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WCU Mainstage Season Tickets

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Two plays and two musicals comprise the 2015-16 Mainstage season to be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, and season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the box office in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“The 2015-16 Mainstage season is enormously exciting, diverse and challenging for both our students and our audience,” said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen. “Split between two classics of the stage and two brand new works, this season will tell the stories of iconic American artists, hysterical ghostly encounters, the power of Shakespeare’s words and the nature of show business itself.”

The season opens with “Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?,” a musical comedy mystery possibly inspired by an actual event and written/composed by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. Every character is a suspect, including the iconic pop art icon himself and all his “Factory” denizens, as they sort out the answer to the subtitle’s question through a score infused with popular music grooves and punctuated by the sound that a gun makes.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hoey Auditorium.

The classic Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” describes the conflict when mystery writer Charles Condomine accidently brings his dead wife back into an earthly sphere while researching a new book. Then his ghostly wife attempts to lure him away from his new wife and into the afterlife with her.

“Blithe Spirit” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, and at a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 22, in Hoey Auditorium.

In a women’s juvenile detention center in Tennessee, the inmates are staging a production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in “Macbeth is the New Black.”  What’s happening in the detention center begins to mirror the secrecy and violence in the play, and the results are vicious.

With original material by Linda Parsons Marion, this updating of “Macbeth” will take the stage of Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20.

“Gypsy,” a musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, will be presented in the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, and at a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 17.

This musical fable about family and show business depicts Mama Rose propelling her younger daughter June toward a successful vaudeville career. After June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise. As the vaudeville era fades, Louise ends up blossoming in its seedier version: burlesque.

In addition to the Mainstage season, the School of Stage and Screen hosts special events during the academic year, including a new series named in honor of an accomplished playwright and screen writer who taught at WCU for 20 years.

“The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University is committed to helping develop new works for the American stage,” McGhan said. “We’re proud to announce the launch of the Josefina Niggli New Works Reading Series, which will feature musicals and plays from both our own faculty members and regional and national playwrights. We’ll begin the Josefina Niggli Series with an award-winning new musical, ‘Resident Alien,’ by Katya Stanislavskya, musical theatre program director. Students will have the wonderful opportunity to work with the playwright, helping them to develop these scripts for future full production.”

The Josefina Niggli New Works Series will present two events, “Resident Alien,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, and another, which will be announced later, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13, both in the Niggli Theatre of the Stillwell Building. There will be no admission charge, but a $5 donation at the door will be welcome.

The annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival will screen the best movies created by the year’s Film and Television Production Program students on Friday, April 29, in the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Season tickets for the two musicals and two dramas are $50 for adults; $40 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $20 for students – a 30 percent savings on individual event prices.

Single event tickets for the musicals are $21 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance. Single event tickets for “Blithe Spirit” and “Macbeth is the New Black” will be $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance.

For more information about the Mainstage season and special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. To order season subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.


Lewis Hine Photo Exhibit Child Labor of 100 Years Ago

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Many of the children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hine a century ago in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties.

The photographs are part of a new exhibit, “The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918,” now showing at the Mountain Heritage Center in Hunter Library of Western Carolina University through Dec. 11.

Hine captured the harsh realities of life for the young textile workers, showing girls operating warping machines and boys covered in lint after long hours as mill sweepers. In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired Hine to document the working conditions of young workers across the United States. That same year, he began visiting North Carolina’s textile mills, where about a quarter of all workers were under age 16.

Hine’s photos soon appeared in magazines and on posters the NCLC displayed at conferences, legislative hearings and other gatherings. In 1910, North Carolina strengthened child labor laws, and the first federal child labor laws were passed in 1916. Hine returned to North Carolina a number of times to document whether mill owners were following the laws. His photographs and interviews present compelling information about child labor within the state.

The exhibit is on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History. It is free and open to the public, on display in Hunter Library’s second floor lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday For more information or directions, call (828) 227-7129 or visit mhc.wcu.edu.

The Mountain Heritage Center has moved to Hunter Library temporarily as components of a campus master plan are implemented over the next several years.

WCU Scientists Risk of Sea Level Rise

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A report released Tuesday (June 23) by the U.S. Department of the Interior that predicts the risk posed to U.S. national parks by rising sea levels was co-authored by two scientists from Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.

WCU professor of geology Rob Young, who directs the shorelines program, and coastal research scientist Katie McDowell Peek were lead authors and collaborated with National Park Service scientists to produce the report released by Sally Jewell, U.S. secretary of the interior. The report estimates that national parks infrastructure and historic and cultural resources valued at more than $40 billion are at high risk of damage from sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The report is based on an examination of 40 parks – about one-third of those considered threatened by sea-level rise – and the survey is ongoing, Jewell said.

“Climate change is visible at national parks across the country, but this report underscores the economic importance of cutting carbon pollution and making public lands more resilient to its dangerous impacts,” Jewell said. “Through sound science and collaboration, we will use this research to help protect some of America’s most iconic places – from the Statue of Liberty to Golden Gate and from the Redwoods to Cape Hatteras – that are at risk from climate change.”

Almost 40 percent of the assets (the infrastructure and historic and cultural resources) in the 40 parks examined were put in a “high exposure” category because of their risk of damage from one meter of sea-level rise. That includes the assets at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, where the current replacement value of the assets was listed at almost $1.2 billion.

WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has received several National Park Service grants in recent years to assist the agency in identifying resources threatened by sea-level rise and producing strategies for the preservation of the parks’ infrastructure and resources. The program in an internationally known advocate for science-based coastal management policies that consider and balance economic and environmental interests.

“We are honored that Western Carolina University is playing a major role in this process, which will help preserve these parks for the next generation of Americans,” Young said. “To no small degree, the protection of our nation’s coastal heritage is being guided from Cullowhee.”

A link to a Department of the Interior news release about the report can be found online at http://www.doi.gov/. The report is accessible through http://go.nps.gov/coastalassets.

For more information about WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, visit http://psds.wcu.edu.

WCU Diabetes Education Summit

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is partnering with Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital in presenting the WCU Diabetes Education Summit beginning Monday, July 13, and continuing through Friday, July 17.

The summit is designed for health professionals who interact with diabetic patients, including registered nurses, registered dieticians, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and other health care team members.

Daily topics will cover diabetes education for health care professionals; foundations of care; glycemic targets, associated complications and management; diabetes in specific populations and settings; and diabetes expert fundamentals. The summit also will focus on resources for building a patient education program and preparing for the Certified Diabetes Educators exam.

“After conversations with local health care providers from several different disciplines, I realized that we have a deficit of certified diabetes educators,” said Judy Neubrander, director of WCU’s School of Nursing. “This weeklong conference will provide the education needed to prepare a provider for the exam. It also will provide an update for the nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or physician who wants to learn the latest in diabetes care.”

The summit will be held at the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus. Participants may attend any or all days of the event. Registration is $100 per day or $300 for the entire week.

WCU is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CNE credit hours are available and live activity qualifies for CDR Continuing Professional Education for dieticians.

For more information or to register for the summit, visit pdp.wcu.edu or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.

Folk Music Concert WCU

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Cullowhee Baptist Church adjacent to the campus of Western Carolina University.

The musicians and their instruments include Lisle Kulbach, Holly Maurer, Gail Ann Schroeder (violas da gamba); Valerie Austin, Jody Miller, Patricia Petersen, Gwyn Roberts and Anne Timberlake (recorders); Erik Schmalz (sackbut); Lorraine Hammond and John Maschinot (harp and folk instruments); Robert Bolyard (voice and viola da gamba); and Jack Ashworth (harpsichord and viola da gamba).

Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the Gerald R. Moore Mountain Collegium Scholarship are accepted.

The summer Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop at WCU offers classes in recorder, viol, voice and other early instruments as well as classes in folk, Appalachian, Celtic, Sephardic and contemporary music. The teaching organization’s site can be found at www.mountaincollegium.org.

For more information about the concert, call workshop director Jody Miller at 404-314-1891 or email [email protected].

WCU’s Galaxy of Stars 2015-16 Series

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University.

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars starts its 11th season this fall in the 900-seat performance hall of WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The performances are:

– “An Evening with Groucho,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in a fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity commemorating Groucho’s 125th birthday.

– The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The audience will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bardo Arts Center with this two-hour show combining music ranging from Mozart to Monty Python, Bach to the Beatles, Chick Corea to Rossini, all punctuated by witty spontaneous humor.

– “3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Wearing mullets on their heads and stomping their feet, these unique vocalists whoop and holler through holiday music, providing head-to-toe fun for the whole family.

– Juice Newton, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist, Newton has received five Grammy award nominations in the pop and country best female vocalist categories. Her hit songs include “Angel of the Morning,” “Queen of Hearts,” “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known),” “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” “Break It to Me Gently,” “You Make Me Want to Make You Mine,” “Hurt” and “Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers).”

– Galumpha – Acrobatic Dance Trio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment.

– “Parents Night Out,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton present a comedy for grownups (recommended for 18 years+), looking at parenting from both sides as well as examining family, marriage, minivans and minor mayhem.

– Mike Super – Magic & Illusion, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon” series and finalist in “America’s Got Talent,” Mike Super redefines magic with a production that is more than just illusions – a journey featuring laughter, intrigue, danger, fear and wonder.

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization (celebrating its fifth anniversary this year). Series tickets and single tickets for the 2015-16 series’ first performance, “An Evening With Groucho,” are available online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479.

Series subscriptions are now available at a substantial savings over individual ticket prices. Patrons can enjoy all seven shows in the season for $120 for adults and $45 for students and children. Subscriptions allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats and also are an affordable way for families to enjoy live entertainment.

Individual performance prices are $21 for adults; $16 for WCU faculty and staff; and $7 for students and children. Ticket prices are $15 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets for remaining individual events go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 11.

WCU’s New Fine Art Museum Gift Shop

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries.

Denise Drury, museum director, said the shop offers a wide variety of works created by students, faculty, staff members, alumni and friends of the university. “It is also operated by work-study students, staff members and volunteers,” she said.

FAMShop hours during the summer are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, overlapping most of the museum’s regular hours at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and until 7 p.m. Thursdays).

Summer exhibits at the Fine Art Museum also offer a variety of media and creativity.

“YeeHaw: Selections from the WCU Fine Art Museum Permanent Collection” includes letterpress and blockprint works, many of which were created in a poster format. “Artists Julie Belcher and Kevin Bradley operated the iconic Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress and Design Co. in Knoxville from 1996 until 2012,” Drury said. “Their acclaimed rough-cut, honky-tonk style caught the eye of cultural icons like Lucinda Williams, Cormac McCarthy and Ralph Lauren, who commissioned work from Belcher and Bradley. During its time as a working press, Yee-Haw held the largest collection of letterpress type east of the Mississippi.” The exhibit is on display through Friday, Sept. 4.

“Source Material” features the work of visiting artists teaching at the Cullowhee Mountain Arts summer workshop. The exhibit is so named because the artists’ works will be displayed along with the item or items that sparked their creativity. “For instance, Alice Ballard will be showing her earthenware work ‘Large Magnolia Pod’ along with the natural seed pods that inspired it,” Drury said. “Source Material” runs from Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24.

Admission is free at the Fine Art Museum, though donations are welcome. To learn more about the museum, contact Drury at 828-227-3591 or [email protected].


WCU Faculty Member Trying to Save Heirloom Seeds

Friday, May 29th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – When warm weather returns to the mountains each spring, the thoughts of many Western North Carolina residents turn to planting seeds to find out what their green thumbs can produce. But James Veteto thinks about seeds and their innate potential all year long.

The Western Carolina University assistant professor of anthropology’s work is focused on helping save heirloom seeds – seeds that have a history with a family, community or individual that goes back 50 or more years. In recognition of his efforts, Veteto was recognized in a recent issue of Southern Living magazine as one of “50 People Who are Changing the South in 2015.” The magazine called him an “inspiration to a young generation of farmers to take interest in cultivating heritage seeds that are at risk of becoming extinct.”

Veteto’s work with heirloom seeds is based at the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies, a 30-acre institute in Yancey County where research takes place that focuses on traditional and agro-ecological Southeastern farming techniques. Southern Seed Legacy, one of the main sustainability projects at AIMS, is led by Veteto to promote the use of heirloom seeds in farming activities and encourage seed trade between local farmers and gardeners.

The project collects and distributes seeds to share with local farmers on a subscription basis. “We have a program called ‘Pass Along Southern Seeds,’” Veteto said. “The idea is that (participants) will grow out a third of the seeds for themselves, give out a third to their neighbors, and send a third back to us. So that keeps the seeds circulating when they may not otherwise be.”

Southern Seed Legacy also sends out a newsletter and organizes “seeds swap” events to encourage farmers and gardeners to get together and share seeds. The events often include barbecue and old-time music, and Veteto said plans are to hold a seed swap at WCU in the fall.

Veteto earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Georgia. He was not raised on a farm, with the last farmers in his family being in his grandparents’ generation, but he rapidly got involved in environmentalism during his college years. “That soon enough led me to the conclusion that the more I grew my own food, sustainably, the better my ecological footprint was going to be,” he said. “I started growing out some heirloom varieties, which I was really intrigued by, because they are not only seeds. There was interesting cultural history behind them.”

Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated – that is, pollinated by themselves, insects or wind instead of professionally bred by plant breeders, Veteto said. One main threat to the seeds comes through the passing of the older generation of farmers, preventing the genetic, biological and cultural heritage from being maintained in a current national landscape in which less than 2 percent of the population are farmers, he said.

“If you narrow the genetic basis you rely on, you get situations like the famous Irish potato famine,” Veteto said. “There were two varieties that were being grown in Ireland in the early- to mid-19th century. Neither was resistant to the fungal disease late blight, so they were totally wiped out. In the Andes, where potatoes are originally from, you have late blight there, too, but they have between 6,000 and 10,000 varieties. You have never heard of an Andean potato blight because they have varieties that are resistant.”

Veteto said he believes that, from a cultural standpoint, it is important to save local foodways heritage. For example, some Cherokee foods, such as Cherokee bean bread, only can be cooked with specific corn and bean varieties to achieve the traditional taste. “It is usually made with Cherokee white corn flour and Cherokee butterbeans or it doesn’t taste right,” he said.

The publicity in Southern Living has directed more public attention toward the Southern Seed Legacy project, with more people “liking” its Facebook page and sending Veteto invitations to speak at various events. “I have talked to a lot of academics, activists and sustainable food people. Just getting the attention on the project is a good thing,” he said. Plans for the remainder of 2015 are to connect with more students and local residents and to boost the seed swap program. Veteto also is looking into the possibility of partnering with someone to start an heirloom seed company to help finance the project, which currently operates on donations.

Veteto said his work as a WCU anthropology faculty member provides an avenue for getting the word out to students and recruiting interns. “Whatever (the students) end up doing in the future, I hope they can incorporate a little bit of what they have learned working with me to create a better, sustainable, environmentally healthy and socially just world,” he said.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Southern Seed Legacy can contact Veteto at [email protected].

Information for story compiled by WCU communication alumnus Gautier Villette.

Annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival May 1 at WCU

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 1.

The festival, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature short works in a range of genres created by students from the Film and Television Production Program and the School of Stage and Screen.

“It’s our premiere,” said Kasey N. Summers, event organizer and senior from Phillipsburg, New Jersey. “We all dream of having polished work on the big screen, and this is the opportunity to celebrate the hours of hard work put in by each student. From horror movies to silent films, our top-notch programs encourage film-lovers to come experience the talent, art and entertainment they’ve come to expect from Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen.”

The senior thesis short films “Lost Soles” and “Cold Coffee” will be featured at the event.

“Lost Soles,” a dark comedy, introduces Neil Garrison, an unassuming college freshman who has his world turned upside down when the search for a missing shoe turns into more than he could have possibly anticipated. With the help of his childhood friend Gideon, Neil is faced with a decision that will change his life – for better or worse.

“Being the director of photography, or DP, for ‘Lost Soles’ was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve encountered,” said senior Samantha Hunt. “You really have to throw yourself into the filmmaking process. At first, I was definitely worried that I wouldn’t be able to understand the full work ethic of being a DP. However, by the time we wrapped, I ended up walking away with so much more confidence and knowledge, especially after working with such a talented and supportive crew.”

The second film, “Cold Coffee,” is based on the theme that the day after a break-up is always the hardest. The dramatic comedy follows college student and resident assistant Gwen Easton as she goes through the first 24 hours after heartbreak.

For the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, students raised between $4,000 and $6,000 to create each senior project, filmed and shot with a state-of-the-art F65 CineAlta camera that was donated to WCU by Sony.

“Working on the Sony-donated F65 was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said camera operator Nicole Baskin. “To work with such quality and clarity was challenging and expanded my skills. I hope to one day work with the F65 professionally.”

Advance tickets to the Controlled Chaos Film Festival can be purchased for $10 each in the School of Stage and Screen office located on the second floor of the Stillwell Building in Room 233. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students with the cost of creating their senior thesis films.

For more information, contact Jack Sholder, director of the Film and Television Production Program, at 828-227-2324 or [email protected].

‘Bootleggers, Baptists’ Theory of Regulation at WCU

Friday, April 10th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held in Room 102 of the Killian Building on the WCU campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture will focus on the “bootleggers/Baptist” theory of regulation, which holds that many regulatory outcomes are generated by coalitions of strange bedfellows in which each side pursues the same regulatory goal, but for very different reasons.

The theory takes its name from the fact that both bootleggers and Baptists support laws that prevent the sale of liquor on Sundays, with one group favoring the law for avowed public interest reasons while the other group wants to eliminate competition at least one day a week, said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

Similar coalitions of environmentalists and industrialists have worked for environmental rules that enrich both groups, according to the theory.

“Bruce Yandle’s theory of bootleggers and Baptists lets us see how special interests join forces with – and take advantage of – moralistic defenders of the public good,” said Lopez, faculty adviser to the Free Enterprise Club. “Actual regulations don’t really promote the common good as much as advance the interest of a persuasive few. Dr. Yandle shows how this is especially true in the area of environmental regulations.”

Yandle is a consultant, writer and speaker on economics, the environment and political economy. A longtime faculty member at Clemson University, he also is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His quarterly Economic Situation report offers coverage of national and regional economies and is distributed by Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute and the Mercatus Center.

An environmental economist by training, Yandle has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including “Bootleggers and Baptists: Understanding America’s Regulatory Journey.” He also serves as senior fellow emeritus at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he writes and speaks regularly on environmental regulations.

Yandle served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist at the White House during the Ford administration and later as executive director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan administration. Closer to home, he was member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, member and chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees, and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation of Economic Education.

For more information about the April 22 talk at WCU, contact Lopez at [email protected].