Sam Fowlkes, an adjunct parks and recreation management instructor at WCU for 15 years and chair of the American Canoe Association’s safety and rescue committee, served as co-chair of the ACA’s 2013 Swiftwater Rescue Conference, which was held Oct. 24-26 in Western North Carolina. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.
Two WCU alumnae have been honored by Macon County Schools. Shirley Parks, East Franklin Elementary School principal has been named Principal of the Year. Also, Melissa Faetz, South Macon Elementary School teacher has been named Teacher of the Year. See the article in the Macon County News for more information.
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.