The Western Regional Office of the Small Business & Technology Development Center, sponsored by Western Carolina University, was recently recognized for helping more small businesses receive Small Business Administration loans than any other SBTDC office in North Carolina.
What began as a request to translate “The Star-Spangled Banner” into Cherokee evolved instead into a new song, the “United Cherokee Nations Anthem,” which was recorded in a studio for the first time at Western Carolina University. The anthem opens with a translation of “O say can you see,” but then takes its own course into messages of strength and the desire for peace.
Wayne Robbins, English instructor at Western and SMART program director, is rolling out new activities and rewards to strengthen a different kind of bond – the bond between the tribe's young members and their own heritage. The recent Cherokee Preservation Foundation's decision to continue supporting the program with a more than $50,000 grant to WCU's English department means Robbins will be able to advance those efforts into the 2006-07 school year.
There is a critical need for certified registered nurse anesthetists – advanced care nurses commonly known as CRNAs and who specialize in pain relief – and Western Carolina University's department of nursing is doing something to meet that need, with the help of several Western North Carolina medical care providers.
Western Carolina University students will provide about $4.2 million worth of volunteer work for Western North Carolina communities this academic year as they participate in co-curricular volunteer activities and course-based service learning projects.
Western Carolina University students enrolled in a “Crisis Communication” course during the upcoming spring semester will create free crisis communication plans for a select number of businesses, agencies and organizations.
Law enforcement officers from across North Carolina joined with state legislators, county and municipal officials, medical and social services professionals, and students and educators at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to examine strategies for curbing the rampant problem of methamphetamine.
“It got quiet for the first time on the whole trip.” That was the reaction of Western Carolina University students and faculty members traveling in a van toward the Gulf Coast to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery as they began to see the damage wrought by the storm along the highway.
Jeffrey Crane, who teaches online emergency management classes in Western Carolina University's department of applied criminology, has been appointed to a national leadership team to guide the federal government's public health and medical services recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.