Recreational therapy – sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Well it can be at times, but it’s also hard work. Just ask the ten Western graduates who took the rigorous national certification exam this past reporting period and passed. The professional certification exam was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS, the folks who bring you the College Boards) and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Erin K. McNelis, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Western Carolina University, is the third faculty member to be accepted into Project NExT, a nationally competitive program for new professors who hold doctoral degrees in mathematics.
Rhonda Decker of Asheville, a senior in the clinical laboratory sciences program at Western Carolina University, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship award from the Alpha Mu Tau honor society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
A musical comedy penned by Laurel Vartabedian, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts at Western Carolina University, has been accepted for FringeNYC, the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival.
Western Carolina University student Christopher John Bochicchio, a junior from Weaverville, is one of 12 college students from across the nation chosen to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
For the second consecutive year, Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in physical therapy has earned a perfect score on the profession’s national licensing examination, with 100 percent of test-takers from Western’s program passing on their first attempt.
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.