Archive for September 17th, 2014

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.

Photos posted from WCU Family Weekend


An album of photos from WCU Family Weekend, which was Sept. 12-14 , have been posted on the university’s Flickr site.

UNC-TV to air story on Mountain Heritage Day

“North Carolina Weekend,” a UNC-TV program that showcases things to do across the state, will include a segment on Mountain Heritage Day, a festival that will celebrate its 40th anniversary at WCU on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The show is scheduled to air on UNC-TV on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, at midnight; and on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

WCU to host meeting focusing on discuss business intelligence solution development

WCU’s Division of Information Technology will host a meeting with representatives from Blackboard Analytics, Appalachian State University and Fayetteville State University to discuss the ongoing development of the university’s business intelligence solution – the comprehensive software applications used to organize, analyze and report data – on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Presentations throughout the day will focus on human resources, finance, financial aid and Learn for Analytics data warehouse development.

Deloris M. Gee, business intelligence lead analyst, said the meeting will allow members of the campus community to see what new capabilities may be possible in their areas with the incorporation of business intelligence.

“We believe this initiative will be pivotal in empowering our senior administration in making data-driven decisions and assisting the university in accomplishing many of its 2020 goals,” said Gee.

The meeting will be held in Room 406 of the Belk Building and multipurpose rooms of Blue Ridge Hall.

For more information or to participate, contact Gee at

Award-winning California teacher-author to speak Sept. 29

Dave Burgess, an award-winning educator and author from San Diego, California, will give a presentation about his innovative teaching techniques at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Burgess is a high school history teacher who uses energetic and entertaining classroom methods and specializes in reaching students who are difficult to motivate. He is the author of “Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity and Transform Your Life as an Educator,” which is on the New York Times’ list of 100 top-selling education books this year. In his presentations, Burgess demonstrates practical techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity to help teachers make classes interesting and renew their passion for the teaching profession.

Burgess has won “teacher of the year” honors at West Hills High School in San Diego, where he has taught for 17 years. His students have twice voted him to receive “Golden Apple” awards from his school district. He is currently on leave from the classroom for speaking engagements.

His talk, titled “Teach Like a Pirate,” is sponsored by WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sandy Ballinger in the Teacher Recruitment, Advising and Career Support unit at 828-227-3317.

Prospective students, families invited to WCU’s Open House on Sept. 20

Western Carolina University will welcome prospective students and their families and friends to campus as the university holds Open House on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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

The day’s activities will begin with an academic information fair from 8 to 10 a.m. on the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Following a welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center from 10 to 10:30 a.m., prospective students will have a chance to engage in academic sessions led by WCU faculty members from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Tours of the campus will be offered around midday, and lunch will be available at all campus dining locations. Students attending Open House will receive a voucher for a free lunch, which can be redeemed at Courtyard Dining Hall or the food court at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Afternoon events will include a student services and student organization information fair in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

For interested students who cannot attend the Sept. 20 event, a second fall semester Open House will be held Saturday, Nov. 22. Campus tours also are available year-round by appointment for students and their families.

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.

Visiting artist to present public lecture Sept. 23

Western Carolina University will host a lecture by visiting artist Michael J. Byron in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m.

Byron, who teaches painting at Washington University in St. Louis, received his master’s degree in fine art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1981.

The inclusion of his work in the Museum of Modern Art’s “An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture” in 1984 marked the beginning of his participation in museum exhibitions in North America and Europe. His work is in collections in museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City and the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

A native of Rhode Island, Byron has lived and worked in New York City, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Sept. 23 lecture is sponsored by the WCU School of Art and Design. For more information, contact Ron Laboray, assistant professor of painting and drawing, at or 828-227-7210.

Silent No More Week to be held Sept. 22-26

WCU will host Silent No More Week to encourage community members to speak up against sexual violence and help individuals realize personal responsibilities to end sexual violence.

The week is part of WCU’s Red Zone campaign and is hosted in cooperation with the WCU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The “red zone” refers to the period of time when students are most at risk of unwanted sexual experiences, and the WCU Department of Intercultural Affairs is coordinating Red Zone activities sponsored by associated departments and organizations across campus.

During Silent No More Week, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22, through Friday, Sept. 26, students will be encouraged to discuss “red flags” or signs of unhealthy relationships, the cycle of violence, the effects of victimization and the power and importance of speaking out against sexual violence.

On Monday, Sept. 22, the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” will be screened on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University and followed by a discussion. The rain site will be the lounge of the Department of Intercultural Affairs on the third floor of the University Center.

Then on Tuesday, Sept. 23, a panel discussion centered on the effects of victimization and sexual violence will be held in the University Center’s Multipurpose Room at 6:30 p.m. Panelists include Karen Arias, a bilingual victim advocate and outreach coordinator for the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance; Mickey Randolph, professor of psychology; Cyndy Hughes, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice; Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of anthropology and sociology; and Rebecca Lasher, assistant professor of social work.

Events continue on Wednesday, Sept. 24, with the screening of “Brave Miss World,” the first film in a series called V.I.E.W.S., which stands for Voicing Injustices Experienced Without Shame, at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Throughout the week, an art exhibit intended to start conversations about sexual violence and the journey from being a victim to a survivor will be featured in the Star Lobby of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Also, informational boards and resources will be posted on the University Center lawn.

In addition, members of the campus community will be encouraged to carry their pillows to raise awareness of sexual violence and date rape, and to highlight the importance of the ideas that beds should be a safe haven rather than a place of fear, said Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services for the Department of Intercultural Affairs.

All Silent No More Week events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Carter at or Hughes at

State Sen. Tom Apodaca receives WCU’s Trustees’ Award

A veteran state legislator who earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Carolina University and later served five years as a university trustee has been named recipient of one of the institution’s highest honors.

UNC board’s meeting at WCU includes remarks from congressman, N.C. governor

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ three-day visit on the Western Carolina University campus came to a close Friday (Sept. 12) as the board held its regular monthly meeting and heard remarks from District 11 U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory

LIFE@WesternCarolina gets off to a strong start

Western Carolina University’s new lifelong learning institute, LIFE@WesternCarolina, is off to a strong start with 87 individuals now registered to attend institute seminars this academic year in Cullowhee and Biltmore Park, says WCU Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

MBA students develop export business plans for N.C. companies

International business counselors and representatives from six North Carolina companies said they are impressed with export business plans created for them by WCU students from the master’s degree program in business administration.

Rooted in the Mountains symposium set for Sept. 25-26 at WCU

Pat Moss, a Cherokee traditionalist from Oklahoma, and Amy Adams, a representative of the environmental advocacy group Appalachian Voices, will be the keynote speakers as the fifth annual Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Ground symposium is held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, at Western Carolina University.

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