Archive for April, 2013

Frazier, Connelly accept national award

Don Connelly, head of WCU’s communication department, and Bruce H. Frazier, WCU’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music, were honored as co-authors of Western Carolina University’s 2012 original radio-style production of “Dracula” with the national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival King Family Foundation Award in the association’s Festival of Media Arts faculty audio division. Continue Reading

Kloeppel serves on national steering committee

Brian D. Kloeppel, associate dean of WCU’s Graduate School and associate professor of geosciences and natural resources, served on a national steering committee that oversaw the development of a report that will help biological field stations and marine laboratories anticipate and prepare for the future needs of science and society. Continue Reading

Controlled Chaos Film Festival featuring student productions set for May 3

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the fifth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 3.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival to be held April 25

The Western North Carolina Alliance present the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Illusions in the University Center.

Salary Task Force to meet April 24

Western Carolina University’s Salary Task Force will hold an open forum in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Wednesday, April 24.

SLIDESHOW: Volunteers have fun at Tuck River Cleanup

Volunteers spent time Saturday, April 20, helping with the 29th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup, one of the largest single day river cleanups in the country.

WCU’s own Flynt endows business scholarship

Associate Dean Ken Flynt established the fund in memory of a late son to benefit students majoring in sport management.

WCU names Douglas Keskula dean of health, human sciences

Douglas Robert Keskula, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Allied Health Sciences at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., is the next dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University.

Faculty and staff honored at awards event

Western Carolina University celebrated some of the standout contributions employees made during the 2012-13 academic year on Friday, April 19, at the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards event.

Two students named top presenters at inaugural WCU Discovery Forum

Western Carolina University students Andrew Benton and Aaron Marshall were recognized as having the best presentations during WCU’s inaugural Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, held Monday, April 22.

Manners receives NATA’s Gail Weldon Award of Excellence

Jill Manners, director and associate professor of Western Carolina University’s athletic training program, has been named this year’s recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Gail Weldon Award of Excellence.

WCU roundtable panelists discuss role of education in WNC economic development

The significant role that Western North Carolina’s institutions of higher education play in making the region an attractive place for business and industry was a common thread of conversation at a roundtable discussion about the health of the WNC economy held Wednesday, April 17, at Western Carolina University.

Professor to share essay examining feminism, veganism at bookstore May 3

“As a feminist and an ethical vegan, I work very hard to exemplify the ethical positions that shape my scholarly endeavors. This particular essay – like much of my scholarship – is about the nature of various forms of oppression and the linkages between them,” said Laura Wright.

EYE on FYE awards honor faculty, staff and students

The creative works and achievements of first-year students and faculty and staff members who went the extra mile to support them were honored at the third annual EYE on FYE celebration held Monday, April 15.

Students assist with Dillsboro Mobile Web App Promotion event April 26-27

Dillsboro merchants will show their appreciation to customers on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, by offering special discounts and door prizes accessed exclusively through Dillsboro’s mobile web application.

WCU people figure prominently at museums council meeting

Jessie Swigger, assistant professor of history, was honored with an Award of Special Recognition for her part in the “Journey Stories” project at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Four public history graduate students who worked with Swigger on the project and Peter Koch, educational associate at the Mountain Heritage Center, presented “Universities and Small Museums in Partnership.” Koch, a member of the museum council’s board and chair of its nominating committee, presented the 2013 slate of officers. Pam Meister, curator at the Mountain Heritage Center, co-presented a session focusing on traveling exhibits titled “Can Shows-to-go Be Boffo?” Scott Philyaw, director of the Mountain Heritage Center, represented the museum at a director’s forum. Anna Fariello, research associate professor in Hunter Library, co-presented “Hand to Hand: Connecting to Diverse Communities.” Denise Drury, interim director of the Fine Art Museum, facilitated a “University Museum Roundtable.” Continue Reading

National Library Week activities at WCU to benefit the community

Hunter Library is celebrating National Library Week with activities Monday, April 15, to Friday, April 19, and the cost of participation in each activity is the donation of a canned good or $1 to benefit Community Table.

Registration open for WCU’s Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning

Registration continues through Monday, April 22, for the 26th annual Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning, which will be held Tuesday, May 21, through Thursday, May 23, in A.K. Hinds University Center.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra to perform April 21 at WCU

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Western Carolina University Concert Choir for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

WCU to host Carolina Roundtable on the World Wars on April 17

Western Carolina University will host a Carolina Roundtable on the World Wars on Wednesday, April 17, in the Catamount Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

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