Student-teacher group plans fundraisers for trip to Finland

Students from Western Carolina University’s School of Teaching and Learning will hold a bake sale from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, to help raise funds for a trip this spring to Finland, where they will study schools that are ranked No. 1 in literacy test scores. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.

Applications open for Rural-Urban Exchange

Applications are now being accepted to participate in the Twelfth annual Rural-Urban Exchange (RUE) between our college and the School of Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.  For more information and the application form, go to  The deadline is November 30.

University Participant Program seeks applicants

Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. To apply, visit, or contact program coordinator Kelly Kelley at telephone 828-227-3297 or via email at See The Reporter for the original article.

Spurling to give keynote on bullying in the schools

Dr. Richard Spurling, superintendent of Mitchell County Schools, will present the Ron Morrow Lecture on Wednesday, October 10 at 5 pm in Killian 102.  His talk is titled “It is Time to be Bully Free.”  Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Lydia Cook in the Dean’s office.

Faculty Selected for Japan Studies Institute Fellowship

Dr. Marie-Line Germain, a Human Services faculty member in the Human Resource master’s program received one of 16 university fellowships from across the United States to attend the Japan Studies Institute held at San Diego State University. The two-week program was designed promote good will and an understanding of how leaders in the Japan work to promote future growth while honoring traditional cultural foundations. While there, Marie-Line met and talked with Japanese corporation representatives, diplomats, film makers and scholars. The knowledge gained by Dr. Germain’s participation in this program will support the college’s initiatives to promote international competence of students and faculty.  For more information, see the Institute’s website.

CEAP Diversity Blog to Launch in April

On April 9, 2012, the College of Education and Allied Professions will launch its first Blog sponsored by the College Diversity Committee and facilitated by Lewis Isaac.  The Blog is open to all students and faculty in our college.    It will be accessible through an “organization” on blackboard.  People participating in the blog will have access to a recent New York Times article, as well as, to some other resources.  Our guest blogger, Lewis Isaac, will post his comments on the article and interact  with faculty and students via the blog.  The blog will give faculty and students, both residential and distance , an opportunity to participate in a “diversity dialogue” that is asynchronous.  The Blog will run for a 2 week period to give faculty and students plenty of opportunity to participate.  Lewis Isaac will be responding to posts on the blog.

For further information, including possible incorporation of this activity into your classes, please contact Lisa Bloom or John Habel.