Archive for January, 2012

Holt wins award for dissertation, invitation to present

Janice Holt, executive director of teacher recruitment, advising and career support, has been selected as recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Teacher Induction special interest group’s first Dissertation Award.

Lawson named associate editor of national mathematics journal

Jeff Lawson, professor of mathematics and computer science and associate department head, is serving as an associate editor of The American Mathematical Monthly. The publication, founded in 1894, is published by the Mathematical Association of America and is considered one of the most widely read mathematics journals worldwide.

Meltzer’s book about professional development in technology published

Sarah T. Meltzer, assistant professor of secondary education, authored a book, “Step-by-Step Professional Development in Technology,” recently published by Eye on Education.

WCU Hub intranet goes live

WCU Hub, a new university intranet, is available online to faculty and staff at  The website, which requires faculty and staff to login using their Outlook credentials, provides a secure location for university information and business – a place to share information not available on the public website.

Students measure radon gas levels in campus buildings

WCU environmental health students spent a week monitoring radon gas levels in 20 buildings on campus and will now analyze the results and prepare a report.

Staff Senate seeks donations for scholarship fundraising yard sale

The WCU Staff Senate will accept donations of items to sell at the annual indoor yard sale hosted by the Jackson County Arts Council at Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Saturday, March 17, to raise money for the WCU Staff Senate Scholarship fund.

Former N.C. Supreme Court justice to discuss NCAA issues Feb. 20

Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute will host Robert Orr, former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, for a discussion titled “Should NCAA Athletes Get Paid?” on Monday, Feb. 20.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ to be presented Feb. 10-11

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will host “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom.

Anthropology and sociology spring brownbag series begins Feb. 8

Events for the spring 2012 Anthropology and Sociology Brownbag Series will be held in February, March and April from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 110 of the McKee Building.

Parents Night Out to be held Feb. 17

Students in the Health and Physical Education Majors Club will host a Parents Night Out event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in Reid Gym for faculty and staff members’ children who are ages 3 and older. The event features organized games, active play and healthy snacks.

Free yoga class to be held Feb. 1

The Western Carolina University employee wellness task force, WHEE For Life, will host a free drop-in yoga class from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1,  in Reid Gymnasium as part of its Wellness Wednesday series.

Space still available in Feb. 4 children’s Japanese folk art program

A few spaces are still available in the WCU Art Education Club’s event for children ages 7 and older to be held in Room 150 of the Bardo Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

‘Battle of the Plug’ uses WCU-ASU rivalry to promote energy conservation

The Western Carolina University community not only signed on to participate in a three-week national energy conservation competition but also raised the stakes by entering an individual challenge with WCU’s rivals, the Mountaineers of Appalachian State University.

Rash novel ‘Serena’ headed to big screen

Numerous entertainment publications are reporting that filming will begin soon for the motion picture adaptation of “Serena,” the bestselling novel penned by Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture.

WCU students are sixth in nation for undergraduate research conference

Western Carolina University students once again are listed among the nation’s leaders in the number of research projects accepted for presentation at the country’s most prestigious undergraduate research conference.

Professor unearths lost Broadway play

Bradley Martin, associate professor of piano in the School of Music, spent the last year piecing together a lost play by acclaimed musical theater greats Richard Adler and George Abbott. Now Martin is serving as the musical director for a revival production at WCU, the first in the world since the show closed in 1976.

Costa to be featured author at City Lights Bookstore

Jim Costa, professor of biology and director of Highlands Biological Station, will be one of the featured authors at a reception and discussion in honor of the release of the second volume of “High Vistas” at City Lights Bookstore at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Kossick presents lectures at ECU

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, recently presented three lectures to graduate nurse anesthesia students at East Carolina University in Greenville. His lectures were “Essentials of EKG Interpretation for the Anesthesia Provider,” “Critical Assessment and Interventions for Invasive Hemodynamic Data,” and “Anesthesia for Patients with Valvular Heart Disease.”

Nominations due Feb. 6 for Bright Idea, Star Staff Awards

The selection committee for the Bright Idea Staff Award and the Star Staff Award will accept nominations online from any current WCU employee or student until noon Monday, Feb. 6.

Free core exercise introduction to be held Jan. 25

The Western Carolina University employee wellness task force, WHEE For Life, will host a free drop-in introduction to core exercise class from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Reid Gymnasium as part of its Wellness Wednesday series.

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