The Western Carolina University flag was lowered to half-staff today (Friday, July 29) in memory of Dr. Kirk Smith, assistant professor in the Human Resources program in the Department of Human Services, who passed away on July 21, 2016. Kirk had been a full time faculty member since January 2011 and had been an adjunct faculty member since 2004.
Kim Winter has been chosen for the Coulter Regional Leadership Program, which welcomed its third and largest cohort this June. The program is part of the WNC Leadership Initiative, which brings together members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian and residents of WNC counties to tackle social, cultural and economic challenges in the region.
Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, led a group of WCU students on a 15 day mountaineering course (PRM 427) in the Wind River Range of Wyoming in June. During the course, the group reached the peak of Downs Mountain (13,350 ft). All students in the course received the Outdoor Leadership Certificate through the Wilderness Education Association.
Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, assistant professor of educational research, published an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times titled “Finding diversity – lessons from Dory” regarding the Pixar movie “Finding Dory.” Read the article here: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/07/01/guest-columnist-finding-diversity-lessons-dory/86596392/
Three faculty members, Robert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, and Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, published a chapter titled “An Adaptive Model for a Rigorous Professional Practice Doctorate: The Disquisition” in the book “Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods.” This chapter describes the innovative, redesigned EdD in Educational Leadership program offered at WCU.
Fifteen students pursuing the Minor in Leadership traveled to Seville, Spain for 16 days in May. The trip was the culminating event of LEAD 494: Global and International Perspectives in Leadership, which develops personal leadership skills and global/cultural competency. The group stayed in the homes of families, visited businesses, attended lectures, and went on historic tours.