Archive for October 23rd, 2013

Hartley presents at regional and national conferences

Roger E. Hartley, professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and director of the master’s degree program in public affairs, recently presented at national and regional conferences.

At the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration’s annual conference held recently in Washington, D.C., Hartley presented “Why Do We Need Concentrations in MPA Degrees” and co-presented about a program centered on allowing students in MPA programs to take courses from other programs around the country.

In addition, Hartley presented a paper titled “The Impact of Claiming your Rights: Legal Opportunities, Legal Change and Implementation Post-Windsor” at the 2013 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration held in Charlotte.

Burton Ogle presenting ‘Last Lecture’ on Oct. 24

Burton R. Ogle, professor and director of Western Carolina University’s environmental health sciences program, will address the topic “What is Cool about Environmental Health” as he delivers WCU’s “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Burton R. Ogle

Burton R. Ogle

The event, recognizing a WCU faculty member who has been noted by students for teaching with great passion and enthusiasm, will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The annual “Last Lecture” allows a chosen faculty member to share the words he or she would present if it was the final lecture he or she had a chance to give.

Ogle earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree at East Tennessee State University before receiving his doctorate in public and environmental health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at Virginia Commonwealth and East Carolina University before joining the WCU faculty in 2002.

Ogle has been honored at WCU a number of times for his teaching abilities, three times winning the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Innovative Teaching Award. He has been a finalist for WCU’s highest campus-based teaching honor, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, three times, and he received that award in 2008.

The “Last Lecture” is sponsored by Coulter Faculty Commons and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Cruz, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, at or 828-227-2093.

National leader in special education to present Oct. 25

Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services for the U.S. Department of Education, will present “Current Events in the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services” at Western Carolina University on Friday, Oct. 25.

Yudin’s address, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Yudin serves as an adviser on matters related to the education of children and young people with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youth and adults with disabilities. The mission of his office is to provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by promoting inclusion, ensuring equity and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

Yudin’s visit is sponsored by the WCU College of Education and Allied Professions and the University Participant Program.

Expert in role of inflammation, diet on health to give talks

Floyd H. Chilton, professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the Center for Botanical Lipids at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will deliver three talks to the Western Carolina University community on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.

Floyd Childton

Floyd Chilton

Chilton is widely recognized for his research on the role of fatty acid metabolism in human diseases and the role that inflammation plays in diseases such as cardiac illness, diabetes and arthritis. Based on his work and the research of others, he is a major proponent of adding fiber to the diet, balancing omega fats and increasing specific families of polyphenols.

A 1980 graduate of WCU’s biology program, Chilton received the WCU Alumni Association’s Academic Achievement Award in 1999.

Chilton founded the program in molecular medicine at Wake Forest University and helped build it into one of the most successful programs of its kind in the United States. In 1999, he founded a biotechnology company, Pilot Therapeutics, and served as president, CEO and chief technology officer from late 2000 to early 2003. At Pilot Therapeutics, Chilton developed a medical food called Airozin that blocks lipid mediators that cause asthma and arthritis. In 2003, Chilton was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the Carolinas (one of three finalists from more than 400 CEOs in North and South Carolina in the biotechnology/life sciences category).

He is author or co-author of more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters. He holds 32 issued and 17 pending patents. He is the author of three books, “Inflammation Nation,” “Win the War Within” and his latest, “The Gene Smart Diet,” which outlines an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise program to help reduce risk of chronic diseases.

Chilton’s work is regularly featured on leading Internet health sources and in magazines and newspapers. His work has been featured recently on WebMD, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Prevention, Eating Well Magazine, US Airways Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and ABC News.

He will deliver a presentation titled “Critical Roles for Genetics and Evolution in the Development of the Human Diet: A Case for Personalized Nutrition,” which is designed to be of interest to WCU faculty and students. It will be held from 2 until 3 p.m. Oct. 25 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

His presentation “The Impact of the Modern Western Human Diet on the Incidence and Severity of Inflammatory Diseases: Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment,” designed for health care providers, will be held from 4 until 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room 209 of the Health and Human Sciences Building.

A talk for the general public on the topic “Condition Critical: The Inflammation Epidemic and How to Stop It” is scheduled for 11 a.m. until noon Oct. 26 in the theater of Hinds University Center.

The presentations are open free of charge. For more information, call Todd Watson, professor of physical therapy at WCU, at 828-227-2126.

Professor emeritus to sign copies of his book on campus Oct. 24

Perry Kelly, professor emeritus of art at Western Carolina University, will sign copies of his memoir, “Cosmos Screen,” at the WCU Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The book chronicles Kelly’s experience growing up in rural Southern Alabama during the Great Depression, serving in World War II, developing as an artist educator and traveling internationally as well as interfacing with issues related to religion, racism, homophobia and poverty.

State Employees Combined Campaign continues through Nov. 8

With just more than one week remaining in the 2013 State Employees Combined Campaign and WCU nearly $18,000 toward the university’s $30,000 goal, organizers are encouraging faculty and staff who have not yet returned pledge forms to do so.

“WCU has a strong history of helping those in need, and the SECC is a great opportunity to once again show our collective support,” said Ashley Beavers, creative services production manager and WCU SECC chair. “The university has exceeded its goal the past several years and hopefully this year will follow that trend, but to do so we’ll need a strong finish. Times are challenging, but there are so many who need our help. I hope those in a position to contribute will consider doing so. Even donations of $10 and $20 will make a significant impact.”

Established in 1984 by then-Gov. James B. Hunt, the State Employees Combined Campaign serves as the university’s only workplace giving program. Contributors are able to direct funds to their choice of hundreds of nonprofit organizations locally, nationally and worldwide, including services ranging from the arts, the environment and human services to preventive health, hospice and respite care, children and youth, and the elderly.

Contributions by permanent employees can be made by payroll deduction, and all employees, retirees and students may contribute by check or cash. All contributions are tax deductible.

For more information, visit or or contact unit representatives for the campaign or Beavers at or 828-227-2076.

Visiting scholar to discuss consumption of animals, oppression of women Nov. 7

Carol Adams

Carol Adams

Ecofeminist and animal activist Carol J. Adams will explore the question “How Does A Person Become a Piece of Meat?” in a presentation and slideshow at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center and will be followed by a reception.

In 1989, Adams authored “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist Vegetarian Critical Theory.” The book draws connections between the consumption of animals and the oppression of women, and became a foundational work in the fields of ecofeminism, animal studies and food studies.

Adams, who holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale Divinity School, also is the author of books including “Prayers for Animals” and more than 100 articles on vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and the interconnections between the abuse of animals and violence in human society. Her forthcoming book, “Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth,” which is co-edited with Lori Gruen, is scheduled for publication next year.

In addition, her work inspired the publication earlier this year of an anthology of personal essays titled “Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat,” which includes a contribution from Laura Wright, head of the Department of English at WCU.

“Carol Adams’ work offers important considerations for anyone interested in the interconnections between various forms of oppression,” said Wright. “Via an analysis of socially constructed hierarchical categories that elevate culture over nature, men over women, and humans over animals, Adams’ scholarship navigates and theorizes the linkages between the human propensity to subjugate the natural world and the animals that are part of it and the mechanisms that allow humans, in turn, to subjugate each other.”

Adams’ visit to WCU is sponsored by the departments of English, Philosophy and Religion, and Anthropology and Sociology; the Women’s Studies Program; and Department of Intercultural Affairs

More information about Adams is available online at For more information about her presentation at WCU, contact Wright at 828-227-3976 or

Love Your Body Week set for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Programs and events to promote body positivity and healthy habits will be held at Western Carolina University as part of the university’s annual Love Your Body Week celebration from Saturday, Oct. 26, to Friday, Nov. 1.

Coordinated by WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs, all events are free and open to the public and are connected to the theme “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful!”

Highlights include a salute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free bra-fittings offered by Waynesville’s Pink Regalia boutique, which supplies mastectomy bras, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Multipurpose Room on Monday, Oct. 28, from noon to 4 p.m.

Also on Oct. 28, and again on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Campus Recreation and Wellness will offer nutrition assessments on the second floor of the A.K. Hinds University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, an event titled “A Different Take on Every Make” to be held on the second floor of Courtyard Dining Hall will feature activities, information and dining experiences geared toward finding the beauty in differences.

Then on Oct. 29, Lisa Zahiya will lead “Celebrate!: A Belly-Dancing Workshop” in the University Center Grandroom from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the second annual Amazing Catamount Challenge, a race across campus that involves participating in hands-on activities and analyzing clues, will begin at 5 p.m. at the Central Plaza.

Love Your Body Week event sponsors include the WCU Department of Intercultural Affairs, Campus Recreation and Wellness, WCU Campus Dining, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

For more information and a full schedule of events, contact Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services for the Department of Intercultural Affairs, at or 828-227-2617.

Czech allied health professionals to visit WCU Nov. 11 and 12

A team of six allied health professionals from the Czech Republic who have collaborated for nearly 10 years with David Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University, will visit WCU for a public presentation and to observe U.S. clinical procedures Nov. 11 and 12.

Shapiro’s six Czech colleagues – three speech-language pathologists, one physical therapist, one psychologist and one business manager – will share information about their work at LOGO, a private, interdisciplinary clinic in the city of Brno that delivers traditional and nontraditional assessment and intervention across allied health disciplines.

The presentation will be held from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Room 204 of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

Shapiro, who holds the university’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professorship, has collaborated with LOGO since 2004, visiting the clinic several times. In 2010, he took a group of WCU students to the Czech Republic as part of a class titled “International Perspectives on Communication Sciences and Disorders.”

“The students discovered that there are other perspectives after their collaboration with speech-language pathologists from LOGO,” he said. “The world has become a global classroom, and global education must influence clinicians’ skill sets as we prepare to serve a rapidly changing world. People with communication disorders, as well as their families, deserve no less.”

During the visit, the Czech clinic representatives will meet with faculty and students from the College of Health and Human Sciences and will observe various clinical activities.

For more information, contact Shapiro at 828-227-3291.

Resident Student Association to host children’s Hall-O-Ween event Oct. 28

The Resident Student Association will host Hall-O-Ween, a safe place for children in kindergarten through fifth grade to trick or treat and play games, in the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

For more information, contact Laura E. Ansley, assistant director for residence life, at or 828-227-2812.

Costume contest to be held at campus stores

WCU Bookstore and Catamount Clothing and Gifts will hold a costume contest Thursday, Oct. 31, in conjunction with a 31-percent-off sale.

Registration under way for second annual Amazing Catamount Challenge

Teams of Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff members will compete in the second annual Amazing Catamount Challenge, a race across campus, on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of WCU’s annual celebration of Love Your Body Week and begins at 5 p.m. on the Central Plaza.

Teams of two will complete hands-on activities and analyze clues that guide them to their next destination. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams as well as the team with the best group costume. Pre-registration of competitors is requested by Monday, Oct. 28.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, WCU Dining Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Recreation Center and departments within the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information and to register to compete, contact Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services for the Department of Intercultural Affairs, at or 828-227-2617.

Elon’s Alison Morrison-Shetlar to be next provost

Alison Morrison-Shetlar, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Elon University, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University, effective Jan. 15.

Campus prepares for Homecoming events

The Western Carolina University community will gather to celebrate Homecoming 2013 over a four-day period – Thursday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 27 – with events ranging from a parade in downtown Sylva to a golf tournament to a stepping competition.

Tickets on sale for interactive zombie comedy

The world premiere of “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!,” a fast-paced comedy featuring audience interaction, will stage at Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday, Nov. 13, through Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Fall break trips give students insight into homelessness, embargo against Cuba

One group of Western Carolina University students traveled to Cincinnati to serve and learn more about homelessness while another group traveled to Cuba for an international educational experience during the recent fall break.

Dean completes 106-mile pledge bicycle ride

The dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College got back in the saddle again and completed a 106-mile bicycle ride from WCU’s Cullowhee campus to the top of the highest mountain in the eastern United States to boost a student scholarship fund.

Growing number of events connecting to 1960s learning theme

Two film series, panel discussions, concerts and a smattering of class projects kicked off the “1960s: Take It All In” campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme this fall. Now, plans are being developed for spring events including an educational WCU Magical Mystery Tour in January and a performance by a Beatles tribute band in February. In addition, the steering committee is working to develop a spring “WheeStock” festival.

Bookstore to host fair for graduating students, offer eco-friendly gowns

The WCU Bookstore will host Destination Graduation Fair 2013 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gowns available this year are made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and each gown keeps an average of 23 plastic bottles from a landfill.

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