Archive for January, 2014

Morse speaks to international delegation of visiting tourism professionals

Steve Morse, economist and director of WCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Program, recently led a workshop for tourism officials from countries including Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Morse presented “Tourism Destination Development and the Economic Importance of Tourism to Local Communities” on Monday, Jan. 27, in Asheville to participants in the Special American Business Internship Training tourism program. The Office of International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce invited Morse to present to the delegates, who are meeting with U.S. tourism experts as part of efforts to improve tourism in their home countries.

Reitz authors encyclopedia entries

Christina L. Reitz, assistant professor of music, contributed the “Country Music” entry to the forthcoming Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and the “Notation” and “Ecomusicology” entries to the forthcoming Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Encyclopedia.

She also has been contracted to write entries on Florence Price and Eve Queler for Women in American History: A Social, Political and Cultural Encyclopedia to be published in 2016.

Kossick presents at national anesthesia seminar

Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, recently presented a comprehensive eight-hour EKG seminar at a national meeting sponsored by A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars in Pasco, Wash.

Kossick’s topics included “Computerized ST Segment Analysis During Anesthesia and in PACU,” “Understanding Modified Chest Leads versus True Chest Leads” and “Interpretation of Supraventricular/Ventricular Arrhythmias and Current Treatment Strategies.”

The lectures were part of a continuing education program held in Las Vegas and attended by physicians and nurses specializing in anesthesia and critical care medicine.

PHOTO: Snow blankets campus


Winter weather that arrived Tuesday, Jan. 28, left a blanket of snow on campus.

Winter weather that brought snow and ice to the Western Carolina University campus on Tuesday, Jan. 28, lingered, forcing cancellation of some face-to-face classes. See more images of the snow at WCU at WCU’s Flickr site.

Athletics sponsor supports discounted faculty and staff tickets

Western Carolina University faculty and staff members can purchase tickets for themselves and members of their immediate families to any of the last four home men’s basketball games for $5 each and to any of the Friday home baseball games for $1 each.

The discounted tickets, which represent a savings of $5 per ticket for the basketball games and $4 per ticket for the baseball games, are offered this spring semester courtesy of the law firm of Earwood and Moore Attorneys at Law, which has offices in Sylva and Cullowhee, a sponsor of Catamount athletics.

Faculty and staff members will be asked to show their Cat Cards at the events.

Basketball and baseball schedules are posted at For ticket information, call 800-34-GOWCU.

More than $750 donated to help Cullowhee fire victims

Donations collected Thursday, Jan. 23, at a home Western Carolina University basketball game to help those who lost their jobs at three Cullowhee businesses that closed after a November fire totaled more than $750.

WCU partnered with Cullowhee United Methodist Church on the fundraiser.

‘Magical Mystery Tour’ 1960s educational event tonight

The free Magical Mystery Tour in Blue Ridge Conference Room on Thursday, Jan. 30, will offer participants a chance to learn more about and discuss some of the most iconic and symbolic events of the 1960s and enjoy activities from tie-dyeing to writing poetry.

The tour, available from 5 to 7 p.m., features 10 stops – one for each year of the decade – with interactive activities at each.

Those who complete the tour will be treated to free ice cream from Jack the Dipper while supplies last and be entered into a drawing for prizes that include two tickets to see a performance at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, by Beatles tribute band “1964: The Tribute.”

The event is part of WCU’s 2013-14 campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme, “1960s: Take It All In.
For more information, visit “‘Magical Mystery Tour’ 1960s educational event set for Jan. 30,” or contact Perry at 828-227-2643 or

Family-friendly ‘FROGZ’ show staging Feb. 11

The cast of “FROGZ” includes larger-than-life amphibians.

The cast of “FROGZ” includes larger-than-life amphibians.

Western Carolina University will present Imago Theater’s “FROGZ,” a family-friendly show that combines Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with outlandish masks, mime and music, on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, and tickets are $5 for students and children, and $10 for all others.

With larger-than-life animals taking on human characteristics, “FROGZ” was designed to create a comedic and mind-bending carnival of the absurd. Working out of a large 18,000-square-foot-theatre laboratory in Portland, Ore., Imago’s ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators and musicians become alchemists seeking fresh perspectives of performance. The group has developed a distinctly theatrical approach – one that’s equal parts dance, design, circus, music, text and illusion.

The show is recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the Bardo Arts Center box office, online at or by phone at 828-227-2479. The show is part of WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Series. For more information about the series, visit

Note: This story was updated Friday, Jan. 31, to correct an error in ticket prices.

Awards nomination process underway

Members of the WCU community are encouraged to nominate faculty members for an array of college and university awards online using the integrated faculty/staff award nomination process.

The process enables members of the WCU community to nominate colleagues for awards at the college and university levels in one online location. The open nomination period for most awards runs through Tuesday, Feb. 4.

To nominate a colleague, visit the “WCU Faculty/Staff Awards nomination survey” online (link no longer active). For more information, contact John Hawes, learning management system support specialist at Coulter Faculty Commons, at or 828-227-2763.

Faculty Scholarship Celebration begins Feb. 18

The achievements of Western Carolina University faculty members will be on display at Hunter Library during the 2014 Faculty Scholarship Celebration that begins with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Samples of scholarly and creative works by faculty members will be on exhibit in display cases on the library’s main floor through the end of March.

Last year’s exhibit featured more than 160 works, including books, articles, video recordings, conference posters, PowerPoint presentations, artworks and musical scores. The celebration recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members outside the classroom and offers an opportunity for students, the university community and the public to learn about their professional activities.

“The Faculty Scholarship Celebration marks one of the highlights of the year, showcasing exciting and important research, publications and creative activities of our faculty and staff,” said Mimi Fenton, dean of the Graduate School and Research and chair of the celebration committee. “A wide range of important scholarly and creative activities enriches the whole intellectual and academic enterprise at the core of our university, and this annual celebration reminds us just how rich ‘the life of the mind’ is at WCU.”

The Faculty Scholarship Celebration is sponsored by the Graduate School and Research, Hunter Library, Coulter Faculty Commons, the Provost’s Office for Undergraduate Studies and the Honors College.

The Feb. 18 reception will be held in the main floor lounge area next to Java City in the library.

Professional kayaker to speak Feb. 5

Professional kayaker Chris Gragtmans will speak in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, as part of his “Live Your Dreams” speaking tour.

Gragtmans will discuss tips to help students achieve their ideal careers, regardless of industry or profession, and share stories, photos and videos from his experiences.

The event is being presented by Base Camp Cullowhee. For more information, call 828-227-3633.

‘Girl Rising’ to be screened April 1

“Girl Rising,” a feature film about the power of education and courage in the lives of nine girls from nine countries, will be screened in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

A brief presentation centered on how to learn more and get involved in the movement to empower women and girls will follow the screening.

The event, in honor of International Women’s Day, is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs and the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

For more information, contact Sarah Carter, associate director for resource services for intercultural affairs, at

WCU kicks off yearlong celebration of 125 years

A yearlong celebration of Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary kicked off Thursday, Jan. 23, as the campus and surrounding community paused to reflect on the institution’s growth from a one-room schoolhouse with 18 students to a comprehensive regional university with an enrollment of more than 10,100 – that, and to eat cake and enjoy a fashion show.

1960s version of ‘A Doll’s House’ to stage Feb. 12-16

New York City in 1962 – a time when feminism was beginning to put the brakes on patriarchy – will be the setting of the version of “A Doll’s House” to stage at Western Carolina University from Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 12-16. Adapted by WCU faculty member Brenda Lilly, the show is connected to WCU’s 2013-14 campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme, “1960s: Take It All In.”

Police officer to run 603 miles to support Special Olympics

Jacob Deal (Photo by Robbie Carter)

Jacob Deal (Photo by Robbie Carter)

Jacob Deal, a Western Carolina University police officer and alumnus as well as current student, is running 603 miles – the distance from Cullowhee to Soldier Field in Chicago – to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

Deal is recording the mileage from runs he completes on a treadmill or outside, and then applying the distance using Google applications to his virtual run on actual roads and paths to Soldier Field, the site of the first international Special Olympics in 1968.

He is asking for donations of $6.03 – a penny for each mile of the run – to support Special Olympics and chronicling his journey on a Facebook page, In mid-January, he posted a photo of a sign welcoming visitors to Tennessee with a message sharing that he had crossed the border on his virtual trek and was preparing to run a section of the Appalachian Trail.

He also has invited families of Special Olympics participants to the Facebook page share their stories. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities. Deal said he is moved that Special Olympics works to ensure that no athlete or family is ever asked to pay a fee of any kind to participate, and the money he raises will help fund athletic uniforms, awards, sports training and competition facilities, coaches’ education, transportation and other needs.

“The beginning of my adventure has been heartfelt and meaningful, and each donation inspires me to run harder and longer,” said Deal.

What led the former high school cross-country runner, WCU criminal justice alumnus and psychology student to undertake the run for Special Olympics was his experience participating in a Torch Run for Special Olympics in Jackson County.

“The exposure to the athletes and organization warmed my heart,” said Deal, who later became the N.C. Law Enforcement for Special Olympics coordinator for the WCU Police Department.

To connect with Deal and learn how to support his run as well as Special Olympics, visit his Facebook page. Donations can be directed to Jacob Deal, WCU Police Department, 114 East University Way, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723.

Book to chronicle Cosner’s research

A book by Charlotte Cosner, assistant professor of history, titled “The Golden Leaf: How Tobacco Shaped Cuba and the Atlantic World,” will be published this fall by Vanderbilt University Press.

The book details Cosner’s research, which has garnered support from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, and a Ford Foundation Grant for Student Travel from the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University. In addition, she received the Lydia Cabrera Award for Cuban Historical Studies from the Conference on Latin American History.

She has presented her work on tobacco at regional, national and international conferences, including events associated with the Latin American Studies Association and the Asociacion de Historia Economica del Caribe.

Creasy and Anantatmula tie personality traits to project management success

Todd Creasy, associate professor of global management and strategy, and Vittal Anantatmula, associate professor and director of the master’s degree program in project management, co-authored “From Every Direction—How Personality Traits and Dimensions of Project Managers Can Conceptually Affect Project Success,” which was recently published in Project Management Journal.

The paper details a model Creasy and Anantatmula developed to explain how personality traits can influence the effectiveness and success of projects within organizations. In the model, the characteristics of the organization also are significant.

Their model suggests that a project manager’s willingness to communicate, degree of innovativeness, level of self-awareness, conflict management style, willingness to change and personality type can affect project outcomes. Creasy and Anantatmula said the personality dimensions they selected were either not previously explored or only partially explored in existing research in project management.

“To add to this, each of these was moderated by aspects of organizational structure, incentive systems and degree of project management maturity which the organization possessed,” said Creasy. “This moderation further distinguished these considerations of project manager personality dimensions and traits, and their subsequent impact on project success. For all personality dimensions, this moderation model was also a first.”

PHOTOS: King events continue through Jan. 25

Chancellor David O. Belcher (second from left holding banner) participated in the Alpha Phi Alpha unity march.

Chancellor David O. Belcher (second from left holding banner) participated in the Alpha Phi Alpha unity march.

Western Carolina University students, from left, Austin Kelly, Tess Schneider, Bree Campfield, Willie Jones and Kaitlyn Speer volunteer at Community Table as part of a celebration honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Western Carolina University students, from left, Austin Kelly, Tess Schneider, Bree Campfield, Willie Jones and Kaitlyn Speer volunteer at Community Table as part of a celebration honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of the weekend news and opinion show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC, will deliver the keynote address for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration has included a day of service and unity march and continues with an open mic night in Illusions on Thursday, Jan. 23, and another day of service on Saturday, Jan. 25.

For more information, contact Takeshia Brown, associate director of intercultural affairs, at or 828-227-2276.

Celebration for WCU’s 125th anniversary starts Thursday

The festivities for Western Carolina University’s yearlong 125th anniversary celebration get underway Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus. Scheduled from 12:25 to 2:25 p.m., the kickoff event will include a fashion show of apparel adorned with WCU’s 125th logo, and refreshments, prizes, games, giveaways, displays and birthday cake.

Birthday cupcakes also will be available that day for students, faculty and staff at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square. That night, the men’s basketball team will take on Davidson in a Southern Conference game at Ramsey Regional Activity Center, with special activities and promotions planned as part of the evening.

For more information, visit the recently launched website at

Winter edition of WCU magazine available online

The winter 2014 edition of The Magazine of Western Carolina University features stories about WCU’s record enrollment numbers, interdisciplinary study of the lessons and legacies of the 1960s, and yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the university.

The issue also features WCU alumni who are making a difference through their work with the National Park Service, WCU’s own Hunter Library, and Asheville-based arts and creative writing nonprofit groups.

Visit the issue online at

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