Archive for March 4th, 2015

WCU educators collaborate on California Reader article

Nancy Luke, Kelly Tracy and Patricia Bricker of WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning published an article recently in The California Reader, the state journal for reading teachers, called “Writing Captions as a Means of Blending Text Features and Digital Stories.”

The article focuses on second graders who wrote and created digital stories about their experiences in their class garden, assisted by the Growing Minds @ WCU: Local Food and Farm to School Education Project.

The California Reader is a publication of the non-profit California Reading Association (http://californiareads.org).

Collins to present research, serve on round table panel

Todd Collins, director of the Public Policy Institute and associate professor of political science and public affairs, will present at a round table on teaching and researching at a regional university at the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago on Saturday, April 18.

WCU staff member wins CASE award for web writing

Western Carolina University has been recognized with a Grand Award in the category of “writing for the web” in an annual competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III.

The award was given for the online article “Test of Endurance,” which appeared in the fall 2013 edition of Western Carolina Magazine.

“Test of Endurance” describes the journey of a married couple, both WCU graduates, to establish a training school for outdoor guides called Landmark Learning in Cullowhee. It was written by Teresa Killian Tate, former communication specialist/writer in WCU’s Office of Communications and Public Relations.

Tate recently resigned her position at WCU to spend more time with family. She also served as secretary of the College News Association of the Carolinas.

The article featured special video supplements produced by Joseph Hader and photography by Mark Haskett and Ashley T. Evans, all of the public relations office, and page design by Zack Keys and John Balentine, Office of Creative Services.

The CASE announcement was made at the organization’s conference in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 15-18. CASE is an educational association for professionals in the field of institutional advancement.

McPherson and Jicha to show works at Tryon gallery

Greg McPherson and Jon Jicha of the WCU art and design faculty will be featured in an abstract art show at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon. Opening reception for this contemporary exhibition will be Saturday, March 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. The show remains open until May 7.

Snow brings winter fun to campus

Sledding, snowboarding, snowman-building and snowball-throwing were the order of the day on February 24 and 25 when classes were called off on the Cullowhee campus. See more photos by Mark Haskett on the WCU Flickr site.

A couple of late February snowfalls carpeted the campus with cold, wet, white fun.

A couple of late February snowfalls carpeted the campus with cold, wet, white fun.

Printing artist to host Cherokee language workshops

Frank Brannon, an adjunct instructor in WCU’s School of Art and Design and a book artist, will open his Dillsboro studio to visitors who would like to bring a lunch and learn more about book printing in the Cherokee language.

The free lunch hour workshops will take place between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 17 through April 21, at SpeakEasy Press in the Riverwood Studios and Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro. Visitors will have an opportunity to hear a simple overview of the 85-character Cherokee writing system and watch Brannon print, and will need to email him in advance of their visit.

The workshops are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Last fall, Brannon became the first recipient of the Mary B. Regan Residency Grant for a project to revitalize the Cherokee language through his artistry as a letterpress printer.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, contact Brannon at frank@speakeasypress.com.

Pi celebrated by pose and slice

Making pi and eating pie were the themes of the day as Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff got together Monday (March 2) to kick off Pi Month activities.

Fans of the famous ratio of 3.1415 gathered on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center to enjoy free pie and create a human pi sculpture, denoted by the Greek letter π.

Other activities planned during a series of Pi Month events include a pi recitation contest and the use of history, music, art and poetry to explain pi so that even non-enthusiasts can do the math.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is the sponsor of Pi Month. All events are open to the public. For information about Pi Month at WCU, call 828-227-7245.

Students gather to form the Greek letter "pi" near Alumni Tower in anticipation of "Pi Day," March 3, 2015 (3/14/15). The value of the mathematical constant pi is approximately 3.1415.

Students gather to form the Greek letter “pi” near Alumni Tower in anticipation of “Pi Day,” March 3, 2015 (3/14/15). The value of the mathematical constant pi is approximately 3.1415.

After posing for the photo salute to pi, students are served slices of pie by faculty and staff members from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

After posing for the photo salute to pi, students are served slices of pie by faculty and staff members from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

By Randall Holcombe

Film version of Ron Rash novel ‘The World Made Straight’ to have WNC big-screen premiere at WCU on March 23

A film adaptation of the Ron Rash novel “The World Made Straight” will make its Western North Carolina big-screen premiere later this month as it is shown twice as a fundraising event sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of English.

Students prepare to serve in spring break programs

About three dozen Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff members have been looking forward to spring break as an opportunity to learn and serve again this year.

‘Cotton Club’ radio drama wins BEA Best of Festival Award

Western Carolina University’s original production of “Echoes of the Cotton Club” has received a Best of Festival Award in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Annual Gender Conference scheduled for March 18 at WCU

“North Carolina Women and Their Contributions” is the theme of Western Carolina University’s annual Gender Conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

WCU faculty and staff, community partners attend engaged scholarship retreat

Western Carolina University hosted 45 faculty and staff members and community partners in its first Community Scholarship Incubator, a Feb. 27-28 retreat designed to enhance and expand engaged scholarship.

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