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CEO Reminders
Student Life Calendar: For a complete listing of what's going on for students from intramurals, to concerts and
lectures, to organizations, arts and culture, and so much more....
Events Calendar: For detailed information on the arts and culture scene at WCU - plays, concerts, art exhibits,
films, and more...
Calendar Highlights to help you plan:
More details can be found on the events calendars above – but I thought this may prompt some ideas for you….
 January 24th: 7th Annual Service Learning Fair (see below in Events for more information)
 January 24th: Dracula
 January 25th: Poetry Revival
 First Thursdays Old-Time Music and Bluegrass Jams in the Mountain Heritage Center – Musicians get
together monthly to share tunes and toe tapping steps.
 Global Poverty Project Film Series – one per month
 February 24th: WHEE Lead -- A 1-day leadership conference for students
 March 10th: Dance Marathon: Dance With Me Under The Sea
 March 15th: Gender Conference: Women & poverty in a Global Economy
 March 18-22: Literary Festival
 March 26-27: Undergraduate Research Expo
 March 28th: QEP Pathways – Making it visible -- a Poster Presentation and Celebration
 March 31st: EYE on FYE contest submissions deadline
 April 27th: EYE on FYE Showcase & PEAKS Block Party – a First-year student Celebration
The Poetry Revival
WEDNESDAY, JAN 25, 2012, 7:30 – 9PM
The Poetry Revival is the ultimate uplifting spoken word poetry experience! With Derrick
Brown, Anis Mojgani, and Buddy Wakefield - this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce
students to spoken word! For more information, visit here.
Annual Gender Conference: March 15
-- Submissions for presentations, panels, and posters from students,
staff and faculty are DUE JANUARY 25, 2012. Submission forms are available at
7 Annual Community Service-Learning Fair:
The Center for Service Learning will host the annual Service Learning Fair on Tuesday, January 24. The event,
which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center
Grandroom. The Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about service
opportunities in the area, and to establish partnerships with local organizations. We will host groups that
specialize in a variety of areas, including poverty-related issues; children, youth, and education; the
environment; culture and history; health and wellness; and recreation. Please consider joining us, and
encouraging your students to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Cooper at [email protected]
QEP Pathways ------ Save the Date! March 28 – from 2 – 4 p.m., UC Grand Room
QEP Pathways is a half-day event demonstrating synthesis – the spirit of WCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan – by
showcasing the creative, unique, and innovative ways our QEP has fostered intentional learning. Come be a part
of the 5th Year festivities – as we celebrate the work we have done. See illustrative examples of QEP integration
embodied in creative assignments, experiential activities and innovative projects & performances.
The WCU Poverty Project: So many wonderful opportunities to engage --- WCU Poverty Project website.
Please see the letter from Emily Elders with an opportunity to encourage your students to submit work
to the Gadfly. You will find it in PERSPECTIVES, the last post of this issue.
Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica:
We invite you to help in this vital outreach. Our January focus will be the St. Elizabeth area.
Kingston and North Island will follow in February and March.
For more information: Cheryl Clark, School of Nursing [email protected]
Collecting for St. Elizabeth area until Feb 10 in these locations:
Dr. Faircloth’s office - Killian 123
Office for Nursing Department on second floor of Moore
Dean's office for College of Health and Human Sciences in Belk.
Needs for Manning Boys Home:
48 twin sheet sets
flip flops (for boys 9-18. Sizes 4-13)
Black/brown tennis or leather shoes for preschool/school: (they can't attend schools unless have
these shoes). Sizes: children 4-12; adult-5-13.
EYE on FYE: Celebrate the Creed
See the Contest trailer here!
Submissions are welcome through March 31, 2012
Students are invited to creatively express themselves as they contemplate the WCU Community Creed
Students, residence halls, learning communities, and clubs and organizations can document service events,
campus events, classroom projects, and more! They may work in-solo or with a class group, or with a student
organization ---- so many possibilities! See the website for more details.
Dance Marathon --- Dance With Me Under The Sea --- March 10th -- for 12 hours
A terrific service learning opportunity! Join the nationwide movement and WCU to raise money for the
Greenville Children’s Hospital. For more information contact Lori Davis, /828-227-3622 -
The Core
Academic Success Centers (courtesy of Chesney Reich, Director of the WaLC)
Here is a link to an assignment that you may find helpful to encourage your students to use resources available:
The purpose of this assignment is to encourage students to be active and thoughtful participants in the
tutoring/academic skills consultation process. The worksheet could be used in conjunction with students’ visits
to the Writing and Learning Commons and Mathematics Tutoring Centers or Student Support Services. You also
could modify the assignment to include a more comprehensive written reflection or visits to other campus
resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services.
The purpose of this assignment is to encourage students to be active and thoughtful participants in the
tutoring/academic skills consultation process. The worksheet could be used in conjunction with students’ visits
to the Writing and Learning Commons and Mathematics Tutoring Centers or Student Support Services. You also
could modify the assignment to include a more comprehensive written reflection or visits to other campus
resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services.
Please keep in mind that the WaLC’s services include more than just tutoring!
You might consider designing an assignment around some of our online resources, or you could invite us to
conduct an in-class workshop for your students. If you are interested in incorporating the WaLC’s services into
your class this semester, please contact us to discuss the best options to fit your needs:
 Chesney Reich ([email protected], 227-2273): Course tutoring and academic skill workshops
 Leah Hampton ([email protected], 227-3426): Writing tutoring and writing/research workshops
 Nory Prochaska ([email protected], 227-3830): Math tutoring and math workshops
Please click on the links below to learn more about what we offer:
 One-on-one writing tutoring
 Small-group, course tutoring
 Individual Academic Skills Consultations
 Online resources for time management, note taking, test preparation, and study strategies
 Online chat room for quick writing questions
 In-class writing, research, and academic skill workshops
 Online Writing Resources for students, including Assignment Strategies, how-to guides for documenting
sources, advice on writing in specific disciplines, grammar help, and information about plagiarism and a
“Plagiarism Self Test” for students
We look forward to working with you and your students this semester!
The Education Briefcase: Are you introducing the eBriefcase to your course? There is a ton
of support ready to help you and your students. The eB implementation team is outstanding –
and from the perspective of a ‘non-techie’ let me assure you – it is not so scary! 
For faculty and instructors – see more on their website.
TRANSITION PATHWAYS: The Blackboard Commons: If you are planning to teach a transition course, next
fall I invite you to review this site and offer your suggestions, best practice tips and or requests for resources we
can post that will be of help to you. You will see it on your Blackboard menu under organizations. Questions:
contact Glenda Hensley at [email protected]
Courtesy of Emily Elders:
Hello from the student editors of this year’s Gadfly, the WCU Philosophy & Religion Department’s annual
satirical journal.
We’re writing to ask for your help in spreading the word about student contributions to the Gadfly. This year’s
issue focuses on wealth disparity and poverty in conjunction with the WCU Poverty Project, and students may
submit written pieces, advertising parodies, comics, graphic design, cover ideas, and other material through
February 9. We are reaching out beyond the philosophy department to engage students in a diverse array of
disciplines, in the spirit of the poverty project at large.
We’d like to ask that you make this announcement to your students during the first week or so of classes so that
we can be sure the opportunity reaches as many students as possible. We are also working with professors who
have assigned extra credit for creating submissions - if that interests you, we'd be happy to discuss this with you
at your convenience. Alternatively, if there are particular students whose interests and skills would, in your
opinion, be well-suited to this project, we’d appreciate you passing this information along to them.
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The journal accepts satirical pieces centered around wealth disparity and poverty – our tagline this year is that
“it’s funny that we’re this poor when you’re that rich.” You can visit the Gadfly website for a more in-depth
description of this year’s theme at I have also attached three documents which
we have used to help “kickstart” ideas for students who want to contribute but wanted some material with
which to begin. This should give you an idea of what we’re looking for and a sampling you can share with your
students, although we would prefer that they email the student editor at [email protected] for their own
copies since some of these assignments have already been used.
With your help, we will produce a quality publication that focuses on some of the most relevant issues of today
and showcases the quality and skill of Western Carolina University students. We plan to release the magazine in
April with a launch event co-sponsored by the Poverty Project and distribution in the community and to other
satirical publications in the UNC system.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and would really appreciate your help in getting the word
out about this important project.
Thanks for your time, and best wishes for a successful spring semester!
Emily M. Elders
Public Policy Institute
Small Business and Technology Development Center Gadfly Editor Western Carolina University
[email protected]
Resource File
Blackboard --- reference and participate in the Transition Pathways Course site....
CFC on the Web --- help with teaching, technology, and more--- helping you do what you do better!
FYE on the Web --- many resources and network links to help you along the way …..
QEP on the Web --- discover the possibilities - find the resources you need - find your path.....
The next regular publication date is February 6, 2012 --- please let me know if you want to share updates about
programs, events, or other opportunities for teaching and learning in FYE!
Glenda Hensley, FYE Director