Archive for September 10th, 2014

Domagalski presents at international meeting

Teri Domagalski, associate professor in the Department of Global Management and Strategy, recently presented “Employee Anger: The Paradox of Resistance and Consent” as part of a Showcase Symposium at the Academy of Management’s international meeting in Philadelphia.

The symposium title was “In Defense of Anger: The Significance of an Under-appreciated Moral Emotion.” The presenters in this symposium were from U.S. and international universities from countries such as England, Australia and Israel.

Johnson presents paper co-authored with Creasy and Fan at conference

Nathan Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Global Management and Strategy, presented a paper co-authored with associate professors Todd Creasy and Yang Fan titled “Practitioner’s Preference: Which Planning Tools Offer the Most Promise” at the Project Management Institute’s Research and Education Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The team asked 52 project managers which planning components they viewed as the most important or valued for project success. Using qualitative analysis, the group identified themes of project planning and why project managers think those areas are most important.

Asheville Symphony string musicians, WCU students to give concert Sept. 23

Daniel Meyer

Daniel Meyer

String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will join students and faculty members from the Western Carolina University School of Music in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The program will include “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst, “Military” Symphony No. 100 by Joseph Haydn and the “Barber of Seville” overture by Gioachino Rossini. P. Bradley Ulrich, WCU professor of trumpet, will be the concert soloist, performing a trumpet concerto by Georg Telemann.

The performance marks the start of the third season of a partnership between the School of Music and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to provide opportunities for the symphony’s musicians and WCU students and faculty members to perform together.

Known as the Artist-in-Residence Orchestra, the partnership provides important educational experiences for music students and more employment opportunities for orchestra musicians, said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music. The program is supported by proceeds from performances.

Artist-in-Residence Orchestra concerts include masterworks of the orchestral repertoire conducted by the Asheville Symphony’s Daniel Meyer. “He is a young conductor who is building a reputation for his work with younger orchestras. He is uniquely positioned to bring together the string players with whom he works regularly with the wind and percussion students from Western Carolina,” said Peebles.

Tickets for the Sept. 23 performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Reception, presentation set for ‘Crooked Water’ exhibit at Mountain Heritage Center

A reception and presentation will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center to celebrate the exhibit “Land of the Crooked Water” that is currently on display at the museum.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a 7 p.m. presentation featuring Western North Carolina folk artist Joshua Grant, conservationist Brent Martin and WCU’s Cherokee Language Program coordinator Tom Belt. The presentation will include a discussion of sustainability issues in the mountains of WNC and north Georgia.

“Land of the Crooked Water” is an exhibit of Grant’s hand-crank letter press prints of regional scenes and landscapes. The exhibit was originally sponsored through LAND/SCAPE, an ongoing project of the Southern Appalachian office of the Wilderness Society that draws attention to the intersection of art and nature by featuring the work of regional artists, writers and poets.

Grant is a recent graduate of the Nantahala School for the Arts. His work focuses on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian culture. Martin, Southern Appalachian regional director for the Wilderness Society, is currently working on his doctoral degree in history, focusing on the land-use patterns and environmental history of the northwest Georgia mountains. Belt, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, recently was a presenter at the “Patterns of Native Health and Well-Being” symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The free reception and presentation are part of WCU’s interdisciplinary campus theme for 2014-15, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time.”

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

Costa to present at City Lights Bookstore

James Costa, biology professor and Highlands Biological Station director, will present his new books celebrating naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva on Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Costa’s books are titled “Wallace, Darwin and the Origin of Species” and “On the Organic Law of Change.” Wallace, who co-discovered the principle of natural selection in 1858, was one of the most famous scientists in the world, lauded by British royalty and U.S. presidents, at the time of his death in 1913. Yet today, Darwin’s name is universally recognized while Wallace is all but unknown, said Costa, who has described Wallace as an “amazing naturalist who persevered against all odds and made great discoveries.”

Diversity Week events to be held Sept. 14-19

Monti Washington and Julia Garcia

Monti Washington and Julia Garcia

The Western Carolina University Department of Intercultural Affairs is sponsoring Diversity Week on campus to raise awareness and appreciation for diverse groups in the community from Sunday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Sept. 19.

The week’s keynote speakers will be Julia Garcia and Monti Washington, who will present an interactive program titled “Diversity University” in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

Garcia, author of the book “Somewhere In Between,” is the creator and founder of, a movement that combines motivational speaking with the creative arts. Washington is a professional actor, life coach and award-winning spoken-word poet.

Slam poetry, role-playing skits and crowd participation will be part of their program, which they designed to break stereotypical barriers through cultural collaboration while exploring, expanding and educating students.

In addition, the duo will share stories of dealing with pain and loss from their own lives as a way to help inspire students to be true to themselves. The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement is co-sponsoring the event.

Garcia and Washington also will lead a diversity leadership training program from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19.

The week kicks off with the Annual Ally Picnic at the WCU picnic area on Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Then on Monday, Sept. 15, in the University Center, where all other Diversity Week events are held, John Habel, associate professor of psychology, will present “Unintentional Racism” at 3 p.m. in the Catamount Room. Also, the video “Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land” will be screened in the Cardinal Room at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, a study abroad fair sponsored by International Programs and Services will be held in the Grandroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a discussion titled “More Than Just a Game” centered on sports ethics and culture will take place the Catamount Room at 5:30 p.m. Leading the discussion will be Kadence Otto, professor of sport management, and Tom Belt, coordinator of the WCU Cherokee Language Program.

The “Take Back the Night” event to shatter silence about sexual violence will follow on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Grandroom. Jessica Greer Morris, executive director and co-founder of Girl Be Heard, will present at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Residential Living, Department of Student Community Ethics, First Year Experience program, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Diversity Week concludes Sept. 19 with an open house in the lounge of the Department of Intercultural Affairs from 1 to 4 p.m.

To register for the diversity leadership training program, send an email to Takeshia Brown, associate director for programs in the Department of Intercultural Affairs, at For more information about Diversity Week, call 828-227-2276 or send an email to

Family Nurse Practitioner Program wins grant to support service to rural, underserved communities

A two-year $700,000 federal grant will provide stipends to students in Western Carolina University’s family nurse practitioner master’s degree program who plan to work in rural or underserved communities.

UNC board’s visit on WCU campus to include appearance by N.C. Gov. McCrory

The much-anticipated gathering of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors on the campus of Western Carolina University has arrived.

Grant awards rise; Research office enhances support efforts

At a time when competition for grant funding is particularly fierce, external awards for WCU research and programs climbed 60.1 percent – from $3.4 million to $5.5 million from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014.

WCU group launches online tool to assist with voter registration

WCU students, faculty and staff coordinating fall voter registration drives on campus have launched a website and online tool to make registering to vote easier for students and members of the community.

WCU tourism research to be presented at national transportation conference in Washington, D.C.

Steve Morse, economist and director of the Hospitality and Tourism Program at Western Carolina University, has been invited to present research conducted as part of a class at WCU on Monday, Sept. 15, at a Transportation Research Board conference.

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