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College Newsletter for Spring 2014 Released

The newsletter for the college for Spring 2014 has been published. It can be accessed from the college website:

CEAP Golf Tournament

The Second Annual CEAP Golf Tournament held April 5th raised $1800 for student scholarships in the college. The top flight winners were David Claxton and Hannah Glenn. Second flight winners were Jim Goodwin and Tony Hickey. We thank all our participants for their support.

WCU couple establish new scholarship

WCU’s John “Jack” McFadden, professor emeritus of education, and Anna McFadden, director of academic engagement and IT governance in the Division of Information Technology, have endowed a scholarship at WCU to assist aspiring science educators. The scholarship will be awarded annually starting in fall 2015 to a junior or senior who is pursuing a major […]

BBC Documentary to feature Dr. Ford

Dr. Tom Ford contributed to a BBC documentary entitled, “The New Misogyny.” The documentary explores a variety of ways that sexism continues to be propagated in society. Dr. Ford was able to contribute to the documentary by talking about his research over the past 14 years on the social consequences of sexist humor.

Ed.D. program selected to join Carnegie Project

WCU’s redesigned doctoral program, the Executive Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, was recently selected to become a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. WCU is one of 33 institutions accepted in the third cohort of the consortium. For more information, see the WCU News article.

Carpenter Named Dean of CEAP

Dale Carpenter, who has served as the interim dean since July 2012, has been named permanent dean of the college. For more information, see the WCU News article.

White Wins Distance Fellowship Award

Matthew White, candidate in the Masters of School Administration program, was awarded the Distance Fellowship Award at the recent Graduate School Research Symposium. He also participated in the Three Minute Thesis competition with his research on “Closing the Cracks: Tracking Middle Grade Student Absences to Reduce Failures.”

Curtis Interviewed on Integrated Care

Russell Curtis, associate professor of counseling, was interviewed by Counseling Today about his expertise in and advocacy for Integrated Care. Curtis is co-leader of the American Counseling Association’s Interest Network for Integrated Care. See the article in Counseling Today for more information.

CEAP Teaching Awards Announced

Dr. Ellen Sigler, Psychology, has won the 2014 Taft B. Botner Award for Superior Teaching. Also, the 2014 CEAP Legislative Teaching Awards have been won by Dr. Cathy Grist, Human Services, and Dr. Vicki Faircloth, School of Teaching and Learning. The college congratulates our outstanding faculty.

Faculty Win College Awards

The college congratulates the following faculty who have won three awards. Exemplary Service Award: Lori Unruh, Psychology Dean’s Research Award: David Westling, STL Soaring High Award: Nancy Luke, STL

Rural-Urban Exchage Panel Discussion Scheduled

The Panel Discussion of the 13th Annual Rural-Urban Exchange will be held Thursday, April 10 at 4pm in the Blue Ridge Conference Room. Students from the School of Education at NCA&T State University and from WCU will describe their experiences as they visit communities and schools that are very different from those with which they […]

West wins award at English society convention

Jill West, major in secondary English education, won the P.C. Somerville Award for Future Teachers at the 2014 convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. For more information, see the WCU News article.

HR online graduate program earns ‘Best Buy’ designation

The Masters in Human Resources online program received a “Best Buy” designation from, a distance education information clearinghouse. For more information, see the WCU News article.

Health and physical education students and faculty meet with legislators

Western Carolina University health and physical education students and faculty recently took part in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s sixth annual SPEAK Out! Day on Capitol Hill. See the article in The Reporter for more information.

Wade to Present Doctoral Defense

Anne Wade will give her doctoral defense on Wednesday, April 2nd at 12:00 pm in Killian Room 204D. The topic is “Community College Instructors’ Perceptions of Incivility In The Classroom.” All are welcome to attend.

Students Present, Honored at Confernce

Ten graduate students and 12 undergraduate students gave presentations at the 60th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Nashville, TN. Joseph Melnyk was awarded the Graduate Student Research Award for the entire conference. Martha Davis was also a semi-finalist for this award.

Students to spend spring break in service

Students in education and other majors are traveling to Jamaica for a service-oriented spring break. Among other activities, the group will deliver donated laptops to a rural school near Montego Bay. See the full article in The Reporter.

McDonough to Present Doctoral Defense

Beth McDonough will give her doctoral defense on Wednesday, March 19th at 1:00 pm in Killian Room 202. The topic is “Critical Information Literacy in Practice: An Interpretive Synthesis.” All are welcome to attend.

Jones to Present Doctoral Defense

Amy Jones will present her doctoral defense on Monday, March 17 at 2 pm in Biltmore Park room 330. Her topic is “Explaining North Carolina Traditional Public School Principals’ Perspectives on Charter Schools.” All are welcome to attend.

CEAP Hosts Second Golf Tournament

The second CEAP Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29 at the High Vista golf course in Mills River, NC. The tournament will benefit scholarship funds in the college. Those interested in playing or sponsoring can find more information on the registration form:

Bricker Appointed to National Committee on Teacher Preparation

Dr. Patricia Bricker, associate professor and associate director of the School of Teaching and Learning, has been appointed to the Committee on Preservice Teacher Preparation of the National Science Teachers Association. She will serve a three year appointment on this national committee that promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching.

Statement on Extreme Weather and Internship Released

The Teacher Education program has released a statement on handling extreme weather conditions for students in Intern II and Student Teaching this semester. Students in Intern II and Student Teaching are strongly encouraged to read it:

Johnson to give Doctoral Defense

Jamie Laws Johnson will give her doctoral defense on Wednesday, February 26th at 4:00 pm in Killian 202. The topic is “Sustaining Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).” All are welcome to attend.

Grant Promotes Girls’ Participation in Disc Golf

Justin Menickelli and Chris Tuten, both of the Health and Physical Education program, used an Innovation Grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) to teach elementary school girls at Cartoogechay Elementary School in Macon County how to play the sport. For more information, see the PDGA article.

Students collecting items for Jamaica

Students participating in the Alternative Spring Break to Jamaica are collecting items to take to Jamaican schools. See the list of needs posted in Killian 120 and drop of any items you wish to donate there by Friday, February 28th.

Grube Named to NCACTE Executive Committee

Dan Grube, director and associate professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, has been named to the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (NCACTE). NCACTE is the state organization of the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.

Teaching Fellows Initiate Book Drive

The Teaching Fellows are holding a book drive to collect books for area teachers and children. All genres in the range from Pre-K to Young Adult will be accepted in McKee G22. New or gently used books can be donated. The collection will end March 21st.

Grant for Smart Board in CMC Awarded

A new Smart Board for student use has been installed in the Curriculum Materials Center of Hunter Library thanks to a $18,000 grant. The project is a collaboration between the library, CEAP, and the Coulter Faculty Commons. For more information, see the Hunter’s Clarion article.

Alumnus featured as WLOS Person of the Week

David Maennle, graduate of the University Participants program, was featured as the WLOS Person of the Week on December 27th. Watch the video here:

Adam Ray wins WCU’s first Lily Community Engagement Award

WCU presented its first Lily Community Engagement Award to Adam Ray, who majored in social sciences education and history. Ray was a Teaching Fellow and also received honorary membership in the Cullowhee Lily Society. For more information, see the WCU News article.

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