Rob Young, director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, spoke at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs on April 8 in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee is an arm of the Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives. The subcommittee discussed legislation proposed to revise the boundaries of coastal properties eligible for taxpayer-supported flood insurance.
Russ Curtis, WCU associate professor of counseling and coordinator of the clinical mental health program, and co-leader of the American Counseling Association’s Interest Network for Integrated Care, participated in a question-and-answer exclusive article recently published in Counseling Today titled “Advocating for ‘One-Stop Shopping’ Health Care: Q+A with ACA’s Interest Network for Integrated Care.”
Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator, has been invited to serve on Mission Hospital’s Nursing Research Council. The council reviews research protocols as part of the approval process for studies conducted at Mission Hospital and its affiliates.
Base Camp Cullowhee at Western Carolina University will present the 30th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup on Saturday, April 12, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from a stretch of the scenic Jackson County waterway.
Western Carolina University will host the annual Earth and Wellness Celebration on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center on Tuesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Co-hosted by the WCU Energy Management Office and Campus Recreation and Wellness, the event combines the Earth Day celebration with health and wellness activities.
The celebration will include a special exhibit by the Mountain Heritage Center in honor of WCU’s 125th anniversary titled “BYOB (Bring Your Own Bulb): An Electrifying History of WCU’s Self-Produced Electricity.”
In addition, Courtyard Dining Hall will offer a $5 Farm-to-Fork lunch special featuring locally grown foods. A representative from Fresh Point will be available to talk about the farms that serve the WCU campus dining community.
Participants also will enjoy games, hula-hooping, a noon drum circle and giveaways related to supporting health and the local community, and have a chance to visit more than 30 booths sponsored by community vendors and nonprofit and student organizations.
Coulter Faculty Commons will host the second annual DigiX digital media event in the Blue Ridge conference room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.
Faculty and staff members are invited to drop by to check out some interactive displays based on WCU’s Digital Media ELEMENTS initiative, which is centered on presenting a holistic and fully integrated media toolbox available to all faculty and staff members. Digital media experts will be on hand to talk about WCU resources and their application in and out of the classroom.
For more information, visit elements.wcu.edu.
More than 100 nursing educators, health-care professionals, secondary educators and community leaders took part April 4 in the first of three annual diversity conferences to be held at Western Carolina University.
The daylong conference, titled “Meeting the Challenge: Health and Education in Appalachia and Cherokee,” was developed to enable participants, who included 35 WCU students, to explore issues connected to increasing the numbers of underrepresented ethnic minority students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds in nursing, secondary education and health-care professional settings. Presenters included experts in multiculturalism, education, health professions and serving diverse and disadvantaged populations.“We were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout for our first ‘Meeting the Challenge: Health and Education in Appalachia and Cherokee conference’,” said Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Network-Careers and Technology Program. “Participants were able to learn from eight diverse presenters on cutting-edge issues such as diabetes and education in the public schools regarding the Appalachian and Cherokee culture in Western North Carolina.”
The event was sponsored by the WCU School of Nursing and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which awarded a grant to WCU to help increase the diversity of nursing students.
For more information, contact Metcalfe at 828-227-2893 or email@example.com.
The Staff Senate will host open forums from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 29, in Blue Ridge conference room B-D.
The forums, scheduled to accommodate varied work schedules, will include remarks from Chancellor David Belcher, Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar and Staff Senate Chair Robin Hitch and question-and-answer sessions. Refreshments will be served after each forum.
The 35th annual International Festival brought music, dancing and laughter to the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center on April 9. The event featured a variety of booths with international items and information, a flag procession and diverse musical and dance performances.
Dale Carpenter, who has been serving in an interim leadership role in Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions since July 2012, has been named permanent dean of the college.
John “Jack” McFadden, professor emeritus of education, and Anna McFadden, director of academic engagement and IT governance in the Division of Information Technology, have donated more than $10,000 to endow a scholarship at WCU to assist aspiring science educators.
Five staff members from Western Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs completed the Palmetto Relay, a 200-mile relay race from Columbia to Charleston in South Carolina, over a two-day period, March 28-29.
The all-female team, dubbed Whee Came to Run, finished the course in 34 hours and 16 minutes, with each team member logging between 31 to 47 miles on the road.
All five runners had prior experience running local mountain relay races, including the Smoky Mountain Relay and Blue Ridge Relay. Team members included Shauna Sage, team captain and director of campus recreation and wellness; Margaret Basehart, coordinator of alcohol and drug education; Mandy Dockendorf, assistant director for fitness and wellness; Stephanie Sue Helmers, assistant director for academic initiatives; and Brenda Holcombe, director of scholarships. A sixth team member, Megan Harre, resident director for Buchanan and Harrill residence halls, was unable to participate due to injury.
The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments has bestowed its William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award on Beth Tyson Lofquist, who served two stints as Western Carolina University’s interim provost before retiring from WCU earlier this year.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is joining with the Sylva Herald newspaper in sponsoring a Friday, April 11, concert to benefit landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state – an area with strong ties to Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
The cast, band and dancers from the upcoming production of the “Echoes of the Cotton Club” radio show re-creation at Western Carolina University recently learned that the show has been registered with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Western Carolina University’s Division of Information Technology has been recognized for the second consecutive year by HDI, a global IT service and technical support association as well as a certification and training body, as one of the top 50 performers based on customer satisfaction. In addition to being named one of the Elite 50 outstanding technical service and support centers, WCU moved up on the list from No. 25 to No. 18.
Two Western Carolina University graduate students, Brian Ulrich and Danielle Metz, captured overall wins Saturday (April 5) as more than 300 runners and walkers competed in the fourth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.