Archive for November 4th, 2015

Campus community partnering with local groups in Christmas Connection effort

The Western Carolina University community is again partnering with a number of local foundations, governmental units, businesses, churches and organizations to help the Christmas Connection of Jackson County provide new clothing and toys for approximately 1,000 children who need assistance during the holiday season.

Faculty member’s book addresses sexuality in his native country

A Western Carolina University faculty member’s book about sex and sexuality in his native Nigeria will be the focus of a panel discussion later this month at the 58th annual meeting of the African Studies Association in San Diego.

Student’s concern brings one-man play about health care to campus

A Western Carolina University nursing student was the driving force for bringing a one-man play about health care in America, “Mercy Killers,” to the campus on Thursday, Nov. 12.

National Science Foundation grant establishes LEARN program at WCU

Western Carolina University, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University, has received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to support first-generation college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math programs, better known as STEM.

Open forum on search for new leader of Development, Alumni Affairs set for Nov. 10

An open forum on the search for new executive leadership in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, including the university’s plans for the restructuring of that leadership position, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The forum, to include a question-and-answer session, is scheduled from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room A of Blue Ridge Hall.

Melissa Canady Wargo, chief of staff and chair of a committee that is conducting a national search for the university’s next chief development officer, will moderate the forum.

Jim Miller, associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at Western Carolina University, announced in October that he is stepping down as executive leader of the university’s fund- and friend-raising unit effective Dec. 31, in order to move closer to family members in the Raleigh area.

As part of plans for the restructuring of the chief development officer position, the university is reclassifying the associate vice chancellor position as vice chancellor for development and alumni engagement, a rank that will include membership on the university’s Executive Council.

During the transition, WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher has assigned temporary administrative oversight of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

By Bill Studenc

Mountain Heritage Center sponsoring ‘haunted walking tours’

Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University, where the staff of the Mountain Heritage Center is sponsoring a series of “haunted walking tours” on Monday, Nov. 9, and Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Tours will depart from the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery at Hunter Library at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. both days. Each tour group will be limited to 20 people, and reservations are required. Some tour material may not be suitable for younger children.

Developed and presented by WCU history and folklore students under the direction of museum staff, the tour will consist of six stops that weave together the past and present with stories connected to campus landmarks, including the old amphitheater, Moore Building, Scott Hall and McKee Building.

Each tour will last about one hour. The route is less than one mile but includes hill-climbing, and participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. With the tours taking place after sunset, visitors also are advised to bring their own flashlights.

Admission is $5 per person (cash only), but free for children under age 8. All proceeds will go toward student scholarships at WCU.

For more information or to make reservations, visit or call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

By Randall Holcombe

National Park Service grant to further WCU research at coastal national parks

The National Park Service has awarded a $483,404 grant to the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines to map the storm vulnerability at 12 coastal parks, from Alaska to Florida.

The WCU shorelines program is internationally recognized as an advocate for science-based coastal management policies that consider and balance economic and environmental interests. This grant is the latest in an ongoing partnership with the National Park Service, with a similar grant of $436,000 awarded in 2014.

“This funding will allow us to take the coastal vulnerability assessment tool that we developed last year and apply it to determining risk factors to park facilities from coastal storms, erosion and rising sea level,” said Robert Young, program director. “That will assist park managers in the decision-making process for resource management and preservation of infrastructure at coastal parks, all of which ultimately effects the economic, environmental and recreational outcomes that impact all of us.”

WCU faculty and students have worked collaboratively with the National Park Service for more than 10 years. Earlier this year, the Department of the Interior released a report by two of the shoreline program’s scientists that predicts the risk posed to national parks by rising sea levels.

Other shoreline program activities include two-year sustainable coastal management strategies projects for North Carolina and Florida, a series of coastal vulnerability workshops this year in the Caribbean and Latin America, and ongoing research into ecosystems and rising sea levels.

For more information about WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, visit or contact Young at 828-227-3822.

WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center to host Native American Heritage Expo Nov. 9-10

The Native American Heritage Expo will take place Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Grandroom at Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center.

The two-day event consists of several presentations, demonstrations and discussions centered on Native American values, traditions and social justice. Cherokee Central Schools also will have an art exhibit on display at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching titled “Understanding Our Past, Shaping Our Future.” The expo is free and open to the public.

The expo will begin with a flag procession from Judaculla Rock to the University Center on Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony featuring Cherokee royalty at 9:45 a.m. There will be a presentation about a WCU and Tribal Historic Preservation Office collaboration at 10:25 a.m., followed by an archaeology “Mounds and Towns” presentation at 11:15 a.m. A storytelling roundtable will be held from 1:25 to 2:15 p.m., and a Cherokee language class, an experimental archaeology class and a demonstration of 3-D cultural heritage preservation will be offered beginning at 2:30 p.m.

William Rogers will provide a hammered copper demonstration from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with a reception set for 5 to 6 p.m. The day will conclude with a movie screening of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, a flute project will be presented by Matthew Tooni at 10 a.m., followed by Sara Snyder and Bo Lossiah discussing singing popular songs in Cherokee at 11 a.m. Brett Riggs, WCU’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, will give a presentation on the Trail of Tears at 12:30 p.m. Dallas Pettigrew and Vicki Bradley will speak on “Public Health and Human Services of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians” at 2 p.m., and the Appalachian and Native Health Service Award will be presented at 3:30 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 4:45 p.m.

The expo is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, Cherokee Studies, the Cherokee Language Revitalization Program, the Cherokee Center, the office of the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor and Digali’i, WCU’s Native American student organization.

For more information, contact Roseanna Belt in the Cherokee Center at 828-497-7920.

By Marlon W. Morgan

WCU lists new, promoted employees

The Reporter annually invites new and promoted faculty and staff to participate in a feature that introduces employees hired or serving in new positions within the last year.

Click here to download the PDF of The Reporter feature that shares information about new and promoted WCU employees for 2015-16.

Bobilya to represent WCU, journal at Atlanta conference

Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management at WCU, will represent the university and The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership at a booth during the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education conference in Atlanta in November.

Andrew Bobilya

Andrew Bobilya

Bobilya, editor of JOREL for the past five years, said that it is now published by Sagamore Publishing LLC. “Hopefully, it will move to four annual editions from two,” he said.

The Fall 2015 edition is online at this link.

Fowler serves on EDUCAUSE panel

Craig Fowler, chief information office for Western Carolina University, served on a panel of information technology leaders in higher education who identified the top 10 IT concerns for the coming year at the annual EDUCAUSE meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Indianapolis.

Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler

Fowler was quoted and pictured in an article for the Center for Digital Education, covering the panel’s findings.

Kossick is featured speaker for Carolinas HealthCare System

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate nurse anesthesia simulation coordinator, presented seven lectures on Saturday, Oct. 31, as a visiting professor at Blue Ridge Healthcare, a Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in Morganton.

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Mark Kossick

Kossick served as the featured speaker for the medical center’s fall education conference. The continuing education program was attended by advanced practice nurses in various specialties, including anesthesia, critical care, post-anesthesia care, and the emergency department. The title of the presentation was “Essential EKG Interpretation Skills for Clinical Practice.”

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