Archive for October, 2012

Scholarship named for WCU professor emeritus

Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society in social sciences, recently named one of 10 scholarships awarded annually to graduate students in honor of Gordon E. Mercer, professor emeritus at Western Carolina University.

Shuttle running from campus to voting site

Western Carolina University is operating special Cat-Tran shuttles from campus to the voting site located at Cullowhee Recreation Center to help students participate in the election process.

Faculty members present at information literacy conference

Alessia Zanin-Yost, research and instruction librarian and visual and performing arts liaison, and Betsy Clementson, research and instruction librarian and business librarian, presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in September.

Fall Choral Concert features vocal variety

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present the Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Coulter Building recital hall.

‘Love Your Body Week’ events set for Nov. 12-15

Programs and events centered on nutrition, fitness and developing a positive body image will be hosted at Western Carolina University as part of an annual celebration of “Love Your Body Week” from Monday, Nov. 12, to Thursday, Nov. 15.

Tickets on sale Nov. 6 for WCU’s annual Madrigal Dinners

Tickets for the 2012 Madrigal Dinners at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Kossick serves as accreditation reviewer

Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, completed an accreditation visit at St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. affiliated with Youngstown State University in Ohio on Oct. 18-19. Kossick served as an on-site reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Collins presents at honor society meeting

Dr. Shawn Collins, assistant professor and interim associate director of the WCU School of Nursing, lectured on Tuesday, Oct. 23, for the Eta Psi Nursing Honor Society’s Fall Meeting in in Asheville. Collins’ lecture, “Emotional Intelligence and Its Implications for Nursing,” was based on his research on emotional intelligence.

WCU, community members launch research balloon

After balloons Catamount 1 and Catamount 2 were lost, Michele Coker admitted she was anxious as she joined other WCU students, assistant professor of physics Enrique A. Gómez, staff and community volunteers to launch Catamount 3 to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Master planning committee to hold forums Nov. 5 & 7

A steering committee overseeing the creation of a comprehensive master plan to guide development and improvements at Western Carolina University’s Cullowhee campus will hold its first public forum from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

Two WCU graduate programs get high national rankings in affordability

Western Carolina University’s online master’s degree programs in human resources and project management have received high rankings in affordability and “best buy” designations from the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.

Pride of the Mountains Marching Band featured on HLN

Cable news network HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” featured the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band on Friday, Oct. 26, in the closing episode of a weekly segment called “Battle of the Marching Bands” that had begun Sept. 28.

Lily effort takes root at WCU and in the community

An effort to re-establish a favorite local flower while at the same time growing a scholarship fund at Western Carolina University is off to a blooming start.

Mimi Fenton co-edits book of essays by Milton scholars

Mimi Fenton, professor of English, interim dean of the Graduate School and Research and the 2011 president of the Milton Society of America, is co-editor with Louis Schwartz of “To Repair the Ruins: Reading Milton,” a collection of 12 essays by Milton scholars.

Bose wins funding for biology research

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded $70,586 to Indrani Bose, assistant professor of biology, for a project titled “Using RNA Interference to Identify New Drug Targets in the Human Pathogenic Fungus, Cryptococcus Neoformans.”

Rob Young to present at state meeting

Rob Young, professor of geosciences and director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will speak in November at the North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association meeting.

Collins, McDowell co-author article with WCU nurse anesthesia alumna

Grace Loftis, a WCU alumna from the Nurse Anesthesia Program, co-authored with Dr. Shawn Collins, interim associate director for graduate nursing programs and interim assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, and Dr. Mason C. McDowell, interim director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, an article that was recently published in the AANA Journal.

Collins serves on expert panel, presents lecture at conference

Shawn Collins, interim associate director for graduate nursing programs and interim assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, recently participated on an expert panel for emotional intelligence and presented a poster on emotional intelligence at the Andrews University Annual Leadership Roundtable Conference in Berrien Springs, Mich. Collins also presented an invited lecture “Implementing and Evaluating Change.”

McDowell provides service at N.C. conference

Mason McDowell, interim director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, served as a judge for research poster presentations and the Anesthesia Bowl competition at the recent annual meeting for the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Wilmington, N.C. McDowell also was elected by his colleagues through a statewide vote to serve on the association’s nominating committee for District 3 and District 4 in North Carolina.

Hall-O-Ween set for Oct. 29

Family members of WCU faculty and staff are invited to attend Hall-O-Ween festivities in the WCU Village from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

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