Archive for April, 2011

Get to know WCU’s chancellor-elect and his wife

Chancellor-elect David O. Belcher and his wife, Susan, discuss their experience and interests, from reading to music, as well as their excitement about becoming part of the WCU family.

Severe weather plan goes smoothly, officials report

The university’s emergency siren system was activated in response to a tornado warning at about 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, and university officials estimate that all students had moved to shelter locations within the buildings by approximately 12:20 a.m.

WCU looks to Kennesaw Mountain for next marching band director

The new leader of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is – drum roll, please – David Starnes, currently director of bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

Professor wins grant for research to improve assessments for students who have significant cognitive disabilities

“We were driven to do this work so that there can be meaningful links between assessment and instruction so that teachers are better equipped to teach to high expectations for a population that historically has been excluded based on assumptions about what they ‘can’t’ do – so that students have an opportunity to build skills over time,” said Meagan Karvonen.

Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to tour Germany

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet in residence at Western Carolina University, will be completing a busy year of performances with a tour of southwestern Germany in May.

SBTDC awards funding for program that links entrepreneurship faculty and students with WNC businesses

The Small Business Technology and Development Center has awarded $7,000 to the entrepreneurship program for a project entitled “2011 Faculty Liaison Program.” The Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the SBTDC work closely together, and the funding from the SBTDC is used to support the engagement of CEI faculty and students with businesses in Western North Carolina, said Robert Carton, assistant professor of entrepreneurship.

Family Day is Saturday at the Fine Art Museum

The WCU Fine Art Museum will host Family Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the museum.

Volunteers sought for Late Night Exam Breakfast

Faculty and staff members are being asked to assist with the Late Night Exam Breakfast served free to students who have a valid student identification card on Tuesday, May 3, upstairs in Courtyard Dining Hall.

College of Fine and Performing Arts sponsors Mountain Winds’ first concert

Mountain Winds, a community band, will perform its inaugural concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Online performance management system goes live

Western Carolina University’s new online performance management system is live, and supervisors may begin completing the performance appraisal process for 2010-11. 

N.C. General Assembly hosts redistricting public hearing at WCU

One of the public hearings that the North Carolina General Assembly is hosting to accept public comment on the redistricting process for the State House, State Senate and U.S. Congressional districts will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Room 133-B of the Cordelia Camp Building at Western Carolina University.

Bromberg selected to participate in national meeting on nonprofit management

Dan Bromberg, assistant professor of political science and public affairs with the master’s degree program in public affairs, was selected to participate in a meeting on performance measurement in nonprofit management in June at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Nichols and Adams host ‘Design for a Small Planet’ symposium

Jane Nichols, associate professor of interior design, and Erin Adams, assistant professor of interior design, recently hosted an academic symposium titled “Design for a Small Planet” in Denver.

Christina Reitz presents at conference

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, recently presented “The Dies Irae in Nineteenth Century Symphonic Repertoire: Horror on the Concert Stage” at the 2011 joint conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association held in San Antonio. Reitz also moderated the session “Horror-Literary and Cinematic: Traumatic Sights and Sounds” at the horror-themed national conference.

SLIDESHOW: WCU celebrates Earth and Wellness Day

Western Carolina University’s Earth and Wellness Day celebration on Wednesday, April 13, featured live music, health screenings, more than 30 local vendors, stress relief games, free food and a farmer’s market.

Walk This Way: Pedestrian-friendly campus core coming together

The Reporter takes on the campus community’s burning questions about the university’s new playground.

WCU featured in ‘The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges’

Western Carolina University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

Library will be open 24/7 for finals

Western Carolina University students who need a quiet place to study for final exams will find Hunter Library open 24 hours a day from noon, Sunday, April 24, until 6 p.m., Friday, May 6.

Controlled Chaos Film Festival set for April 27

The festival begins at 7 p.m. and features short films from narrative to documentaries and TV spots as well as three senior project films written, directed and produced by student filmmakers.

SBTDC receives $147,744 grant

The Small Business and Technology Development Center awarded $147,744 to Wendy Cagle, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University, to expand SBTDC services and programs.

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