Archive for February, 2011

Memorial service set for Feb. 24 for Jack Wakeley, WCU interim chancellor in 1994-95

The walk across campus Thursday won’t be the most strenuous trek ever attempted by track, field and cross country student-athletes and coaches, but it promises to weigh the heaviest on their hearts.
The squad has organized a walk of honor before the memorial service for John H. “Jack” Wakeley, the volunteer coach they knew as “Doc” and a former vice chancellor for academic affairs who served as the university’s interim chancellor during the 1994-95 academic year.

Communication sciences and disorders professor impressed with positive portrayal of stuttering and people who stutter in ‘The King’s Speech’

A week after seeing “The King’s Speech,” David Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders, returned with 12 students who, like him, were so moved that their discussion afterward lasted two hours.

Catamount basketball hosts faculty/staff appreciation event Feb. 26

Western Carolina University faculty and staff members can pick up free tickets for themselves and their families to see a Catamount basketball double-header on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Pride of the Mountains staff organize new community band

Western North Carolina musicians who played in high school or college bands are invited to join a new Jackson County-based community band called Mountain Winds.

Staff Senate gears up for annual yard sale

The WCU Staff Senate will participate in the annual indoor yard sale hosted by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Ramsey Center on April 9 to raise money for the Staff Senate scholarship fund.

Live music planned for MFA exhibit reception

Acoustic guitarist Shane Perlowin will perform at a reception to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, to celebrate the opening of Courtney Chappell’s master’s degree in fine arts thesis exhibit in the Fine Art Museum.

Orion Magazine publishes Catherine Carter’s poem

Orion Magazine will publish a poem by Catherine Carter, director of the English Education program at Western Carolina University, in its March/April edition.

Nominations due Friday for Bright Idea and Star staff awards

The selection committee for the Bright Idea Staff Award and the Star Staff Award will accept nominations until noon Friday, Feb. 25. Nominations may be submitted online or via campus mail to committee chair Amy McKenzie, Philosophy and Religion, 340 Stillwell Building.

Collins and nurse anesthesia students meet with N.C. legislators

Shawn Collins, director of the nurse anesthesia program, and 10 students joined more than 100 students and certified registered nurse anesthetists in Raleigh to meet with state legislators at an event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Band hosts Pasadena Experience

The Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band shared highlights from its trip to the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade during a drop-in event Thursday, Feb. 17.

PHOTOS: Reception held for Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week

A reception was held Thurs., Feb. 17, as part of the annual Western Carolina University Faculty Scholarship Celebration at Hunter Library.

Heart of the matter: Students participate in heart healthy service project

WCU students participated in a “heart healthy” service project Feb. 21 in the Intercultural Affairs lounge in the University Center.

Feb. 17 is Third Thursday at FAM

Enjoy snacks, wine and great art from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Star Atrium of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Students developing campus tour mobile Web apps

Students in a capstone computer information systems course are performing work that not only sharpens their skills as they prepare to enter the job market but also will provide the university with opportunities for mobile Web tour applications.

Faculty, staff and students help prioritize IT projects

Requesting projects from the Division of Information Technology through the new IT governance and prioritization process has become not only more systematic, but also more democratic.

SMBQ to premiere composition at library grand opening

The grand opening of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex on June 11 will be music to the town’s ears – literally. That’s because Western Carolina University’s Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be there performing a brand-new composition, written specifically for this event by internationally known musician and educator David Sampson.

Dining hall offers $4 special to faculty and staff Feb. 18

The monthly $4 lunch and dinner special for faculty and staff will be offered upstairs at Courtyard Dining Hall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18.

Health care policy forum to be held Feb. 22

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a health policy forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Catamount Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

Judy H. Dowell Outstanding Support Staff Award nominations due March 9

The Judy H. Dowell Outstanding Support Staff Award will be awarded at the annual Spring Awards Convocation. The award honors a current nonexempt SPA employee for outstanding service at WCU and comes with a $1,000 cash award.

Family members of WCU staffers invited to apply for scholarship

Staff Senate is currently taking applications for the Staff Senate Scholarship from WCU students whose parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or legal guardians are SPA or EPA non-faculty WCU employees, including retired or deceased staff members and current food service employees.

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