Archive for May, 2010

Coulter Faculty Center wins national recognition

Western Carolina University’s Coulter Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has been recognized for technological innovation by a leading national publication that covers campus technology issues.

Herbarium collection inspires research of delicate high-elevation plant communities

Western Carolina University’s herbarium has a collection of more than 1,400 plant samples gathered between 1966 and 1974 from southern Appalachian rock outcrops between 2,000 and 5,700 feet in elevation. Biology students and faculty members will revisit some of the sites this summer.

Musical theatre students to perform in Roanoke and at WCU

The Roanoke Island Commission awarded $103,960 to Bradley Martin, director of the musical theatre program, for 18 performances at Roanoke Island Festival Park in July that will feature musical theatre students from Western Carolina University.

Student-crafted exhibit explores N.C. barbecue culture, history

An exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center explores the culture and history of North Carolina barbecue – where it came from, why North Carolinians argue about it and how it brings people together.

Evanoff lands $35,000 research grant

The Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement awarded a Cottrell College Science Award of $35,000 to David Evanoff, assistant professor of analytical chemistry, to develop new silver nanostructures that, because of their unique interaction with light, may be useful in sensing technologies as well as in organic solar cells and other energy harvesting/conversion devices.

Holt garners funding to develop principal network

Appalachian State University awarded $1,500 to Janice Holt, executive director of teacher recruitment, advising and career support, for creating and supporting a North Carolina Principal Network.

Grant funds research related to applications for mobile devices

Mark Holliday, professor of computer science, received $8,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to hire an undergraduate student to work in the summer and fall on a research project involving the development of applications for mobile devices.

Music journal publishes reviews by Adams and Reitz

Andrew Adams, assistant professor of piano, and Christina Reitz, assistant professor of music, published two reviews in the spring 2010 edition of the Journal of the International Alliance for Women In Music.

Bricker and Binkley co-author article in Science Scope

Two Western Carolina University education faculty members and a park ranger co-authored the recently published journal article “Using Citizen Scientists to Measure the Effects of Ozone Damage on Native Wildflowers.”

Stimpson co-authors book chapter

Racheal L. Stimpson, director of student support services, has co-authored a book chapter titled “Female graduate students’ work-life balance and the student affairs professional” in “Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice from Feminist Perspectives,” which is scheduled for release this summer.

Gaetano’s musical arrangement performed at regional conference

The N.C. School of the Arts Percussion Ensemble performed an arrangement by Mario Gaetano, professor of percussion, of Bach’s Fugue BWV 567 at the N.C. chapter of the Percussive Arts Society’s regional conference held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Spell performs, teaches in Costa Rica

Eldred Spell, professor of flute, performed and gave masterclasses for students from Central and South America as part of the “VI Festival de Flautas – Costa Rica.”

Counseling center to host summer mindfulness activities

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Western Carolina University will host hourlong mindfulness practice sessions open to students, faculty and staff at noon Mondays and Tuesdays in June in Room 225 of Bird Building.

Costa’s book wins award

James T. Costa’s book “The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of ‘On the Origin of Species’” was named “Best in Category” for reference books at the 53rd annual New England Book Show.

Funding to assist nursing anesthesia students

The Department of Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $1,807 to Shawn Collins, assistant professor of nursing, to help cover tuition costs for students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program at Western Carolina University.

Alexis, Kaufman chosen for state leadership roles, conference presentation

Lance Alexis, disability services director, and Joshua Kaufman, services coordinator, counselor, academic adviser and instructor with student support services, were chosen for leadership positions with the North Carolina Association of Higher Education and Disability.

Cherokee crafts documentation project wins funding

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation awarded $50,000 to Anna Fariello, associate professor with Hunter Library, to continue the library’s Cherokee crafts documentation project.

Faculty and students collaborate with Cullowhee school for literacy camp

Students and faculty from Western Carolina University’s communication sciences and disorders department recently finished up their second spring providing a free after-school literacy camp for some Cullowhee Valley School kindergarteners and first-graders who have struggled with reading.

Audubon North Carolina honors biological station

The Highlands Biological Station’s efforts in educating the public about birds and their habitats, and in promoting wildlife conservation in general, were recognized recently as the station was presented Audubon North Carolina’s Bird Lore Conservation Education Award.

Grant supports alcohol and drug intervention program

The Town of Sylva awarded $8,557 to Miles D. Komuves, coordinator of alcohol and drug education with the student community ethics department at Western Carolina University, for a program designed to offer educational alcohol and drug intervention for high-risk students.

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