Mountain Heritage Day

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.

Janice Holt awarded grant to enhance teacher services

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.

N.C. mediation organization led by WCU professor wins funding

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.

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