Office of the President
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The WCU community is full of great ideas and the Online Idea Box is testament to that fact. Over the last five years, numerous proposals submitted to the Idea Box have been implemented.
Here's a look at just a few of these success stories:
One of the first members of the University community to submit a suggestion to the Online Idea Box was Mary Braz, an associate professor of communication studies. She proposed that WCU create a Grandparents University. The program brings grandparents and their grandkids to campus for two days and three nights. They stay in a residence hall, eat in the dining halls, and choose several courses to take, taught by professors from a variety of disciplines.
"When I was a PhD student at Michigan State I saw their Grandparents University in action and thought it was a wonderful idea. It strengthened connections with alumni, recruited future students, and was a way to connect the community to campus," says Braz. "I thought it would be a great program for WCU."
At the time, there were only seven Grandparent Universities in the country. WCU's program became the first on the Eastern Seaboard, a designation it still holds today, in its 5th year. This year's Grandparents University brought 70 grandparents and grandkids to campus. Participants came from Pennsylvania and neighboring states, but also from as far away as California.
President Weisenstein signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2010, obligating WCU to make a good faith effort to achieve a carbon-neutral environment by the year 2025. Although President Weisenstein had already been in discussion with the Sustainability Advisory Council about this issue, he says that a submission to the Online Idea Box by Paul Morgan provided additional impetus to move forward.
Morgan, an associate professor in the College of Education, wrote a moving plea, noting that the ACUP Climate Commitment would help WCU "reduce our long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding, increase the support of alumni and local communities, and give recognition to the significant sustainability efforts, e.g. geothermal, already in progress at WCU."
Night owls and super-busy types rejoiced when the Frances Harvey Green Library increased its hours as a result of several suggestions to the Online Idea Box. During fall and spring semesters, the library is now open 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. most weekdays and the reference desk is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Presser Music Library is open 14 hours most weekdays during the academic year. Summer students aren't forgotten - they have access to the FH Green Library for 14 ½ hours on weekdays during summer sessions. No wonder the Starbucks adjacent to the library is so popular.