Mimi Fenton, dean of the Graduate School and Research at WCU, has been elected to serve a one-year term as president of the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools.
Fenton was chosen for the post during the council’s annual meeting held in November in Greensboro. Her primary duties as president will be to oversee the council’s annual Graduate Education Day event that will be held Tuesday, May 19, in Raleigh, and to host the organization’s 2015 annual meeting next fall at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site.
Brian Kloeppel, associate dean of WCU’s Graduate School, is currently serving as secretary for the council, which is composed of deans and staff members from the graduate schools of both public and private universities and colleges across the state.
Vittal Anantatmula, professor and director of the master’s degree program in project management, conducted a seminar on “Integration of Project Management, Knowledge Management and Innovation” for doctoral students at Bangkok University in Thailand.
Niall Michelsen, associate professor of political science and public affairs and director of the department’s international studies program, authored a chapter in the book, “International Organizations and the Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect: The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria.” Routledge Press will release the book in April.
Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor or nursing and director of the Nursing Network Careers and Technology Program, recently presented “Promoting Inclusion of Diverse Students into Professional Nursing: A Review of Three Educational Multicultural Programs at Western Carolina University School of Nursing” at the OMICS International nursing and Healthcare Conference held in Chicago.
Metcalfe also co-authored the article “Enriching the Student Experience through a Collaborative Cultural Learning Model.” The article has been accepted for publication in a special issue of Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience and Collaboration.
Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate nurse anesthesia simulation coordinator, presented eight lectures on Nov. 8 as a visiting professor at Blue Ridge Healthcare in Morganton. Kossick served as the featured speaker for the anesthesia department’s inaugural critical care conference. The continuing education program was attended by nurse anesthetists, physicians, critical care nurses, emergency department nurses and undergraduate nursing students from Appalachian State University. The title of the presentation was “Essential EKG Interpretation Skills for Clinical Practice.”