Gordon Mercer, director of the Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute and associate dean of research and graduate studies, is the recipient of the North Carolina Political Science Association's Distinguished Public Service Award for 2005.
For Bob Buckner, after this year the word “march” will no longer simply be a command that the longtime director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University issues to the 300 members of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. “March” likely also will become the name of Buckner's new favorite month.
Ronald D. Hunter, professor and head of the department of applied criminology at Western Carolina University, has been chosen to serve as second vice president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, putting him on track to become president of the international organization in 2007.
While Bob Buckner was busy handing out awards at the recent Tournament of Champions marching band competition hosted by Western Carolina University, a national music education organization surprised Western's longtime director of athletic bands with an award of his own.
Vincent Hall, head of the department of nursing at Western Carolina University, is the recipient of a national award from the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care for a research article he authored.
While the 1,600 or so students who comprise Western Carolina University's freshman class have yet to receive their first grades as college students, the professor who wrote their first required reading assignment is earning high marks for his latest project.
J. Dan Pittillo, professor of biology at Western Carolina University, is the 2004 recipient of the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence, presented annually by the Cullowhee Conference on Native Plants in the Landscape.