Special Report:


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Special Report:

One Book 2015

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

A New York Times Bestseller by: Wes Moore


Other Wes Moore

has garnered great admiration during the start of the 2015-

16 school year, but now it’s picking up more steam. With two major panel discussions working their way into the October schedule, this month is sure to be thoughtful and inquisitive. Led by two amazing faculty members, Dr. Windy

Gordon and Dr. Tamara Cole, this year’s panel students will be challenged to reimagine the way they see persistence and personal decisions.

One Book Event Panel Discussion: Grit and Persistence

UC Catamount Room, Oct. 6th 12:30-1:30 pm –

Windy Gordon

One Book Event Panel Discussion: Choices and Decisions

UC Catamount Room, Oct. 7th 3:30-4:30 pm –

Tamera Cole

Visit the Events page to learn more about these conversations, as well as other One Book Events!


Tool Box

FYE Tips for Success: Workshops in October!

Real World Life Hacks! Series: Navigating Advising and Course Registration --- October 7

Killian 102 6:30-7:30

Taking Charge Series: Classroom to Career---October 27

Career Services with T. Paul: Blue Ridge 10-11:30 pm


Do You Care About Social Change and Social Movement Making?

Come to the public lecture by visiting scholar Corel Dolgon, PH.D. to hear more about examples of organizing done among youth as part of student research projects and other community engagement teaching and learning.

Monday, October 5 th

from 3:30-4:30pm, in the UC Theatre

Family Table

The Importance of Academic Advising

For most students, College is a time of great transition and change. Having just left the rigid structure of high school, or even returning after an absence, most students don’t know how to yet navigate through Western’s course registration or academic pathways. But maneuvering these pathways and signing up for the right classes becomes much easier with the help of an Academic Advisor.

To read more about the impact of Academic advisors, visit the study done by Florida National University

Western, Meet: Travis Bulluck


Advising Center Director

Why did you choose Western?

“Western Carolina was the perfect opportunity for me to take that next step in my career. Previously, I was in charge of an academic advising center at ECU and it was time for me to advance in this arena. I wanted to take an advanced leadership role and apply my skills and education more directly and Western provided me with this opportunity. More so, I wanted to ultimately end up in this area; growing up I went camping all the time and spent a lot of time here in the mountains, I have always wanted to call the mountains home.“

What do you see in the future for the Advising Center?

“I see a lot more cross training and shared responsibilities among advisors at

WCU. Each advisor will have specific roles assigned to them, but I want to see more sharing of knowledge in pursuing the strategic initiatives of WCU administration. We need to share some responsibility and open up more routes for connectivity and networking. As far as on campus, I want a more visibility and involvement from the Advising Center, and I would like to see the Advising Center become a presence on campus and a known and appreciated resource for students.”

Why are Advisors so important? To students and staff?

“Advisors are the one resource on campus that every student has to interact with each semester, and because of the requirement the things we can present to students is priceless and instrumental. Advisors are one of the constants at WCU where students can be provided information about campus services, resources, and events; we really are the gateway link those key components associated to higher retention and graduation rates. Advisors can often make the needed connection between students and the campus and make a difference in students at WCU.”

Anything else you wish to add?

“I want students to be aware of our center and to use it, to use their faculty advisors and to have a working relationship with them. Their advisor is essential to their success as a Catamount. Events such as the

Majors Fair on Sept. 30 th is just one way to facilitate this type of connection. Events like this can benefit of both the students and the advisors.”


Recalibrate your Compass

Tuesday, October 20 th

from 1:00-2:30pm on the UC Lawn

Rain location is Blue Ridge

CEO Reminders---

Calendars – Events – Opportunities


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:

Information on arts and culture at WCU - plays, concerts, art exhibits, films, and more...

Coulter Faculty Commons



Jamie Adams Public Lecture

Jamie Adams (born 1961) is an American painter. He was born and raised in the suburbs of

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work is widely exhibited in this country and abroad and has been cited in international journals.

For More information please visit the website.

For the 2015-16 Campus Theme

- Africa: More than a Continent

– leaders from across WCU have formed a collaboration with the non-profit,

Samaritan’s Feet. To learn more, contact Lane Perry.


October 20th marks the anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, DC.

ICA will be hosting events supporting the “Justice or Else” March and busing 50 students (both men and women) to the event On October 10th. The student cost will be $150. This cost will include round-trip bus transportation, two-night stay in a hotel, two breakfast vouchers and a dinner.

For more information on the march, please watch this video.

Finish in Four

Please visit the

“Finish In Four” website --

designed to introduce students to Fostering Undergraduate Student Success and increase four-year graduation rates and to help you familiarize yourself with the new policies.

Resource File


-- reference and participate in the Transition Pathways Course site....

Education Briefcase

– resources and information for students and for faculty……….

CFC on the Web

--- help with teaching, technology, and more--- helping you do what you do better!


--- the place for student clubs and organizations and other co-curricular opportunities.

First-Year Seminar: Liberal Studies –

resource guide for faculty teaching the first-year seminar …

Transition Pathways: An instructor resource


resource guide for FYE transition course instructors …

FYE on the Web

--- many resources and network links to help you along the way …..

The next regular publication will be November 1, 2015

--- 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