Archive for July, 2011

WCU among nine sites for statewide redistricting hearings Thursday, July 7

Western Carolina University is one of nine sites across the state that will host public hearings the N.C General Assembly is holding Thursday, July 7, to accept public comment on the redistricting process for the N.C. House, N.C. Senate and U.S. Congressional districts.

Tree damages University Club house; members seek alternate venue

A severe mid-June thunderstorm that snapped trees and power lines, leaving more than 9,000 without power in Jackson County, sent a white pine crashing into the 1942 brick house that serves as the home of the University Club. SLIDESHOW

From the desk of Chancellor David O. Belcher

To my new faculty and staff colleagues: Susan and I are truly happy to be here in Cullowhee and to join you, the people who make Western Carolina University such a wonderful place to study, work and live.

Harrill Residence Hall ‘green’ renovation project to begin in July

A $15.5 million renovation of a nearly 40-year-old residence hall at Western Carolina University set to begin in July features enough energy-saving and sustainability features to qualify the building for LEED certification.

Upgraded WCU webcam now operational

Western Carolina University recently unveiled a new webcam designed to provide visitors with a “you-are-there” look at the newly redesigned central core of campus.

WCU, N.C. Arboretum expand partnership

Western Carolina University recently strengthened its ties with The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville by assuming administrative support tasks previously carried out by the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

First production filmed on new motion picture stage

As a raven danced to mandolin music to chase the night away, the cameras rolled and the lights slowly came up on WCU’s new motion picture stage.

Elders to visit WCU for dialogue on Native science

Pioneers of Native science will visit Western Carolina University in August to participate in dialogues intended to help develop the Rooted in the Mountains event founded last year.

Staff Senate launches ornament fundraiser

It’s Christmas in July at Catamount Clothing and Gift Store, where purple ornaments imprinted with the Catamount logo are going on sale for $10 each to raise money for WCU Staff Senate initiatives including the scholarship and employee emergency assistance funds. The decorations are the first in what WCU Staff Senate members hope will become a series of collectible ornaments.

Trail project at WCU wins $5,000 grant with help from Sylva bike shop

Western Carolina University has won a $5,000 grant from a bicycle parts manufacturer to support construction of a multi-use, community trail system on campus.

WCU hosts second Boyer retreat

Western Carolina University recently hosted the second annual “Integrating Boyer into Your Institutional Culture: An Executive Retreat” June 19-22 in Asheville.

2011 faculty tenure and promotion decisions announced

Thirty-six Western Carolina University faculty members were promoted or received tenure in spring 2011.

Writing and Learning Commons will keep old, offer new

In the wake of merger of the Writing Center and the Catamount Academic Tutoring Center, Chesney Reich, director of the new Writing and Learning Commons, wants people to know: “Nothing is going away.”

Faculty members earn emeritus status

Fourteen faculty members received emeritus status during the 2010-11 academic year.

Professor to focus on research of deadly amphibian fungus

Western Carolina University professor Malcolm “Mack” Reid Powell recently won support to expand his research of a deadly disease that affects amphibians around the world.

Professor and wife team up in mask and music theater group

The first production to be filmed in WCU’s motion picture stage featured Whimzik theater company, a mask-and-music group created by Kjelsty Hanson and Glenn Kastrinos of Cullowhee.

Technology Commons gets a facelift

The Technology Commons on Western Carolina University’s campus continues to evolve at its location on the ground floor of Hunter Library.

Exhibit highlights area’s different architectural styles

An exhibit at Hunter Library showcases the different architectural styles on display in Jackson County and the surrounding region. The exhibit, on the first floor of the library, is free and will run until Dec. 9.

Political science co-author paper about preparing political science students for careers

Todd Collins, Gibbs Knotts and Jen Schiff, all faculty in the department of political science and public affairs, recently had a paper accepted for publication in PS: Political Science and Politics.The paper, “Career Preparation and the Political Science Major: Evidence from Departments” presents results from an original survey of political science department chairs and argues that political science departments are not doing enough to prepare students for career options after graduation.

Kadence Otto discusses state of sports with Ralph Nader

Kadence Otto, associate professor of sport management at Western Carolina University, met recently with influential political activist Ralph Nader at his office in Washington, D.C., to discuss their mutual interest in the current state of sports in the United States.

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