The question of who is ultimately responsible for the operation of safe jails was a hot topic at a Jail Safety Summit on Thursday (April 17) at Western Carolina University, but on one issue there was consensus – everyone involved had better work together to spot safety problems and eliminate them before a tragedy occurs, and not after.
Five Western Carolina University faculty members have been named finalists for the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which will be presented during the General Faculty Meeting and Award Convocation at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Coulter Building recital hall.
Former Broadway actor, musician and composer Rudy Roberson has joined the Western Carolina University faculty as an instructor in the communication and theatre arts department and faculty director for the WCU Black Theatre Ensemble.
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.