Archive for April, 2010

Faculty, staff and students asked to complete survey about Dillsboro

Coming soon to an inbox near you is a survey designed to arm a committee of Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students with information to guide them in their ongoing efforts to assist the town of Dillsboro with economic development strategies.

Volunteers needed to establish campus PeaceJam chapter

Vicki Faircloth, director of the graduate program in middle grades education, is organizing a WCU PeaceJam chapter and is looking for faculty and staff to volunteer their support.

Controlled Chaos Film Festival to be held April 28

Short films created by Western Carolina University students will be featured at WCU’s second annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival on Wednesday, April 28.

Dillsboro/WCU partnership meeting set for April 29

Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students participating in a revitalization partnership effort with the Jackson County town of Dillsboro will present highlights of their ongoing projects during a community meeting Thursday, April 29.

Coulter Faculty Center members use virtual reality system to present at conference

Three Coulter Faculty Center staff members recently presented at the University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference in virtual reality using a system called Second Life.

Justin Menickelli helps study effectiveness of physical education curricular models

Justin Menickelli, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation at Western Carolina University, and Adam Phillips and Eric Toedtman, physical education teachers at Smoky Mountain High School, are conducting a study to see which of two curricular models best promotes physical fitness in physical education.

Racheal Stimpson wins award, makes invited presentations

Racheal L. Stimpson, director of student support services, recently won the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Women Research and Scholarship Award.

John Whitmire selected to participate in National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in Tunisia

John Whitmire, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, was awarded a stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in one of the organization’s 12 intensive summer seminars for college and university faculty.

Claire DeCristofaro gives talk about alternative herbal and nutritional therapies

Claire DeCristofaro, associate professor of nursing, gave an invited continuing education talk at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.

Casey Hurley to speak to Jamaican Independent Schools’ Association

Casey Hurley, professor of educational leadership and foundations, has been invited to speak at the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association annual conference Friday, April 30.

Chris Cooper and Gibbs Knotts publish journal article

Chris Cooper, associate professor of political science and public affairs, and Gibbs Knotts, head of the political science and public affairs department, recently published “Declining Dixie: Regional Identification in the Modern American South” in the March 2010 issue of the journal Social Forces.

Work by interior design students to go on display

Work by senior interior design majors in WCU’s School of Art and Design will be on display from Friday, April 30, through Friday, May 7, at Spring Street Café, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva.

Students and alumni to host Cullowhee Community Yard Sale on May 1

Western Carolina University students and alumni are putting together the Cullowhee Community Yard Sale, which will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Avant Garden in Cullowhee.

WCU community partners to receive service-learning awards

Western Carolina University will present Service-Learning Partnership Awards to a Macon County social service agency and two Jackson County nonprofit organizations in recognition of effective collaboration with university faculty and students on community service projects linked to the curriculum. A school principal and a volunteer coordinator also will receive awards.

Retired public information director Doug Reed to receive honorary doctorate as WCU holds three May commencements

A Cullowhee resident who directed WCU’s Office of Public Information for 30 years will receive an honorary doctorate of letters as the university holds a trio of commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

WCU students, faculty host Cullowhee Valley School students

About 65 Cullowhee Valley School students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart were recently rewarded with an afternoon of fun and activities at Western Carolina University.

WCU to offer doctor of physical therapy

Western Carolina University has been authorized to establish a doctor of physical therapy degree program, and university officials hope to begin enrolling students by fall 2011 to help the region address a continuing need for more clinicians in that field.

Alum maintains local weather service for Cullowhee, Sylva and Cashiers

Frustration with local forecasts became the kernel of an ever-expanding idea now known as Local Yokel Weather, a weather information and forecasting service for Cullowhee, Sylva and Cashiers that Preston Jacobsen began developing when he was a Western Carolina University student.

Bike to Work Day in Sylva to be held May 21, warm-up ride on May 15

The third annual Bike to Work Day in Sylva will be held on Friday, May 21, and will include a group of bicyclists bound for Western Carolina University. A warm-up ride for Bike to Work Day will be held in Dillsboro on the morning of Saturday, May 15.

Employees to get electronic – not paper – paystubs under new payroll system

When Western Carolina University employees on a monthly pay schedule get paid April 30, the action will have been initiated by WCU rather than the central payroll system administered by the Office of the State Controller. As part of the change, employees will receive electronic rather than paper paystubs, and they will be able to review their pay, earnings and deduction information on the My Cat website.

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