Archive for March, 2011

Aaron Ball named a top professor in UNC system

Aaron K. Ball, who teaches in WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology, is among 17 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching, announced Tuesday, March 29.

Teaching awards finalists announced

Seven Western Carolina University faculty members who are nominees for annual awards that honor the high quality of teaching at WCU each share a strategy for teaching a tough concept in their field.

Professor’s book helps establish direction for field of Nigerian history

Read a Q&A with Saheed Aderinto, an assistant professor of history originally from Nigeria.

2011 Spring Literary Festival boasts premier authors

It’s upon us: The ninth annual Spring Literary Festival is April 3-7 on the WCU campus.

Students participate in national undergraduate research conference

WCU had 69 student projects accepted into the conference – the fourth highest from the 356 participating universities. Learn more about two of the projects and what inspired the students to pursue them.

Mimi Fenton leads national John Milton society

“I hope to institute a long-term strategic plan which will involve the organization in more civic and charity activities because Milton was so committed to literacy for the populace, freedom of the press, and liberty in general within a commonwealth or republic,” said Fenton.

Memorial service held for longtime natural resources management professor Larry Kolenbrander

During Kolenbrander’s 20 years of leadership, the WCU natural resources management program grew from one to four faculty members, graduated more than 300 students, and made numerous adjustments in the curriculum to adapt to the needs of the students and the region, and to advances in the discipline.

Tickets still available for fundraiser to build school in Pakistan

Tickets are still available for a WCU student-organized fundraising dinner and silent auction to be held Tuesday, April 5, at Chef’s Table in Waynesville.

Earth and Wellness Day event set for April 13

An Earth and Wellness Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Are the only ‘Catamounts’ left in WNC at WCU?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent declaration that the eastern cougar is extinct spawned a column by naturalist Don Hendershot in the Smoky Mountain News titled “Only Catamounts left in WNC are at WCU.” But exactly what kind of cat WCU had in mind when adopting the “Catamount” as the mascot – whether cougar, mountain lion, bobcat, puma, panther or lynx – has been debated for as long as the Catamount has been the mascot.

Q&A with Pam Harris

Pamela Maize Harris, assistant professor of public relations, questioned why people hear so little about Irene Morgan, who refused to give up her seat on a bus 11 years before Rosa Parks made American civil rights history. Harris’ subsequent research about Morgan and media coverage of the case has sparked invitations for her recent presentations at conferences across the nation.

Former WCU public information director honored

Alfred Douglas “Doug” Reed, former director of public information at Western Carolina University, has been honored with a Lifetime Membership Award given by an organization he helped create and lead more than four decades ago.

Latest issue of WCU magazine posted online

The Winter 2011 issue features include “End of an Era: John Bardo prepares to step down after 16 years as chancellor” and “Pride to Pasadena.”

PHOTO: WCU EMS ambulance gets new look

The ambulance for Western Carolina University EMS,a student-run organization with supervision and advisement provided by a non-student EMS supervisor, was updated with the Catamounts’ latest look.

Franklin and Agraz co-present about mentoring for meaning in math and science at national conference

Elaine Franklin, director of the Center for Math and Science Education, and Victor Agraz, project coordinator of the center, co-presented “Mentoring for Meaning in Math and Science: A Journey into Inquiry, Collaborative Practices and Instructional Leadership” at the National Science Teachers Association annual conference held recently in San Francisco. The NSTA annual conference brings together thousands of science educators from the US and many foreign countries.

Book by Adams and Martin attracts attention from piano pedagogy journal, national conference

The recently published book “Hanon Restored: Charles-Louis Hanon’s Five Finger Exercises Restored to His Original Design” by Andrew Adams, assistant professor of piano, and Bradley Martin, director of the musical theatre program, has attracted international attention.

Nutrition students host sessions at Scotts Creek School

Western Carolina University students enrolled in a community nutrition course planned and recently implemented nutrition sessions for kindergarten through sixth-grade students attending an afterschool program at Scotts Creek School. The WCU students developed nutrition lesson plans in line with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course of Study, said April Tallant, assistant professor in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Students fold paper cranes as part of fundraising effort to help people of Japan after earthquake

As earthquake and tsunami coverage consumed the TV at the Canton Bojangles’ last weekend, frustration welled in WCU student Josh Adams after overhearing diners commenting more on boat damage in the United States than devastation in Japan. “They weren’t thinking about people in Japan – people who lost their lives,” said Adams, one of the WCU students assisting with a WCU earthquake relief effort for a country in which the estimated death toll exceeds 10,000.

Chancellor search now in hands of UNC president

The search committee tasked with helping select Western Carolina University’s next chancellor has recommended a final slate of candidates, and that list is now in the hands of the president of the University of North Carolina system.

Dining hall offers $4 special to faculty and staff March 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, March 18. Participants need to identify themselves as faculty or staff when paying the cashier.

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