Jason Coggins, a graduate student in Western Carolina University’s Master of Public Affairs Program, is the recipient of the 2007 Jake Wicker Scholarship awarded by the North Carolina City and County Managers Association.
Julia Ann Barnes (pictured at right), associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system, earning praise for using creative ways to help her students understand difficult mathematical concepts.
Western Carolina University political science student Chris Douglas was recently awarded the “best undergraduate paper” prize for his essay presented at the North Carolina Political Science Association conference.
When a big-time publishing firm asked Western Carolina University faculty member Brian Railsback to edit an encyclopedia about legendary American writer John Steinbeck, the longtime Steinbeck fan jumped at the chance.
“The World Made Straight,” the latest novel by Ron Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at Western Carolina University, is one of the nation’s top 10 books for teenage readers.
Graduates of Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in school administration – the university’s training program for prospective school principals – have once again scored high marks on a national test that indicates how well prepared they are to fill the top leadership positions in North Carolina public schools.