Archive for November 19th, 2014

Students and faculty participate in adventure education conference

More than 20 students and three faculty members from WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Program attended the 22nd Annual Adventure Education Conference held at Brevard College on Nov. 7.

The first conference was initiated by WCU faculty member Maurice Phipps and the 20th annual gathering was held at WCU.

WCU student Myranda Sherrill, Irish exchange student Josh McGloin and Ben Tholkes, associate professor of parks and recreation management, presented a workshop titled “Extreme Adventure Sports.” In addition, Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, co-presented a workshop titled “Should Wilderness Instructors Aways Accompany Their Students: Three Views.”

The Adventure Education Conference draws more than 200 students, faculty and staff from regional institutions, including the University of North Carolina – Asheville, Warren Wilson College, Montreat College, North Greenville University, Young Harris College, Southwestern Community College, UNC-Charlotte and Appalachian State University, and is hosted by a different institution each fall.

The conference provides students at the host institution an opportunity to gain experience in conference and event planning in addition to encouraging student presentations. The 2015 conference will be hosted by Southwestern Community College at its new conference center in Sylva.

Bobilya’s article based on experiential education research published

Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, recently published an article titled “Participants’ Perceptions of their Outward Bound Final Expedition and the Relationship to Instructor Supervisory Position” in the Journal of Experiential Education.

The manuscript represents the latest publication from an eight-year research partnership involving Bobilya and his research team and the North Carolina Outward Bound School headquartered in Asheville and operating programs in the mountains of Western North Carolina and at Outer Banks National Seashore, the Florida Everglades and Patagonia, Chile.

The purpose of the mixed-method study was to understand participants’ perceptions of their Outward Bound Final Expedition experience and, more specifically, the relationship between the instructor supervisory position and participant’s perception of learning. The results suggest that minimizing instructor involvement enhanced perceived personal growth by increasing self-reliance and self-awareness, and enhanced perceived group development by encouraging greater group reliance, responsibility and cohesion, said Bobilya.

The findings may serve instructors, program managers and educators utilizing the Final Expedition in the existing programs as well as those interested in integrating autonomous student experiences in their programs.

Handmade Holiday Sale scheduled for Thursday

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The annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held in the Star Atrium adjacent to the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon to 7 p.m.

The sale will feature items such as scarves, ceramics, jewelry, knitted wear and books made by WCU community.

The Handmade Holiday Sale is held annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving to enable community members to begin their holiday shopping and directly support local artists, said Dawn Behling, a gallery specialist.

Admission to the event and the museum is free, and purchases can be made by cash or check. A portion of proceeds will support programming at the FAM.

In conjunction with the sale, an opening reception for a portfolio exhibition of work in a range of media by students in WCU’s bachelor’s degree program in fine arts will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, a two-part exhibition titled “David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures” and “Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors” is open at the museum.

The FAM is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Parking, available on both sides of the Bardo Arts Center, is free.

For more information about the sale, contact Behling at 828-227-3591 or

Former Mouseketeer to host evening of music, stories, laughter Dec. 2

Former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley will present an evening of musical performances mingled with stand-up comedy titled “Blood, Sweat and Mousketears” at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Dec 2.

Lindsey AlleyDoors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

A performer since the age of 6, Alley was cast as a Mouseketeer in 1989 on the Disney Channel’s “All-New Mickey Mouse Club.” She was one of only three cast members to appear in the pilot and all seven seasons of the show, and she had the chance to work alongside such stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell.

Alley performed on Broadway in “Hollywood Arms,” written by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton, and in off-Broadway productions including “Grand and Glorious,” “Like It Is,” and “Look Ma…No Ears,” which Alley co-wrote and produced.

In addition, her film and television credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” “I Didn’t Do It,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Company Retreat,” “B.L. Stryker,” “Earnest Saves Christmas” and “On the Patio,” her original hit Web series.

While on campus, Alley also will present workshops about the entertainment industry and auditions.

Admission to Alley’s show at WCU is $5 for students and $10 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at the Bardo Arts Center box office in person, by calling 828-227-2479 or visiting online.

The event is part of the Arts and Cultural Events Series at WCU. Upcoming ACE events this spring include a performance by the group Black Violin featuring two classically trained violinists and a deejay on Tuesday, Jan. 20; the family-friendly Imago Theater’s FROGZ show on Wednesday, Feb. 18; and a Langston Hughes Project multimedia concert performance on Thursday, March 19. For more information about the series, visit or contact Francis Ann Ortiz, assistant director of campus programming in the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement, at or 828-227-2612.

Hard Candy Christmas set for Nov. 28-29 at WCU

The 27th annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

More than 100 fine artists and master crafters will offer an assortment of heritage and contemporary items, including pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, folk art, glass art, specialty sweets and breads, heirloom ornaments and miniatures, and fresh mountain greenery.

The Hard Candy Christmas show recalls simpler times, when the holidays were celebrated with an apple, an orange and a piece of hard candy in the stocking, and many gifts were handmade. From its 1987 beginning, Hard Candy has grown into Western North Carolina’s largest Christmas arts and crafts show, held each year on the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Admission is $4, with children 12 and younger admitted free. For a complete list of exhibitors, visit For more information, call 828-524-3405 or email

Duke Energy’s $75,000 gift supports WCU engineering program

A $75,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation is enabling WCU’s Kimmel School to purchase new power systems laboratory equipment and provide student scholarships, faculty development and programming to encourage more students across Western North Carolina to explore engineering as a profession.

Provost, husband establish fund for high-achieving students with financial need

As a first-generation college graduate, Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar says that she intimately understands the many challenges that students face today with the rising cost of tuition and other expenses.

Live Nativity scene, College Night headline 31st annual Dillsboro holiday festival

Community members attending Dillsboro’s annual Lights and Luminaries festival this year are invited to “Follow the Star” to a live Nativity scene, and Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College faculty, staff and students will be welcomed as special guests on the opening night of the festival on Friday, Dec. 5. WCU faculty member Betty Farmer and public relations students are coordinating College Night festivities.

Speakers stress regional approach at LEAD:WNC summit

Approximately 275 business leaders, chamber of commerce representatives, elected and appointed officials, educators, economists and entrepreneurs participating in the LEAD: WNC summit gathered at WCU for a day of discussion centered on six sectors of the region’s economy – education, tourism, health care, innovation and technology, the creative arts and natural products.

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