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Mountain Heritage Day Arts and Crafts Vendor

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists and craftspeople are being sought to participate in the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee – always the last Saturday of the month. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and a variety of festival food.

This year, the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in conjunction with the university’s 125th year.

The festival arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. Cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best works. All applicants are juried except the previous year’s winners of the arts and crafts awards.

Applications and instructions for arts and crafts vendors are available on the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com>. Arts and crafts applications must be postmarked by May 9; later applications are not advisable because of the expected response, and the entry fee is greater.

To learn more about Mountain Heritage Day, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

Folkmoot Comes to WCU on July 25

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s international folk festival, will arrive at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Performers from Serbia, France and the Philippines are scheduled to appear at WCU.

Folkmoot USA, the State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance held each summer in Western North Carolina. Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops, with up to 350 performers from approximately 10 countries demonstrating cultural heritage through costumes, dance and traditional music.

Tickets cost $18 for general admission, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for student and are on sale now by calling 1-877-FOLK-USA (1-877-365-5872) or 828-452-2997. Tickets are on sale at the WCU Bardo Center box office for cash/check only. Contact the Bardo Arts Center at 828-227-2479.


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Pharmacy Tech Program at WCU

Monday, May 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer a pharmacy technician certificate program beginning Tuesday, June 12, and continuing through Tuesday, July 31.

Classes will be held from 6 until 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 143 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

The comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the exam.

Course content will include medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, defining drugs by generic and brand names, and other topics. The WCU program includes a graded final exam to help students prepare for the certification board exam.

The program is being offered in collaboration with Condensed Curriculum International Inc. Cost of the program, including textbooks, is $999.

For more information or to register, call 828-227-7397 or go online to http://learn.wcu.edu and click on “professional development programs.”

WCU Controlled Chaos Film Festival

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the fourth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 27.

The festival begins at 7 p.m. and features a range of short works as well as three senior-thesis film projects written, directed and produced by students from the Motion Picture and Television Production Program and starring performers from the School of Stage and Screen.

“This event is the highlight of our season because it showcases our entire student body’s skills encompassing directing, writing, acting, cinematography, design and production skills, culminating in a fascinating and eclectic mix of student films,” said Thomas Salzman, director of the School of Stage and Screen.

The first senior-thesis film, “Moses Cove,” is set in the Appalachian Mountains and conveys the story of a man forced to make an important moral decision in a way that offers a poignant view of responsibility and ethics.

The second, “Crossroads,” is set in Asheville and centers on a woman who must choose between having the career of her dreams and being with the man that she loves.

The third is a documentary about Cullowhee that captures the community’s past, present and future in the context of its beauty and history.

The festival will run for approximately two hours and will be followed by a reception.

Admission is $10 cash only at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund.

For more information, contact Leah Thomas, senior from Lilburn, Ga., majoring in motion picture and television production and student organizer of the festival, at [email protected], or the School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491.

WCU’s 11th Annual Gender Research Conference

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Derreck Kayongo, a former child refugee who now serves as the senior advocacy coordinator in the Southeast for the CARE International relief organization, will deliver the keynote address as Western Carolina University and the university’s Women’s Studies Program present the 11thannual Gender Research Conference on Thursday, March 15.

With the theme “Women and Poverty in the Global Economy,” conference events will be held at locations in WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Kayongo will speak on “The Role of Women in the Fight against Global Poverty” during his address, set for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Grandroom A of the University Center.

Kayongo’s family fled Uganda during the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979, and he has gone on to become a voice for marginalized and vulnerable people around the globe. Now a naturalized U.S. citizen, he has worked with the American Friends Service Committee as program director for the Southeast Peace Education program and has been director of the Southeast region for Amnesty International. CNN named Kayongo one of its “CNN Hero” finalists in 2011.

Kayongo and his wife, Sarah, founded the Global Soap Project in 2009 to collect used bars of soap from American hotels and recycle them into new bars that are distributed at refugee camps around the world. The project thus far has been able to provide 28,000 bars of soap to people in countries such as Uganda and Haiti.

Following Kayongo’s address, a series of presentations will be offered by WCU faculty members and students from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. that address these topics: “How the ‘Benefit of the Doubt’ Argument against Anita Hill Bought Clarence Thomas’ Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court,” “What Year IS This Anyway? How the Priests and Politicians Declared War on Women, 2012,” “The Serpent, Goddess and Women in the Bible,” “Emerging Voices of Resilient Jamaican Women” and “The First Lady ‘Pet Projects’ and Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria.”

Poster sessions presented by faculty members and students in the University Grandroom from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will focus on the topics “Children and Poverty: Issues and Solutions,” “Gender and Tattoos,” “What Is Sex? How Students in a Small Southern University Define Sex Compared  to National Studies,” “Gender and High School Dropouts: A Case Study,” “Gender Differences in Perceptions of Potential Romantic Partners: Casual Versus Formal Manner of Speech,” “Can Children Really Become Transgender?,” “Venus of the 21st Century,” “Gender Role Conformity Influences Perceptions of Political Competence,” “(Little) Women in Technology: First-Grade Girls’ Responses and Interactions with Computers in the Context of Digital Storytelling” and “Drugs, Alcohol and the College Student.”

The conference will offer lunch for $10 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Illusions, and Mary Jean Ronan Herzog, professor in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning, will present the lunchtime address “Faculty Women and the Glass Ceiling at WCU: Differences in Salary and Position in Academia.”

Another series of presentations, set for 2:05 to 3:20 p.m., will address the topics “Rural Women: A Global Perspective,” “Hybrid Representation: Embodied Pedagogical Agent Interface Design,” “When Being Latina Matters: An Autoethnography and Theory Construction,” “Hidden Dimensions of Sorority Life: Cultural Dimensions of Mental Illness?” and “Mutualism: Toward a Humane Valuing of the Feminine.”

The final series of conference presentations, to be given from 3:35 to 4:50 p.m., will address “‘Sharing’ Feminism: The Promise of Social Media for 21st Century Feminist Consciousness Raising,” “Women and Children in Poverty in Western North Carolina” and “One Man Away from Welfare.”

The conference theme of “Women and Poverty in the Global Economy” coincides with the WCU Poverty Project, a yearlong interdisciplinary learning initiative now under way on campus.

For more information about conference activities, contact Marilyn Chamberlin, director of the Women’s Studies Program, at 828-227-3839 or [email protected], or click on the conference website at http://www.wcu.edu/25228.asp.

Artists Sought for WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day Festival

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, and more than 150 booths of food and juried arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. The festival gives out cash awards to artists for “best in show,” first place and second place.

Applications for arts and crafts vendors are available at the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com, or by calling WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. The deadline for submitting arts and crafts applications is Friday, March 30.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day, contact festival coordinator Trina Royar at the number listed above.

WCU Clarinetist Shannon Thompson Free Performance Feb. 21

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The performance, part of the Catamount Concert Series, is free and open to the public.

The music for the concert spans a wide range of musical styles, and includes “Five Bagatelles” by Gerald Finzi; a popular transcription of George Gershwin’s preludes for piano arranged by James Cohn; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Leslie Bassett’s “Soliloquies” for solo clarinet; “Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman!,” a tribute to klezmer great Giora Feidman by the Hungarian virtuoso clarinetist Bela Kovacs; and Bach’s Sonata in G minor.

Andrew Adams, WCU assistant professor of piano, will accompany Thompson, an associate professor of clarinet. They have performed together at venues such as the International Clarinet Association 2010 ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas. Thompson heads the WCU School of Music clarinet studio and will be featured at this year’s ClarinetFest in Lincoln, Neb., where she will present “The Signature Sound of Daniel Bonade and His Students.”

For more information about the performance, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Photography Workshops to be Offered at WCU

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will be offering workshops on digital camera basics and processing digital images in the coming weeks.

The first workshop, “Mastering Your Digital Camera,” is designed for the novice digital photographer and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building.

Instructor Gordon Pike will show participants how to take the best photographs possible by covering topics such as composition basics, memory cards, camera settings, exposure, resolution, compression, file formats, and color adjustments and white balance.

The workshop cost is $59, with lunch included.

The second workshop, “Digital Workflow with Adobe Lightroom,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4.

Designed for beginner and intermediate photographers, the workshop will provide information on topics such as setting up folders on a hard drive, importing and cataloging images, and sharpening and printing images. Instructor Les Saucier is a professional nature photographer who has taught across the nation for more than 30 years.

The workshop will be held in Room 137 of Camp Building and the cost is $229.

For more information on either workshop, call the Office of Continuing Education at 828-227-7397. To register for a workshop, go to http://learn.wcu.edu.

WCU ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert December 4

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Western Carolina University student and faculty musicians and vocalists will join with the Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir, the Western Carolina Community Chorus and the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra in presenting the annual “Sounds of the Season” fundraising concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

All proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships for WCU music students. “With recent cuts from the state Legislature, the School of Music has only about two-thirds of the scholarship funds it had four years ago, so the funds raised from this concert are critical to the success of our students and the many wonderful live programs we have throughout the year,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music.

WCU ensembles taking part in the concert include the Concert Choir and University Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and Early Music Ensemble. Other WCU musicians will be featured on clarinet, flute, percussion, angklung and saxophone.

The one-and-a-half-hour program will include an intermission and a visit from Santa Claus.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Bardo Center box office at 828-227-2479.

For more general information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Internet Workshops for Seniors Nov. 29-30

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication is collaborating with the Jackson County Department on Aging to offer Internet communication workshops for seniors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Transportation for seniors will be provided to and from the Jackson County Senior Center.

The workshops, led by WCU students, will offer one-on-one instruction in WCU’s state-of-the-art electronic classrooms and will focus on getting seniors familiar with communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype, and with the process of setting up free e-mail accounts and managing online music and video accounts such as iTunes.

Seniors can call 828-586-4944 for more information and to reserve a workshop time and date.