New UP Program Student Featured on Local TV News

Ali Hale of Hickory, NC has been featured on the news of Fox 46. Ali has Downs Syndrome and was recently accepted to the UP Program at WCU. For more information, see the news program:

Travel course to England and Ireland includes UP Program students

UP Program Travel CourseThree students enrolled in WCU’s UP Program have joined students and faculty on a May travel course to study programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities in England and Ireland. See the WCU News article for more.

Good News and UP Program Awards

Heidi Turlington, lecturer in Health & PE, is the first UP Program Faculty of the Year for her work with UP Program participants. Kelly Kelley, assistant professor of special education, and Kofi Lomotey, Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, were presented with Good News awards for their work with research grants and a new book, respectively.

Alumnus featured as WLOS Person of the Week

David Maennle, graduate of the University Participants program, was featured as the WLOS Person of the Week on December 27th. Watch the video here:

CEAP Welcomes New Faculty

The college welcomes the following new faculty and staff:

  • Ethan Schilling – Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Tom Ford – Professor, Psychology
  • Holly Pinter – Assistant Professor, Elementary/Middle Grades Education
  • Kelly Kelley – Assistant Professor, Special Education
  • Tom Watterson – Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education
  • Rebekah Norris – UP Program Coordinator
  • Kofi Lomotey – John & Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor, Educational Leadership
  • Yogita Abichandani – Assisant Professor, Human Resources
  • Jessica Weiler – Assistant Professor, Master of School Administration
  • Amanda Chapman – Instructor, Office of Field Experiences
  • Judy Fleming – Academic Advisor, TRACS

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.