Archive for March, 2010

Chemistry faculty present at national conference

Four Western Carolina University faculty members from the chemistry and physics department recently presented papers at Pittcon, a national conference for analytical chemistry held in Pittsburgh.

Students craft designs for Hunter Library

Students in Jane Nichols’ contract design class developed ideas for making Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library’s more welcoming, relaxing and technology-friendly.

Smoking policy inspires student research, discussion

A smoking policy that took effect on Western Carolina University’s campus in July 2008 has sparked student discussion and research, some of which will be showcased at the annual Undergraduate Expo taking place through Thursday, March 25.

Q&A with Robert Conley

Robert Conley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a prolific author and Western Carolina University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies.

Upgrade installation will result in some campus network service outages March 27

The Division of Information Technology will implement an upgrade to the campus network storage environment Saturday, March 27, that will nearly double existing storage infrastructure. After the upgrade, storage allocation will be increased on the Mercury file share and in Exchange, said Shandon Bates, director of systems and operations.

Bardo receives appointment to SACS council

Chancellor John W. Bardo recently was appointed to the Executive Council for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Reception to launch exhibit of work by art and design faculty

Western Carolina University will present the School of Art and Design biennial faculty exhibition from Wednesday, March 24, through Saturday, May 8, at the Fine Art Museum. The exhibition, titled “System + Structure,” will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 24.

Modern foreign languages department hosts 28th annual contest for high school students

Approximately 350 high school students from across Western North Carolina and northern Georgia will test their knowledge of French and Spanish on Tuesday, March 23, in Western Carolina University’s 28th annual Foreign Language Contest.

Christina Reitz presents at women composers festival

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, recently presented “Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler: The Woman Problem–A Concert Pianist’s Answer” at the ninth festival of Women Composers International at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Ron Mau discusses mathematical models and the NCAA basketball tournament as guest on online talk show

Ron Mau, assistant professor of construction management, was a guest on “Here Comes the Weekend,” an online talk show on Des Moines Local Alive broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, on March 19. 

Ceramicist Don Reitz to speak and demonstrate work April 6

Internationally acclaimed ceramicist Don Reitz will visit the campus of Western Carolina University on Tuesday, April 6, to demonstrate and discuss his work in clay.

Article about implementing service learning across the curriculum published in scholarly journal

An article by Marie Huff, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences; Carol Burton, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate studies; and Linda Seestedt-Stanford, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, titled “Implementing Service Learning across the Curriculum: A Catalyst for Change,” has been accepted for publication in Department Chair: A […]

WCU faculty, staff coauthor article for online teaching and learning journal

The Journal of Online Teaching and Learning recently published a scholarly article by Robert Crow, instructional developer with Coulter Faculty Center; John LeBaron, Jay M. Robinson Distinguished Professor of Educational Technologies; Anna T. McFadden, director of Coulter Faculty Center; Christina F. Osborne, a member of the Mountain Heritage Center staff and coordinator of the Digital Heritage […]

Psychology journal publishes article by WCU faculty, staff

The journal Psychology Assessment recently published an article by Alan Socha, a business and technology applications analyst with the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness; Christopher A. Cooper, associate professor of political science, and David M. McCord, professor and head of the psychology department.

New representatives elected to Staff Senate

Staff Senate has eight newly elected members.

WCU students teach Spanish at Cullowhee school

As part of an exploratory class at WCU entitled “Español 393,” college students are teaching Spanish to a group of 20 students from kindergarten through second grade and 20 students from third through fifth grade.

Kimmel School wins $100,000 grant to enhance construction management program

Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology has been awarded a three-year $100,000 grant from the National Housing Endowment to further develop construction management programs with an emphasis on land development.

WCU partners with Jackson County, Census Bureau for 2010 count

Western Carolina University is partnering with Jackson County government and the U.S. Census Bureau to promote the participation of local residents – and especially WCU students – in the 2010 federal census.

Student helps Robbinsville resident prepare memoir for museum

A Western Carolina University student recently helped a retired educator and British World War II veteran prepare memories of canoe trips in the south Florida wilderness during the 1950s for inclusion in a museum archive.

Campus police host Operation Medicine Drop

Western Carolina University’s Police Department will host Operation Medicine Drop Tuesday, March 16. WCU student Sky Kanott asked Robbie Carter, a detective with the WCU police department, a few questions about how the department got involved.

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