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April 2017 Newsletter


U-Club Staff Senate Scholarship Fundraiser THIS FRIDAY!

It’s almost time for the third annual Staff Senate Scholarship U-Club fundraiser. You don't have to be a U-Club member or regular attendee to volunteer, to contribute, to donate, or to attend. This year's theme for the University Club's Staff Senate Scholarship Fundraiser Night is The Love Boat.

Come dressed in your coolest cruise-gear, bring a food item to share, and be ready for a fun-filled stop in Acapulco. This event is a campus and community-wide fundraiser for the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund, so all guests are welcome.

"Come aboard" at 5:00 pm to the U-Club and support this worthwhile cause!


Parking and Transportation Update

Exciting parking news - the traffic light located at the intersection of Centennial Drive and University Way will be here soon! Drilling for the foundation will begin April 20-25. Please be aware that traffic delays are possible, and please be patient during this time. We are excited for this important improvement to our campus transportation infrastructure!


Tuck River Clean Up


Almost 600 volunteers participated in the Tuck River Clean Up on Saturday, April 8 and pulled about a ton of trash from the river. Trash was also cleared from the banks of the river by volunteers. Trout Unlimited and the WCU Fly Fishing Club brought in a backhoe to pull up some larger river debris. The Clean Up also had volunteers clean a new section of the river, East LaPorte to Cullowhee Dam.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


Base Camp Cullowhee - Outdoor Gear Rental Program

Looking to get out and enjoy our beautiful mountains but don’t have the right gear or don’t want to purchase new gear? Located in the Campus Recreation Center, WCU’s outdoor program Base Camp Cullowhee offers outdoor equipment rentals for the WCU community. From backpacks and tents to kayaks and canoes, Base Camp will rent you what you need to get out and enjoy our mountains and rivers.

There are special rental rates for staff and faculty.  Visit their website and click on the Services tab for details: http://www.wcu.edu/experience/connect-and-join/campus-recreation/base-camp-cullowhee/index.aspx 


UNC Staff Assembly Scholarship Deadline is May 1

REMINDER - the application deadline for the UNC Staff Assembly’s Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship is May 1!

Do you plan on taking classes in the fall 2017 semester? This scholarship promotes staff development for UNC employees and encourages them to become more effective and better prepared for promotion within the UNC system.

For more information: https://www.northcarolina.edu/scholarships/janet-b-royster-jbr-memorial-staff-scholarship-fund


Artwork by Clint Hardin

Staff Spotlight:
Clint Hardin

What is your job title and department?
I am a Visual Arts Specialist in the Print Shop.

Where are you from?
I am from Canton, NC.

How long have you worked at WCU?
I've been at WCU since 2004.

What is your academic background or special training you'd like to share?
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from UNC and an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design from Southwestern Community College.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
I've been thinking about this question for a while now, trying to come up with something more creative than "the people." I like the mountains. I like the collegiate atmosphere. I like the cutting edge technology I work with. But there's no way around it - the people that I work with, and work for, are the best part about working at WCU. At the Print Shop, I get to work with a wide variety of Western students, staff, faculty, and alumni and they are all awesome!


Senator Spotlight:
Bob Boylan

What is your job title and department?
Administrative Support Associate in the Office of the CIO, Division of Information Technology.

Where are you from?
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and grew up in Chapel Hill, NC before coming to WCU in 2003.

How long have you worked at WCU?
Roughly nine years - I first started with Facilities Management in the fall of 2007, left for a few months and started back at the OneStop in December of 2008. 

What is your academic background?
I received my B.S. in Political Science in May 2007 and I will be completing my Master of Project Management this May.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
My favorite thing about working at WCU is working with helpful and friendly people. Being in beautiful Jackson County doesn't hurt either.


Upcoming Events

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards
April 21
UC Grandroom

Graduate Commencement
May 5
Ramsey Center

Undergraduate Commencement
May 6
First Ceremony: 10:00am
Second Ceremony: 2:00pm
Ramsey Center

Staff Senate Monthly Meeting (Open)
May 10
UC Cardinal Room