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David O. Belcher took the oath as Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor Thursday, March 29, pledging to remain steadfast to its historic tradition of providing access to higher education while affirming a renewed commitment to student success, meeting regional needs, honing institutional focus, embracing excellence and taking care of its faculty and staff.

“Western Carolina is a great university with even greater promise, but we have only begun to tap that inherent potential,” he said. “The life we will breathe into Western Carolina University during our time of stewardship will be worthy of remembrance, not because of the fleeting glory of rankings and statistics, but because of the genuine difference Western will make in the quality of life of the people – the wonderful, resilient, diverse, extraordinary and ordinary people – we serve.”


Nearly five dozen Western Carolina University students and 10 faculty and staff members participated in alternative Spring Break programs and traveled to Charleston, S.C., Guatemala or Jamaica to spend the week off serving those in need.

Students participating in the Alternative Break Program to Charleston, S.C., sponsored by WCU’s Center for Service Learning and Last Minute Productions, assisted the Charleston Miracle League, which helps children and adults who have mental and physical challenges through a baseball league. They also helped with tasks for a donation center and food bank of the East Cooper Community Outreach, load 300 bags of oyster shells and help build a reef through the South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement organization, and sort donated food at the Low Country Food Bank.


Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer a one-day workshop for business managers and human resources personnel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Room 143 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

The morning session, “The Organization Reward System,” will focus on how companies use rewards to provide incentives to employees. Topics to be covered include intrinsic and extrinsic rewards; relating rewards to performance; factors affecting job satisfaction; components of employee compensation; and government and union influence on compensation.


Author Offers Tips for Getting Adolescents to Turn the Page

Being able to read well is more important than ever for young adults to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high school students score below “proficient” in reading achievement, according to a December 2011 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

“Teen literacy is a huge problem in the United States – its 15- year-olds rank 14th among developed nations in reading – behind Poland, Estonia and Iceland,” says Rhiannon Paille, 27, an advocate for teen literacy whose new fantasy novel, Flame of Surrender targets young adults. (South Korea, Finland and Canada rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd.)


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