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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.)


At the NC Excellence in Community College Awards ceremony April 19 in Raleigh Darrin Bark will represent not only Southwestern Community College but the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts.

With the theme of “The Great Within the 58,” the ceremony will honor the top student from each of the state’s 58 community colleges. Bark, who is from the Paintown community of Cherokee, graduated in December with his Associate in Fine Arts degree from OICA.


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