Archive for February 11th, 2015

College of Health and Human Sciences opens pro bono physical therapy clinic

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University has launched a pro bono clinic to provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina.

WCU ranked No. 19 ‘best value’ among colleges at $30,000 or less

Western Carolina University has been named a “best value” in the nation among colleges and universities that cost $30,000 per year or less.

Reception set for Vadim Bora exhibition at WCU Fine Art Museum

A discussion focusing on the work of the late Russian-born artist Vadim Bora and reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.

Fact-based one-man show ‘Man 1, Bank 0’ coming to WCU on Feb. 28

The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will present the true story of a man who deposited a junk-mail check labeled non-negotiable into a bank account only to see things erupt into an adventure pitting a “David” regular guy against the “Goliath” of the banking industry.

Photograph courtesy of / © 2005 by  Jay Stary;

Photograph courtesy of / © 2005 by Jay Stary;

Titled “Man 1, Bank 0,” performer Patrick Combs’ one-man show comes to WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The production, which has enjoyed sold-out runs worldwide, is “an extraordinary tale of men in black, tense phone calls and a fake check for $95,093.35,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

“Receiving the check in the mail, he decided, as a joke, to deposit it into his account, assuming the tellers would know it was a fake and refuse to cash it. But, it went through with no problem and all of a sudden, Patrick was $95,093.35 better off,” Lormand said.

As one might suspect, complications ensue, including angry banking officers threatening jail time and death, a leading authority on banking coming out of retirement, astonishing legal twists and worldwide media coverage from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Good Morning America and calls from late-night funnymen David Letterman and Jay Leno.

“‘Man 1, Bank 0’ is a show that could be seen as a rant against the banking system, showing the flaws and incompetence of a major American bank. But, that’s not Patrick’s intent,” Lormand said. “Rather, he’s entertaining audiences with a story that’s so ridiculous you can’t make it up.”

Tickets for the Feb. 28 performance at WCU are $21 for adults ($15 in groups of 20 or more), $16 for WCU faculty and staff members, and $7 for students/children of any age. Contact the box office at 828-227-2479 or online at

“Man 1, Bank 0” is sponsored by Holiday Inn Express.

Debo, colleagues discuss ‘H.D.’ in podcast

Annette Debo

Annette Debo

A podcast has been released of a panel discussion on writer Hilda Doolittle’s “Helen in Egypt,” which was recorded in September featuring Annette Debo, professor of English. Installments of the program “Poem Talk,” podcast #84, can be heard at There also is a bonus recording of the panel discussing the imagism of the writer known as H.D. “Poem Talk” is hosted by Al Filreis and supported by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation. Debo has written extensively about H.D. and her works of poetry and fiction.

Original music to set the mood for WCU performance of ‘Robin Hood’ Feb. 26

Music of the period will help theatergoers travel back in time several hundred years as Western Carolina University stages “Robin Hood – The Legacy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Belanger and Kossick published in AANA Journal

Joshua Belanger, WCU alumnus and certified registered nurse anesthetist, and Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator, have co-authored a journal article titled “Methods of Identifying and Managing the Difficult Airway in the Pediatric Population.” The peer-reviewed article was a product of Belanger’s graduate scholarly project and appears in the February AANA Journal (Vol. 83. No. 1), the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

‘7 Habits’ workshop series now available for WCU faculty, staff

Prior to her December retirement, former Western Carolina University human resources director Kathy Wong attended a workshop that she says changed her life for the better.

Mulligan compares manufacturing, other sectors

Bob Mulligan, professor of economics, presented “The Multifractal Character of Capacity Utilization Over the Business Cycle: an Application of Hurst Signature Analysis” at the annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association held November 22-24 in Atlanta. His paper examines the probability distributions of capacity utilization comparing the manufacturing sector with the whole economy from 1972-2012.

WCU seeking student proposals for third Discovery Forum; deadline is March 6

Western Carolina University will host its third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, on Tuesday, March 24.

A selection committee composed of university faculty and staff has issued a call for proposals from WCU undergraduate students interested in participating in the Discovery Forum. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The forum, open to the public, will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. in the conference center of Blue Ridge Hall on the WCU campus.

Originally planned for October 2014, the third Discovery Forum has been rescheduled to coincide with another major campus event that focuses on student research, the annual Undergraduate Expo, said Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College and chair of the forum selection committee. The Undergraduate Expo is set for March 23 and 24.

During the forum, up to six undergraduate individuals or teams will “pitch” their projects in front of an audience composed of students, faculty and community members in a series of four-minute presentations followed by four minutes of questions and answers. The top two presenters chosen by a panel of judges will receive an engraved trophy at the conclusion of the forum.

The WCU event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Honors College, is part of an initiative launched by the N.C. State University-based Institute for Emerging Issues, a think tank devoted to developing leadership and economic development for the state.

The IEI created the Discovery Forum to promote young leaders and community interaction, and WCU held its inaugural Discovery Forum in April 2013 as a pilot run of the successful Raleigh-based program.

In addition to Railsback, committee members are Todd Collins, College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Ford, College of Education and Allied Professions; Heather Mae Erickson, College of Fine and Performing Arts; Jill Manners, College of Health and Human Sciences; Bob Mulligan, College of Business; Lane Perry, Center for Service Learning; Bill Studenc, Office of Communications and Public Relations; and Martin Tanaka, Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

Proposals from students interested in participating must include an abstract of up to 500 words that identifies a problem, a proposed solution, and the viability and sustainability of the proposed solution.

For more information about the forum, including additional requirements for proposals, call the WCU Honors College at 828-227-7383.

By Bill Studenc

IT prepares campus for migration to Office 365

For WCU faculty and staff who use Microsoft Office applications in their work, a cloud is about to shower improvements on their options for getting it done.

This spring, faculty and staff Outlook email and calendars will be moving to Office 365, a Microsoft cloud hosting solution.

“By moving to Office 365, email accounts will grow from only having 1.5 gigabytes of storage to 50 gigabytes of email storage,” said Craig Fowler, the university’s chief information officer. “Office 365 will also include ‘OneDrive,’ a file collaboration tool that provides each account unlimited storage for your files. You will also be able to install the Microsoft Office suite on up to five devices, including your personal computers and mobile devices.”

office-365-300x168To prepare for this migration, PC users who use Office 2010 for WCU email must upgrade to the latest version, Office 2013. Instructions on how to upgrade a Windows computer are found at this knowledge base article. Mac users using Office 2011 need to install the latest updates by running Microsoft AutoUpdates.

When it is time for email accounts to be moved to Office 365, the IT Help Desk will be contacting individuals by email. On Feb. 24, the Division of IT will automatically update any remaining Windows computers from Office 2010 to Office 2013.

For more information about Office 365, visit this knowledge base article or watch this brief video.

WCU hosting All-District Band for rehearsals, performances

Western Carolina University’s School of Music along with its director of bands, John West, and director of athletic bands, David Starnes, will host the western regional All-District Band for a series of rehearsals and performances on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14.

The clinic will involve more than 350 middle and high school band musicians from throughout Western North Carolina. Students are selected for participation through a rigorous audition process and spend two days on campus rehearsing with guest clinicians. They present a concert Saturday afternoon to end the event.

Clinicians for this year’s All-District Band and the student ensembles they will work with are Nola Jones, coordinator of visual and performing arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee (senior-high band, 11th and 12th grades); Scott Rush, director of fine arts for Dorchester School District II in Summerville, South Carolina (high school band, ninth and 10th grades); Phillip Riggs, music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham (middle school symphonic band); and Barbara Poole, band director at East Flat Rock Middle School (middle school concert band).

Also as part of the clinic, students will have an opportunity to hear performances by the WCU Wind Ensemble and the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. The Wind Ensemble’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is open and free to the public. The program will include “Three Dance Episodes” by Aram Khachaturian, with arrangement by Donald Hunsberger; “Departures” by Robert Thurston; March: “The Southerner” by Russell Alexander; and “Pele” by Brian Balmages. “Pele” will feature WCU music faculty member Travis Bennett on French horn.

For more information about the clinic, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

By Randall Holcombe

WCU to welcome prospective students at Feb. 14 Open House

Prospective students will learn about what there is to love about Western Carolina University as the university holds Open House on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of award-winning academic programs, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

The day’s activities will begin with an academic information fair from 8:15 to 10 a.m. on the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Following a welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center from 10 to 10:30 a.m., prospective students will have a chance to engage in academic sessions led by WCU faculty members from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

A campus tour during Open House still shows a beautiful setting even before Spring brings blooms and brighter greens.

A campus tour during Open House still shows a beautiful setting even before Spring brings blooms and brighter greens.

Lunch will be available at all campus dining locations. Students attending Open House will receive a voucher for a free lunch, which can be redeemed at Courtyard Dining Hall or the food court at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Afternoon activities will include a student services and student organization information fair in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Tours of campus and a variety of information sessions on topics such as “How to Pay for College” will be available from noon until 5 p.m.

For interested students who cannot attend on Feb. 14, another Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 21. Also, campus tours are available year-round by appointment for students and their families.

Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to the website or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.

By Randall Holcombe

McGhan named director for stage and screen

Jayme McGhan, associate professor and artistic director of the theater program at Concordia University, has been appointed the new director of WCU’s School of Stage and Screen.

McGhan is a nationally recognized playwright with 17 full-length plays, two screenplays and a television pilot to his credit. His works have been produced across the country at venues such as Irish Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Chicago Dramatists, where he is resident playwright.

McGhan earned a master of fine arts degree in playwriting at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and his bachelor’s degree in theater arts with an emphasis on acting and directing at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Barker joins library reference department

Cara Barker has joined WCU’s Hunter Library as a research and instruction librarian. She will assist students and faculty members in consultations at the reference desk and through the library’s online chat reference service.

Barker earned her bachelor’s degree in film and television at Boston University and received her master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Washington. She is a Southern California native and prior to coming to WCU was a librarian assistant at universities in Washington and California for 14 years.

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