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: http://goo.gl/NxPvXb
Three 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.
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.
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
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.