Archive for January 21st, 2015

‘Tracking Time’ opens with Jan. 22 artist discussion at WCU Fine Art Museum

“Tracking Time,” an exhibition of paintings by two artists, Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, South Carolina, will open Thursday, Jan. 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.

Ogle selected as candidate for Southern Conference award

Burton Ogle, professor and director of WCU’s environmental health program, was selected at WCU’s candidate for the 2014-15 Southern Conference Faculty Member of the Year Award.

The award recognizes members of the faculty in the Southern Conference who have made a significant impact in the lives of students. Ogle and one candidate from each institution in the conference will be recognized during halftime of the men’s championship game at the Southern Conference basketball tournament in March. The winner will receive $4,000 from the conference.

Digital Humanities at WCU events planned

WCU community members will share how they are using digital tools, techniques and media in their research, scholarship and teaching projects as part of Digital Humanities at WCU events to be held this spring.

An evening of “lighting talks” centered on how digital humanities are being used at WCU will be held in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m.

A Digital Humanities at WCU speaker series also will feature Brent Kinser, associate professor of English, discussing text analysis at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4; Paul Worley, assistant professor of English, discussing digital publishing at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16; Rebecca Dobbs, assistant professor of geosciences and natural resources, discussing geographic information systems and mapping at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18; and Elizabeth Skene, digital initiatives librarian, discussing open access and creative commons, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. All events take place in Hunter Library Room 156.

In addition, everyone interested in learning more about Digital Humanities at WCU is invited to informal lunch discussions the first Friday of each month at 11:45 a.m. in Courtyard Dining Hall.

For more information, visit researchguides.wcu.edu/digitalhumanities online or contact Skene at emskene@wcu.edu or 828-227-2674.

Service Learning Fair to be held Jan. 27

The 10th annual Service Learning Fair will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Representatives from a range of nonprofit and service organizations will be available to meet members of the campus community and discuss possible volunteer and internship opportunities.

King celebration participants and social justice institute encourage continued fight for social justice

  The poem that Christian Henderson shared as part of WCU’s weeklong tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. – “Ashes” by Andrea Gibson – conveyed the stories of people around the world who were burned alive because of their sexual orientation.

Q&A with Geoff Goehle

Geoff Goehle, an assistant professor of mathematics at WCU, helps develop features and write code for WeBWorK, an open-source online homework grading system for mathematics and science used at WCU as well as more than 700 other colleges and universities.

Cindy Nicholson named director of procurement, accounts payable at WCU

Cindy Nicholson, formerly business officer for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, is the new director of procurement and accounts payable services at Western Carolina University.

Cindy Nicholson

Cindy Nicholson

A Sylva resident, Nicholson oversees the university’s purchasing and accounts payable units and its surplus property operations. She is filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Arthur Stephens, who stepped down last year after 25 years of service to the university.

The new position represents a homecoming of sorts for Nicholson, who previously held several increasingly responsible roles in the purchasing office at WCU after she joined the office in 1986. She was associate director of purchasing for the university until she began working at NCCAT in 2007.

A 1983 graduate of Atlantic Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Nicholson worked previously as payroll and purchasing clerk for BE&K Construction in Canton, assistant office manager for Garden Lake Estate in Wilmington, and business office manager for Lowe’s in Wilmington.

Her appointment, effective Monday, Jan. 12, was announced by Jolene Elkins, WCU’s associate vice chancellor for financial services.

“We are pleased to be able to welcome Cindy back to WCU from just across N.C. Highway 107 at NCCAT,” Elkins said. “She’s no stranger to the university, having more than 25 years of North Carolina purchasing experience, including 20 at WCU, and she is familiar with the systems used by the University of North Carolina and state government.”

WCU online programs earn high national rankings

Academic programs offered online through Western Carolina University have been racking up national accolades recently in the form of high rankings from Web-based educational services companies.

Open forum set for Jan. 29 to discuss ideas for WCU’s next Quality Enhancement Plan

  Western Carolina University will host a forum open to everyone interested in helping shape the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan – a plan centered around a single theme to improve the institution and enhance student learning – on Thursday, Jan. 29.

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