Archive for February, 2016

NIJ grant will help fund research project in chemistry, forensic science

Western Carolina University Chemistry and Physics Department head David Evanoff and forensic research scientist Brittania Bintz are hoping a $346,740 grant from the National Institute of Justice will help produce a faster and less expensive method of confirming the presence of human bodily fluids on samples, which would be useful to the forensic science community when testing rape kits and other sexual assault evidence.

Trio’s research into online courses, cheating to be published in national journal

Two Western Carolina University faculty members and a graduate student recently conducted research into cheating in online courses, using a bit of deception themselves to see how effective those impostors hiding in the digital shadows actually are.

Feb. 29 forum to focus on upcoming bond vote

Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher will host an educational forum on Monday, Feb. 29, to address the regional importance of the Connect NC bond proposal.

Campus conversation series resumes Feb. 29-March 3

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, Feb. 29-March 3.

Chancellor to undergo UNC system performance review process

It may seem like only yesterday that David O. Belcher, then the provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was elected chancellor of Western Carolina University by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

College of Business gets prestigious reaccreditation from international association

Western Carolina University’s College of Business has been fully accredited ― again ― by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is widely regarded as the international benchmark for business school quality.

Winter edition of university magazine available online

The winter 2016 edition of The Magazine of Western Carolina University is now available online with a cover story examining the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs – also known as STEM curriculum – on careers and quality of life in the 21st century.

Martin to address cognitive mapping during March 2 presentation

A member of the Kennesaw State University faculty will visit the Western Carolina University campus to deliver a Psychology Research Colloquium presentation Wednesday, March 2.

Preservation award presented to digital collections at WCU’s Hunter Library

Western Carolina University’s digital collections at Hunter Library have been honored with the North Carolina Preservation Consortium’s 2015 Award for Preservation Excellence.

Fine Art Museum hosts exhibit by acclaimed Cherokee artist Wilnoty

An exhibition of works by renowned sculptor John Julius Wilnoty of Cherokee continues on display at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum through Friday, March 25.

Ward to lead discussion after free film showing

Kham Ward, director of the Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University, will lead a discussion after a free showing of the documentary “If These Halls Could Talk” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Mad Batter Food and Film, 617 W. Main Street in Sylva.

Lilly to reunite with stars of her television series

Brenda Lilly, assistant professor and interim director of the film and television production program at WCU, will serve on a panel in mid-June at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas, with her co-creator and two stars of the television series “State of Grace.”

Reich to serve on journal’s review board

Chesney Reich, director of WCU’s Writing and Learning Commons, recently was chosen to serve on the review board for “The Learning Assistance Review,” the journal of the National College Learning Center Association.

Carter to be featured at ‘Coffee with the Poet’

Catherine Carter, associate professor of English at WCU, will be featured at the next event in the “Coffee with the Poet” series at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Catamount Career and Networking Day to be March 10

The Catamount Career and Networking Day will be held March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.

Third Open House is Sat., Feb. 20

The third Open House event of the year is almost here: Saturday, Feb. 20.  The Open House Committee wanted to share final details about this weekend’s event.  At this time we are expecting approximately 1,750 total guests (students and family members) on campus.

Catamount Family Weekend to be Feb. 19-21

Catamount Family Weekend presents “The Peanuts Movie,” Feb. 19-20, 7 and 10 p.m.; Feb. 21, 7 p.m. at the UC Theater.

Veteran psychology professor changes strategy after taking hard look at classroom texting

They lie in wait like potholes on the road to effective learning in the classroom – the plethora of potential distractions that can derail a student’s ability to pay attention to the academic topic at hand, regardless of the teacher’s fervent efforts.

Patricia Bricker wins statewide service-learning award

Western Carolina University faculty member Patricia Bricker has been honored for her contributions to the practice of service-learning by North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 35 public and private colleges and universities in the state.

Faculty Scholarship Celebration showcases 187 works

In its 27th year, the annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration will unveil 187 creative and academic works by members of Western Carolina University’s faculty and staff at a reception and event Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Blue Ridge Conference Center on campus.

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