Herb Bailey, director of gift planning in the Office of Development, recently presented “Increasing Your ROI: The 3-Part Ask” at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education district conference in Orlando.
Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing, recently presented three lectures at the 2014 Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists Spring Meeting held in Covington, Ky. His lectures were titled “Essential Concepts for Accurate Interpretation of Myocardial Ischemia,” “Intraoperative Computerized ST Segment Analysis: What Every Anesthesia Provider Must Know” and “In 2014- Which ECG Leads Should Be Used in the Operating Room?”
Internationally known choreographer and dancer Mercedes Ellington led Western Carolina University students in dance steps and moves in a style and at a pace that she hoped would spark creativity. Ellington, granddaughter of music legend Duke Ellington and president of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in New York City, said she hoped students would come away enthusiastic about trying new things and – in the spirit of jazz – “make things up on their own – be able to improvise.”
She visited campus in late February to work with dancers, singers and musicians preparing for the upcoming radio re-creation show “Echoes of the Cotton Club,” which stages at WCU on Thursday, April 24. She also made a public presentation about her life, her father and grandfather, and her work, and recorded her part in “Echoes of the Cotton Club” while on campus.
Duke Ellington was a bandleader at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem on which the show, an original production written by WCU’s Don Connelly, is based. The production follows the significant musical developments through the decades to the present day – swing, blues, soul and R&B, Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop and modern singer-songwriters. Featured songs include hits by artists Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald, and the contemporary entertainers they inspire – such as Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake. In addition to the radio cast, the show will feature the Catamount Singers and Electric Soul.
“Echoes of the Cotton Club” is the sixth in a series of academic-based entertainment projects mounted in collaboration with four departments and three colleges at WCU. Each of the shows in the series hearkens back to the golden age of radio, featuring live music and sound effects, and performed only once before a live audience.
“Echoes of the Cotton Club” will stage at 7:30 p.m. April 24, in the John C. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the Bardo Arts Center box office. Proceeds will benefit scholarships in participating academic departments. The group’s first five shows have raised nearly $25,000 for student scholarships.
Western Carolina University is hosting “An Evening with Gloria Steinem” in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 6. The event is sold out.An award-winning writer and activist, Steinem has been involved globally in feminist and social justice movements for more than four decades and is currently working on a book about her years as a feminist organizer titled “Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered.”
A journalist whose work has ranged from editorial columns to investigative pieces, Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, dubbed the first national magazine to offer a feminist worldview, in 1972 and continues serving as a consulting editor.
Her bestselling books include “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Moving Beyond Words” and “Marilyn: Norma Jean,” which is about the life of Marilyn Monroe.
In addition, Steinem helped found organizations including the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice and Choice USA.
Her address is connected to WCU’s campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme for 2013-14, “1960s: Take It All In,” in which members of the campus community have been encouraged to reflect on the relevance of the lessons and legacies of the 1960s.
“Gloria Steinem became a beacon of the 1960s women’s movement, and through her visible leadership women were able to make changes in workplace equality, violence against women, reproductive rights and political influence, to name a few,” said Marilyn Chamberlin, WCU associate professor of sociology, director of women’s studies and steering committee member for the 1960s learning theme. “Her work gave the women’s movement a collective voice around which to rally, a voice that is still very active today in the same areas.”
The chance to go to Jamaica led Western Carolina University student Courtney Humphries to sign up last year for a service-focused spring break trip to the country, but the reason she will return is the people – people who have very little that she could not forget.
The Western Carolina University Cycling Team will host a regional two-day collegiate road bike race, “The Airport Assault,” on Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23.
“The climb up to the airport is extremely difficult and short, but it’s a test of your current physical fitness and your pain threshold,” said Patrick O’Neal, race organizer and WCU student, who characterized that portion of the bicycle race as grueling.
James Zhang, dean of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology since October 2012, will be stepping down from the post in May to become provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich.
Western Carolina University’s original production of a radio re-creation of “Tarzan of the Apes” has been recognized with one of the top awards in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. The show, which was presented Feb. 26, 2013, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, is the winner of the best of competition award in the long-form faculty audio production category.