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Speaker from UNCC to discuss ‘Good White People’

Shannon Sullivan, a philosophy professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will be a guest speaker Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. in Western Carolina University’s Blue Ridge Residence Hall.

Trustees appoint Gimelstob-Landry Professor, Graduate School dean

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed the university’s inaugural Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor in Regional Economic Development and named a new dean for Graduate School and Research at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, June 3.

Greensboro couple establishes scholarship fund for Honors College students

Greensboro couple Rebecca Heafner Schlosser and Michael Schlosser are honoring the memory of their late son, David, by establishing an endowed scholarship fund in his name at Western Carolina University.

Another big student contingent heading to NCUR, but this time to Asheville

Western Carolina University students have traveled to the distant corners of the U.S. over the years as they built and maintained a strong presence at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate research gathering.

WCU seeking student proposals for third Discovery Forum; deadline is March 6

Western Carolina University will host its third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, on Tuesday, March 24.

A selection committee composed of university faculty and staff has issued a call for proposals from WCU undergraduate students interested in participating in the Discovery Forum. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The forum, open to the public, will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. in the conference center of Blue Ridge Hall on the WCU campus.

Originally planned for October 2014, the third Discovery Forum has been rescheduled to coincide with another major campus event that focuses on student research, the annual Undergraduate Expo, said Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College and chair of the forum selection committee. The Undergraduate Expo is set for March 23 and 24.

During the forum, up to six undergraduate individuals or teams will “pitch” their projects in front of an audience composed of students, faculty and community members in a series of four-minute presentations followed by four minutes of questions and answers. The top two presenters chosen by a panel of judges will receive an engraved trophy at the conclusion of the forum.

The WCU event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Honors College, is part of an initiative launched by the N.C. State University-based Institute for Emerging Issues, a think tank devoted to developing leadership and economic development for the state.

The IEI created the Discovery Forum to promote young leaders and community interaction, and WCU held its inaugural Discovery Forum in April 2013 as a pilot run of the successful Raleigh-based program.

In addition to Railsback, committee members are Todd Collins, College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Ford, College of Education and Allied Professions; Heather Mae Erickson, College of Fine and Performing Arts; Jill Manners, College of Health and Human Sciences; Bob Mulligan, College of Business; Lane Perry, Center for Service Learning; Bill Studenc, Office of Communications and Public Relations; and Martin Tanaka, Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

Proposals from students interested in participating must include an abstract of up to 500 words that identifies a problem, a proposed solution, and the viability and sustainability of the proposed solution.

For more information about the forum, including additional requirements for proposals, call the WCU Honors College at 828-227-7383.

By Bill Studenc

Talents of WCU undergrads to be showcased during annual expo

The research, creative work and service of Western Carolina University’s undergraduate students will be on display during the 15th annual Undergraduate Expo, which will be hosted by WCU’s Honors College on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4.

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