Archive for February, 2010

Student documentaries benefit Western
North Carolina community service agencies

Marcia L. Lewis, executive director of Mountain Youth Resources, said the documentary Western Carolina University students created about Hawthorn Heights “captured the heart and soul of the program and how it affects children’s lives.”

Training course developed at WCU helps faculty and staff respond to distressed, disruptive and dangerous student behavior

A free, new course titled “Responding to Distressed, Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior” is being offered to Western Carolina University faculty and staff online and in workshop settings.

Development office adds fundraisers,
focuses on support for academic units

With two new advancement professionals coming on board this semester, the Office of Development has reorganized its operating structure to enhance fundraising support for the university’s colleges, schools and other units.

PHOTO: Staff Senate delivers food to Community Table

Amy Grimes McClure (left,) executive director of Community Table of Sylva, accepts food from WCU’s Staff Senate chair Brenda Holcombe and vice chair Eric Margiotta. The food was collected at Western Carolina University as part of a University of North Carolina Staff Assembly statewide service effort.

Shorelines program names 6 research fellows

Six distinguished scientists from around the globe have been appointed research fellows with Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.

Western Carolina students earn No. 2 ranking for national undergraduate research conference

Seventy-five WCU students had a total of 80 project abstracts accepted by the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Among the 319 colleges and universities that will send students to this year’s conference, WCU is second only to the host school, the University of Montana, in the total number of projects approved by the NCUR abstract review committee.

Lance Alexis, Joshua Kaufman publish article centered on alternative textbook formats

The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability recently published a practice brief by Lance Alexis, director of Disability Services, and Joshua Kaufman, services coordinator for Student Support Services, titled “A Paradigm Shift on Providing Alternative Formats of Textbooks.”

Music journal publishes article by Mario Gaetano

The music journal of the National Association of State High School Associations recently published an article by Mario Gaetano, professor of music, titled “Percussion Instrument Maintenance – Protecting Your Investment, Parts 1 and 2.”

Gibbs Knotts, Chris Cooper present at workshop for public officials

The Local Government Training Program associated with the political science and public affairs department recently sponsored a workshop titled “Gauging Public Opinion” at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council.

WCU police selling T-shirts to raise money for Special Olympics

T-shirts that commemorate an annual running of the Special Olympics torch across the state are being sold by the WCU police department to benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina.

Memorial Service to be held on campus in honor of E. Malcolm Abel

A memorial service will be held in the recital hall of Coulter Building at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in honor of Elisha “Malcolm” Abel II, a Western Carolina University associate professor of business law who died Dec. 13.

WCU to present ‘On Coal River’ by filmmakers March 9

Guest filmmakers Adams Woods and Francine Cavanaugh will be presenting excerpts from their feature documentary, “On Coal River,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Niggli Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Research by interior design and library faculty presented at conference

Erin Adams, assistant professor of interior design, and Candace Roberts, assistant professor of interior design, presented “Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching” at the 2010 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching held recently at a convention center near the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Interior design students participate
in Cherokee hospital room makeover project

Students in a Western Carolina University interior design course centered on small-scale commercial projects were invited this spring to help plan a makeover for an inpatient room and emergency room at the 18-bed Cherokee Indian Hospital.

In the Gallery with Denise Drury

Denise Drury, former executive director of a nonprofit, contemporary visual art space in Tallahassee, Fla., arrived at WCU this semester in the position of curatorial specialist at the Fine Art Museum.

Dedication planned for Courtyard Dining Hall

A dedication ceremony for Courtyard Dining Hall will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11.

Nominations open for Bright Idea Staff Award and Star Staff Award

The selection committee for the Bright Idea Staff Award and the Star Staff Award will accept nominations until noon Friday, March 19. Nominations may be submitted online.

PAW PRINT: Winter weather keeps WCU crews busy

Students have enjoyed the snow, and repeated winter weather has kept staff members busy. 

Employee wellness task force encourages faculty, staff to try online nutrition, exercise tool

At, participants record information about themselves and their wellness goals, and then log what they eat and how much they exercise each day.

Blood drive to be held Feb. 16-18 on campus

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in a multipurpose room on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, Feb. 17, and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

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