Archive for January, 2013

Awards nomination process under way online

Members of the WCU community are encouraged to nominate faculty members for an array of college and university awards online using the integrated faculty/staff award nomination process.

Dozens participate in service activities for MLK celebration

The two days of service sponsored in honor of Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration brought together 135 volunteers who contributed 350 hours of service, said Jennifer Cooper, assistant director for the Center for Service Learning.

Volunteers sought for focus groups

An independent educational research and evaluation firm is recruiting volunteers to participate in focus groups at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Feb. 7. Focus group discussions will center on science and media topics as part of an effort to assist in the production of two public broadcasting series on the environment and energy.

Gilman presents at national meeting

Regis Gilman, interim dean of the Division of Educational Outreach, presented about the North Carolina Partners in Innovation committee at the fall conference and annual meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education in Austin, Texas.

Students, faculty and alumni participate in, film ‘positive psychotherapy’ video

As the cameras rolled, a new mother adjusting to returning to work shared with Russ Curtis, associate professor of counseling, how writing in a “gratitude journal” helped her focus on the positives amidst her challenges. “When I would journal at night, I was much more grateful for some of the smaller things,” said Heather Thompson, WCU assistant professor of counseling.

Student retention upswing leads to increase in spring enrollment

Ongoing efforts to increase the number of students who remain at Western Carolina University beyond their freshman year appear to be bearing fruit, as preliminary census numbers indicate that spring enrollment at WCU is the highest on record for that semester.

Search begins for next chief of staff

A seven-member committee has begun the process of searching for a successor to Dianne Lynch, Western Carolina University’s chief of staff who will be stepping down from the position at the end of May.

Vice chancellor wins major state award

Clifton Metcalf, vice chancellor for advancement and external affairs at Western Carolina University, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award on Jan. 24 in recognition of his contributions to the state of North Carolina.

CuRvE urges community to show support for development of Cullowhee planning district

Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor leaders started a petition and implored the more than 60 people who attended the nonprofit group’s meeting at Cullowhee Café on Saturday, Jan. 26,  to urge county commissioners to develop a Cullowhee community planning council.

Free concert of rare works for clarinet set for Jan. 30

The Imaginary Friends Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

SLIDESHOW: Work continues on WCU trail, opening set for Feb. 23

A team from Western Carolina University participated in WCU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, by working on the 6.7-mile WCU Multi-Use Trail System, which is set to have a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Students develop video to promote Purple Thunder show for 2013

A member of the Purple Thunder Drumline, Cody Barnes, edited footage from shows and rehearsals to create a video promoting “Hit the Lights,” the 2013 production of the drumline, cheerleaders and dance team.

Searches to begin for leadership positions as part of Academic Affairs reorganization

National searches will begin this spring for an assistant/associate vice chancellor for student success and an assistant/associate vice chancellor of a unit to be created by combining the Division of Educational Outreach and International Programs and Services. In addition, the Division of Academic Affairs will create a new leadership position in connection with the Millennial […]

Sargsyan to present in Greece

Alex Sargsyan, assistant professor of nursing, has been invited to present at the International Conference on Health and Medical Sciences to be held in May in Athens, Greece. Sargsyan will present “Development of an Internet-based Substance Abuse Continuing Education Course for Practicing Registered Nurses.”

Education panel on Sandy Hook tragedy rescheduled for Jan. 31

Veteran educators will discuss how to respond to tragic and traumatic events in school communities and how schools strive to meet the needs of all students during a panel discussion at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Student’s academic pursuits put her on the path of Great Smokies elk

When it comes to the Cataloochee Valley, Elizabeth Hillard has spent much time in places where few humans now tread. Logging long stretches – sometimes days – alone in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hillard is performing research for her graduate degree in biology from Western Carolina University.

Regional conference date, theme announced

Western Carolina University will host a regional conference on economic and community development themed “Connecting to Opportunity: How Regional Networks Shape Our Future” on Friday, Sept. 27. The theme was chosen to emphasize the power of people working together, said Betty Farmer, professor of communication and public relations, and chair of the regional conference steering committee charged with planning the event.

Student dons custom-made, purple-and-gold shoes at commencement

Lee Roddick came to Western Carolina with purple hair. Roddick left with purple hair, a Catamount-themed wardrobe and what she described as some “fantastic” shoes – custom-made purple-and-gold Converse with “Forever WCU” emblazoned on the side.

WCU selling tickets for Jan. 25 Hoss Howard Band benefit concert

Jeff “Hoss” Howard and his Hoss Howard Band will perform a benefit concert at the Cullowhee Valley School on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.

Kossick presents at national anesthesia seminar for anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetist

Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, presented a comprehensive seven hour EKG Seminar on Dec. 12 and four hours of lecture sponsored by A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars on Dec. 13-14. His topics included “Cardinal Skills for Accurate Interpretation of Myocardial Ischemia,” “ST Segment Deviation Algorithm: A Comprehensive Approach to Avoid Errors in Anesthetic Management,” “ECG Lead Selection- Patient Safety and Medical-Legal Concerns” and “New Recommendations for Treatment of Arrhythmias.” The lectures were part of an educational program held in Savannah, Ga., and attended by physicians and nurses specializing in anesthesia.

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