Archive for October, 2010

WCU recipient of $2.5M grant to help young adults with intellectual disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $2.5 million grant to expand a Western Carolina University program designed to help young adults with intellectual disabilities attend and succeed in college.

Gala brings art lovers to Cullowhee

Hundreds of arts patrons turned out Oct. 22 to celebrate five years of WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Students join faculty to study compounds that could have anti-cancer and other medical benefits

Faculty members Jack Summers and Lori Seischab are conducting research with students on the “big” questions – questions at the interface of chemistry and biology that pertain to health, aging and disease.

Employees honored for years of service

Western Carolina University faculty and staff recently enjoyed an Employee Appreciation Day celebration in their honor at Ramsey Regional Activity Center. At the event, employees were honored for reaching milestones in their years of service.

WCU announces leadership transition appointments

Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo announced Monday, Oct. 25, the appointment of internal auditor Robert Edwards as interim vice chancellor for administration and finance, and the assignment of new operational responsibilities to Dianne Lynch, chief of staff.

Public Policy Institute launches N.C. politics blog

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University has created a new blog site designed to offer a nonpartisan glimpse into the world of North Carolina politics and policy.

Children of faculty and staff invited to Halloween event at Moore

The Moore Building gets awfully creepy this time of year. For the fourth year, faculty and students in the School of Health Sciences will host the “Haunted Moore Hall” Halloween event.

RSA to host annual Hall-O-Ween event Oct. 28

The Resident Student Association of Western Carolina University will host the annual “Hall-O-Ween” event in the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28

Student shares final autumn color video update

Steven Younts, a student at Western Carolina University, recorded several video installments of the color change in and around the WCU campus community. Below is the final video in his series.

First Year Experience launches new website

A redesigned website for First Year Experience recently went live at http://fye.wcu.edu.

Burton, Lofquist and Bowen present at national outreach conference

Carol Burton, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate studies, Beth Lofquist, associate provost, and Glenn Bowen, director of service learning, recently presented “Faculty Engagement and Institutional Outreach: Impact on Student Learning” at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Raleigh.

Rob Young to deliver address at national meeting

Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, will be part of a keynote presentation at this year’s Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver. Young and other presenters will discuss the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Rob Young appointed to committees including S.C. Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management

Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, has been appointed to the S.C. Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management.

Collins presents at national and international conferences

Shawn Collins, assistant professor of nursing and director of the nurse anesthesia program, recently presented “Model for a Reproducible Curriculum Infrastructure for Nurse Anesthesia CE in Developing Countries” as part of a peer-reviewed and invited podium presentation at the third National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference held in San Diego.

WCU magazine named ‘Best of the Mountains’

The Magazine of Western Carolina University has been named “Best of the Mountains” for 2010 in an annual competition sponsored by the Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina.

Kick up your heels in Cullowhee during gala weekend

The College of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates five years since the opening of the Fine and Performing Arts Center with a gala this Friday, Oct. 22. The event features a formal reception that includes the premiere of an outdoor sculpture exhibit, a concert by WCU’s resident Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, and the staging of “’S Wonderful,” a theatrical review of songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

DeWitt to step down as director of Fine Art Museum

As the College of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates five years since the opening of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, looking forward, the Fine Art Museum will be under new leadership. Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the museum, will retire from his position Jan. 1.

College of Business included among Princeton Review’s ‘Best 300’

A book published recently by the Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.

Reins, trains and automobiles: Digital collection gives online ride through history

A Hunter Library digital collection on the history of regional transportation makes online stops in towns across the mountain region to show daily life as it was 100 years ago. Though it resembles an armchair time travel experience via mouse click, this online tour of a bygone era features a real-world perspective. It was created from the personal letters, photographs, store ledgers, postcards and newspapers of the people of the time.

Training session centered on working with Latino students set for Nov. 9.

Sarah Nuñez, assistant director of admission for Western Carolina University at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, will lead a one-hour training session centered on working with Latino students at WCU on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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