Dr. Bobilya publishes “An Investigation of the Connection Between Outdoor Orientation and Thriving”

Andrew BobilyaDr. Andrew Bobilya recently published a paper with Dr. Wally Rude from Ambrose University in Calgary and Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire.  The study explored the impact of first-year college student participation in an outdoor orientation program at three different colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada and was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL).

Austrian group visits WCU to learn about UP Program

UP Program LogoA group representing Die Padagogische Hochschule Salzburg Stefan Zweig (The Salzburg University of Education) spent a day and a half at WCU to learn more about the University Participant Program (UP). The UP program is a two-year living and learning community for college aged adults with intellectual disabilities. The Austrian school is hoping to start a similar program at their school. Read the full Citizen-Times article here:http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/02/13/austrian-group-visits-wcu-learn-up-program/97850622/

Scales & Tracy Publish Joint Article

Kelly TracyRoyascalesDr. Roya Scales and Dr. Kelly Tracy, both Associate Professors in the School of Teaching and Learning have co-published an article in the journal Literacy Research and Instruction. The article, “Using Text Sets to Facilitate Critical Thinking in Sixth Graders” can be read here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PPFupMNIDezDcWZHmjzG/full

McCants selected as 2016 Park Ranger of the Year

Park RangerThomas “Zabo” McCants, a Park and Recreational Management alumnus has ben selected as the national 2016 Park Ranger of the Year. Ranger McCants is helping to transform Poinsett State Park, SC and the experiences for park visitors. See the full story here: http://www.servicewearapparel.com/ranger/index.php

Dr. Yancey Gulley edits new case study book

GulleyA new case study book edited by Dr. Yancey Gulley, assistant professor of Higher Education Student Affairs has been published. The book, “Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice” is available for pre-order and will be released in March. See the full information here: https://www.naspa.org/publications/books/using-the-cas-professional-standards

WCU Makes Kiplinger’s Best Values List

WCU SealWestern Carolina University has been named a “2017 Best College Value” in an annual review of colleges and universities released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. WCU is ranked 98th among public higher education institutions across the nation in terms of value for in-state students and 83rd for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, four-year graduation rates, costs of attending, financial aid and average debt of students at graduation. Read the complete story here: http://news-prod.wcu.edu/2017/01/wcu-named-best-college-value-kiplingers-personal-finance-magazine/