CULLOWHEE - Western Carolina University has agreed to become one of the sponsors for a new series of mini-programs called “Leadership For Our Town” that will air on WLOS-TV and WBSC-TV (WB 40) in North and South Carolina, beginning Friday, Dec. 10.

The video segments, each one minute in length, salute the people who started community organizations such as Toys for Tots, Neighborhood Watch, Head Start, Little League, Hospice and many more.  In a number of instances, there is a natural connection between the work of the organization that is profiled and Western's academic studies, community service programs and other activities.  For that reason, Western is including taped remarks from Chancellor John Bardo, various professors, and other university officials to go along with the archival photos and with video produced by WLOS-TV with its own local talent.

The first program features Toys for Tots and is scheduled to air at 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 10 during “Good Morning America” and later at 5:19 p.m. on “News 13.”  For that profile, Keith Corzine, director of residential living at Western, talks about the university's Angel Trees holiday gift collection program in Jackson County.  He is accompanied by students Jennie V. Dowdle, of Franklin and Bethany DeGenova of Jamestown.  Western's videographer, John Kenyon, taped Corzine's remarks and video of several other students at the annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1.

Jack Connors, new general manager of WLOS and WBSC, says the stations have begun the “Leadership For Our Town” series in order to recognize that leadership in any form is always an individual decision.

“The ‘Leadership For Our Town' series profiles the people who made a difference and started important programs that continue to contribute to our quality of life in our communities today,” Connors said.

The series of 54, one-minute videos is scheduled to run through 2006.

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