Archive for February, 2012

Debo’s book about author H.D. published

A book by Annette Debo, associate professor of English, titled “The American H.D.” will be released by the University of Iowa Press in March. In the book, Debo offers a literary, historical, cultural and biographical study of the early 20th century author Hilda Doolittle.

Interactive site highlighting band’s participation in Rose Parade wins regional honors

A national higher education organization has recognized Western Carolina University’s Office of Public Relations with two awards for assisting with publicizing the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band’s participation in the 2011 Rose Parade with an interactive blog.

Free cardio and strength circuit training class to be held Feb. 29

The Western Carolina University employee wellness task force, WHEE For Life, will host a free drop-in cardio and strength circuit training class from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29,  in Studio 2 of the Campus Recreation Center as part of its Wellness Wednesday series.

Gardening equipment donations sought

Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate is collecting new or gently used gardening equipment and financial donations to benefit Full Spectrum Farms as part of the University of North Carolina system Staff Assembly’s “Have a Heart Campaign.”

Cullowhee Voter Initiative to host debate March 5

Western Carolina University students coordinating the Cullowhee Voter Initiative, a nonpartisan effort to improve voter education and participation in Jackson County, will host a debate in which members of the North Carolina General Assembly are scheduled to participate on Monday, March 5.

WCU students gather school supplies for beginning teachers

Twenty-six Western Carolina University students majoring in education helped fill bags of school supplies to give to about 125 beginning teachers who are affiliated with Western Carolina University.

‘No Limits March’ set for March 8

The Department of Intercultural Affairs and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are co-sponsoring a “No Limits March” in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.

Dance scholar to discuss book March 15

Visiting scholar Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the Dance Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will discuss a book she co-authored, “The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus,” in Niggli Theater from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

Updated WCU documentary to be released during installation week

The installation of David O. Belcher as Western Carolina University chancellor will provide an opportunity for the campus community and people of Western North Carolina to reflect on the university’s tradition of service to the region with the showing of a newly updated and digitized version of the documentary “Bells in the Valley.”

WCU to consolidate Asheville-area programs at new Biltmore Park site

Western Carolina University will consolidate graduate and undergraduate academic programs currently offered at locations across Buncombe County to a new off-campus instructional site in Biltmore Park Town Square effective this fall.

Comprehensive salary study under way at WCU

A study of faculty and staff salaries to explore whether there are significant differences in pay for WCU employees of different genders and races has begun and is expected to take 18 months to two years to complete.

Barnes to work with Project NExT

Julia Barnes, professor of mathematics, has accepted a position as one of three associate directors of Project NExT, a national professional development program of the Mathematical Association of America for people who recently completed their doctorates in the mathematical sciences. Barnes will begin a four-year term of service in August.

Sholder serving as consultant for effort to build film studio in China

Jack Sholder, professor and director of WCU’s Motion Picture and Television Production Program, is serving as a consultant on a project to build a new state-of-the-art digital movie studio in Wuxi, China. Sholder will travel to China later this month with a team of architects and planners from the United States and China to present plans to government officials.

Philyaw named to Historical Society of North Carolina

Scott Philyaw, associate professor of history and director of the WCU Mountain Heritage Center, was recently elected to membership in the Historical Society of North Carolina. The society is limited to 75 members who are elected based on publications, professional reputation and contributions to the state and the historical profession.

Dillsboro-WCU partnership featured in video highlighting campus-community engagement

Western Carolina University’s partnership with Dillsboro was one of the featured initiatives in a video created as part of the 10th anniversary of North Carolina Campus Compact, an organization committed to building the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically engaged graduates and strengthen communities.

‘North Carolina Now’ to feature WCU ‘Dracula’ production

North Carolina Now, a weeknight news show that airs on UNC-TV and UNC-MX, is scheduled to air a feature on Western Carolina University’s recent one-of-a-kind production of “Dracula” at 7:30 on Thursday, Feb. 23. The segment also will be published on YouTube.

Nominations due March 9 for Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award will be accepted through noon March 9, 2012. Each year, the awards honor a faculty member and a member of the administrative staff. Winners receive $1,000 and a plaque.

Winter Choral Concert to be presented Feb. 23

The voices of three Western Carolina University choirs – the University Chorus, Concert Choir and Catamount Singers – will be featured as the WCU School of Music presents its annual Winter Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Speaker to address gun control March 5

Gun control scholar Gary Kleck will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Furniture executive to speak on servant leadership Feb. 28

Jay Reardon, president of the Hickory Chair Co., will speak on the topic of servant leadership at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

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