Archive for March 9th, 2016

Students join Asheville Symphony players to provide musical underscore for ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’

When Western Carolina University’s original radio show “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Anne’s Revenge” takes to the stage Thursday, March 17, WCU student musicians led by the production’s composer and music director, Bruce Frazier, will be playing alongside members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to provide the musical underscore.

Spellings beginning UNC system presidency with statewide tour; WCU stop is Thursday-Friday

For the past three years, Margaret Spellings has been happily at work on a college campus. For a native Texan who loves books and relishes public policy, coming to work each day at Southern Methodist University, home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, has been an idyllic job.

Governor convenes panel of Belcher, other leaders to discuss NC Connect bond

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher is among the leaders scheduled to participate in a panel discussion convened by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on the topic of the NC Connect bond Monday, March 14, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Training day comes often for WCU police

As police chief at Western Carolina University, Ernie Hudson says part of his responsibility is to help develop the next generation of law enforcement leaders.

Intensive English Program celebrates first graduates

A program that began at Western Carolina University in 2009 to help international students learn English in order to complete college has been celebrating its first five WCU graduates – all of them from Saudi Arabia.

WCU wins ‘Battle of the Plug’ competition against ASU

Students living in Western Carolina University residence halls reduced their electrical usage by 8.1 percent to win the two-week 2016 “Battle of the Plug” energy conservation competition versus Appalachian State University.

Unruh receives NASP President’s Award

Lori Unruh, coordinator of Western Carolina University’s School Psychology Graduate Program, was recipient of a President’s Award for Exceptional Service to Children and School Psychology during the 2016 annual convention of the National Association for School Psychologists held in New Orleans in mid-February.

Social entrepreneurs presenting two public lectures on helping others, starting businesses

Western Carolina University will host two lectures about a successful business and its socially conscious reinvestment in the international business community on Wednesday, March 16, at the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

Guitar Ensemble to present ‘Tribute to David Bowie’ concert on March 16

The Western Carolina University Guitar Ensemble will perform a David Bowie tribute concert on Wednesday, March 16, celebrating the life and songs of the rock music icon.

WCU Programs at Biltmore Park to hold March 15 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, March 15, at WCU’s instructional site in Asheville.

David Ray, vice president of CARE USA, to speak March 14

David Ray, vice president for policy and advocacy at CARE USA, will speak on the campus of Western Carolina University at 4 p.m. Monday, March 14, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Appalachian craft series begins with stitching program

The Mountain Heritage Center at WCU begins a series of hands-on programs this spring celebrating crafts in Southern Appalachia with “A History of Stitching in Appalachia: Treadle Machines to Featherweights” at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the center’s gallery at 161 Hunter Library.

Self-defense class for women offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will offer a self-defense class for women from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the university’s Cordelia Camp Building.

Mountain Heritage Center hosts reception to celebrate expanded Apartheid exhibit

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a reception Wednesday, March 16, to celebrate local contributions for an expanded “From Apartheid to Democracy” exhibit now on display at the museum.

Mass casualty drill set for Health and Human Sciences Building on March 16

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Medical Care Program, School of Nursing and Department of Social Work are collaborating to carry out a mass casualty drill from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

Smith co-authors human resources text

“Accountability in Human Resource Management: Connecting HR to Business Results,” co-authored by WCU’s Kirk Smith, has been published in its second edition by Tayor & Francis Group and is available from the Routledge publishing mark website.

Menickelli’s disc golf guide published, available

“The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf,” a book WCU’s Justin Menickelli co-wrote with Ryan Pickens, has been published by Triumph Books and is now available on the publisher’s site and

Civic Engagement: Find Your Voice & Be Heard! March 3-15

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Catamount Family Weekend Movie: The Good Dinosaur, March 11, 12, 13

The Department of Campus Activities invites you to a free showing of “The Good Dinosaur,” Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, and Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the UC Theatre.

Upcoming Training Opportunity: Retirement, March 16

Teachers and State Employees Retirement System (TSERS) | March 16 – 9:00-11:00 | Camp 139

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