Archive for January 13th, 2016

State bond referendum includes $110 million for replacement of WCU science building

A replacement for Western Carolina University’s outdated Natural Sciences Building – home to classrooms for burgeoning programs in science, technology, engineering and health care – is among the projects that would be funded by a statewide bond proposal on the ballot for the March 15 primary election.

University physician reflects back on three decades of campus health care

Jeff Davis, a physician with WCU Health Services, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary at the university. Davis, a Pittsburgh native, came to WCU in 1985 after completing his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in 1978, medical school at Drexel University in 1982, and his residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Revised policy for adverse weather, emergency events takes effect

A new Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy that went into effect at Western Carolina University on Jan. 1 broadens the definition of “adverse weather” and removes a previous requirement that the National Weather Service has to issue an official “warning” for employees to be eligible to use adverse weather leave to make up for work time lost during those conditions.

Youngest of Little Rock Nine to anchor WCU’s Martin Luther King Jr. week

Carlotta Walls-LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine involved in the integration of the city’s Central High School in 1957, will deliver a presentation Wednesday, Jan. 20, during Western Carolina University’s weeklong celebration of the life, words and activities of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

WCU online programs ranked nationally by US News & World Report

Western Carolina University is listed among the nation’s best providers of online degree programs in a collection of rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 12) by U.S. News & World Report.

WCU grad to open for rapper Waka Flocka Flame at WCU’s Ramsey Center Jan. 14

The Resolution 2016 Concert, featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame, will have a bit of a Western Carolina University flavor. Opening Thursday, Jan. 14, concert at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center will be recent WCU graduate Dale Urquhart Jr., better known as “Dipsey D,” from Fayetteville, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Presentation on social media best practices offered at WCU on Jan. 19

Donna Presnell, Western Carolina University’s social media director, will discuss best practices in social media during a 5 p.m. program on campus Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Cross Training Challenge registration now open, begins Jan. 18

Registration is open for Western Carolina University’s 2016 Cross Training Challenge in which participants select three exercise categories, such as running/walking, recreational activities or strength training, and then log participation in related fitness activities over an eight-week period.

WCU’s ‘Great Smoky Mountains: A Park for America’ brochure welcomes visitors

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year with a theme of “Find Your Park,” Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will help visitors to North Carolina with a new brochure based on its digital collection “Great Smoky Mountains: A Park for America.”

WCU Programs at Biltmore Park to hold Jan. 19 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, Jan. 19, at WCU’s instructional site in Asheville.

WCU Photo Services offers new web page

WCU’s Photography Services unit describes the services it provides for university faculty and staff on a new web page that can be found at

GoFundMe account created for business staff member, husband

A GoFundMe account has been established for Liz Jones, a staff member in WCU’s College of Business, and her husband. The couple’s home was lost to fire Saturday, Jan. 2.

Hilton to receive NASPA, ACPA awards in March

Adriel Hilton, assistant professor in the Department of Human Services and director of WCU’s Higher Education Student Affairs Program, will be presented the “Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community – Newly Published Research Award” from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators at the organization’s annual conference March 12-16 in Indianapolis.

Sholder interviewed by film site in Turkey

Jack Sholder, WCU professor in the Motion Picture and Television Production Program, was recently interviewed by Popular Cinema, a website about film in Turkish, and an article was published at the end of December.

Malesky, Crow research cited in Chronicle article

Alvin Malesky, associate professor and head of WCU’s Psychology Department, and Robert Crow, instructional developer in Coulter Faculty Commons, are featured in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article about their research into online cheating companies.

Robins receives SBA Award

Noah Robins, government procurement counselor for the Small Business and Technology Development Center at WCU, was the recipient in December of an “SBA” award for an associate exemplifying traits valued by the state organization: Smart, Bold and Accessible.

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