Archive for December, 2010

Band makes final preparations for Rose Parade and Tournament of Roses Bandfest in California

The temperature hovered just above freezing as the nearly 400 members of the WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band rehearsed this week. Too cold to play, they sang their parts as they marched. Band members listened at attention as Bob Buckner, director of the band, helped them visualize what to expect, including a much-needed reminder. “There, it’s 70 degrees!”

College deans prepare for sharp funding reductions

WCU can expect deep cuts to its academic operations in the face of impending state budget reductions, said Linda Seestedt-Stanford, interim provost, at a Dec. 8 academic forum in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

Board of Trustees approves proposed tuition, fees for 2011-12

The cost of attending Western Carolina University would increase 4.45 percent for the 2011-12 academic year under a plan approved Wednesday, Dec. 8, by the WCU Board of Trustees.

‘A Christmas Carol’ research deepens students’ connection to holiday classic

With tongue firmly in cheek, Brent Kinser expressed his fear that his students’ semester-long, in-depth research of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in connection with WCU’s production Dec. 9 might leave them weary of the holiday classic. “They’ve been working on ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the point they may never read it again,” said Kinser, associate professor of English and director of the literature program.

WCU wins $250,000 grant to support student internships in energy conservation

Western Carolina University will implement a program this spring to fund student internships centered on energy efficient-focused building management.

Mark Couture puts listeners in the groove with Sunday morning radio show

Looking for the soundtrack to Sunday morning in Cullowhee? For more than 10 years, Mark Couture has hosted Catamount Community Radio, on the air from 10 a.m. to noon each Sunday on the campus station WWCU-FM Power 90.5 in Cullowhee.

Professors edit book of writings on Cherokee

William L. Anderson, history professor emeritus; Jane L. Brown, instructor of anthropology; and Anne F. Rogers, professor of anthropology, have edited the “The Payne-Butrick Papers,” a two-volume set published recently by the University of Nebraska Press.

WCU water plant staff honored for gathering weather data

Western Carolina University’s Water Treatment Plant recently received an Honored Institution Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 25 years of service observing the weather.

Video from Destination: Dillsboro! event, winners from drawing published

The town of Dillsboro hosted Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students during a special event called “Destination: Dillsboro!” on Thursday, Nov. 18, and video from the event as well as a list of winners from a drawing at the event are now available. In addition, photos from the event are posted on the town’s […]

Season’s Greetings from Chancellor John W. Bardo

This December marks the 16th holiday season that Deborah and I have shared with members of the Western Carolina University family.

Drury judges Sylva window displays

Denise Drury, curatorial specialist and soon-to-be interim director of the Fine Art Museum, represented the Arts Council of Jackson County in judging window displays Dec. 4 in downtown Sylva. Drury was slated to judge Sylva’s annual Christmas parade, but the event was canceled because of weather. This summer, Drury was a judge in the Bring […]

Knotts and Cooper publish article about the boundaries of the South

Gibbs Knotts, head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and Chris Cooper, associate professor of political science and director of the Public Policy Institute, recently published an article in Southern Cultures titled “Rethinking the Boundaries of the South.”

WCU Jazz Ensemble releases CD featuring Kat Williams

The Western Carolina University Jazz Ensemble recently released a CD featuring vocalist Kat Williams titled “St. Louis Blues.”

Hartley publishes article in Justice System Journal

Roger Hartley, director of the master’s degree program in public affairs, recently published an article with Salmon A. Shomade from the University of New Orleans titled “The Application of Network Analysis to the Study of Trial Courts” in Justice System Journal.

MBA students host food drive

Students in the Graduate Business Student Association are collecting food for MANNA Food Bank in bins outside the Master of Business Administration Program office in Room 121 of the Forsyth Building and outside of the graduate office in Asheville located in Room 120 of Karpen Hall.

Fall commencement set for Dec. 18 at Ramsey Center

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

Students to sell ceramics, glass Dec. 8

WCU students will sell ceramic and glass artwork on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

WCU dedicates new Balsam, Blue Ridge residence halls

The latest residence halls to open for business at Western Carolina University provide more than merely a place for 800 students to sleep, a new campus conference facility, and headquarters for the university’s burgeoning Honors College; they also provide concrete evidence – pun intended – of WCU’s growing academic stature.

Trustees agree to repair chancellor’s residence, plan for new facility

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees agreed Wednesday, Dec. 1, to take steps both immediate and long-term to address structural and safety deficiencies in the university-owned chancellor’s residence.

Chief financial officer receives Trustees’ Award

George W. “Chuck” Wooten, vice chancellor for administration and finance at Western Carolina University, is only the eighth person in university history to receive one of the institution’s highest honors, the Trustees’ Award.

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