Archive for October 29th, 2014

Lopez presents at distinguished lecture series

Edward J. Lopez, the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at WCU, recently joined Nobel laureate Thomas J. Sargent as featured presenters in the 2014 Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Sargent discussed events from United States history and how they impacted the development of fiscal policy. Lopez applied public choice theory to historical and current fiscal policies, and highlighted the evolution of common American principles, which historically held to strong fiscal responsibility but have evolved to running annual deficits as a normal occurrence, according to a release from J.R. Clark, the institution’s Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise

Gaetano publishes sonatas transcribed for five-octave solo marimba

Two publishers are working with Mario Gaetano, professor of music, to publish five critical performance editions of Scarlatti keyboard sonatas. K.34 and K.36 have been published by Per-Mus Publications of Columbus, Ohio. K.2, K.98 and K.548 are being published by Marimba Productions of Asbury, New Jersey. All sonatas are transcribed for five-octave solo marimba.

PHOTO: WCU celebrates 2014 Homecoming

WCU's 2014 Homecoming Parade was held in Sylva and celebrated the university's 125th anniversary.

WCU’s 2014 Homecoming Parade was held in Sylva and celebrated the university’s 125th anniversary.

The Western Carolina University community celebrated Homecoming 2014 with events that included a parade, activities for students and alumni, tailgating and a football victory. A gallery of photos from WCU’s 2014 Homecoming weekend has been shared on The Reporter’s Flickr page.

Staff Senate hosts bake sale to raise money for scholarship

The WCU Staff Senate will host its second annual bake sale to raise money for the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The sale will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Students in intellectual disabilities program chosen WCU Homecoming queen, king

Two first-year students enrolled in a Western Carolina University program for college-age individuals with intellectual disabilities were announced as the university’s 2014 Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Oct. 25.

Mountain Heritage Center curator wins lifetime achievement award

Pam Meister, interim director and curator of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, was honored Oct. 22 with the James R. Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

Faculty member wins distinguished scholar award from state organization

Whether affirmative action policies are still relevant and why black males lag not only their white counterparts but also black females in educational achievement are among the questions driving Western Carolina University faculty member Adriel Hilton’s award-winning research.

Faculty to discuss Ebola crisis risk and response at Nov. 4 event

“Ebola – like HIV/AIDS – hit the poorest countries in Africa really hard because disease and disease control cannot be understood in isolation from the broader crisis of underdevelopment,” said Saheed Aderinto, a history faculty member who will participate in a panel discussion centered on Ebola.

Dean completes 118-mile pledge bicycle ride to Mount Mitchell

The dean of WCU’s Honors College battled leaf-looker traffic and the long uphill climbs of the Blue Ridge Parkway to complete a 118-mile bicycle ride from Cullowhee to the top of the highest mountain in the eastern United States to boost a student scholarship fund.

Professor emeritus inducted into international honor society Hall of Fame

Gordon E. Mercer, professor emeritus of political science, has been inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society Hall of Fame, an honor that only has been bestowed 19 times.

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