Archive for July, 2010

Yates named Kimmel Professor of Construction Management at WCU

The only woman to head a college or university construction management department in the United States has joined the faculty of Western Carolina University as the Joe W. Kimmel Distinguished Professor of Construction Management.

Ronald A. Johnson named BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism

Ronald A. Johnson, dean of WCU’s College of Business since June 2007, has stepped down as dean, effective June 30, to become the university’s first BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

WCU students to develop mobile phone apps

Western Carolina University computer science faculty members are capitalizing on student interest in the latest smartphones and their Internet and e-mail capabilities as a way to teach programming.

From the Breakroom with Roger E. Hartley

Roger E. Hartley recently joined the Western Carolina University faculty as director of the master’s degree program in public administration.

Work continues on Health and Human Sciences Building

Western Carolina University’s Health and Human Sciences Building, under construction off Little Savannah Road, is projected to be completely built by fall 2011 and operational in spring 2012, said Alan Sellars, project manager.

Educational Talent Search wins grant for Underground Railroad experience

The Conservation Fund awarded $6,644 to Todd Murdock, director of Educational Talent Search at Western Carolina University, to support low-income, first-generation college-bound students in four Western North Carolina counties to experience the Underground Railroad by bicycle.

Grant supports graduate nursing program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $38,539 to Judy Mallory, associate director of the graduate nursing program, to provide tuition costs to students enrolled in the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program at Western Carolina University. 

WCU professors’ research featured at e-Learning Africa Conference in Zambia

The work of two Western Carolina University professors related to information and communication technology was featured at the international e-Learning Africa 2010 conference recently held in Zambia.

Article by WCU professor named ‘must-read’

An article co-authored by Frederick Buskey, assistant professor of educational leadership and foundations, was selected as one of the 12 Kappan’s “Must-Read” articles of 2009-10.

Professors to conduct study to provide local leaders with gang violence prevention, intervention and suppression strategies

The Haywood County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council awarded $10,925 to Phyllis Robertson, assistant professor of counseling and school field placement coordinator, and Alvin Malesky, assistant professor in psychology, to gather and analyze assessment and intervention data.

Grant supports study of potential antibiotics

The N.C. Biotechnology Center awarded a $5,000 undergraduate biotechnology research fellowship to Jason Clement, assistant professor of chemistry, and undergraduate research student Rachel Bleich to isolate and characterize potential antibiotics from local microbial sources.

Carol Burton leads sessions at national meeting

Carol Burton, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, recently led two sessions at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ national American Democracy Project meeting in Providence, R.I.

Interim appointments announced

The Writing Center and Office for Undergraduate Studies have announced two interim appointments.

Elwha Science Education kicks off summer programs in partnership with WCU shorelines program

The Elwha Science Education Project has begun its summer 2010 session, thanks to a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Western Carolina University.

WCU prepares for Josefina Niggli alumni event

Josefina Niggli Alumni Reunion participants will be traveling from as far away as Florida and New York to participate in the event to be held at Western Carolina University from Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11.

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