Bradley Ulrich, professor of trumpet, recently returned from a two-week tour to Russia that marked his eighth visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg, where he serves as the artistic director of the American Brass Autumn Festival. The festival features performances and clinics by American brass players each October, and Ulrich has brought 30 American brass players from across the United States to Russia over the years to share their talents as performers and teachers with Russian musicians and audiences.
For the second time for the Russia tour, Ulrich formed the Fortress Brass Quintet, an ensemble made up of five brass players from different universities across the country. Members were Ulrich on trumpet, Eric Yates from the University of Alabama on trumpet, John McGuire from Colorado State University on horn, Dan Cherry from West Chester University on trombone, and Mike Dunn from the University of Colorado on tuba.
While in St. Petersburg, the ensemble performed baroque period solos with piano accompaniment and brass quintet pieces, and also performed with a Russian military band in a concert at the Capella Hall in the historic center of St. Petersburg. The Fortress Brass also performed jazz compositions at the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace in the historic district.
In addition, the members of the quintet gave a four-hour clinic to the students of the St. Petersburg Music Academy. They coached brass players who performed solo compositions and, after the masterclass, performed a recital for the students. The academy’s trumpet teacher, Boris Taburetkin, surprised Fortress Brass members with tickets to attend a performance of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” at the new Marinsky Theatre II. Other sightseeing highlights included visiting the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Art Museum, Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace, and attending a Tchaikovsky opera at the Rimsky-Korsakov Theatre.
Following their performances and teaching in St. Petersburg, the Fortress Brass Quintet traveled by high-speed train to Moscow. There, the group participated in the Brass Days at the Moscow Conservatory festival. The ensemble gave a two-hour brass clinic, which featured soloists on various brass instruments and discussions on the state of the arts and music education in America.
At the Brass Days Gala Concert, the quintet performed the Canadian Brass’ version of Fugue in G Minor and Quintet No. 2 by American composer Arthur Frackenpohl. Ulrich said following the performance, they met many of Moscow’s finest brass players at an outstanding reception. The ensemble also visited Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and visited the graves of Russian composers Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
“In addition to exchanging many ideas on teaching and performing with the Russian musicians, the Americans brass players were happy to find how many similarities they have with the Russian people,” said Ulrich. “The love of the arts and music surpass any current political differences and the Fortress Brass were extremely well-received everywhere they went.”
Ulrich’s participation was funded by the WCU School of Music, the interim dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts and a Chancellor’s Travel Fund Grant.
Rob Young, director of the WCU Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will deliver presentations and meet with scientists and planners in Australia in November at the invitation of the planning office for the State of New South Wales and Sydney, Australia’s largest city.Young and his colleagues will compare Australian and American experiences in coastal management.
He also will deliver a keynote address, titled “Failure to Adapt! The US Experience Following Hurricane Sandy,” at the New South Wales Coastal Conference on Friday, Nov. 14, and will take part in a panel discussion with Australian scientists and managers.
In addition, he will represent the National Park Service in Sydney at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress, an event held every 10 years. At the conference, Young will be present a session titled “Guidelines for Sustainability and Ecosystem-Based Climate Change Adaptation in the Coastal Zone.”
Herb Bailey, director of gift planning in the Office of Development, recently presented a national webinar titled “The 3-Part Ask: Increasing Your ROI” for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
He also presented a session titled “Make a Meaningful Gift to WCU Without Costing You a Dime” to alumni and friends of WCU as part of Homecoming events.
Lauren R. Bishop, chief sustainability officer, has been selected to serve as president of the Haywood Waterways Association board of directors for 2014.
The mission of the association is to maintain and improve the waterways of Haywood County through education, public events and partnerships that bring technical and financial resources to restore degraded waterways.
The organization’s programs include Kids in the Creek, Polar Plunge and “Get To Know Your Watershed” monthly outings.
Bishop said Haywood County is a headwaters county, which means all water in the county starts in the county.
“That gives all of us unique opportunities and the sole responsibility for taking care of our waterways,” she said.
A delegation of five faculty and administrative leaders from Guangdong Ocean University visited WCU in early November to further explore possible collaborations between the institutions and plan next steps.
Ling Gao LeBeau, director of WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services, said the meeting was very productive and included discussion of possible faculty exchange for teaching and research, faculty-led summer programs, intensive English training, professional development programs and other opportunities.
Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar greeted members of the GDOU delegation, who also met with LeBeau; Yue Cai, associate professor of Global Management and Strategy; Dale Carpenter, dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions; Jeff Ray, dean of the Kimmel School; and Dan Grube, associate professor and director of School of Teaching and Learning.
WCU‘s partnership with GDOU started in 2013 when a delegation of WCU faculty and administrators visited universities and colleges in China. GDOU is a provincial key university in China’s Guangdong Province with 80 years of history and is administered by the government of Guangdong Province and the State Oceanic Administration. A doctorate-granting university, GDOU has 18 academic schools and 26 research institutes.
Harris Regional Hospital will hold an open house at the Center for Family Medicine-Cullowhee, which is located on the first floor of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building, on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
CFM-Cullowhee opened in September to provide primary care services for patients of all ages, including residents of Cullowhee and those who work in the area. Same-day appointments are available, and services offered include referrals for lab and imaging procedures, and appointments with specialists at Harris Regional Hospital.
The clinic is staffed by Patti Sparling, a family nurse practitioner who began working with the Center for Family Medicine-Franklin in 2004.
The open house not only will offer visitors a chance to see the clinic space and learn more about what care is available but also to meet Sparling and learn more about nurse practitioners.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has designated Sunday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 15, as National Nurse Practitioner Week. Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians with advanced education and clinical preparation who work in primary, acute and specialty health care settings.
Sparling is a graduate of WCU’s family nurse practitioner program and works closely with WCU’s family nurse practitioner students, providing the ability to learn in an active clinical practice under the direction of Tami Pearson, associate professor and director of WCU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
The clinic developed from a partnership between Harris Regional Hospital and WCU.
“WCU offers excellent clinical education programs which are invaluable to us in providing world-class care, as evidenced by skilled practitioners like Patti,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO and president of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital. “We’re thrilled not only to be able to hire WCU graduates and benefit from their training, but to now also have a fully-operational clinic that serves community members in their clinical training facility.”
The open house event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event or to schedule an appointment, call 828-631-8800.
The Office of Sustainability and Energy Management has been providing blue bags for recycling across the tailgating scene at WCU before home football games to encourage recycling aluminum, glass and plastic.
About 30 volunteers have assisted with the program, which has distributed an estimated 250 bags this year.
Lauren Bishop, chief sustainability officer, said participants are asked not to put food waste in the recycle bags and said tailgaters who are “caught recycling” may be awarded prizes by program volunteers.
“Please help us in our efforts to keep our beautiful campus clean,” said Bishop.
The last home football game for 2014 will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, as WCU takes on Virginia Military Institute.
WCU students can apply through Monday, Dec. 1, to serve on the Sustainable Energy Initiative Committee for 2015. The committee will allocate money to implement renewable energy, energy-efficiency improvements, research and internships on campus.
The committee’s annual operating budget comes from a self-imposed student fee of $5 per student per semester.
The application form can be downloaded from the SEI website. For more information, visit the website energy.wcu.edu or contact the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-227-3562.
Michael T. Byers, an associate vice chancellor for business affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who spent his childhood in Jackson County, is the next vice chancellor for administration and finance at Western Carolina University.
Dana M. Sally, founding dean of library services at WCU since February 2008, will be retiring from that position, effective Dec. 31.
Just over 11 years after he joined the WCU faculty, author Ron Rash is celebrating the recent release of his short story “greatest hits,” putting the final touches on a new novel that holds a surprise for his fans, and relishing in the opportunities he has to nurture budding writers at the university.