Archive for June, 2013

Leadership Academy participants selected

Twelve staff and faculty members have been selected from a strong pool of several dozen applicants to participate in Western Carolina University’s first yearlong Leadership Academy, which will get under way this fall.

Award named in honor of the late Janice Holt

The Research on Teacher Induction Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association passed a resolution at its annual meeting in April to name its outstanding dissertation award “The Janice Hooper Holt Outstanding Dissertation Award.”

Lopez appears on show to discuss new book

Edward J. Lopez, professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism, appeared on the “Stossel” show in May. Lopez joined his co-author, Wayne Leighton, to discuss their new book, “Madmen, Intellectuals & Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change.”

Metcalfe to be published, will present at international conference

An article by Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing, titled “The Impact of International Leadership Development: A Shared Nursing Educational Service-Learning Partnership,” has been accepted to be a book chapter in “Innovation in Nursing Education: Leading the Future of Nursing.”

Also, Metcalfe has been invited to co-present “Emergence Technologies: Promoting Global Citizenship and Leadership Through Developing an International Module Through the Use of Technology” at the fall International Scholarship for Teaching and Learning conference to be held in Raleigh.

Novels by Conley to be published

Two historical novels by Robert Conley, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, are being released by GoldMinds Publishing.

McIntyre completes leadership program

Kelly McIntyre, graduate programs manager for the College of Business, recently graduated from Leadership Asheville, a program designed to strengthen participants’ knowledge of, commitment to and involvement in collaborative community leadership and connect leaders from across the community.

Mimi Fenton named dean of Graduate School

Mimi Fenton, who has been serving as interim dean of Western Carolina University’s Graduate School and Research since July 2012, has been selected to become the academic unit’s permanent leader.

Task force releases academic program prioritization recommendations

A task force that spent the 2012-13 academic year conducting a comprehensive study of Western Carolina University’s academic programs to assess their quality, productivity and connections to the university’s mission and strategic directions released its recommendations Wednesday, May 22. A public forum will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Leadership retreat has record participation

Western Carolina University’s third annual leadership retreat attracted record participation of 103 and included participants from university partners, including Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Students study leadership while helping victims of Hurricane Sandy

Students in a May service-based leadership course sheetrocked, painted and labored in other ways to transform houses damaged by Hurricane Sandy back into homes, but the difference that meant the most to them was found in the homeowners themselves.

WCU-planned events win international awards

For the second time in less than a year, events that faculty, staff and students helped plan, publicize and produce as part of Western Carolina University’s partnership with the town of Dillsboro have won awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

From the Breakroom with Billy Hutchings

Billy Hutchings, social-clinical research assistant with Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, participated in the 28.3-mile CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Ultimate Hike on Saturday, June 1. The hike took place on the Foothills Trail, starting just south of Upper Whitewater Falls in North Carolina near the state line and ending at Oconee State Park in South Carolina. The event raises money for the fight against children’s cancer, and Hutchings is within $200 of reaching his goal of raising $2,500 for the cause.

Brown named director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum

David J. Brown, a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations, has been named director of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University effective July 1.

WCU community supports Habitat for Humanity’s return to Jackson County

Western Carolina University students, staff and faculty joined the effort this spring to help restore Habitat for Humanity International operations in Jackson County.

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