Archive for February, 2014

Tigue serves professional organizations, receives honors

Brandon Tigue

Brandon Tigue

Brandon Tigue, assistant director of admission, recently participated in the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers held in Raleigh and led a Zumba class for the second consecutive year at the event. Tigue was honored by the association, which has members from 13 states and Puerto Rico, with one of two Presidents Outstanding Presentation Awards in 2013 and the Multicultural Emerging Leader Scholarship in 2011. He recently completed service on the Women, Institutional Equity, Sexuality, Disability Services, Opportunities for Access, Multicultural Awareness and Audit Committee. He is currently being considered for membership on the nominations and elections committee.
Tigue also serves as treasurer for the executive board of the Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, which serves members in North Carolina and South Carolina. He has provided service to the organization as chair of the mentor committee in 2012 and 2013, newsletter author and as a planner for Western North Carolina Education Opportunity Week college fairs held in Buncombe, Cherokee, Haywood, Mitchell, Henderson, McDowell, Madison, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Clay, Transylvania, Yancey and Polk counties.

In addition, Tigue works with the South Regional National Association for Campus Activities. He authored an article titled “3 Big Mistakes That Team Leaders Can Make,” which was published in 2013 in Campus Activities Programming magazine. His presentations at the association’s events have included “Sinking Your Ship: The Biggest Mistakes Team Leaders Make” and “We’re All in This Together, So Why Do We Work Against Each Other.”

Winston-Salem project features poem by English professor

A poem by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English, has been featured in the Winston-Salem Writers program called “Poetry in Plain Sight” that highlights poets throughout North Carolina.

“Squash Vine,” the poem by Carter, was inspired by a real squash vine that grew from a compost pile.

“The vine was a great, horsy, hairy vine,” said Carter.

Carter’s poem, written last summer, has been featured for the month of February. She said she hopes NetWest, the N.C. Writers’ Network branch in Western North Carolina, can develop a similar program.

A member of WCU’s faculty since 1999, Carter has released two poetry collections, “The Memory of Gills” in 2006 and “The Swamp Monster at Home” in 2012.

“I am incredibly grateful to those who helped me get them published,” said Carter.

Carter is currently working on a scholarly book about forgotten 20th-century author Kathleen Thompson Norris.

Winston-Salem Writers is a nonprofit group of writers who write fiction, nonfiction, plays and poetry, and who care about the art and craft of writing. The organization offers workshops, critique groups and Web-based writing resources to help writers interact with each other, improve their work and realize their goals.

For more information, contact Carter at

By WCU student Tyler Cook

Metcalfe authors book chapter

Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Network-Careers and Technology Program, authored a chapter to be included in the National League for Nursing Innovations in Nursing Education series book for 2014.

The chapter, titled “The Impact of International Leadership Development: A Shared Nursing Educational Service-Learning Partnership,” will be included in the book “Building the Future of Nursing: Innovations in Nursing Education,” which will be published this spring.

Collins co-authors AANA Journal article on clinical student evaluation tool validity

Dr. Shawn Collins, interim associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and director of the nurse anesthesia program, co-authored a journal article titled “A Call for Change: Clinical Evaluation of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists.” This peer-reviewed article was accepted for publication and appeared in the February issue of the AANA Journal, the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Trail of Tears exhibit on display; reception, talk set for Feb. 27

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center and the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will host a reception and talk on Thursday, Feb. 27, celebrating the exhibit “Fewer Footprints and More Tears: Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears.”

Faculty and staff invited to support 125th anniversary celebration events

A limited number of metal water bottles will be given to Western Carolina University faculty and staff members who contribute at least $12.50 to support WCU’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Money raised will help fund events connected to the yearlong celebration commemorating WCU’s founding, themed “Inspiring New Heights: Making a Difference Since 1889.”

Visit the 125th Anniversary Celebration online giving site to participate.

WCU video project wins higher education organization award

A national higher education organization has recognized Western Carolina University’s Office of Communications and Public Relations with an award for its work in creating the university’s 2012 holiday video greeting card.

Winter Choral Concert set for Thursday

Two student choral ensembles from the School of Music at Western Carolina University will perform Thursday, Feb. 27, at this year’s Winter Choral Concert.

The University Chorus will sing choral compositions and arrangements by Maurice Greene, W.A. Mozart, Dan Bird, Robert De Cormier and Jeffery Ames.

The Concert Choir will perform three selections from “Shaker Songs” by Kevin Siegfried as well as “Three Nocturnes” by Morten Lauridsen.

Both groups are directed by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities at WCU.

The concert is open to the public free of charge. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

For more information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Conley memorial arrangements announced

Robert Conley

Robert Conley

A memorial service for Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, will be held in the education center of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee on Saturday, March 1. The event will begin at 11 a.m.

Speakers from WCU will include Richard Starnes, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Belt, coordinator of the Cherokee language program; and Jane Eastman, director of Cherokee Studies. Also, Kristen Suagee-Beauduy, a graduate student who studied under Conley, is assisting with the service.

Conley, a noted Native American scholar and author, died Sunday, Feb. 16, after a period of declining health. He was 73. A memorial also will be held in Oklahoma at a later date.

Parade to support women’s voting rights to be re-enacted March 3

A re-enactment of the national Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913 in which thousands of women marched in Washington, D.C., to demand the right to vote will be held on Monday, March 3, at Western Carolina University.

WCU’s chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority is coordinating the re-enactment, which is open to the public and celebrates the 101st anniversary of the event as the sorority’s first public act as an organization.

Members of the community are invited to participate in the re-enactment, said Kacy Brown, programming chair for the Pi Gamma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a senior from Charlotte majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

The 30-minute march begins at 5:30 p.m. in the breezeway outside the third floor of A.K. Hinds University Center. The event will be preceded by the making of signs for the march and followed by a reception in the Illusions club in the University Center.

“We hope everyone leaves thinking about the amount of courage that these women had to fight for what they believed in, how there is power in numbers, and to never give up hope,” said Brown. “As long as you work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.”

For more information, contact Brown at

MBA program schedules information sessions at WCU, across region

Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in business administration is hosting a series of information sessions for prospective students in Asheville, Cherokee, Cullowhee and Franklin.

Kelly McIntyre, graduate programs manager for WCU’s College of Business, will lead the sessions and discuss the advantages of WCU’s “hands-on” MBA, which focuses on the unique challenges facing Western North Carolina and its economy.

The program accepts both part-time and full-time students, and the degree can be completed in 34 months on a part-time track or 16 months on a full-time track. Classes for part-time and full-time students are taught at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville and classes for part-time students are offered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee.

There are no prerequisites for WCU’s MBA program aside from two weeks of intensive evening review sessions. The program is designed to be integrative and interdisciplinary with a goal of creating independent, lifelong learners who are “business ready” to assume leadership positions, McIntyre said.

Each information session will include a presentation and time for questions. The session schedule is:

Asheville (all sessions will be held at WCU’s Biltmore Park facility located at 28 Schenck Parkway) – Wednesday, March 5, noon and 6 p.m.; Wednesday, March 26, noon and 6 p.m.; Monday, April 14, noon and 6 p.m.; and Monday, May 5, noon and 6 p.m.

Cullowhee (all sessions will be held in the Wells Fargo Auditorium of WCU’s Forsyth Building) – Monday, March 3, noon and 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 9, noon and 6 p.m.; and Monday, May 12, noon and 6 p.m.

Cherokee – Monday, April 21, 4 p.m., at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort employee training facilities.

Franklin – Monday, March 24, 6 p.m., at the Groves Building on the Franklin campus of Southwestern Community College.

Individuals who plan to attend an information session are asked to register by sending an email to Individual appointments also are available. For more information, contact McIntyre at 828-654-6533 or go to the program website,

Brenton honored posthumously by Little Rock nonprofit

Angela Laird Brenton

Angela Laird Brenton

City Connections, a nonprofit based in Little Rock, Ark., recently dedicated a room in memory of Angela Laird Brenton, who served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at WCU from August 2012 until her death in May 2013. Brenton came to WCU from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was the dean of the College of Professional Studies.

The City Connections conference room will be used for collaborative gatherings, which is one of the reasons why the organization chose to name the space after Brenton, said Jeff Spry, president of City Connections.

“In her life, Angi modeled a grace and warmth about her that was endearing,” Spry said. “She especially understood the importance of building collaborative efforts when it came to working on social issues that were going to require a united effort.”

A commemorative plaque displayed in the conference room states “In tribute to the life and work of Dr. Angi Brenton, ‘An exemplary educator… A peacemaker.’”

Owners of fire-damaged businesses on WCU campus are looking at next steps

Owners of three dining establishments damaged by a November fire on the Western Carolina University campus are considering their next steps after last week’s announcement that the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of WCU has decided against replacing or repairing the structures.

Physical therapy students serve rural Honduran community

Sixty people in a rural mountain community in Honduras who have little or no access to health care sought help at a free, three-day clinic hosted by five Western Carolina University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students and a professor.

Silent auction and NYC trip raffle to benefit WCU student scholarships and programs

Western Carolina University’s Friends of the Arts is raffling a trip to see WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and hosting a silent auction to benefit student scholarships and programs in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

MacIntyre, Stevens, Collins and Hewer have graduate research project published in AANA Journal

Philip MacIntyre and Brad Stevens, WCU alumni and certified registered nurse anesthetists; Dr. Shawn Collins, interim associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and director of the nurse anesthesia program; and Ian Hewer, assistant professor of nursing, co-authored a journal article titled “Cost of Education and Earning Potential for Non-Physician Anesthesia Providers.” This peer-reviewed article was accepted for publication as a product of MacIntyre’s and Stevens’ graduate scholarly project and appeared in the February issue of the AANA Journal, the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

WCU advances in NCAA 6th Fan Contest

Western Carolina University advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA 6th Fan Contest to win $10,000 and is now competing head-to-head with Brigham Young University for the most online votes from supporters.

Voting for the competition’s second round, which will determine which institutions advance to the Elite Eight and the chance to win additional prizes, will continue through Sunday, Feb. 23.

NCAA 6th Fan, an online NCAA March Madness-style competition for fans, invites everyone to vote for their favorite team daily at (link no longer active) and via Twitter by including #6thFan and their school’s unique hashtag in a Tweet. WCU’s hashtag for the competition is #WCAR. Participants also can connect their Facebook accounts to the site to vote and register for a chance to win individual prizes.

Institutions that earned spots in NCAA 6th Fan’s Sweet Sixteen, including WCU, will be awarded $10,000 in general scholarship funds, with each institution having the flexibility to award the dollars to a randomly selected student or for deposit in the school’s general scholarship fund. A $100,000 prize will be awarded to the overall winning school.

Service Learning Fair rescheduled to Feb. 20

The ninth annual Service Learning Fair will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

The event, which is free and open to the public, enables students and faculty and staff members to learn more about service opportunities in the area and explore partnerships with community organizations. The event was postponed from an earlier date due to inclement weather.

For more information, contact the Center for Service Learning at or 828-227-7184.

Panelists to discuss voting rights on Feb. 24

A panel discussion titled “Voting Rights: 1960s to Today” will be held in the theater of Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

Panelists will include John Hayes, president of the Asheville NAACP branch, and Isaac Coleman, chair of the Asheville NAACP branch’s political action committee. Coleman will discuss his experiences with voter registration, including his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s in Mississippi.

The event is connected to WCU’s campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme for 2013-14, “1960s: Take It All In.”

For more information, contact Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of sociology, at 828-227-3839 or

Athletic training students dominate presentations at Atlanta conference

Students representing Western Carolina University’s athletic training program made their presence felt at the recent Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium and Educators’ Conference held in Atlanta.

The symposium serves as the National Student Conclave for Athletic Training, and nearly 1,000 students from across the country participated in the event, said James Scifers, WCU professor of athletic training.

This year, 18 students from across the Southeast were selected to give platform presentations, and 15 other students were chosen to present posters. Out of the total of 33 students selected to present, eight are WCU students. The students from Cullowhee tied with the University of South Florida in having the most presentations from a school, with six platform presentations and two posters, Scifers said.

This year marked the sixth time in the last seven years that WCU athletic training students have ranked first in presentations at the symposium, and in 2011 they placed second, Scifers said. More than 360 accredited athletic training programs are invited to submit abstracts for the event.

“In addition to the student presentations, WCU athletic training faculty presented two posters, including one demonstrating outcomes of our unique clinical education model,” Scifers said.

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