Archive for November 5th, 2014

McDonald receives Minnesota award

Ann McDonald

Ann McDonald

Ann McDonald, assistant professor of nursing, was presented the Minnesota March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the leadership category in October.

McDonald was nominated for her role in a grassroots effort to remove the barriers to the practice of advanced practice registered nurses in Minnesota. While working as a nursing faculty member in Minnesota, she developed an assignment in which students gained political advocacy experience through meeting with their elected officials.

Belt honored with Distinguished Citizen Award

Tom Belt, coordinator of WCU’s Cherokee Language Program, was recently honored with a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Junaluska Leadership Council. The award was presented at the Cherokee Youth Center in October.

Winter weather does not deter Fun Run 5K

Runners got coated in color as they passed through color stations on campus during the Fun Run 5K during a cold and snowy morning on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Runners take part in the Fun Run 5K on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Runners got coated in color as they passed through color stations on campus during the Fun Run 5K on a cold and snowy morning on Saturday, Nov. 1. The event was part of activities associated with WCU’s 125th anniversary and the university’s annual Love Your Body Week.

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Nomination process underway for state teaching award

Nominations will be accepted for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching through Monday, Nov. 10.

The award was created in 1994 to encourage, identify, recognize, reward and support excellence in teaching within the University of North Carolina system. A cash award of $12,500 and a bronze medallion created especially for the award will be given to 16 recipients, one from each institution, in the spring.

More information about the award, including eligibility and nomination forms, is posted online at Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

‘North Carolina: Our State, Our Time’-themed events planned for November

Graphic depicting a map of North Carolina with WCU's campus theme "North Carolina: Our State, Our Time"
Events involving a roundtable discussion, concert, series of meals, music and a book will be held on campus in November in connection with WCU’s interdisciplinary learning theme for the academic year, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time.”

Programs and initiatives across campus are exploring the state’s history, culture and impact.

Meals served at Courtyard Dining Hall during the week concluding Friday, Nov. 7, are featuring dishes with North Carolina ties, including a sweet potato casserole in honor of North Carolina as the top producer of sweet potatoes in the country and braised cabbage made from a recipe from the Highland settlers from Scotland and Germany.

Three upcoming events at the Mountain Heritage Center also are tied to the theme:

  • The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series kicks off with a concert featuring the Boys from Tuckasegee on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. A jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate follows the performance.
  • The WNC Civil War Roundtable will host an event in which Andrew Duppstaat will discuss the Battle of Plymouth and the Sinking of the Albemarle on Monday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m.
  • Stephanie B.. Jeffries and Thomas R. Wentworth, faculty at North Carolina State University, will present their new book, “Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests,” in the Mountain Heritage Center” on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time” website.

Marching band selected to lead Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

When the 505 members of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band pound the pavement of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they won’t be just taking part in the beloved holiday tradition. They will be the very first parade participants to hit the streets that morning.

It’s a wrap: WCU to close 125th anniversary celebration Dec. 5

WCU will wrap up the yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of its founding on Friday, Dec. 5, with a closing ceremony titled, fittingly enough, the “It’s a Wrap Party.”

Staff member’s new book highlights Asheville’s ‘legendary locals’

Kevan Frazier, executive director for Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park, has shared stories of leaders and innovators who helped shape Asheville’s history in his new book, “Legendary Locals of Asheville.” Several vignettes feature people with WCU ties.

WCU to begin offering new online master’s degree programs in education

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors gave its approval Friday, Oct. 24, for WCU to begin offering its master’s degree programs in middle grades and elementary education exclusively online.

WCU, UNCG partner in communication sciences and disorders doctoral program

The departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WCU and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have partnered to create an inter-institutional program that will extend doctoral-level training to qualified individuals in Western North Carolina.

Iranian-born journalist to speak Nov. 20

A native of Iran who is a former Rotary Peace Fellow and past editor of publications now banned or shut down by the Iranian government will present the keynote address for WCU’s International Education Week. Other IEW events include an International Programs and Services open house, a performance by the Polynesian Paradise Dancers and a soccer game in which the international students will play WCU’s club soccer team.

Theater season takes turn down ‘42nd Street’

The 2014-15 theatrical season at Western Carolina University will take a musical turn down “42nd Street” as the School of Stage and Screen presents the beloved Broadway classic Nov. 13-16.

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