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February 2017 Newsletter


Parking and Transportation News

Coming soon!!! We are very excited to announce the installation of a new traffic light and pedestrian crossing signal located at the intersection of Central Drive and University Way (on the corner where the Cordelia Camp Building, HFR, and the Bardo Arts Center meet). The light is being provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT) and will be installed this spring. Parking Enforcement will be monitoring the intersection beginning at 5:00pm daily until the light is installed, to help ensure the smooth flow of traffic at that peak traffic hour.

The Office of Parking and Transportation is also working with an outside contractor to assist in determining the best placement for a campus parking deck. Currently they have completed a lot occupancy count and are in the process of completing intersection tests to identify the busiest parts of campus.


Employee Wellness

Western Carolina University supports employee health and wellbeing through the efforts of the Employee Wellness Committee, ‘WHEE for Life’. The committee works to help employees access the knowledge and tools necessary to make good decisions and choices about their health and wellness. Specifically, WHEE for Life promotes opportunities related to healthy nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and tobacco cessation, as well as sharing resources that enhance our ability to be wise consumers of health care resources. WHEE for Life encourages you to become familiar with the resources available to you as a NC state employee and to take advantage of the wellness opportunities available to you here in Cullowhee and our surrounding communities. 


Free Employee Assistance Program

Personal issues, planning for life events, or simply managing daily life can affect your work, health, and family. ComPsych GuidanceResources provides FREE support, resources, and information for personal and work-life issues.

GuidanceResources provides the following resources to WCU employees, free of charge:

  • Confidential counseling
  • Financial information and resources
  • Legal support and resources (free 30-minute consultation)
  • Work-life solutions (e.g. child care, home repair)
  • Online resources, articles, and “Ask the Expert” personal responses to your questions

For more information, visit the ComPsych GuidanceResources website at guidanceresources.com. To create an account, your university Web ID is: WCUEAP.


Show your love for WCU and the Staff Senate scholarship!

Please consider donating to the Staff Senate Scholarship during the month of February. Your gift will count towards the I Love WCU campaign’s employee participation goal of 25%. You can donate via payroll deduction or make a single or recurring gift.  Show your pride in our university and support our students by donating today. 

Click here donate online. Thank you for your support!


Thinking about Grad School?

This is the time of year when most graduate programs are actively enrolling students for fall 2017. To apply for a graduate program, visit: http://www.wcu.edu/apply/graduate-school/admissions/apply-now.aspx

If you have questions about graduate education at WCU, you can contact Mike Langford at 227-7398 or malangford@email.wcu.edu. Don’t forget about the employee tuition waiver. This valuable benefit can really help with educational costs, available for both the graduate and undergraduate level students. For more information about the tuition waiver, please visit: http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/human-resources-and-payroll/general-hr-resources/benefits/tuition-assistance.asp


Staff Senate Reminders

Staff Senate elections are almost here! Be checking your email for the subject line “Staff Senate Election 2017” for your unique link to vote. Elections will be open from Wednesday, March 8th until Wednesday, March 22nd. We look forward to the results and learning who our new senators will be in 2017!

Monthly Meetings
All Staff Senate monthly meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to attend our meeting on Wednesday, March 8th in the UC Cardinal room from 8:30-10:30am. Future meetings will be listed in our monthly newsletter.


Staff Spotlight:
Kristin Rowe

What is your job title and department?
Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar.

Where are you from?
I grew up in northern Wisconsin in the small village of Luck. The town was once home to the Duncan Toys Company Yo-Yo factory headquarters and thus was known as the "Yo-yo capital of the world," producing 3,600 yo-yos an hour!

How long have you worked at WCU?
Just over two years!

What is your academic background or special training you'd like to share?
I completed my BA in Biology at a small Swedish Lutheran liberal arts college in Minnesota called Gustavus Adolphus College. With degree in hand I joined the Peace Corps and lived in Tanzania East Africa for three years working as a fisheries extension officer in the rural villages. Upon returning to the United States, I moved to NYC to attend New York University where I completed a Master's Degree in Counseling.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
I absolutely love everything about WCU, the people, the beautiful mountains, and the warm welcoming environment that makes this place feel like home!


Senator Spotlight:
Lisa Frady

What is your job title and department?
Advisor, OneStop Student Service Center.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Sylva/Cullowhee.

How long have you worked at WCU?
Nineteen years.

What is your academic background?
I have a BS in Biology and a MAEd in College Administration & Leadership, both from WCU.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
My passion is working with the students, faculty, and staff of Western. There's no better feeling than empowering our students and preparing them for a successful future.


Upcoming Events

Spring Break
March 6-10

Staff Senate Monthly Meeting
March 8
UC Cardinal Room

Staff Senate Elections
March 8-22