Alumnus Named Best Mental Therapist in WNC

Gordon Smith (WCU CSLG ’01 and Asheville City Council member) has been named the Best Mental Health Therapist in western North Carolina for 2013 by the X Awards.

Herzog wins international award

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.

UP Program profiled by national organization

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.

Award named in honor of the late Janice Holt

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.

Clinical Psychology Student Wins Award, Presents to NC Legislators

Lauren Miller, a student in the MA program in Clinical Psychology, was one of two student winners from the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium. She went on to present her work to Senators Jim Davis and Andrew Brock and Representative Jo Sam Queen of the NC legislature on May 23rd. Her poster is currently on display in the Graduate School display case in the Ramsey Center.

Whee Teach wins state-wide award

The Whee Teach Living-Learning Community has been named the Community of the Month for the entire state of North Carolina by the NC Association of Residence Halls. This is the first time a living-learning community has received this recognition. The Whee Teach Living Learning Community is designed to provide a holistic college experience by combining classroom learning, co-curricular activities, and a residential learning community. There are approximately 75 current members and the 2013-14 goal is to add 75 new freshman.