Archive for November, 2012

Health and human sciences faculty host outreach event for high school students

Alex Sargsyan, assistant professor of nursing, and Lisa Lefler, director of culturally based native health programs, served as organizers for a community outreach event on Nov. 3. More than 30 high school students and their teachers from counties surrounding Western Carolina University were invited to visit the new Health and Human Sciences Building. Students had a chance to join a question-and-answer session about nursing, immerse themselves in a patient simulation experience, participate in a presentation about social work and attend an exhibition about parasitic infections and insect transmitted diseases. Brian Byrd, assistant professor of environmental health, Cathy Caton, assistant professor of nursing, Jeanne Dulworth, assistant professor of social work, and Patricia Gilliam, associate professor and director of the accelerated BSN degree program, assisted with and participated in the event.

Hartley to serve on national award committee

Roger E. Hartley, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and director of the Master of Public Affairs Program, has been asked to serve on the Lasting Contribution Award Committee of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. The award is given annually for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts.

Student presents poster co-authored with environmental health faculty, fellow student

Michael Riles, a student from Miami majoring in biology, recently presented a poster titled “Vertical Distribution of Container-Inhabiting Mosquitoes in a La Crosse Virus Endemic Area” at the 60th annual meeting of the Entomologic Society of America in Knoxville, Tenn. The poster was co-authored by Hope Mason, a senior from Franklin majoring in environmental health sciences; Bruce Harrison, an affiliate professor of environmental health; and Brian Byrd, an assistant professor or environmental health sciences.

WCU to host panel discussion analyzing 2012 election

A panel of political scientists and journalists will gather Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Western Carolina University to provide analysis of the recently concluded election and a look toward upcoming political trends.

Student-teacher group plans fundraisers for trip to Finland

Students from Western Carolina University’s School of Teaching and Learning will hold a bake sale from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, to help raise funds for a trip this spring to Finland, where they will study schools that are ranked No. 1 in literacy test scores.

WCU is reviewing plans for winter weather; schedule changes to be announced on website

With the official first day of winter just a few weeks away, officials at Western Carolina University are making plans now for how the campus will respond in the case of inclement weather events that can cause hazardous driving conditions.

National organization awards WCU high marks for engaged learning

Western Carolina University has earned high marks on an annual survey conducted by a national higher education organization that assesses U.S. universities and colleges on their performance in designing activities that improve student learning.

Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries hosts ‘WCU Night’ Dec. 7

Western Carolina University’s new provost, Dillsboro resident Angi Brenton, will be joined by members of her family to kick off the 29th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, as they take the evening’s first horse-drawn carriage ride through the town.

‘Nutcracker’ ballet to grace WCU stage Dec. 6

For the first time in a number of years, Western Carolina University will host a performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

WCU dancers to perform and WCU alumnus to be grand marshal at Asheville holiday parade Nov. 17

Dancers from Western Carolina University will dance to “Silver Bells” in the Asheville holiday parade on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Students come within one state of predicting election results

A student group in a political science course being taught collaboratively by professors at Western Carolina University and Eastern Michigan University came within one state of accurately predicting which candidate would win which state in the presidential election.

Nurse anesthesia faculty and alumni participate in Adopt-a-Highway

WCU faculty and alumni pitched in Oct. 14 to help make a difference through volunteering to assist the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists in supporting the Asheville community through its ongoing participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program. 

Byrd, Rector featured in college and university ceramic art show

Joan Falconer Byrd, ceramics professor in the School of Art and Design, and George Rector, an art and design adjunct, are among exhibitors in the show “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty” at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove.

Public invited to weigh in on Jackson County recreation plan

The Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department is gathering public input in anticipation of updating its recreation, parks and open spaces master plan.

Art exhibit highlights student work, celebrates collaboration with museum

The Creative Life Living-Learning Community of first-year students will host their second art exhibit in collaboration with the Fine Art Museum with an opening and reception set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Gallery 130 at the Fine Art Museum. The exhibit will be open through Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Human Resources students help meet nonprofit and small organizations’ needs

Students in the master’s degree program in human resources offered through the Department of Human Services served as HR consultants to nonprofit organizations and one small business in North Carolina and South Carolina as part of their coursework this fall.

Museum hosts annual handmade sale Thursday

The Fine Art Museum will host its annual Handmade Holiday Sale from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Star Lobby adjacent to the museum.

Event to celebrate Native American heritage Nov. 19-20

In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, Western Carolina University will host its fourth annual Native American Heritage Expo on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

School of Music establishes string partnership with Asheville Symphony

Western Carolina University’s School of Music has initiated a new artist-in-residence program this semester, formalizing a partnership with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to bring professional string musicians to campus for performances with WCU’s woodwind, brass and percussion students and choral ensembles.

Campus community weighs in on direction of master plan

Approximately 50 members of the campus community turned out to give input on the university’s new comprehensive master plan during a Nov. 7 forum in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

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