Archive for July, 2013

Collins to edit national newsletter

Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs and director of WCU’s Public Policy Institute, will become editor of the Law and Courts Newsletter, the official newsletter of the law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association, in spring 2014.

Journal publishes article about storm surge database

The Journal of Coastal Research recently published an article by Robert S. Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and professor of coastal geology, and Katie McDowell Peek, coastal research scientist, titled “Understanding the Controls on Storm Surge through the Building of a National Storm Surge Database.”

Mathematics faculty author book chapter

Mathematics faculty members Nathan Borchelt, assistant professor; Axelle Faughn, assistant professor; Kate Best, instructor; and Kathy M.C. Jaqua, associate professor, co-authored a chapter that IGI Global published in “Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies,” which was released in May. The chapter is titled “TPACK Pathways that Facilitate CCSS Implementation for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Candidates.”

Young presents at meeting related to sustainable Black Sea development

Robert S. Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and professor of coastal geology, recently presented a keynote address at a European Union-funded meeting in Turkey encouraging businesses to think sustainably in the Black Sea region. Young is spending five months in Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar, helping develop science-based criteria for sustainable development of the burgeoning tourism industry along the coast of the Black Sea.

Reitz presents at conference in Argentina

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, presented her research titled “‘Monster Concerts’: Gottschalk’s Brobdingagian South American Festivals” at the College Music Society’s 2013 International Conference in Argentina in June. Reitz’s research traced Gottschalk’s contribution to the genre of music festivals primarily in the regions of Chile, Brazil and Argentina with specific focus on the repertoire performed, the instrumentation utilized in his transcriptions and critical reception.

Foguel to present at international meeting

A proposal for a special session submitted by Tuval Foguel, professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and colleagues from other institutions has been accepted for presentation at the Second Joint International Meeting of the Israeli Mathematical Union and the American Mathematical Society in Israel in 2014. The title of the special session is “Quasigroups, Loops and Applications.”

Collins co-authors journal article

The Justice System Journal recently published an article co-authored by Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs and director of WCU’s Public Policy Institute. The article is titled “The Value of Precedent: Appellate Briefs and Judicial Opinions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.”

New ridesharing tool to connect drivers, passengers

Western Carolina University recently launched a Web-based ridesharing board hosted by the private entity RidePost for students, faculty and staff members.

UP Program featured in national publication

Think College with the Institute for Community Inclusion in Boston profiled the University Participant Program at Western Carolina University in a recently released monograph titled “Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability.”

Campus police participate in tactical training

Western Carolina University police officers participated in tactical training in June in which they practiced skills such as clearing a building of possible suspects and using ballistic shields.

Retired faculty, staff group holds first meeting

More than 125 retired Western Carolina University faculty and staff members and their spouses and partners participated in the inaugural meeting of the WCU Association of Retired Faculty and Staff on Tuesday, June 25, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Hunter Library participates in Open Library NC Project

Books contributed from libraries including Hunter Library to the Open Library NC Project have been scanned and are being converted into eBooks for the Open Library eBook Lending Collection.

WCU, town of Sylva hosting ASP’s Day of Service

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program is partnering with the town of Sylva to host its annual Day of Service on Saturday, July 20, in the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva.

Short film with WCU ties shown at festival

The 12-minute film, “Testify, Beyond Place,” that was part of a spring exhibit at the WCU Fine Art Museum and created with help from WCU faculty, staff and alumni was screened at the Athfest Music & Arts Festival in June.

Student studies songbird mating, personality and paternity on campus

Biology graduate student Jessica Krippel has spent three months on campus observing, catching, measuring, attaching identification bands to and taking blood samples from 52 song sparrow couples and, under their anxious, protective watch, their chicks. The work is part of a study of songbird personality traits – primarily aggression among males – and the connection to reproductive success.

New desktop emergency notification system to be tested on campus Aug. 2

Western Carolina University’s new desktop emergency notification system will be tested Friday, Aug. 2, and faculty and staff who are working on their office computers that day can expect to see a full-screen test message pop up on their monitors, says Tammi Hudson, WCU emergency manager.

Part two of program prioritization report issued

Western Carolina University should conduct a systematic process of review and prioritization of its academic programs on an on-going basis and take steps to improve the data that is used to assess and guide the future development of academic programs.

R. Turner Goins named first Hyde professor

R. Turner Goins, a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues, is Western Carolina University’s first Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work.

University of Alabama’s Lowell Davis to lead student success programs

Lowell Kent Davis, assistant dean of students and assistant to the vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Alabama, has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for student success at Western Carolina University.

Leadership Academy organizers, participants look forward to launch

Chancellor David O. Belcher describes the new WCU Leadership Academy, which gets under way this fall, as a win-win situation– a first-rate professional development opportunity for participants on an ongoing basis that will result in a strong pool of leadership talent at Western Carolina University.

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