Archive for August, 2011

‘Liars Bench’ returns to Mountain Heritage Center on Sept. 1

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

WCU partners in Jackson County Get Fit Challenge

Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication and Campus Recreation Center have teamed up with the Jackson County Health Department, the Jackson County Extension Office, MedWest and community physicians and organizations to challenge all residents and students to get moving with the Jackson County Get Fit Challenge.

Third annual Red Zone campaign under way

Western Carolina University will host its third annual Red Zone campaign during the fall semester. The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second year at college during which they are at higher risk of unwanted sexual experiences on college campuses.

Amateur river race set for Sept 10

Western Carolina University organizations are co-sponsoring the third annual Citizens Race, a competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Events planned to remember 9/11

Western Carolina University will remember Sept. 11, 2001, on its 10th anniversary with events to be held Sept. 6-11, with a keynote address from Lori Gerber, founder of the Center for New Beginnings, set for Thursday, Sept. 8.

Anthropology and Sociology hosts fall brownbag series

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology will host three lunchtime presentations in Room 110 of McKee Building from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. on select Wednesdays during the fall semester as part of a brownbag series.

Rash, Duncan and Fariello featured writers at Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

WCU faculty Ron Rash, Pamela Duncan and Anna Fariello will be featured presenters at the 2011 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival to be held in Burnsville.

Kossick presents continuing ed program, asked to serve as journal reviewer

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, recently presented a continuing education program for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s critical care nurses, nurse anesthetists and emergency medical services personnel titled “Two-Day 12 Lead ECG Seminar.” The program was held in Spruce Pine.

Website edited by Kinser featured link on BBC Woman’s Hour

A website called The Carlyle Letters Online: A Victorian Cultural Reference and edited by Brent Kinser, associate professor of English, was a featured link on the Thursday, Aug. 18, edition of BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour.

Staff member turns thesis into novel, launches multimedia business

Not far from Western Carolina University lies Judaculla Rock – a soapstone boulder covered in petroglyphs named for, according to Cherokee legend, the giant who lived nearby. Seeing the rock and researching the legend inspired Suzanne Raether, a Hunter Library staff member and recent WCU alumna, to write a work of fiction as her master’s thesis that grew into the soon-to-be-released Southern Gothic novel “Judaculla.”

WCU announces membership of its strategic planning group, the 2020 Commission

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher has appointed a 36-member committee that will lead a strategic process designed to help guide the university’s direction and development over the next decade.

Rec therapy first to get accreditation

Western Carolina University’s undergraduate degree program in recreational therapy is the first in the nation to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Professor traces interest in water policy research to experience living in Malaysia

What would we do without water? What if you were unable to clean your dishes, take a shower or even flush your toilet? What if there was no source of water for drinking or cooking? What would you use?

Excerpt from Suzanne Raether’s ‘Judaculla’

Tim stood on the little boardwalk that drew a crescent around Judaculla Rock. Sweat dripped off his nose and splattered the wood. Post stumps held a circle of steel rope around the rock and a crooked, hand painted sign asked visitors to “Please Keep Off the Rock.” Bamboo shoots encroached on two of the post […]

Mountain Heritage Center to host ‘The Liars Bench’ on Sept. 2

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. The date of the event was incorrectly reported in The Reporter’s campuswide Aug. 23 email. “The Liars Bench” is a live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and […]

WCU receives gift from Harrah’s for Native American health lecture series

A recent gift from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel to Western Carolina University will help sponsor a public lecture series on Native American health issues offered through the university’s Culturally Based Native Health Program.

Self-service email password manager available to faculty and staff

Western Carolina University faculty and staff who enroll in a self-service password management service can now retrieve their passwords at any time on or off campus.

Sorority sponsors a series of social-skills workshops for women

The Kappa Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is collaborating with the Western North Carolina AIDS Project to host a series of workshops at Western Carolina University designed to empower women to reduce behavior that puts them at risk for contracting HIV.

Senator tours new Health and Human Sciences Building

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), met with Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher at the site of WCU’s new Health and Human Sciences Building during a swing through Jackson County on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Adams and Martin present at international conference

Andrew Adams, assistant professor of piano, and Bradley Martin, director of the musical theatre program, presented one of 15 papers selected for presentation at the International Edvard Grieg Society’s research conference held in Demark.

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