Archive for April 22nd, 2015

Economics faculty members present at private enterprise conference in Mexico

College of Business economics professors Zac Gochenour, Ed Lopez, Bob Mulligan and Steve Miller recently took a trip to Cancun, Mexico, to attend the 40th annual Association for Private Enterprise Education meeting.

They were among about 500 other academicians present from around the world and from fields as varied as economics, business, social sciences and humanities.

Miller and Gochenour presented their joint work titled “To be, not just to seem: The Political Economy of North Carolina.”

Miller gave a presentation on IRS-derived income inequality data as part of a panel on Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book, “Capital in the 21st Century.” The other panelists included Phil Magness of the Institute for Humane Studies and Randall G. Holcombe of Florida State University.

Mulligan presented a paper entitled “A Theory of CEO Compensation,” exploring insights from basic microeconomics and behavioral economics to explain why CEOs can be compensated at levels which may seem extraordinarily high.

Lopez, in addition to serving as a member of the APEE board, presented on numerous panels throughout the conference and had four papers on the programs. He presented three as solo author and attended as his co-author presented the fourth.

“APEE is a great conference, and WCU is well-known there,” Lopez said. “Next year, we’ll have an entrant or two in the undergraduate poster competition.”

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

Anantatmula addresses project management professionals

Vittal Anantatmula presents at the March 26 meeting.

Vittal Anantatmula presents at the March 26 meeting.

Vittal Anantatmula was invited to speak on “Vital Signs of Project Management Maturity” at the March 26 meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of the Project Management Institute. About 250 members of the group attended the meeting.

For more information about the chapter and its monthly meetings, contact Anantatmula at

Kossick presents to international audience

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation coordinator at the School of Nursing’s Simulation Center at the Biltmore Park instructional site, was the featured speaker at a conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 13.

His presentation included an eight-hour comprehensive electrocardiogram seminar.

Seminar attendees included anesthesiologists, hospitalists, nurse anesthetists and advanced practice critical care nurses, with some participants attending from Saudi Arabia, Austria and Canada.

The meeting was sponsored by A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System in Dallas and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars in Pasco, Washington.

Wind Ensemble to perform April 27

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble, directed by John T. West, will present a concert at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27.

Two student soloists, selected by audition, will be featured. Alec Neal, trumpet, will perform the first movement of Franz Josef Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto,” and Katelyn Johnson, horn, will be featured in the first movement of the “Second Concerto for Horn” by Richard Strauss.

Michael Tanguay, graduate assistant conductor, will lead William Schumann’s “Chester,” a work based on the Revolutionary War marching tune of the same name.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” will be performed, featuring narrator George Brown, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Other works on the program include “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm” by Fisher Tull and a transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor.”

The free concert will be open to the public.

For more information, call WCU’s School of Music at 828-227-7242

Bands unite to present spring concert on April 28

The Western Carolina University Concert Band and Symphonic Band will take the stage at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, to present their annual spring concert.

Three guest performers will be featured in the presentation of works by composers including Travis Cross, Frank Erickson, Richard Saucedo, John Philip Sousa and Jaime Teixidor.

Two music education majors, senior Daniel Scott and junior Alaina Seidle, will conduct the Symphonic Band playing works by Michael Markowski and Samuel Hazo.

The Symphonic Band will accompany Bradley Ulrich, professor of trumpet, as he performs Alexander Arutiunian’s “Concerto for Trumpet.”

Conductors David Starnes, director of athletic bands, and Dillon Ingle, graduate conductor, also will lead works during the evening of music.

Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

For more information, call WCU’s School of Music at 828-227-7242.

WCU students to present experimental work at .MOV on April 30

Students from the School of Art and Design and the School of Music in Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will present .MOV, an exhibition of new media and performance, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

Students will showcase their experimental video, animation, music, motion graphics, soundscapes and short film in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

The free event is the first of its kind to be held at WCU, said Jon Jicha, professor in the School of Art and Design.

Samples of students’ work can be viewed at School of Art and Design on Vimeo.

Camps fill out summer’s calendar with variety, activities

Local children can “Step Back in Time” or “Rocket to Creativity,” learn about theater arts or medical professions, march, play music or sports, read, swim, raft, climb or hike: Western Carolina University hosts an array of camps from athletics to the arts during the summer.

For more information on these opportunities, visit Camps and Programs for Kids at WCU, Swim Programs, Summer Day Camps for Kids hosted by the Mountain Heritage Center and Jackson County 4-H, and WCU Athletic Camps. Information is updated on the camps sites as it becomes available.

Many of the camps’ available openings are limited and fill up early.

Hunter Library will be open 24/7 last two weeks of spring semester

Western Carolina University students who need a quiet place to study for final exams will find Hunter Library open 24 hours a day beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 26, and continuing until 6 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Free coffee and other hot beverages will be available every night starting around midnight while the library is operating on the expanded schedule.

The ground floor of the library is designated as a quiet zone.

Final exams will be Saturday, May 2, through Friday, May 8.

Largest-ever Tuck River Cleanup draws more than 1,000 volunteers

The largest single-day river cleanup event in the nation drew its largest-ever number of participants April 18, as 1,005 Western Carolina University students and area residents gathered for the Tuck River Cleanup to tidy up its waterway and banks.

Coordinator Jeremiah Haas, assistant director of outdoor programs for Base Camp Cullowhee, credited a break in the week’s rain and student dedication for the participation milestone. “Great weather and a committed student body made this the busiest Tuck River Cleanup in history,” Haas said. “This year’s numbers were up slightly above last year’s 983.”

It was estimated by event organizers – students and staff of Base Camp CUllowhee – that volunteers this year removed several tons of garbage from 27 miles of the Tuckaseigee River, filling a haul-a-way dumpster with trash, including many bicycles and traffic cones found in the river.

The first 600 participants to register received T-shirts. All were invited to a free cookout with live entertainment on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. Others provided food, snacks, equipment and advertising for the event.

Sponsors for the event included: Allison Outdoor Advertising; Howard Allman, Nationwide Insurance; Aramark; Astral Designs; The Big Deal Band; Black Rock Outdoors; Blue Ridge Outdoors; The Chalet Inn; Coward Hicks & Siler, P.A.; The Coffee Shop; Dillsboro River Company; Duke Energy; ENO Hammock; Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort; Heinzelmannchen Brewery Inc.; Ingles; It’s by Nature; Jack the Dipper; Jackson County Green Energy Park; KIND Bar; Landmark Learning; Mad Batter Bakery and Cafe; Marshall Rice and Co.; Nantahala Outdoor Center; Pepsi; Republic Services; Riverwood Pottery; Santa’s Land; Andy Shaw Ford; Shear Images; The Sylva Herald; Subway; Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop; Charles Wolf, State Farm Insurance; Walmart; WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee; WCU’s Campus Recreation Center; WCU’s Student Government Association; WCU’s University Center; The Well House; Wolf Creek Tree Farm and a grant from the Jackson County Travel and Tourism Development Authority.

By Keith Brenton

WCU students place third in video competition to study bullying

Four students in the College Student Personnel Program at Western Carolina University placed third in a national competition, presented by, surveying the topic of bullying within higher education.

It was the first time a team from WCU placed in the competition. Students representing 20 universities around the nation entered the 14th annual contest.

This year’s case study required students to create a 3-minute video that provided statistical representation of bullying on campuses within the United States and what effects bullying has on these individuals.

Team members Joshua Cauble and Ronni Williams work in the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement. Cauble is graduate program coordinator and Williams serves as graduate program coordinator of clubs and organizations. Both aspire to work with leadership programming after the completion of their degrees in 2016.

Another team member, Cassie Spencer, works in Career Services as the graduate assistant of career services and cooperative education. Spencer hopes to also work in career services once she has graduated.

Team member Andrew Johnson works in admissions at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

All four team members are in their first year within WCU’s CSP program.

For more information about CSP, the team or the competition, contact April Perry at or Adriel Hilton at

7th annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival set for May 1 at WCU

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 1.

Friday show ‘can’t come fast enough’ for WCU alumna Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly honed her vocal skills as a member of the inaugural edition of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers in the late 1990s, and the singer-songwriter will return to campus to perform with the student ensemble in a fundraising show sponsored by WCU’s Friends of the Arts this Friday (April 24).

April 27 forum to include updates on strategic plan, Millennial Initiative, master plan

Members of the Western Carolina University community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three university focus areas – the 2020 Strategic Plan, the Millennial Initiative and the Campus Master Plan – during a public forum set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 27.

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