Archive for August 19th, 2015

Professor hosts trip to Ghana as WCU’s focus turns toward continent of Africa

As an undergraduate student at Oberlin College, Kofi Lomotey began organizing trips to Ghana for anyone interested in learning about the history and culture of the West African country.

WCU’s Pride of the Mountains preparing new production, ‘That’s What’s Up’

Nine months after serving as the lead band at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, members of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band are rehearsing their new production, “That’s What’s Up,” and planning trips to the Bands of America Grand National Championship and a Carolina Panthers football game.

Forum to update campus on master plan, reaccreditation, enrollment trends

Members of the Western Carolina University community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three important university topics – the campus master plan, the bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and emerging enrollment and demographic trends – during a public forum Monday, Aug. 24.

Rose receives grant for research, teaching in communication sciences and disorders

Amy Rose, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University, was recently named recipient of a $5,000 grant to support her academic enrichment as a teacher and research in her field by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Remembering the impact of former arts, sciences dean Cliff Lovin

Monday, Aug. 17, brought more than the start of a new academic year. It also brought news that Western Carolina University had lost an important leader who served at critical periods of the institution’s history. The night before, Clifford Ramsey Lovin lost his fight with cancer.

Grant will fund publication of more volumes of The Carlyle Letters

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, an online and print project for which Western Carolina University associate professor of English Brent Kinser serves as editor, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Scholarly Editions and Translations grant, which is given to support the preparation of editions and translations of significant literary, philosophical and historical text, will go toward the print publication of volumes 43, 44 and 45 of “The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle,” as well as the online publication of volumes 42, 43 and 44, which can be seen at carlyleletters.org.

The Carlyle Letters Online is a free digital archive for institutions and students that contains more than 10,000 letters from Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. It is regarded as one of the most comprehensive literary archives about the 19th century. It is part of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium, for which Kinser serves as founding director.

By Marlon W. Morgan

‘English on the Ides’ discussion series starts Sunday

Western Carolina University’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva are sponsoring a series of informal public discussions focused on research being conducted by members of WCU’s English faculty.

All events in the “English on the Ides” series will be held at 1 p.m. Sundays at the bookstore.

“Bringing examples of in-progress and recent research into the community, these talks create a forum for academic knowledge that highlights how English as a discipline and the humanities in general intersect with everyday, non-academic life,” said Paul Worley, a WCU assistant professor of English who worked with bookstore staff to organize the series.

The series will kick off Aug. 23 when English professor Brian Gastle presents “Chaucer the Poet and Chaucer the Veteran.”

The series will continue Sept. 13 when Worley discusses “Maya Book Arts on Exhibit at the WCU Fine Art Museum.” Laura Wright, associate professor and head of the English department, will talk about her book “The Vegan Studies Project” on Oct. 11, and English professor Annette Debo will present “Poets are Lyric Historians: The Necessary Past for African-American Poets” on Oct. 25.

For more information about the series, contact Worley at pmworley@wcu.edu or the bookstore at more@citylightsnc.com.

By Randall Holcombe

Parrish comments on soccer fandom

After compiling its 2015 Best and Worst Cities for Soccer Fans list, Wallethub.com interviewed a panel of experts to get their opinions on soccer-related issues and trends. Western Carolina University’s Charles Parrish, assistant professor of sports management, said a good soccer fan is willing to support his or her team(s) whether they are at the top or bottom of the league.

Parrish was among the eight people asked to participate in the poll. His remarks can be seen at http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-soccer-fans/14207/.

By Marlon W. Morgan

Article by teacher educators emphasizes collaboration

Carrie Rogers and Nancy Luke, assistant professors in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning, published “Responding to Uncertainty: Teacher Educator Professional Development Through Co-Teaching and Collaborative Reflection” in a special issue of LEARNing Landscapes, which focuses on teacher research.

The article describes the authors’ collaborative planning, reflection, and teaching in the process of practice as professional development.

LEARNing Landscapes is a peer-reviewed Canadian journal that publishes scholarly work connecting educational theory and practice. It includes local, national and international contributors from all levels of education.

Read the spring edition featuring their article at http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/images/documents/ll-no16/ll-no16-final-lr.pdf.

Shapiro convenes international conference of speech-language specialists

As past president of the International Fluency Association, David Shapiro convened the organization’s eighth World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Lisbon, Portugal, in July. The conference, commemorating IFA’s 25th anniversary, attracted speech-language pathologists, researchers, speech scientists and people with fluency disorders from 32 countries and six continents.

Shapiro, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at WCU, said he brought together different stakeholders – people with fluency disorders and professionals who research and treat them – because of feedback received from the executive board of the International Stuttering Association while he was in the Netherlands a few years ago. “They indicated a desire for professionals who, in their words, ‘will talk with us rather than about us,’ ” Shapiro said. “This meeting was a wonderful experience and a remarkable success.”

Shapiro’s international work in the area of fluency disorders sometimes must adapt to current circumstances. “Because I had to decline an invitation to work with clinicians and people who stutter in Beirut, Lebanon, due to safety considerations, they invited me to do a live videoconference, which is planned for November,” Shapiro said. “I met a few of the Lebanese clinicians last month in Lisbon.”

He also is part of a research team with colleagues from the University of Cape Town through his conference participation last October in South Africa and his service there to people who stutter.

Tanaka’s team takes top trophy

Martin Tanaka, assistant professor and graduate program director for the Kimmel School’s Department of Engineering and Technology, attended the UNC Chapel Hill 2015 Chancellor’s Boot Camp in May.

Tanaka was part of a team of four educators from various campuses and disciplines that won the boot camp’s first-place honor for faculty entrepreneurship.

Rounding out the self-named “Change Agents” team were Deborah Gerhardt, School of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill; Saxton Rose, School of Music, UNC School of the Arts; and Jimmy Scherrer, mathematics education, North Carolina State University.

In all, eight teams were challenged to develop and present their programs to a panel of four judges, each experienced in delivering and receiving presentations.

The goal of the Boot Camp seminar, according to its web page, was “to bring together faculty who have a challenging problem, or an innovative solution, and give them the tools to move to the next level and begin to solve their problem and implement their idea.”

The seminar was designed to help attendees learn to identify an opportunity, develop a strategy, write a plan, calculate costs, sell the idea, raise money, develop goals and assess progress toward meeting the desired goals.

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