Month: February 2012

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Before They Were Educators: D.V. Simonian Caitlyn

“I always tell my students to carry a six-pack with them,” said D.V. Simonian Caitlyn, assistant professor of theatre at Western Carolina University, referring to his advice of having multiple monologues prepared when performing for casting directors. From working with Christopher Walken in Joe Papp’s famed Public Theatre in downtown […]

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UNC board approves engineering degree for WCU

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has authorized Western Carolina University to offer the bachelor of science degree in engineering, a strategic step in WCU’s efforts to help meet the needs of Western North Carolina business and industry. Approval of the BSE degree for Western Carolina came as […]

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‘Music Is’ had audience members laughing and enjoyed

Western Carolina University’s musical theatre program presented their rendition of the Broadway musical “Music Is” the weekend of Feb. 3.  The book with the same name was written by George Abbott and was based off of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Catherine Cox, an original cast member, directed the musical and the […]

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WCU School of Art and Design professor’s work on display now

Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design welcomed its newest member, Ron Laboray, last August. He now holds the position of assistant professor of painting and drawing. Since then, he has added new ideas and methods to the school. Some of his works include working with surfboard resin and […]

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Ron Rash’s ‘Serena’ headed to the silver screen

Filming will soon begin for the motion picture adaptation of “Serena”, the bestselling novel penned by Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture. Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence team together again as the star roles in Serena after just filming leading roles in David O. […]

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WCU alum Geno Segers a star for Disney

Western Carolina University has its share of celebrity alumni. One such alum is the incredibly deep baritone Geno Segers, an actor in Disney’s television show “Pair of Kings” Segers graduated from WCU in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He first came to WCU in 1985 and after […]

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Brad Martin takes a bow as musical theatre director

Dr. Brad Martin quietly stepped down as WCU’s musical theatre director at the end of last semester. The latest show at the Bardo Arts Center, “Music Is” on Feb. 4 and 5, was his last show as director. “With my position in the department of music and stage and screen […]

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Search for new interim arts and sciences dean underway

The search is underway to identify a new interim dean for the Western Carolina University’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Current Dean Gibbs Knotts, appointed to the position in June 2011, announced in late January that he will leave Western at the end of the semester to assume a position […]

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WCU faces off with ASU in ‘Battle of the Plug’ energy conservation contest

Monday marked the beginning of the “Battle of the Plug”, an energy conservation rivalry for three weeks between Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. The competition is part of the first annual Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a nationwide campaign to conserve energy on college campuses. According to Campus Conservation […]

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SGA President Eaves gives State of the University address

The last day of January was a significant day for both Western’s Student Body Government and TV62. TV62 prepared the Old Student Union for its first ever live broadcast, whichwas of Student Body President TJ Eaves’ State of the University address. Before the address, there were three interviews given by […]