Archive for January 20th, 2016

WCU’s no-charge human resources consulting service to continue, broaden

Western Carolina University will broaden a service-learning initiative that provides human resources consultation ― free of charge ― to nonprofits, local governments and small businesses, thanks to a recent University of North Carolina General Administration grant.

Grant funds WCU partnership for hands-on teaching, learning ― and a creek runs through it

A partnership between the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands Biological Foundation, Cullowhee Valley School and Western Carolina University’s biology department and School of Teaching and Learning will turn a section of Jackson County’s Cullowhee Creek into a laboratory, elementary students into researchers, and create a greater community appreciation of the importance of mountain streams.

New e-classroom offers collaborative learning capabilities

A new e-classroom assembled in Killian 219 last fall comes equipped with a bevy of electronic hardware and software to enhance students’ learning opportunities through lecture, collaboration and hands-on learning.

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosting Apartheid exhibit

An exhibit that traces South Africa’s struggle to end Apartheid will be on display beginning Monday, Feb. 1, and continuing through Friday, May 20, at Western Carolina University.

The exhibit “From Apartheid to Democracy” includes this iconic photograph of Nelson Mandela looking through the bars of his Robben Island jail cell that was taken by German documentary photographer Jurgen Schadeberg. Mandela later became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. (Photo provided courtesy of Levine Museum of the New South.)

The exhibit “From Apartheid to Democracy” includes this iconic photograph of Nelson Mandela looking through the bars of his Robben Island jail cell that was taken by German documentary photographer Jurgen Schadeberg. Mandela later became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. (Photo provided courtesy of Levine Museum of the New South.)

Created by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, the exhibit “From Apartheid to Democracy” will be on view in the Mountain Heritage Center’s second-floor gallery in Hunter Library. The heritage museum is hosting the exhibit as part of WCU’s two-year interdisciplinary learning theme “Africa! More than a Continent.”

In addition to looking at the struggle to end Apartheid, the legal basis for the segregation and brutal mistreatment of South Africa’s people of color, the exhibit focuses on the country’s transition to democracy and explains parallels with the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., said Pam Meister, curator and interim director at the Mountain Heritage Center.

April 1994 was a historical watershed for South Africa because it marked the end of the Apartheid era and dawn of a new democratic order, Meister said. The exhibit’s text and images show the similarities between the American South and the South African experience, and how each addresses legacies of poverty and racism, she said.

The Mountain Heritage Center gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.

By Randall Holcombe

Faith, environmental issues to be topic of Jan. 28 lecture at WCU

Fred Bahnson, assistant professor and director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will speak Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Creasy to direct WCU’s MBA program

Todd Creasy, an associate professor in Western Carolina University’s College of Business who previously held leadership roles in two publicly traded “Fortune 500” companies and a half-billion-dollar private company, has been appointed director of WCU’s master’s degree program in business administration.

Country music star Pam Tillis to perform at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Jan. 24

Two-time Grammy Award-winning country music star Pam Tillis will perform at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, as part of the Galaxy of Stars Series.

Watterson Publishes Article on Mobile Devices and Physical Activity

Tom Watterson, assistant professor of health and physical education, recently published an article with two colleagues in the Journal of Game-Supported Interactive Learning titled Can Mobile Devices Motivate Students in Physical Activity?

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