Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions recently received a $212,000 grant from the University of North Carolina General Administration for its “2+2 E-Learning” initiative to help satisfy the state’s need for mathematics and science teachers.
For the third consecutive year, the School-University Teacher Education Partnership at Western Carolina University is a finalist for the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award presented annually by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Sue Swanger (pictured), director of Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in accountancy, recently won the Outstanding Educator Award from the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Western Carolina University junior Jennie V. Dowdle of Franklin (pictured) has been named recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship and will spend the first three months of 2008 studying Spanish at a school in Costa Rica.
A Western Carolina University faculty member and one of his students received national awards for radio production work at the Broadcast Education Association Convention Festival of Media Arts held recently in Las Vegas.
Western Carolina University recently received a grant in the amount of $125,000 for the continuation of its SCIENCES program, an 18-month project designed to improve science education in Alleghany County middle schools.
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.