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Talley serves as ‘scholar activist’ at political convention

Heather Laine Talley, assistant professor of sociology, recently attended the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte to serve as a “scholar activist” writing for The Feminist Wire.

Hunter Library hosts exhibit of librarian’s doodles

Research suggesting people who doodle during meetings retain more information than non-doodlers is good news for Jill Ellern, systems librarian at Hunter Library. Ellern has doodled on whatever she could find – agendas, scrap paper, Post-it notes and even a banana – during the thousands of hours of meetings she has attended in the past 25 years.

In the break room with Herb Bailey

WCU’s director of planned giving wants to help you experience a new level of joy.

From the Breakroom with Tony Sirk

Tony Sirk joined the School of Stage and Screen as the costume shop manager in August. Over the years, Sirk has managed costume shops at universities and regional theaters throughout the United States. His design repertoire includes work for “Bat Boy,” “Coppelia” and “Alchemy of Desire.”

From the faculty lounge with Sharon Jacques

Sharon Jacques will retire May 15 as an associate professor of nursing who has taught more than 2,500 WCU students since her career began in 1974. Jacques will continue to help others become better nurses through the Sharon Jacques Nursing Scholarship that she created.

Get to know WCU’s chancellor-elect and his wife

Chancellor-elect David O. Belcher and his wife, Susan, discuss their experience and interests, from reading to music, as well as their excitement about becoming part of the WCU family.

Professor’s book helps establish direction for field of Nigerian history

Read a Q&A with Saheed Aderinto, an assistant professor of history originally from Nigeria.

Q&A with Pam Harris

Pamela Maize Harris, assistant professor of public relations, questioned why people hear so little about Irene Morgan, who refused to give up her seat on a bus 11 years before Rosa Parks made American civil rights history. Harris’ subsequent research about Morgan and media coverage of the case has sparked invitations for her recent presentations at conferences across the nation.

Q&A with Henry Wong

Henry Wong shares what led him to WCU last year to become director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs and how he serves the WCU community.

From the breakroom with Sarah Nuñez

Sarah Nuñez, who was born in Colombia, is an assistant director of admissions based at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and serves as a liaison between WCU and A-B Tech. Nuñez recently hosted a one-hour training session centered on working with Latino students at WCU and developed a Latino Student Resource Guide.

Meet WCU’s new director of intercultural affairs

James Felton, WCU’s new director of intercultural affairs, said his primary goal is to promote positive communication and interaction among different cultures and ethnicities. “I would like to introduce the campus to social activism and help the students to understand that social awareness is a necessity, as well as a lifelong vocation,” said Felton.

From the Breakroom with Roger E. Hartley

Roger E. Hartley recently joined the Western Carolina University faculty as director of the master’s degree program in public administration.

Q&A – What WCU’s provost is saying about leaving WCU to become UNC Pembroke’s next chancellor

Kyle R. Carter, provost and senior vice chancellor at WCU, shares his thoughts about leaving Western Carolina to serve as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Q&A with Robert Conley

Robert Conley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a prolific author and Western Carolina University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies.

Q&A with Phil Kneller

Phil Kneller, associate professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University, reflects on the time he spent in the Peace Corps helping eradicate smallpox in Ethiopia.

In the Gallery with Denise Drury

Denise Drury, former executive director of a nonprofit, contemporary visual art space in Tallahassee, Fla., arrived at WCU this semester in the position of curatorial specialist at the Fine Art Museum.

Q&A with Dr. Tom Archer

Dr. Tom Archer sees an average of 15 to 20 patients each day as one of the physicians working for Western Carolina University Student Health Services.

Q&A with Debbie Hyatt

Debbie Hyatt, ticket and reservation manager at Ramsey Regional Activity Center, is hosting a Be The Match bone marrow donor registry drive in honor of her sister.

Q&A on mediation (and how to keep the peace during the holidays)

Jayne Zanglein coached WCU’s nationally award-winning mediation team. In this Q&A, she shares her thoughts about the value of mediation and a few strategies for surviving the holidays.

Behind the scenes with Don Connelly and the writing of ‘On the Home Front’

Don Connelly (pictured above left) spent nearly two years researching the original Armed Forces Radio shows to write the production “On the Home Front: Nov. ’44,” which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Veterans Day – Wednesday, Nov. 11 – in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

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