Archive for March, 2013

WCU saves energy, loses ‘Battle of the Plug’

Western Carolina University reported an overall energy savings during a national three-week campus conservation contest, but the percentage was not higher than energy savings at  Appalachian State University, which emerged as the winner of the second annual Battle of the Plug rivalry competition.

Limited spots available in CEAP golf tournament

A few slots are available for those interested in participating in the College of Education and Allied Professions golf tournament on Saturday, March 23, at High Vista Country Club in Mills River.

TRANSaction Day events announced

The Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University will host the fourth annual TRANSaction Day in the A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, April 4. TRANSaction Day was developed by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network as a national day to encourage dialogue about gender identities and to advocate for inclusive, safe schools […]

‘Salute to Rockette History’ in NYC to feature WCU students

Western Carolina University students will perform in New York City in “A Salute to Rockette History,” a show choreographed and produced in part by Karyn Tomczak, director of WCU’s dance program and a former Rockette herself.

Ron Rash’s new book grabs glowing reviews as production begins on movie version of ‘The World Made Straight’

As filming begins on a motion picture based on one of his earlier novels, Ron Rash is collecting his usual basketful of rosy reviews for his latest release, the short story collection “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” But Rash says he hasn’t read any of the literary critics’ comments, unless it’s by accident.

Scholar to discuss raising active and healthy children April 4

Robert Pangrazi, professor emeritus from Arizona State University, will present “It Takes a Village: Raising Active and Healthy Children” at Western Carolina University on Thursday, April 4.

Librarian wins national award

Krista Schmidt, research and instruction librarian and associate professor at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, has been named one of 50 “Movers and Shakers” by Library Journal.

Students to spend spring break in service

Several dozen Western Carolina University students and faculty will travel to Baltimore, Jamaica and other communities to spend part of their spring break, which runs from Monday, March 25, to Friday, March 29, participating in service activities.

VIDEO: WCU celebrates Human and Health Sciences Building

WCU hosted a dedication celebration for the new Health and Human Sciences Building on Feb. 28.

Johnston becomes board-certified in forensic anthropology

Cheryl Johnston, associate professor of anthropology, has achieved certification from and been awarded the status of diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Diplomates are recognized for their special qualifications in forensic anthropology and for meeting the standards set forth by the association. Currently, 71 anthropologists hold this title. The WCU Forensic Anthropology Program […]

Article by Sargsyan, Metcalfe and Fouts published in international journal

An article by Alex Sargsyan, assistant professor of nursing; Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing, and Susan Fouts, director of continuing education and professional development, titled “Development of an Internet-based Substance Abuse Continuing Education Course for Practicing Registered Nurses” was published in the February issue of European International Journal of Science and Technology.

Reitz presents at international conference

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, moderated the “On the Water” panel at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s International Conference in Fresno, Calif. Reitz also presented her research titled “The Civil War Concert Tours and the American Departure of Gottschalk” at the conference, which was held in early March.

State forum hosted in Health and Human Sciences Building, pool used in demonstration

Western Carolina University hosted the 2013 student and professional issues forum of the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association in February at the Health and Human Sciences Building.

‘Tarzan’ to be featured on ‘North Carolina Now’

“North Carolina Now,” a weeknight news show that airs on UNC-TV and UNC-MX, is scheduled to air a story about WCU’s original radio-style production of “Tarzan” on Wednesday, March 20. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Professor to address historians at Cullowhee meeting

Western Carolina University history professor Gael Graham will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 22, as the North Carolina Association of Historians holds its annual meeting at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee.

Metcalfe, nursing students participate in Day at the Legislature

Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing, accompanied nursing students at the North Carolina Nurses Association biennial Day at the Legislature event, which was sponsored in part  by WCU.

Student club hosts ‘Dinner with Friends’ fundraiser on March 14

The WCU Pre-Health Professional Club will host “Dinner with Friends,” a fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County on Thursday, March 14.

TransAction Day to be held April 4

The Department of Intercultural Affairs will host a panel discussion, educational sessions, a town hall/dinner and expo as part of TransAction Day activities in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, April 4.

Communication sciences and disorders to host public forum April 8

Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host a public forum on Monday, April 8, as part of a Council on Academic Accreditation site visit.

March 14 panel discussion at WCU to focus on Southern identity in cartoons

Stereotypes and Southern identity in cartoons and comic strips will be the focus of a panel discussion at Western Carolina University that will feature a WCU political scientist and three working cartoonists.

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