There is a rhythm to the madness that once defined Kevin Rumley’s life. (Figures. The dude’s a drummer.) But now, there’s only rhythm. No madness. Just peace, love and joy – mostly. And purpose – definitely purpose.
The achievements of Western Carolina University’s faculty and staff in the arenas of teaching, scholarship and service were recognized Friday (April 27) during the 2017-18 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards program held in the conference room of Blue Ridge Hall.
Sometimes the stars dance, and at other times they align just right, such as when Jayme McGhan, as a young boy, fell in love with the classic shark movie “Jaws” and was thus inspired to delve into books about the tragic sinking of a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Indianapolis, during World War II.
For Western Carolina University’s Laura Wright, being an English professor isn’t just teaching students about words upon a page. Wright, a member of WCU’s English Department faculty since 2005, was recently named one of the top teachers in the University of North Carolina System.
Carrying signs protesting bigotry and promoting tolerance, a group of Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff gathered around the fountain area in the center of campus at noon Tuesday, March 27, to show support for the university’s students of color and other underrepresented communities on campus.
Western Carolina University’s annual Spring Literary Festival has a 15-year history of hosting local and national writers and showcasing established and emerging literary talent, all part of an open-to-the public community celebration.
The research prowess and creative work of Western Carolina University’s undergraduate and graduate students will be showcased during the annual Research and Scholarship Celebration, with oral and poster presentations, keynote speakers and receptions scheduled across campus over a two-day period – Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22.
With the arrival of Western Carolina University’s spring break week, some students will seek out warm and sandy locations or return to their hometowns for family visits, but others will be heading out on ventures to provide much-needed services for a variety of organizations and to expand their personal limits.
Although ground technically was broken last summer during preliminary site preparation for a facility to replace Western Carolina University’s outdated Natural Sciences Building, a ceremonial groundbreaking officially marking the beginning of construction on the Tom Apodaca Science Building is set for Friday, March 2.