Dr. Kelly Kelley, assistant professor special education, has been awarded a three year, $300,000 grant from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. The grant will support research on “The Role of Transition Services in Raising Expectations and Attitudes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities.”
Cindy Simmons, graduate of WCU and former women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Smoky Mountain High School, was inducted in to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She is already a member of the WCU Athletic Hall of Fame. Source: The Sylva Herald.
Hal Herzog, professor of psychology, recently received the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and the International Society for Anthrozoology. The award, presented at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual convention held in Chicago, honored Herzog for contributing through his published works to the understanding of human-animal interactions and relationships. See the article in The Reporter.
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.