It’s understandable that Ed Gonzalez felt a little leery about signing up for an English composition course at Western Carolina University. After all, the Cuban-American spent his early childhood in a south Florida household where Spanish was the only language spoken.
As the world watched prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch arrive at an air base in Germany on Tuesday, April 1, after her dramatic rescue in Iraq, the family of Western Carolina University graduate and U.S. Air Force Capt. Tracee Putnam Ray looked on with special pride. Ray, 30, an Air Force doctor and a 1994 graduate of Western with a degree in chemistry, was the attending physician and head of the critical care air transport team that flew Lynch to Ramstein, Germany.
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper asked more than 250 scientists and students gathered at a genomics research conference organized by Western Carolina University to join him in his effort to expand the state’s DNA database and increase the number of genetic analysts in the State Bureau of Investigation.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has authorized Western Carolina University to pursue new joint degree programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Leila Tvedt, executive director of the N.C. Agency for Public Telecommunications for the past nine years, has been appointed to the new position of associate vice chancellor for public relations at Western Carolina University.
Noelle L. Kehrberg, who has served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions during a 24-year career at Western Carolina University, has been appointed dean of Western’s College of Applied Sciences.
Western Carolina University is listed among “the top 100 outstanding but under-appreciated colleges” in a new book by one of the nation’s most-respected education writers, who debunks the notion that a quality education can be found only at brand-name, Ivy League schools.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will deliver the keynote address at a daylong conference examining ethical and social implications of genomic research and other biotechnology issues Thursday, April 3, in Asheville.