Archive for September, 2014

Carter wins chapbook contest

Catherine Carter, associate professor of English, won the Jacar Press Chapbook Contest in July with her work, “Marks of the Witch,” which is scheduled for release by early 2015. Joseph Millar, contest judge, said Carter has “good diction and tone, a real subject and a great eye for the image, for the things of this world.”

Jacar Press is an independent North Carolina press, and Richard Krawiec is the publisher.

Podcast, workshop highlight ‘Energy Buddies’ program King and Bishop helped develop

Yale Climate Collection shared a podcast titled “Classroom Energy Buddies” in which WCU staff members David King, energy management specialist, and Lauren Bishop, chief sustainability officer, took part. At the invitation of Amanda Clapp, a teacher at Cullowhee Valley School, King and Bishop taught eighth-grade students where electricity comes from and helped them conduct an energy audit of the classroom. The students then shared what they learned with younger students.

King and Bishop also led a workshop recently at a regional “Science Drive-In” hosted at Smoky Mountain High School to train regional science teachers how to replicate the program at their schools.

Faculty and alumna co-author article for health care journal

Edward Wright, associate professor of global management and strategy and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Jon Marvel, associate professor of global management and strategy; Judy Neubrander, director of the School of Nursing; and Kathy DesMarteau, who earned her master’s degree in business administration at WCU; co-authored “Analysis and Recommendations for Reducing Risks of Patient Cross-Contamination via Noncritical Medical Devices,” which was recently published in The Health Care Manager.

Hunter Library to host Friday spoken-word event

Matthew Foley

Matthew Foley

Matthew Foley, a spoken-word poet and teacher from Charleston, South Carolina, will present a free spoken-word workshop centered on mixing humor and lightheartedness with serious topics and social commentary at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library on Friday, Sept. 26.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and performances by Foley and the WCU Truthwriters at 4:15 p.m. The workshop, reception and performances are free and open to the public.

Foley has performed poetry before open mic crowds, poetry slam audiences and students throughout South Carolina, and has a reputation for having an energetic performance style and ability to convert people who think they don’t like poetry.

He is co-host of The Unspoken Word poetry series in downtown Charleston and founder of the Holy City Youth Slam, which offers writing workshops and poetry slams for Charleston-area youth. He published his first book of poetry, “We Could be Oceans,” in January.

This event is co-sponsored by Hunter Library and the WCU Department of Intercultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Beth McDonough, associate professor with Hunter Library, at or 828-227-3423.

WCU student wins Peg Connolly Scholarship

From left, Peg Connolly congratulates WCU student Michaela Birek, recipient of a scholarship named in Connolly's honor.

From left, Peg Connolly congratulates WCU student Michaela Birek, recipient of a scholarship named in Connolly’s honor.

Michaela Birek, a senior from Raleigh majoring in recreational therapy, was one of 10 students to be honored with Peg Connolly Scholarships at the 2014 American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s conference in Oklahoma City.

The scholarships honor Peg Connolly, a WCU associate professor and clinical coordinator for the recreational therapy program who was the first president of the national association. The awards fund participation in the association’s national conference.

Birek joins a group of past scholars from WCU who have received the award in recent years including Kenneth Flinchum and Claire Kelly in 2013, Mary Benson in 2012 and Megan Hunt and Shannon O’Rawe in 2011.

Panel discussion centered on human trafficking to be held Sept. 30

The Global Spotlight Series at Western Carolina University continues Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a panel discussion about human trafficking.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Forsyth Building.

Six WCU faculty members will serve as panelists – sociologist Marilyn Chamberlin, political scientist Todd Collins, economist Zachary Gochenour, marketing specialist Scott Rader and criminologists Regina Cline and Cyndy Hughes. They will discuss economic and social justice aspects of the issue as well as sex tourism, labor trafficking and the limits of international law.

A question-and-answer session will follow the faculty members’ presentations.

The next discussion in the series will be Tuesday, Nov. 4, and will focus on the Ebola outbreak.

The series is organized by David Dorondo, associate professor of history, and Niall Michelsen and Jen Schiff, faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs. For more information, contact Michelsen at 828-227-3336.

Music of Paris to be featured in Sept. 30 concert by Shannon Thompson

The music and musicians of Paris will be featured Tuesday, Sept. 30, as Western Carolina University faculty clarinetist Shannon Thompson presents “La Clarinette de Paris” at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

Thompson will be joined for the faculty recital by pianist Lillian Buss Pearson. The program will include the most well-known piece written for the Paris Conservatory’s annual clarinet performance exams, Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie,” along with works by Phillipe Gaubert, Ernest Chausson and others, Thompson said.

An associate professor in WCU’s School of Music, Thompson visited Paris in June as a participant in a professional development initiative of The College Music Society. She was one of 25 music professors who spent five days learning about France’s college music education system for performers and educators, as well as about national programs that help graduates further their professional careers.

Admission is free for the Sept. 30 performance. For the full story, visit the WCU news site.

WCU Photo: Intensive English Program students volunteer at the Cullowhee Community Garden

Adam Bigelow, director of the Cullowhee Community Garden, gave a brief talk to students in Western Carolina University’s Intensive English Program about the volunteer work they would be doing in the garden for the next one-and-a-half hours. (Photo by and courtesy of Ashlea Green)

Adam Bigelow, director of the Cullowhee Community Garden, gave a brief talk to students in Western Carolina University’s Intensive English Program about the volunteer work they would be doing in the garden for the next one-and-a-half hours. (Photo by and courtesy of Ashlea Green)

Students in Western Carolina University’s Intensive English Program spent time volunteering at the Cullowhee Community Garden on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 17. The garden features fresh produce grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and gardeners donate half of the produce they grow to help people in need in Jackson County. Visit Flickr online to see more photos from the service activity.

Committee puts final touches on Mountain Heritage Day

A committee of WCU staff members and community volunteers has been putting the finishing touches on the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day, a celebration of the region’s rich history and culture, taking place on the campus Saturday, Sept. 27.

Shelter building project support from WCU overwhelming, say organizers

So many people from WCU volunteered to help with the transformation of an old prison in Haywood County into a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and halfway house that project organizers are designating Friday, Sept. 26, as “WCU Flip the Prison Day.”

WCU engineer assists with public art project in Asheville

Artists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson want the new three-dimensional mural they created for downtown Asheville to have an impact – just not the kind that would involve any of their 50-pound tiles tumbling to the sidewalk or street below.

Events connect to campuswide ‘North Carolina: Our State, Our Time’ learning theme

WCU faculty and staff have tied in the campuswide learning theme for the 2014-15 academic year, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time,” with events and initiatives ranging from a Constitution Day panel discussion to the “One Book” program’s reading selection.

State Employees Combined Campaign kicks off on campus Sept. 29

WCU community members are invited to give to their favorite charities through the annual N.C. State Employees Combined Campaign, which will be held at WCU from Monday, Sept. 29, to Friday, Nov. 7.

Newly formed WCU Board of Visitors to hold first meetings Oct. 2-3

Members of the Board of Visitors will serve as advocates and ambassadors for WCU; promote and advance the mission, vision and strategic plan of the university; make WCU a philanthropic priority; and provide the chancellor and the Board of Trustees with advice and counsel on issues that are critical to the institution’s strategic interests.

‘Elemeno Pea’ to stage at WCU Oct. 1-4

“Elemeno Pea,” a comedy set in Martha’s Vineyard that explores a wealthy world of infinity pools, Bentleys and yacht clubs with men in pink pants, will be staged at WCU from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4.

Professor edits new book featuring work by American author H.D.

Cover of "Within the Walls and What Do I Love?"Annette Debo, professor of English at Western Carolina University, wrote the introduction and edited a new book of short stories and poems by author H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) titled “Within the Walls and What Do I Love?”

Debo wrote a 104-page introduction situating H.D.’s writing in World War II. “Using archival research, I offer new information about her life in the context of the war,” said Debo.

She details H.D.’s arrival in London from Switzerland in 1939 and follows her to the end of the war in May 1945. The introduction addresses Britain’s declaration of war and the “Phoney War,” the Battle of Dunkirk and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, realities of life in London, women’s war work, concentration camps and refugees, the role of art during wartime, the conscription of women, the Women’s Land Army, rationing, a reading by famous poets, D-Day, the liberation of Paris, and V-E Day and the coming of spring, said Debo.

Published by the University Press of Florida, the book was released Sept. 9.

Debo also is the author of “The American H.D.” and co-editor of “Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose.”

For more information, contact Debo at or 828-227-3934.

Wright and Marvel co-author article with student about ethical decision-making

Edward Wright, associate professor of global management and strategy and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Jon Marvel, associate professor of global management and strategy, worked with Kathy DesMarteau, a student in WCU’s master’s degree program in business administration, on the article “Millennials: A Surprising Inconsistency the Moral Frameworks Employed for Ethical Decision-Making.” The article was published in the Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.

Binkley and Luke co-author journal article

Russell Binkley, associate professor of social studies education, and Nancy Luke, assistant professor of elementary education and digital literacy, co-authored “Our North Carolina Digital Stories: Weaving Common Core Standards into a Fourth-Grade History Project,” which was recently published in the National Council for the Social Studies’ journal, Social Studies and the Young Learner.

Binkley and Luke worked with elementary classroom teachers Naomi Marotta and Melissa Pirkl, also co-authors on the article, on the project.

Johnson studies effect of computer monitoring systems on medical practitioners

A paper by Nathan Johnson, assistant professor of global management and strategy, titled “Are You Watching Me: A Look at Panoptic Perceptions Surrounding Computer Monitoring Systems,” was published in the June issue of the Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research. Through the lens of Actor Network Theory, Johnson re-analyzed an existing case study to explore how medical practitioners reacted to a computerized hospital care and data entry system.

Kossick is featured speaker at national meeting

Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation coordinator, lectured at a national meeting in Las Vegas on Sept. 7. His presentation included an eight-hour comprehensive EKG seminar. The meeting was sponsored by A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars in Pasco, Washington. Kossick’s lectures were attended by anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, researchers and advanced practice critical care nurses.

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