Archive for March, 2012

Reitz helps organize, present at international conference

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, served as the local arrangements director for the international conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, which convened March 22-24 in Asheville. Reitz, a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and the Publicity Committee, chaired three sessions: “Spiritual Music, Theory and Meaning,” “African-American Spiritualism” and “Religious Practices.” Reitz also presented her own research in a presentation titled “Every Time I Feel the Spirit: African-American Spirituals in the Late 19th Century.” Reitz also was elected to serve on the national editorial board for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.

Town, county officials issue proclamations to mark WCU chancellor installation

Officials from the town of Sylva and Jackson County government issued twin proclamations welcoming David O. Belcher as chancellor of Western Carolina University as activities marking his installation as the university’s new leader hit high gear Monday, March 26.

An insider’s guide to installation

Thursday’s formal installation ceremony is a celebration of WCU’s ‘standing in the world of education and its significance as a force in the progress of the nation.’ The Reporter has you covered with a quick reference to what it all means.

Spring Break takes students to Guatemala, Jamaica and Charleston, S.C., to serve

Nearly five dozen Western Carolina University students will participate in alternative Spring Break programs and travel to Charleston, S.C., Guatemala or Jamaica to spend their week off serving those in need.

Students host candlelight vigil, call for guardrails after student death

Western Carolina University students gathered Monday, March 26, at the Central Plaza fountain for a moment of silence and candlelight vigil to honor Stephanie Suzzette Deese, a WCU student who died the day before in a car accident near campus. 

Undergraduate researchers heading to Utah for national conference

Western Carolina University junior Kriston Haynes is among a group of 35 WCU students who will be flying to Utah this week to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious conference of its type. She is feeling both “excited and terrified” about the upcoming trip, Haynes said Monday.

Volunteers make difference during WCU Cares: Day of Service

Nearly 200 members of the WCU community spent time serving nonprofit organizations and efforts Saturday, March 24, to celebrate the installation of Chancellor David O. Belcher

WCU to host “Community on Campus” as part of installation of chancellor March 29

Western Carolina University will throw open the doors to campus Thursday, March 29, and invite members of the surrounding community to sample the wide variety of opportunities available to the public.

Ulrich, Reid win WCU half marathon

A cool spring mist was falling at times, but that didn’t keep more than 300 runners from working up a sweat Sunday (March 25) at Western Carolina University’s second annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.

Belchers help runners get ‘a-head’ from afar

Chancellor David O. Belcher and his wife, Susan, could not be at the Valley of the Lilies Half-Marathon and 5-K in person, so two WCU students stepped in to represent them and cheer on the more than 300 runners and walkers.

Grube wins national award

Dan Grube, associate dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, assistant head of the School of Teaching and Learning and associate professor, is the 2012 recipient of the national Julian W. Smith Honor Award, which was scheduled to be presented at the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Boston. The honor is an annual award that recognizes an alliance member who has shown significant attainment in the area of adventure and outdoor education/recreation over an extended period of time.

Appointments available for blood drive March 27

Appointments are available for a blood drive scheduled as part of installation week activities in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

McDowell presents at Nurse Anesthesia District 3 and 4 meeting

Mason C. McDowell, assistant professor and assistant director for the WCU nurse anesthesia program, recently presented a continuing education lecture at the 2012 District 3 and 4 meeting for the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Charlotte. McDowell spoke on perioperative patient management with emphasis on preoperative evaluation of cardiac risk and recommendations for antiplatelet therapy in patients with bare metal versus drug-eluting stents.

WCU social media administrators invited to March 27 session

Faculty, staff and student WCU community members who are administrators for a Facebook account that is connected to the university are invited to intend a free, informal session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, centered on Facebook principles, best practices, ads, analytics and changing to Timeline.

Honors College to host fundraising Big Wheel Race March 22

The Western Carolina University Honors College will sponsor a Big Wheel Race in the Balsam Hall plaza area at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to raise money for American Red Cross relief efforts in Somalia.

New after-school program launched at Highlands Biological Station

A pilot after-school program called “Backyard Naturalists” designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through science, art and technology, began Monday, March 19, at Highlands Biological Station.

Gender Research Conference hosts Kayongo, attracts 200 participants

The recently held 11th annual Gender Research Conference featured keynote speaker Derreck Kayongo, a former child refugee who now serves as the senior advocacy coordinator in the Southeast for the CARE International relief organization, and hosted more than 200 participants throughout the day.

Installation festivities get under way

Student groups are beginning to “paint the town” with purple-and-gold décor as events get under way for a week of activities planned as part of the installation of David O. Belcher as WCU’s 11th chancellor on Thursday, March 29.

Campus and surrounding community members discuss growth at gatherings

Change is coming to WCU and Cullowhee, and members of the campus and local community have a say in how and how much.

Lisa Briggs wins UNC teaching award

Lisa Briggs, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system.

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