Archive for April 2nd, 2014

Carter wins poetry award

Catherine Carter, an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, won the Poet Laureate’s Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for her work titled “Day of the Dead.” The poem is about and was inspired by raking leaves on the road on a November day, said Carter.

Students first in WCU’s nurse anesthesia program to complete thesis and conduct clinical research

Standing from left are Jenna Poziombke, Dr. Mark A. Kossick and Paula Grey.

Standing from left are Jenna Poziombke, Dr. Mark A. Kossick and Paula Grey.

Two graduate students are the first in Western Carolina University’s nurse anesthesia program to complete a thesis and conduct clinical research.

Paula Grey of Swannanoa and Jenna Poziombke of Fall Creek, Wis., successfully completed the oral defense of their thesis on March 19. The research was titled “An Evaluation of Sedation Level Using Bispectral Index (BIS) and Correlated Adverse Events in Patient’s Undergoing Colonoscopies.

Grey and Poziombke conducted their research under the guidance of thesis director, Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator. Other thesis committee members were Dr. Mason McDowell, assistant professor and assistant director of the nurse anesthesia program, and Dr. Josh Paschke, clinical director of the anesthesia department at Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville.

“This is the first time since the inception of the WCU graduate nurse anesthesia program that students have completed a thesis and conducted clinical research,” said Kossick. “Both Ms. Grey and Ms. Poziombke achieved the high standards set for quality research and thesis composition.”

Hunter Library to host book sale April 8

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will have hundreds of books, DVDs, CDs, maps and other media for sale at prices ranging from 25 cents to $2 during its annual book sale on Tuesday, April 8.

The event, which will take place on the main floor of the library just beyond the main entrance, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

On sale will be items no longer needed to support the curriculum, including fiction and non-fiction popular reading materials; reference materials such as encyclopedias and dictionaries; children’s books; books in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology; CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes; and maps. Prices will be $1 for hardbacks and 25 cents for paperbacks. CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will be $1. Maps will be 50 cents.

The library cannot accept credit cards or checks; sales will be cash only.

Visitors coming to WCU for the sale may park in any available campus parking space, except for reserved spaces.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit library collections.

For information, contact Katy Ginanni, collection development librarian, at 828-227-3729 or

VIDEO: Terrence Mann discusses allure of ‘Les Miserables’

Broadway star Terrence Mann reflects on the stories at the heart of “Les Miserables” and invites members of the community to come see the production at Western Carolina University in a recently released video. Presented by the WCU School of Stage and Screen’s Musical Theatre Program, the show will stage at 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, April 5, and at 3 p.m. April 6 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“Les Miserables,” based on Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 novel, is a story of love and revolution set in early 19th-century France that features some of the most-loved songs of the last century, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home.” Intertwining on stage will be stories of a redemption-hungry man who breaks his parole, the justice-driven inspector who hunts for him, a mother desperate to support a child born out of wedlock, and her daughter, who has been forced into servitude.

Preceding the April 4 performance of “Les Miserables” will be a silent auction hosted by the WCU Friends of the Arts to raise money for student scholarships and programs in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. Part of the organization’s “Bidding, Broadway, Beverages and Baguettes” fundraiser, the auction will be from 5 to 7:25 p.m. in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center. Auction items may be viewed prior to the event on the WCU Friends of the Arts Silent Auction website at

The organization also is raffling off a Thanksgiving trip for two to New York City to see the WCU marching band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Raffle tickets are available for $40 each or three tickets for $100 at the Bardo Arts Center box office.

Admission to “Les Miserables,” the final offering of the 2013-14 School of Stage and Screen Mainstage Season, is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and WCU faculty and staff; and $7 (in advance) and $10 (day of show) for students. For tickets to the show or raffle tickets, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office or call 828-227-2479. Tickets to the show also can be purchased online at

35th annual International Festival will be April 9

The 35th annual International Festival, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

WCU’s annual International Festival, scheduled for April 9, opens with a flag procession by international students.

“International Festival fosters cultural awareness, appreciation and understanding of the world’s diversity through music, food, dance, arts and crafts,” said Kevin Childers of WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services, which is among the organizers of the annual event. “The festival will feature a variety of booths with international items for sale as well informational booths, all of which will help to boost internationalization at WCU.”

The festival will open with a flag procession by international students, followed by remarks from Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost at WCU. International Festival activities will include a demonstration of Japanese singing in remembrance of the devastation caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and performances by local Cherokee flutist Matthew Tonni; the WCU Gamelan ensemble, led by Will Peebles; traditional Saudi Arabian dancers; world folk music by Whimzik (Glenn Kastrinos and Kjelsty Hanson); the WCU Inspirational Choir; and the WCU Straight-Ahead Jazz Septet.

In addition, a team of international students will take on a WCU intramural team in a pre-festival soccer match beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

For more information about the 2014 International Festival, contact WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services at 828-227-7494 or via email at

EYE on FYE Celebration to be April 8

The annual EYE on FYE Celebration for first-year students and the faculty and staff who work with them will be held in the conference room of Blue Ridge Hall on Tuesday, April 8.

A reception will be held at 5 p.m., and the awards and recognition presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Honorees will include student winners of the WCU Bucket List contest in which first-year students take a picture or make a video of themselves participating in as many of 100 activities on the bucket list as possible.

Also to be recognized will be winners of the EYE on FYE competition in which students submit original poetry, videos, photography, musical compositions, performance, artwork, creative writing or essays to convey how they connect the dots between personal interest and abilities, general education, programs of study, general electives, experiential learning opportunities and other co-curricular activities, and relate the implications and value to real-world scenarios.

In addition, awards will be presented to FYE Advocates, who are faculty, staff and graduate students nominated by first-year students for exemplary work fostering student success.

For more information, visit online.

‘Remote Sites of War’ exhibition opens April 10

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a spring exhibition titled “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims. The exhibition opens Thursday, April 10, and continues through Friday, May 30.

Christopher Sims, “Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia #1,” from the “Hearts and Minds” series, courtesy of the artist.

Christopher Sims, “Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia #1,” from the “Hearts and Minds” series, courtesy of the artist.

“Remote Sites of War” offers a first-person worldview of war that is quietly revealing and poses as many questions for people to consider as it does answers, said David J. Brown, Fine Art Museum director who also organized the exhibition.

“Ongoing armed conflicts involving the United States somewhere in the world seem to have little effect on us; we are carefully shielded from what really occurs,” Brown said. “In their own way, each of these artists delves into the peripheries of war and shares a core belief that all humans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

All three artists will be present for the April 10 opening of the show and will be either speaking with or conducting workshops with students and faculty from the art, English, history, political science, and religion and philosophy departments as well as the Honors College. A presentation by the artists will be held beginning at 4 p.m., with announcement of winners of the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Awards, followed by a reception that will end at 7 p.m.

Brown described the interdisciplinary approach as one way “to break down the walls of the museum and provide meaningful intersections with the larger community on and off campus.”

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. For more information on the “Remote Sites of War” exhibition, call the WCU Fine Art Museum at 828-227-3591 or visit the website

Open House set for April 5

Western Carolina University will throw open its doors to prospective students and their families and friends as the university holds Open House on Saturday, April 5. The event was added to the university’s spring schedule after an Open House scheduled for February was canceled due to inclement weather.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House gives visitors a chance to learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs, find out the important details of topics such as financial aid, and tour the campus.

The schedule starts with an academic and student services information fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. around the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Following a welcome session in the Ramsey Center main arena from 1:30 to 2 p.m., prospective students will have a chance to engage in academic sessions led by WCU faculty members from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose among several options for the 3 to 5 p.m. period, including tours of campus and residence halls, information sessions on admissions and financial aid, and participation in campus events.

Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to the website or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.

WCU to host ‘sneak peek’ of new undergrad engineering facility at Biltmore Park

Western Carolina University will host a “sneak peek” Wednesday, April 16, of the soon-to-be-opened laboratories and classrooms that will enable the expansion of WCU’s undergraduate engineering program to the Asheville-Hendersonville area.

Annette Debo named among UNC system’s top professors

Annette Debo, professor of English at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of a teaching style that emphasizes listening to her students instead of merely lecturing to them.

Students soak up NYC dance, theater experience; explore opportunities

Western Carolina University students recently traveled to New York to perform in the 2014 production of “A Salute to Rockette History II.” In addition, musical theatre students took part in a showcase for agents and casting directors, and the weeklong experience was documented by faculty and staff with the WCU Film and Television Production Program.

Athletes to converge in Cullowhee on April 5 for WCU’s Valley of the Lilies races

More than 300 runners and walkers from across Western North Carolina and the Southeast are expected to gather at Western Carolina University on Saturday, April 5, for the fourth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.

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