Archive for November 6th, 2013

Catherine Carter wins poetry award

Catherine Carter, associate professor of English and director of the English education program, won first prize in Still: The Journal’s 2013 poetry contest for her poem “Woolly Adelgid.” Poetry contest judge Rebecca Gayle Howell wrote that Carter’s poem offers a “tender, visionary challenge” to ponder “What of us will stand against these winds that boom, these true bugs that suck all the sustenance we have left?”

Ken Flynt named to company’s board

Ken Flynt, professor of finance and associate dean of advancement in the College of Business, has been named to the first board of directors for Wharton Gladden and Company, a boutique real estate investment firm based in Greensboro.

The 10-year-old company has expanded operations through issuing a $1 million debenture and appointing its first board of directors. The board will provide direct corporate oversight and hold management accountable for achieving short- and long-range strategic goals.

Barbara Jo White wins award for article

Barbara Jo White, associate professor of information systems, and Cynthia Deale, former WCU hospitality and tourism professor now working at East Carolina University, are recipients of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education’s 2013 Article of the Year Award.

The award honors their work on the journal article “Hospitality Students’ and Instructors’ Perceptions of a Sense of Community and Learning in Online Classes: Do They See Eye to Eye?”

State Employees Combined Campaign ends Friday, nears goal

With a few days remaining in this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign, the universitywide goal of $30,000 is within reach. Through Nov. 1, pledges totaled $27, 568. Employees can return pledge forms through Friday, Nov. 8.

The campaign, the only officially sanctioned fund drive conducted on WCU’s campus, enables all state employees to support any of more than 1,000 eligible charitable causes. 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 about WCU’s campaign, visit or contact Ashley Beavers at

Student wins award to present at international conference

Leland Shockley, a senior majoring in environmental health sciences from Franklin, won a competitive Society of Vector Ecology travel award that helped him pay expenses for travels to attend and present at the society’s international conference held in La Quinta, Calif.

Shockley’s poster presentation, titled “Relative Species Abundance of Mosquitoes in Edge vs. Interior Forest Sites within a La Crosse Encephalitis Endemic Region,” was part of a larger collaborative research project at WCU. Poster presentation co-authors were Ron Davis, associate professor of national resource conservation and management; Patricia Foley, forensic scientist in residence and forensic DNA analyst; and Brian Byrd, assistant professor of environmental health.

Forums about proposed parking changes set for Nov. 12 and Nov. 18

Members of the Western Carolina University community can hear a presentation about proposed parking changes for the next fiscal year and share their comments at two upcoming forums to be held in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

The forum on Tuesday, Nov. 12, will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and the forum on Monday, Nov. 18, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

A Powerpoint presentation of the 2014 parking proposal and additional information is available on the Parking Services website.

Telescope viewing party set for Nov. 9 at airport

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus.

The event is designed to give members of the campus and surrounding communities an up-close view of the moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter through telescopes at various magnifications. Enrique Gomez, assistant professor of physics at WCU, will give a brief presentation on identifying well-know constellations and stars that can be seen in the sky during the fall season.

The viewing is open free of charge, and members of the public are welcome to bring their own telescopes. In the event that the evening is overcast, the viewing will be canceled. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the viewing, contact Gomez at (828) 227-2718 or via e-mail at

Faculty, students to read from literary works in Sylva

Catherine Carter, associate professor of English and director of the English education program, and Pamela Duncan, assistant professor of English and director of the Spring Literary Festival, will read from their published works in City Lights Cafe at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, as part of an a Netwest Open House event. Netwest is the western branch of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and the event will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Then on Tuesday, Nov. 12, students in a WCU poetry writing class will read from their works at City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m.

Native American Expo scheduled for Nov. 11-13

The fifth annual Native American Expo at Western Carolina University is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, through Wednesday, Nov. 13, with a series of events and presentations centered on Native American values, traditions and culture.

All events, which will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, are free and open to the public.

Chris Teuton of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will discuss his book “Cherokee Stories of Turtle Island Liars’ Club,” which is a collection of 40 interwoven stories, conversations and teachings about Western Cherokee life, beliefs and the art of storytelling, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11. Students from WCU Cherokee language and experimental archaeology classes will make presentations at 2:30 p.m. that day.

Students from Cherokee Elementary School will perform native songs from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Later, DiGali’I, the Native American student organization, will show the film “Smoke Signals” at 6:30 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow.

Western Carolina University alumna Dr. Frances Owl-Smith, the first woman physician from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Dr. Jerri McLemore, associate professor of pathology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and a member of the Creek Nation of Oklahoma, will be honored at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13, with a closing reception to follow.

The expo, which includes a walkthrough exhibit displaying Native American artifacts and information, is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, the Cherokee Studies Program, the Cherokee Heritage Center and the DiGali’I student organization.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact the Department of Intercultural Affairs at 828-227-2276 or

Finish in Four campaign to launch in fall 2014

An initiative titled Finish in Four set to begin next year will intensify Western Carolina University’s emphasis on and support for helping students graduate in four years.

Zombie enthusiasm helps fuel excitement for show staging Nov. 13-19

Zombies have invaded Western Carolina University, and not just for the upcoming world premiere of the interactive comedy “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!,” which is staging Nov. 13-19. The show’s writer and cast hope zombie-lore will help lure theater-goers and non-theater-goers alike to the production.

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