Dr. Phyllis Robertson and WCU Counseling alumni Laura Lindsey and Beth Lindsey published an manuscript titled “Expressive Arts and Mindfulness: Aiding Adolescents in Understanding and Managing Their Stress” in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health describing the outcomes of group work with sixth grade students. The study found that expressive arts and mindfulness practice reduced stress and anxiety an levels after 6 group meetings.
HESA students attended the NCCPA/NCHO Joint Conference in Asheville, North Carolina in November. The conference theme was “changing seasons, changing lives” and focused on racial and social justice. NCCPA has developed a strategic imperative for decolonization and racial justice fellowship as a way to operationalize and actualize the intent of the international imperative and involve faculty, staff, and students in the comprehensive progression towards social justice. WCU/HESA had more representation than any other institution/program.
Erin Fox (2003, B.S.Ed) has been named South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Fox is an English teacher at Gaffney High School and uses her dynamic background in drama, dance and music to create dynamic lessons. She also coaches cross country. Read the full story here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/35333306/upstate-teachers-named-finalists-for-sc-teacher-of-the-year
Jennifer Gordon (2nd left, front row), a graduate of the Jamaican program made the Jamaican news on her efforts to transform a rural primary school in St. Andrew. Gordon is a WCU graduate who received her Bachelor of Education Degree in 2010. Read the full news story here: http://jis.gov.jm/principal-looks-transform-rural-st-andrew-primary-school/