Archive for November 11th, 2015

Chemistry students conduct lab work to test wine factors

Some Western Carolina University chemistry students are hoping the fruits of their labor in a university laboratory will benefit Western North Carolina’s wine-making industry.

ABSN students heading toward graduation gain confidence through service-learning

As a student in Western Carolina University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Nick Ianniello of Candler was anxious and a little apprehensive about his upcoming career as a nurse.

Campus Conversations to resume Nov. 16-19

A series of campus conversations centered on four topics identified by Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher as areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year will continue over a four-day period – Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19.

WCU Programs at Biltmore Park to hold Nov. 17 Open House

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by Western Carolina University during an Open House set for Tuesday, Nov. 17, at WCU’s instructional site in Asheville.

WCU's Biltmore Park instructional site.

WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site.

The event will be held at WCU’s location in Suite 100 at 28 Schenck Parkway (beside P.F. Chang’s) in Biltmore Park Town Square. The Open House will be a drop-in, and interested individuals can come by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and talk to WCU faculty and staff.

WCU’s offerings taught either partly or entirely in Asheville include doctoral programs in educational leadership and nursing practice; master’s programs in accountancy, business administration, counseling, English, health sciences, nursing, public affairs, social work and technology; bachelor’s programs in mechanical engineering and nursing; and several certificate programs such as professional and technical writing, and family nurse practitioner.

For more information, call 828-654-6498 or email

By Randall Holcombe

WCU School of Stage and Screen presenting ‘Blithe Spirit’ Nov. 18-22

A seance gone wrong sets up a collision between the ghost of a mystery writer’s first wife and his new wife in “Blithe Spirit,” a comic play set for production at Western Carolina University beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 22.

A seance doesn’t quite turn out as planned in “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward’s classic comedy to be presented at Western Carolina University beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18. From left, cast members include Ellen Dyar as Elvira, Sarah Luckadoo as Ruth Condomine, Jordyn Tracy as Madame Arcati, Autumn Bryson as Edith the maid, and Cory Phelps as Charles Condomine.

A seance doesn’t quite turn out as planned in “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward’s classic comedy to be presented at Western Carolina University beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18. From left, cast members include Ellen Dyar as Elvira, Sarah Luckadoo as Ruth Condomine, Jordyn Tracy as Madame Arcati, Autumn Bryson as Edith the maid, and Cory Phelps as Charles Condomine.

The late English playwright Noel Coward’s classic work will be presented in WCU’s Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 21, and at 3 p.m. Nov. 22. It is part of the Mainstage theater season presented by WCU’s School of Stage and Screen.

In the play, the socialite and writer Charles Condomine invites a medium to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather information for his next book. Instead, he becomes haunted by the ghost of his temperamental first wife, Elvira, who attempts to disrupt Condomine’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Brenda Lilly, assistant professor in the School of Stage and Screen, is directing the production, which includes WCU students in the principal roles. A veteran actress, writer and producer for television and stage, Lilly also previously directed “Peter Pan” and “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at WCU.

“From a pedagogical perspective, nothing teaches comedy better than a Coward production,” she said. “Timing, language, rhythm – all are in play when taking on his work. We are lucky here in the School of Stage and Screen to have such talented actors ready to take on the challenge of bringing ‘Blithe Spirit’ to life.”

The cast for WCU’s production includes Cory Phelps, a senior acting major from St. Petersburg, Florida, as Condomine; Ellen Dyar, a senior musical theatre major from Juneau, Alaska, as Elvira; Sarah Luckadoo, a senior acting major from Hickory, as Ruth; and Jordyn Tracy, a sophomore acting major from Greenville, South Carolina, as Madame Arcati, the medium who makes it all possible.

Two guest artists from the Flat Rock Playhouse, Dennis Maulden and Paul Feraldi, are assisting with the WCU production. Maulden is designing the set and Feraldi is designing the set dressing and props. Others members of the WCU community contributing to the production are Chris Collins, light design; Susan Brown-Strauss, costumes; and Jennifer Stadelman, sound design.

The show includes adult themes and is not suitable for young audiences.

Tickets are $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens and WCU faculty and staff; and $7 in advance ($10 day of show) for students. Advance tickets are available by contacting the box office at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 828-227-2479 or online at Any remaining tickets will be available at Hoey Auditorium beginning one hour before each production.

By Randall Holcombe

Anthropologist to be speaker at WCU’s International Education Week

Ian McIntosh, an Australian anthropologist, will share research from two of his key areas of interest during Western Carolina University’s annual International Education Week, November 16-20.

Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntosh

MacIntosh is the director of international partnerships at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and the associate director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis. He will be delivering a lecture titled “Promoting Peace Through Health Care in Kenya,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center’s Multipurpose Room.

A second presentation, “Virtual Study Abroad in Conflict Zones: A Gaza Case Study,” will be shared by McIntosh at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the University Center Multipurpose Room.

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Services, IEW brings a slate of events offering a wider worldview to the campus and its community.

Other IEW events during the week include:

  • “Teaching African History at WCU,” a lecture by Saheed Aderinto, assistant professor of history, 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the UC Multipurpose Room
  • A performance by the world-traveling Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Coulter Recital Hall, with a reception to follow
  • “Discovering Japan Through the Movie ‘Maiko Haaan,’ ” presented at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in McKee 135
  • An origami workshop, “Learning the History of Origami” offered at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in McKee 121

To learn more about IEW, contact IPS at 828-227-7494 or

By Keith Brenton

Journalist to speak about militarization of police at WCU Free Enterprise Speaker Series

Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series will host Radley Balko, a journalist with the Washington Post and author of “The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” for a discussion about increased militarization of American police departments on Monday, Nov. 16.

The event, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Forsyth Building, is free and open to the public.

Radley Balko

Radley Balko

Balko, a former investigative reporter with the Huffington Post and former policy analyst for The Cato Institute, defines “militarization” as civilian police agencies taking on characteristics of an army. He cites the increased use of military equipment, SWAT teams and techniques, as well as instances of use of force as examples.

“Considering recent events involving use of force and other police tactics, this is a relevant and important discussion that I’m sure will lead to further conversations in our community,” said Edward J. Lopez, BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism and professor of economics with WCU’s College of Business.

Balko received the 2015 Innocence Project Journalism Award for his writing on forensics reform and crime lab abuses, which included reporting in North Carolina. He examined relationships between SBI crime lab researchers and North Carolina prosecutors, and forensics malfeasance. He found that while crime lab analysts are supposed to be neutral parties interested only in getting the science right, the system is often structured in a way that makes them part of the prosecution’s “team.”

A graduate of Indiana University, Balko has also been a senior editor at Reason magazine and an opinion columnist for

The discussion is sponsored by the WCU Free Enterprise Club and the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Programs. For more information on this or other series events, contact Lopez at 828-227-3383 or

By Geoff Cantrell

Professor presents research, serves on panel, gives poetry reading

Santiago Garcia-Castanon, professor of Spanish, recently returned from Santiago, Chile, where he gave a presentation themed “The Poem Beyond the Poem” at the Third International Poetry Conference.

He also participated in a roundtable discussion about “Translation, Creation and Poetry” organized by the Literature Department and the Translation and Interpretation Department of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Valparaiso, and gave a reading of his own poetry.

Metcalfe publishes article, presents research at two conferences

Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing at WCU, recently joined colleagues in the United States and Scotland in writing an article on an international collaborative learning model involving student clinical learning, published in Creative Nursing.

Sharon Metcalfe

Sharon Metcalfe

She also presented “Promoting Inclusion of Diverse Students into Nursing Education for Leadership Development” at the 43rd Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Last month, her presentation “Promoting Inclusion of Diversity in Nursing Education: A Comprehensive Mentoring Program” was featured at the OMICS International Nursing and Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, California.

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