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.
A Western Carolina University faculty member who regularly wins praise from students and colleagues for the knowledge and passion that illuminates her teaching has been named one of the best teachers in The University of North Carolina system.
Howard Lee, chairman of the N.C. State Board of Education, told members of Western Carolina University’s board of trustees that they should feel proud to serve in leadership roles at what he called “a cutting-edge university.”