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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By WCU student Tyler Cook
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual appointments also are available. For more information, contact McIntyre at 828-654-6533 or go to the program website, mba.wcu.edu.
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 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.
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.