Archive for September 4th, 2013

Belcher and Friends concert draws crowd

Western Carolina University’s first couple, Chancellor David O. Belcher and Susan Belcher, teamed up with other WCU student, staff and faculty performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann, for “Belchers and Friends,” an evening of music and dance, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to benefit WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization.

Zanin-Yost chosen to attend national program

Alessia Zanin-Yost

Alessia Zanin-Yost

Alessia Zanin-Yost, reference and instruction librarian/liaison to the visual and performing arts at Hunter Library, has been selected to attend the assessment track of the Immersion Program of the Association of College and Research Libraries Institute in Nashville in November. Participants learn about intellectual tools and practical techniques to help institutions build or enhance their instructional programs.

Zanin-Yost completed ACRL Immersion Program’s teacher track in 2004 and the program track in 2006. Since coming to WCU in 2005, Zanin-Yost has collaborated with faculty to embed information and visual literacy outcomes, and assessment in a variety of courses and has produced a large amount of scholarship in the field.

“Participation in the program will propel my work with the faculty to a better understanding of how to use assessment to improve student learning, determine a baseline of information literacy needs and conduct continuous improvement of an information literacy program,” said Zanin-Yost.

Fan presents quality management Webinar

Yang Fan

Yang Fan

Yang Fan, associate professor of project management within the Global Management and Strategy Department, presented a Webinar titled “Quality Management in Projects and Team Building” to about 250 participants in the Project Management Institute Quality Management Community of Practice.

Fan discussed how project success depends on developing a cohesive team, exercising influence, and managing conflicts and the expectations of stakeholders. His presentation analyzed the nature of quality management in projects and addressed how quality management, in the context of a project, can be improved through team-building processes.

Retired professor receives national award for ongoing service

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science recently honored Daniel Southern, professor emeritus of clinical laboratory science, with the national Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award.

George Fritsma, left, presents the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award to Daniel Southern, Western Carolina University professor emeritus.

George Fritsma, left, presents the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award to Daniel Southern, Western Carolina University professor emeritus.

The award, established in 1971, honors outstanding service and contributions to the society, the society’s Education and Research Fund and the clinical laboratory science profession.

“This award is very dear to me as it is the highest recognition one can receive from this professional organization,” said Southern.

Although Southern retired from WCU in 2007 after 31 years of service as a faculty member and program director, he continued to contribute to the field of clinical laboratory science and recently completed six years of service as a member, vice chair and chair of the board of trustees for the ASCLS Education and Research Fund.

During his tenure on the board, he recruited new resources for the fund and was instrumental in developing the new Edward C. Dolbey scholarship program as well as a scholarship program for contributors who wish to honor or memorialize individuals, said George A. Fritsma, a member of the society for 40 years and vice chair of the Education and Research Fund.

In addition, Southern supported the annual fundraising silent auction, reorganized the grant program, broadened a program to support student travel to the society’s annual legislative day, and helped initiate the 2013 update of website descriptions and application forms. Southern also motivated members and grant awardees to write ASCLS Today articles describing the fund’s goals and accomplishments, and led an annual roundtable presentation on grant applications.

The Mendelson award also recognizes Southern’s conception and development of the Carolinas Clinical Connection meeting, which brought together a coalition of medical laboratory science organizations in North and South Carolina, in the early 1990s.

In addition, Southern has supported ASCLS nationally by serving as publications committee vice-chair, Hematology/Hemostasis Scientific Assembly vice-chair and chair, and nominations committee member.

In support of the field, he has written book chapters, monographs and refereed journal articles. He also has conducted a lengthy and well-received series of presentations in the areas of hematology, hemostasis, clinical laboratory science education, and adult outreach and continuing education.

“He has tirelessly promoted the profession to students, peers and the public, and has been a loyal supporter, member and leader in ASCLS throughout his career,” said Fritsma.

Before Southern’s retirement, he served four times as president of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and received numerous honors, including awards from ASCLS such as the professional achievement in education award in 1985 and the professional achievement in hematology award in 1997. He received the society’s regional “Rebel Yell” award for meritorious service in 2004. Also, Southern was named ASCLS member of the year in 2006 at the state and national levels.

While serving on the faculty at WCU, Southern helped students apply for and receive ASCLS Education and Research Fund scholarships. The day before he received his most recent award, his wife, Kay, established a $1,500 undergraduate scholarship in his name to be given annually at the ASCLS national meeting.

By Teresa Killian Tate

Employee Appreciation Day to be held Sept. 5

Western Carolina University’s annual Employee Appreciation Day will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ramsey Regional Activity Center. A benefits and vendor fair will take place on the concourse.

Family-friendly paddling competition set for Sept. 14 in Cullowhee

The fifth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14.

New campus dining program promotes nutrition, wellness

Western Carolina University Campus Dining/ARAMARK recently launched Healthy for Life, a comprehensive and integrated approach to health and wellness that features healthy food choices, nutrition education and wellness programs.

“Students are thinking differently about their menu choices and are actively seeking information about how nutrition affects their health,” said Todd Littrell, resident district manager with WCU Campus Dining/ARAMARK. “Healthy for Life helps students gain a better understanding of food and empowers them to make the choices that will ultimately help them live healthier lives.”

Healthy for Life program elements include a smartphone application that enables users to search and view menus by location and find nutritional information and a digital wellness center in Courtyard Dining Hall that features nutrition and wellness information. Also, a menu labeling system will alert diners to foods that are low fat, 500 calories or less, organic, locally grown, low sodium or steamed. In addition, events will be held during the year to promote eating healthy, such as on-site health fairs, food sampling and cooking demonstrations.

For more information, watch the Healthy for Life YouTube Video.

Panel to discuss changes to voting laws Sept. 17

A panel discussion titled “Changes to North Carolina Voting Laws: Improving or Impairing Elections?” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Western Carolina University as part of Constitution Day activities.

The event, which is free and open to the public and will include audience participation, will be held in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Discussion will center on the implications of recent reforms, including the voter identification requirement, shortening the timing for early voting, removal of straight-ticket voting and recent cases involving the Voting Rights Act.

“This topic is important as we recognize the significance of the Constitution in our democratic system,” said Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs and director of the WCU Public Policy Institute.

Panelists in addition to Collins will include Kory Swanson, executive vice president of the John Locke Foundation; Zeb Smathers, a member of the Democracy North Carolina board of directors; and Chris Cooper, head of the WCU political science and public affairs department.

For more information, contact Collins at 828-227-3398 or

Guest artist to present assistant director workshop

Craig Huston, who has more than 60 screen credits as first assistant director, will present an assistant director workshop at the Ramsey Film Stage on Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Assistant directors are coordinators, communicators and problem-solvers for movies, said Jack Sholder, director of WCU’s Film and Television Production Program. Their responsibilities include creating shooting schedules; running film sets and supervising crews; directing background action, including extras; ensuring adherence to union and guild regulations; and taking responsibility for cast and crew safety.

“It’s the hardest job on a film set,” said Sholder. “It takes six or more years to learn to do this job well and to move up the ladder from trainee. If the AD doesn’t do his or her job well, the whole production suffers.”

Huston has worked on feature films, television movies, miniseries and episodic TV series. He has served as first assistant director to Academy Award-winning directors Stanley Kramer, Tony Richardson and Ron Howard; Emmy-winning directors Roger Young, Daniel Petrie and Joseph Sargent, and dozens of others. He also has served as second assistant director to actor/directors Warren Beatty, Sidney Poitier and Clint Eastwood, among others.

For more information, contact Sholder at or 828-227-2324.

Enrollment tops 10K for first time in history

It’s official. Total enrollment at Western Carolina University has topped 10,000 students for the first time in the institution’s history, a milestone reached in large part because of an increase of five percentage points in the freshman retention rate to nearly 79 percent.

Lofquist announces four ‘provost fellows’

Four Western Carolina University faculty members will assume the title of “provost fellow” for the 2013-14 academic year, part of an effort to help fill an administrative void in the Office of the Provost while also providing valuable leadership experience opportunities for participants.

Governor appoints three new trustees

A Rutherford County educational foundation executive, the first woman elected principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a Highlands homebuilder are the three newest members of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.

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