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Ulrich to teach, perform in St. Petersburg, Russia

WCU professor of trumpet P. Bradley Ulrich will be going on his ninth trip to Russia to teach and perform from Tuesday, Sept. 6, through Monday, Sept. 12.

Seminar co-directed by McLachlan receives funding from NEH

A seminar about the ethical and political philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas that is co-directed by James McLachlan, professor of philosophy and religion, recently received a grant of $80,994 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ford presents paper on military credits at engineering education conference

George Ford, associate professor of construction management, presented a paper titled “Translating United States Military Occupational Specialties Training into College Credit at a Regional, Comprehensive University” at the American Society for Engineering Education conference at New Orleans, Louisiana, in late June.

Calvert completes leadership training at HERS Institute

Kristin Calvert, head of content organization and management at Hunter Library, completed the 2016 Higher Education Resource Services Bryn Mawr Summer Institute over a two-week period in July.

Article by Barnes wins award

An article titled “Emerging Julia Sets,” co-authored by Julia Barnes, professor of mathematics, recently won the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

Early Armenaki film to be re-released on BluRay, DVD

One of the first feature films for which Arledge Armenaki, associate professor of cinematography, served as director of photography will be re-released on BluRay and DVD formats on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Kossick lectures at international conference

Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation coordinator at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site, lectured at an anesthesia conference held in Clearwater Beach, Florida, during the last week of July.

Debo’s collection of works by writer H.D. released in paperback

A 2014 collection of works by early 20th century writer H.D., edited and introduced by Annette Debo, WCU professor of English, has been released in a paperback edition by the University Press of Florida.

Book by Sachs receives prize from Western Women’s History

A book by Honor Sachs, assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University, recently was awarded the Armitage-Jameson Prize by the Coalition for Western Women’s History.

Marketing, print shop and photographers win poster award

WCU’s Office of University Marketing and colleagues in the Chancellor’s Division have won a national award of excellence from the University and College Designers Association for posters and signage designed to support summer school awareness and recruitment.

New athletic training faculty member authors award-winning article

Ashley Thrasher, new assistant professor of athletic training in the School of Health Sciences, will begin her career at WCU this fall as an award winner.

Sholder presides over multinational jury at French film festival

Jack Sholder, professor in WCU’s Film And Television Production Program, recently served as president of the jury for the French fantasy/horror film festival officially known as “Festival International du Film Fantastique” in Audincourt.

McNeely earns highest surface water certification

Pete McNeely, operator at Western Carolina University’s water treatment plant, has earned “A” Surface Water Certification from the state.

Wright presents at Oxford conference based on her book

Laura Wright, head of the English department at WCU, delivered the keynote address at “Towards a Vegan Theory,” an interdisciplinary humanities conference held in late May at the University of Oxford and hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

WCU faculty help complete Trail of Tears project

Three Western Carolina faculty members have assisted in the creation and completion of a project to showcase interpretive sites related to the history of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in six far western counties of North Carolina.

Kinser speaks at archives symposium at British Library

Brent Kinser, associate professor of English and a founding curator of The Carlyle Letters Online, shared his experiences and challenges with that resource at the “Archival Uncertainties: International conference on literary archives” in April.

Herzog published by TIME, quoted by newspaper

Harold “Hal” Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, is the author of an article in a book published recently by TIME Magazine and was quoted in a Cincinnati Enquirer article about a gorilla at the city’s zoo that was shot by zoo officials when a 4-year-old tumbled into his enclosure.

English faculty members’ film ‘Angelic in America’ viewable on YouTube

A short film by WCU English faculty members Beth Huber and Emily Darnell, “Angelic in America,” was recently released on YouTube. Based on Alan Ginsberg’s 1956 poem “America,” the film features many WCU faculty members and students.

Bobilya addresses conference in Ireland

Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, visited Ireland to greet Western Carolina exchange students there and deliver a keynote address at the International Conference on Outdoor Education on Friday, April 22.

Young to serve as expert contact during hurricane season

Rob Young, professor of geology and director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, has agreed to serve as an expert on-call during the 2016 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, responding to media inquiries on behalf of the American Geophysical Union.

Ray interviewed by WTZQ radio station

Jeffrey Ray, dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology at WCU, was interviewed on Hendersonville’s WTZQ AM 1600 radio show “Local Focus” on Wednesday, May 5, and spoke with host Mark Warwick and sponsoring host Terry Houck Jr. about workforce development.

Phipps becomes US citizen

Maurice Phipps, professor of health, physical education and recreation, took the oath of allegiance to become a citizen of the U.S. at a ceremony in Charlotte on Tuesday, April 26.

Lomotey attends presidential correspondents’ dinner

It isn’t often that a Western Carolina University professor is pictured in the fashion section of the Washington Post, but Kofi Lomotey recently added that distinction to his accomplishments.

Wright contributes to teaching module about climate literacy

Laura Wright, associate professor and head of WCU’s English Department, is among the co-authors of a teaching module about climate literacy called “Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts,” offered free to teachers on the site of the publisher, InTeGrate.

Geology students, faculty present at conference

Current and former geology students and faculty from Western Carolina were a “heavy presence” in presenting research at the southeastern sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America, according to Mark Lord, professor of geology and head of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources.

Morse addresses hospitality group

“The Economics Of Tourism: Trends, Data and Uses” was the topic of a presentation given by Steve Morse at the April 14 member meeting of the Pigeon Forge Hospitality and Tourism Association in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Crow contributes to new text on dissertation research

Robert Crow, assistant professor of educational research at WCU, is a contributing author to the newly published text “Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods.”

Menickelli to be interviewed on Yahoo Sports Radio

Justin Menickelli, associate professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, will be an interview guest on “The Big E. Sports Show” with Elissa Walker Campbell on Friday, April 22, to talk about his book, “The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf.”

Anantatmula’s text about project teams published

BEP Business Expert Press has just released a new text by Vittal Anantatmula, professor and director of WCU’s Master of Project Management Program, titled “Project Teams: A Structured Development Approach.”

Print Shop, Frazier featured in trade publication article

Tom Frazier and University Print Shop and Mail Services are featured extensively in the March edition of the trade journal In-Plant Graphics, in an article titled “The Flatbed Opportunity.”

Bailey teaches career development courses for colleagues

Herb Bailey, director of gift planning at WCU, taught modules VIII and IX of the Certified Fundraising Executive Review Course for the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6.

Sholder to speak at workshop, double feature event

Jack Sholder, professor of film and television production at WCU, will speak at a lecture Wednesday, April 6, and a film directing workshop Thursday, April 7, for the Department of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.

Kossick to serve on national association’s scholarship committee

Mark A. Kossick, WCU professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator, accepted an invitation from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation to serve on its 2016 Scholarship Review Committee.

Dahlquist returns to lead professional development efforts at WCU

Christopher Dahlquist, formerly the professional development manager in human resources at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, has returned to Western Carolina University to lead professional development efforts here.

Tormey, Donovan among co-authors of climate change paper

Blair Tormey, researcher for WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and 2014 WCU alumna Bailey Donovan are among the 18 contributors to a paper about climate change that is being discussed in the scientific community.

WCU student, faculty collaborate in publishing mosquito guide

A WCU graduate student, two faculty members and an employee of the state’s agriculture department recently published “The Mosquitoes of the Mid-Atlantic Region: An Identification Guide.”

Reitz presents research on composition of opera

Christina Reitz, associate professor of music, presented research titled “Cold Mountain: An Appalachian Operatic Odyssey” at the Society for American Music Annual Conference held in Boston from March 9-13.

Ward receives achievement award at conference

Kham Ward, director of the Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University, received the Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award at the 62nd National Association of Student Affairs Professionals conference in Houston, Texas, the week of Feb. 18-21.

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

Documentary featuring work of Belt, Francis wins Mid-South Emmy

“First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” a documentary highlighting work by two Western Carolina University faculty members, was awarded a Midsouth Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Nashville Chapter on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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