WCU faculty members recently presented in Raleigh at the annual conference of the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association, which also was attended by 26 WCU recreational therapy students. The theme for the conference was “Thinking Out of the Box,” and WCU faculty members were invited to make three presentations.
George Ford, assistant professor and director of the graduate program in construction management, was recently commended by the American Council on Education-Military Programs for assisting with an evaluation of military courses to determine if they are equivalent to college-level courses. Ford has performed similar evaluations across the country for the Army and Navy.
Linda Comer, associate director for graduate nursing programs, was elected to serve as one of the North Carolina delegates to the American Nurses Association Convention to be held in Washington, D.C., in June.
Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, presented “Foster’s Ethiopian Songs: An Ally for Abolitionists” at the joint College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction national conference held in Richmond, Va., in October. Reitz’s research centered primarily on the minstrel songs “Old Uncle Ned” and “Nelly Was a Lady” by Stephen Collins Foster, and offered an intricate look at their positive reception among leading abolitionists, including Fredrick Douglass.
Roger E. Hartley, director of the master’s degree program in public affairs and associate professor of political science and public affairs, recently presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Kansas City. The title was “The MPA Capstone at a Regionally Engaged University.”
Claire DeCristofaro, associate professor in the master’s degree program in nursing and a medical doctor, was featured in an article published by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners titled “Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Encourages Student Research Submissions.
Contributions to members of the WCU team participating in Live Below the line this week will receive a 100 percent match when they are forwarded to the nonprofit recipient.
The Resident Student Association of Western Carolina University will host its annual “Hall-O-Ween” event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Village.
Through the end of October, individuals may donate blank holiday cards in drop-boxes on the second floor in the University Center, the Writing and Learning Commons, 138 Camp Building or the bottom floor of the McKee Building for a Holiday Mail for Heroes Program sponsored by the American Red Cross.
The fall WCU Career Fair and Graduate School Day will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at WCU from Monday, Nov. 7, to Wednesday, Nov. 9.
The Western Carolina University employee wellness task force, WHEE For Life, will host a free cardio and strength circuit training from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Reid Gymnasium.
Musicians including several Western Carolina University alumni will accompany a screening of the 1922 “Dracula”-inspired silent movie classic “Nosferatu” in the community room at Jackson County Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Jackson County Public Library will host Hal Herzog, professor of psychology, for a talk about his book, “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals,” on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Halloween may be Oct. 31, but “Dracula” will continue to haunt faculty members and students preparing for the Jan. 24 radio broadcast production of the 1897 novel. “This generation of young people is really interested in vampires, thanks to the ‘Twilight’ series, and it is time they learned the truth about Dracula,” said Don Connelly, head of WCU’s communication department, who wrote the script and is producing the show.
Western Carolina University announced as part of Homecoming 2011 weekend activities the creation of a new endowed fund in honor of Bob Buckner, the recently retired longtime director of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.
Western Carolina University recently honored three alumni who are excelling in areas of music education, public finance and theater, and remembered a former chancellor for achievements that include guiding WCU during a period of international outreach, service and teacher excellence.
Western Carolina University community members celebrated Homecoming with a parade, tailgating, football and more.
Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, presented two lectures on Oct. 2 at the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2011 annual meeting in Asheville. His topics included “Reading Between the Lines: Essentials of EKG Interpretation” and “Computerized ST Segment Analysis- Technology that can Help or Hurt.” Dr. Kossick was also selected to serve on […]
Denise Drury, interim director of the WCU Fine Art Museum, and Anna Fariello, digital collections curator at WCU’s Hunter Library, are part of a panel discussion titled “Going Digital: New Tools for Museums” at the 2011 Southeastern Museums Conference, from Oct. 25-27 in Greenville, S.C.