Archive for February 12th, 2014

Baley, Michalov, Kossick and McDowell have graduate research project published in AANA Journal

Kit Baley and Kara Michalov, WCU alumni and certified registered nurse anesthetists, and Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, and Dr. Mason McDowell, assistant professor of nursing, co-authored a journal article titled “Intravenous Acetaminophen and Intravenous Ketorolac for Management of Pediatric Surgical Pain: A Literature Review.” This peer-reviewed article was accepted for publication as a product of Baley’s and Michalov’s graduate scholarly project and will appear in the February issue of the AANA Journal, the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Hunter Library names new associate dean

Timothy Carstens, associate professor and head of the Hunter Library’s content organization and management department for the past three years, is now an associate dean of library services.

Timothy Carstens

Timothy Carstens

“After an extensive and highly competitive national search, it is indeed gratifying that a librarian with Tim’s record of achievement, broad professional competence, deep experience, and progressive and balanced leadership style and outlook will be joining us in this position,” said Dana Sally, dean of library services. “He joins the library in this highly critical administrative role at a time when WCU is importantly advancing its academic mission in new and strategic ways.”

Carstens began his library faculty career at WCU in 1990 and has served as head of cataloging and head of cataloging and acquisitions in addition to head of content organization and management. In his most recent role, he and his staff have structured and implemented library initiatives such as implementation of the electronic theses and dissertations program, developed unique digital collections and acquired core intellectual content in digital formats.

Prior to his arrival at WCU, he served as the assistant catalog librarian in the Monographic Catalog Department at the D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University.

Carstens holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University.


Interdisciplinary scholarship retreat to begin Feb. 28

Registration to participate in Western Carolina University’s “Exchange: An Interdisciplinary Scholarship Retreat” ends Thursday, Feb. 13.

The retreat will be held Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at Fontana Village Resort, and is open to 50 participants.

The event will bring together colleagues from across WCU to engage in an exchange of ideas and discussion of disciplines, methods, resources and experiences. Participants will explore problems and topics beyond the scope of single disciplines and learn about interdisciplinary scholarship and opportunities to expand and integrate into current research.

Workshop sessions will address such issues as building effective research collaborations, publication strategies, budgeting and grant writing.

Coulter Faculty Commons, Graduate School and Research, and the Office of the Provost partnered to produce the event. Registration information is available online (link no longer active).

Billie Jean King documentary to be screened Feb. 27

The documentary “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center and followed by a question-and-answer session.

Kadie Otto, associate professor of sport management, will introduce the movie.

Renowned as one of the best tennis players of all time, King participated in the battle for equal pay for women and advocated for Title IX, legislation signed into law in 1972 to eliminate exclusion of and discrimination against people on the basis of sex in federally-funded programs.

She won a “Battle of the Sexes” match against a male tennis champion and founded the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. In 2009, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The documentary screening and question-and-answer session is part of WCU’s 2013-14 campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme “1960s: Take It All In,” which is centered on the legacies and lessons of the decade. For more information, contact Otto at or 828-227-3548.

Research into jail book collections sparks service project; donations sought

Western Carolina University librarian Jill Ellern and criminal justice faculty member Karen Mason researched library services in rural Western North Carolina jails, and their work inspired an initiative with Fontana Regional Library system to diversify and update book collections in regional detention centers.

WCU students tie for second in nation for undergraduate research conference

Western Carolina University students once again will be having a major impact at the country’s most prestigious undergraduate research conference.

Granddaughter of Duke Ellington to visit WCU

The “Echoes of the Cotton Club” spring radio show re-creation at Western Carolina University will start preproduction Wednesday, Feb. 26, with a visit to campus by internationally known choreographer and dancer Mercedes Ellington.

‘Echoes of the Cotton Club’ radio re-creation to hold open auditions

The “Echoes of the Cotton Club” spring radio show re-creation at Western Carolina University will hold open auditions for speaking roles in the radio cast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Room 216 of Breese Gym.

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