The UP Program has been profiled by Think College!, a national organization that advocates for similar programs. Their publication, Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability, describes the many strengths of the WCU program.
The Research on Teacher Induction Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association passed a resolution in April to name its outstanding dissertation award “The Janice Hooper Holt Outstanding Dissertation Award.” Holt was the first recipient of the award in 2012. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.
Drs. Kia Asberg and Leonardo Bobadilla of psychology and Dr. Jamie Vaske of criminology found that youths with a particular genetic marker are 2.5 times as likely to both have symptoms of depression and to abuse marijuana as those without the marker. This study was published in Addictive Behaviors, a top research journal in the [...]
Lauren Miller, a student in the MA program in Clinical Psychology, was one of two student winners from the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium. She went on to present her work to Senators Jim Davis and Andrew Brock and Representative Jo Sam Queen of the NC legislature on May 23rd. Her poster is currently on display [...]
EdD candidate, Heather Mullins, has been appointed Chief Academic Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools, starting July 1. She will supervise curriculum, instruction, instructional technology, Title I, Title II, and Title III. Prior to this appointment Heather served as Professional Development Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Andy Gardner will defend his EdD dissertation on Thursday, May 30th at 2 pm at WCU’s Biltmore Park location. His title is “Predicting Student Success by Participation in a First-Year Experience Course.” All are welcome to attend.
Christine Smith will present her doctoral defense on Thursday, June 6th at 2 pm in Biltmore Park room 330. Her topic is “Elementary School Grade Retention: A Qualitative Study of High School Seniors’ Perceptions of Being Held Back.” The presentation is open to the public.
Emily McCullough will defend her doctoral dissertation on June 4th at 1 pm in Killian 202. Her topic is “Effects of Generation on Tenure-Track Faculty Satisfaction.” All are welcome to attend.
Pamela Heidlebaugh-Buskey will defend her doctoral dissertation on June 6th at 10 am at Biltmore Park. Her topic is “A Multiple Case Study on the Phenomenon of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Rural Western North Carolina.” All are welcome to attend.
Karena Cooper-Duffy, assistant professor of special education, and a group of her students were recently recognized in the spring newsletter of Alaska’s Special Education Service Agency for materials that created to assist parents and teachers working with Alaskan children with special needs. See the article in The Reporter for more information.
Students in the master’s degree program in human resources offered through the Department of Human Services served as HR consultants to four nonprofit organizations in North Carolina as part of their coursework this spring. Under the supervision of Marie-Line Germain, assistant professor of human resources and leadership, and working with graduate student Olivia Graham, who [...]
The Whee Teach Living-Learning Community has been named the Community of the Month for the entire state of North Carolina by the NC Association of Residence Halls. This is the first time a living-learning community has received this recognition. The Whee Teach Living Learning Community is designed to provide a holistic college experience by combining [...]
Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy, assistant professor of special education, and 12 special education students collaborated with teachers in rural Alaska to create adapted materials for children with severe disabilities. Dr. Cooper-Duffy recently traveled to Alaska to deliver materials and to collaborate with Tara Maltby, a WCU distance graduate student teaching in Alaska, on strategies for teaching [...]
The Counseling Program announces its 6th annual Coming Full Circle Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The event runs 8am to 1pm in Killian and the UC. Sessions will be led by graduating interns on a wide variety of current topics. Email Dr. Lisen Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
James Hutcherson will present his doctoral dissertation defense on Thursday, May 9th, at 10 am in Killian 202. His topic is “Community College Students’ Pro-Environmental Behaviors and Their Relationship to Awareness of College Sustainability Strategy Implementation.” The presentation is open to the public.
Ms. Aubrey Ray, instructor of health and physical education, has awarded the University Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to a University Administrator, Faculty, or Staff member who goes above and beyond their job description for their outstanding support and betterment of the students at WCU.
The College of Education and Allied Professions will hold a tree dedication in memory of Dr. Janice Holt, Executive Director of TRACS who passed away suddenly in October. The dedication will be held Monday, May 6th at 4:00 pm on the northwest side of the Killian building (toward the UC). Refreshments will follow the dedication [...]
The North Carolina Mountains Teacher Job Fair will be held May 20th from 9 am until noon on the campus of A-B Tech at Enka. For more information, visit the Western Region Education Service Alliance website: http://www.wresa.org/JobFair2013/default.htm.
The faculty of the college voted to approve the CEAP Strategic Plan for 2013-2020 at a college business meeting on Friday, April 19th. The new strategic plan is based on significant input and discussion within the college and aligns with the university’s 2020 plan. The college’s plan can be found here: http://goo.gl/IMR4d.
Several faculty were nominated or awarded university level honors at the recent WCU awards ceremony: Russell Curtis – nominee for Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Heidi Turlington – nominee for Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award Bob Beaudet, Carrie Rogers & Nancy Luke – nominees for the SoTL Scholar Award Alvin Malesky – winner [...]
The Spring 2013 edition of the college’s newsletter has been released. This issue highlights many awards and initiatives in the college. Go here to view it: http://goo.gl/IXuH4
The college’s Honors and Awards ceremony was held April 10th in the UC Grandroom. Two alumni were honored as Peak Performers: Myra Watson, Instructor in our Birth to Kindergarten program, and Amanda Northrup, elementary teacher in Haywood County. A large number of students were honored for earning awards and scholarships, and Faculty and staff received [...]
The Office of First Year Experience has shared that thirteen faculty and staff of the college have been nominated as Exemplary Advocates by the Class of 2016. The nominees are Kia Asberg, Leo Bobadilla, Kim Corzine, Windy Gordon, Janice Holt, Erin Myers, Maurice Phipps, Holly Pinter, Mickey Randolph, Aubrey Ray, David Scales, Debby Singleton, and [...]
The CEAP Golf Tournament, held March 23rd was a success. Thirty-six players participated and raised $1675 for college scholarships. Windy Gordon and Rachel Nelson won the Top Flight championship, and Chuck Wooten and Wade St. John won the Second Flight championship. Plans are already underway for a tournament next year.
Ten students in Middle Grades Education attended the Future Teachers of America and NC Middle School conferences in Greensboro, NC on March 16-18. These students recruited for undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education at WCU, presented to groups of other teacher education students and faculty, and attended professional development sessions.
Twenty-three students from the leadership councils of Teaching Fellows and Whee Teach participated in team-building and group integration activities through Xtreeme Challenge in Monroe, NC on March 8-10. The groups, accompanied by CEAP faculty and staff, completed activities on low and high ropes courses and zip lines.
Faculty and students from the Health and Physical Education program traveled to Washington, DC as part of Washington Speak Out Day, a political advocacy event to support physical education, organized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Students that participated include Nicole Kaysing, Laura Greb, Paul Lane, and Orey Lance. They were accompanied [...]
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has released a report about the state of teacher preparation. The report notes that teacher education programs nationally are admitting academically competitive students and incorporate extensive clinical experience in schools. For more information, see the press release.
Students from the School of Education at NCA&T State University and from WCU described their experiences during a panel discussion on March 21st as part of the 12th annual Rural-Urban Exchange (RUE). The students visited communities, public schools and university campuses that are very different from those with which they are familiar. In addition, the [...]
Two students in Special Education will present their research projects at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium on March 21st. The students are Melissa Strother-Stout, Crystal Petrella, and April Whitehurst. They are all sponsored by Lisa Bloom, professor of special education.
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