Archive for January, 2011

Student’s show about living with diabetes inspires WCU interdisciplinary learning initiative

What sophomore Jonathan Cobrda saw more of than he wanted to on a trip to the “most magical place on Earth” was the bathroom, and that was when he was lucky. “There were long lines for the bathroom at Disney, and sometimes I couldn’t wait,” said Cobrda, who was 12 years old at the time. “Thank God for Splash Mountain!”

Q&A with Henry Wong

Henry Wong shares what led him to WCU last year to become director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs and how he serves the WCU community.

Feb. 3 reception set for ‘Women’s Work’ exhibit

A new exhibit featuring research and displays developed by the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is now open for public viewing at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Budget forum set for Monday

Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo will host a campuswide discussion Monday, Jan. 31, on the impact the state of North Carolina’s estimated $3.7 billion revenue shortfall could have on the university.

Slideshow: Students participate in MLK day of service

As part of Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., students participated in two days of service.

Nominations due Feb. 11 for Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award will be accepted through noon Feb. 11.

Gender Conference abstracts due Jan. 31

Abstracts to present at the 10th annual Gender Conference at Western Carolina University will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 31.

Snow means days on – not off – for some

When a steady snow started falling Dec. 25, Roger Turk, university grounds superintendent, realized he would have to call staff members in to begin clearing the five or so miles of roads on and around campus. “It was the middle of Christmas morning, and it was a tough call to make – the hardest in my 20 years working here,” said Turk.

Student to present one-man show about diabetes

WCU sophomore Jonathan Cobrda will present his original one-man show “Sweet ‘N Low: The True Story of One Diabetic’s Journey to Keep Spirits High and Sugars Low” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. Story includes a video clip from a student interview with Cobrda.

The latest addition to the School of Music goes by the name of ‘Steinway’

A nine-foot “D” concert grand piano is the first new piano of any kind for the School of Music in more than 23 years.

WCU to host recycled sled competition

Western Carolina University will host the 2011 Schlittentag Showdown, WCU’s first Recycled Sled Competition, during the first major snow of the spring semester after the start of classes.

Hunter Library displays work by local artist

Work by regional artist and WCU alumna Phyllis Jarvinen is on exhibit on the second floor of Hunter Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Submissions due for Faculty Scholarship Celebration

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 24, for faculty and staff members to submit work for inclusion in the 2011 Faculty Scholarship Celebration, an exhibit of faculty accomplishments from the 2009-10 academic year.

Jan. 20 marks Third Thursday at the Fine Art Museum

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host its first Third Thursday of the spring 2011 semester from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Star Atrium of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Jackson County commissioners honor Buckner, marching band

Bob Buckner, director of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, and the band itself with a proclamation on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Music journal features article by Reitz

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, wrote the featured article of the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal’s fall edition.

Pride of the Mountains Marching Band gets warm reception in Rose Parade, wins ‘favorite band’ poll

The nearly 400 members of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band who performed in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day were stunned by how many people lined the route, and motivated by the parade-goers’ excitement. “You could hear them yelling for us,” said Rachel Rimmer, a senior in the band.

Search firm identifies pool of candidates, nominees for WCU’s next chancellor

The firm that is guiding the search for Western Carolina University’s next chancellor has identified a pool of approximately three dozen possible candidates for the position who  already have indicated strong interest in serving as the institution’s new chief executive officer.

Campus budget discussion set for Jan. 31

What does an estimated $3.7 billion revenue shortfall for the state of North Carolina mean for Western Carolina University and the rest of the University of North Carolina system?

Semester begins with snow days

With as much as a foot of snow falling on parts of campus, classes were canceled on Monday, Jan. 10, and Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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