Archive for August, 2010

Student-created murals installed in Cullowhee

Creating the 8-by-16-foot wide hand-painted murals that replaced faded billboards on Old Cullowhee Road was exhausting – physically and mentally – as well as inspiring, said one of the five students who helped design and paint them.

Cherokee instructor discusses possible evolution of word “Cullowhee”

Thomas N. Belt, coordinator of Western Carolina University’s Cherokee language program, draws from Cherokee legend and the phoenetic style of the Cherokee syllabary in his discussion of the possible origin of the word “Cullowhee.”

SLIDESHOW: Fall 2010 semester gets under way

Freshmen moved into Western Carolina University residence halls on Friday, Aug. 20; posed for a 2014 class photo after Freshman Convocation; and attended a presentation by Chad Crittenden, a cancer survivor who competed on “Survivor: Vanuatu: Islands of Fire” despite undergoing a leg amputation. The first day of classes for all students was Monday, Aug. 23.

Professor uses zombie invasion scenario to teach political science

World politics could become tricky in the event of a zombie invasion, and pondering the complexities sparked such lively discussion in a WCU international relations class last year that Niall Michelsen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, incorporated the unusual topic into the syllabus.

Cinematography professor wins Telly Award for work on ‘Wesley’ movie

Arledge Armenaki, Western Carolina University associate professor of cinematography, is recipient of a Telly Award for his work as director of photography on “Wesley,” a historical movie about a co-founder of the Methodist church.

Literary review spotlights WCU English faculty

The “North Carolina Literary Review” highlights three WCU English faculty members in the 2010 issue dedicated to Appalachian Literature.

WCU kicks off Red Zone Awareness campaign

For the second consecutive year, Western Carolina University will be part of a national campaign to increase awareness of dating violence on college campuses.

Research presented at national nurse anesthetist conference

WCU nurse anesthesia students Erica Edington and Amelia Hinds worked with WCU faculty on research that they recently presented in a conference poster at the national conference for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists held in Seattle.

Preparations under way for Freshman Move-In Day, fall semester

With students who arrived early getting settled into residence halls including Western Carolina University’s newest – Blue Ridge Hall – faculty and staff are preparing for the next wave of students to hit campus Friday, Aug. 20, for Freshman Move-In Day.

Work completed over the summer included a range of landscaping and paving projects.

WCU must continue to strive for quality despite budget woes, chancellor says in Opening Assembly address

Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo thanked faculty and staff for continuing to increase institutional quality despite the state’s budget crisis, and urged them not to allow lingering economic doldrums to derail their efforts to continue creating “a 21st-century university.”

Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor and WCU meet with Forest Hills village leaders to discuss annexation, development possibilities

Representatives from the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor and Western Carolina University met Aug. 3 with village of Forest Hills leaders to explore what might be possible if the village agreed to annex a portion of WCU’s campus stretching into the Old Cullowhee Road area. (Story includes photos and video.)

WCU’s Robert Conley becomes first American Indian to lead Western Writers of America

Get to know Robert Conley, WCU’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, and how he came to be writer, as told through the eyes of Johnny Boggs in the magazine “True West.”

Hunter has e-book readers available for checkout

WCU’s Hunter Library has six portable e-book readers available for checkout.

IT rolls out, support changes

After months of planning and behind-the-scenes work, the Division of Information Technology, or DoIT, launched its new website,, in early August.

Faculty Center renamed to ‘Commons’

The Coulter Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has a new name. After consultation with the staff, the Office of the Provost, and the founder of the Center, Chancellor Emeritus Myron L. Coulter, the name has been changed to the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with the official announcement […]

Fine Art Museum debuts new hours

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University has increased its weekday and evening hours.

The Reporter to feature new employees

The Office of Public Relations will publish new employee photographs and brief biographical information in an upcoming issue of The Reporter faculty and staff newsletter.

Journal publishes Glenn Bowen’s article about effective SoTL practices

Glenn Bowen, director of the Center for Service Learning, has published an article, “Service Learning in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Effective Practices,” in the July 2010 issue of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Nursing professor makes presentation, authors chapter in nurse anesthesiology textbook

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, gave a talk titled “Current Anesthesia Practice” on July 24-25 in Concord.

Kimmel School dean completes Harvard educational leadership program

Robert McMahan, professor of engineering and dean of the Kimmel School, recently attended the Institute for Educational Management, a two-week leadership development program offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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