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Educational offerings set on bone identification, organizational change, grant writing

A course in bone identification geared toward law enforcement officers, a workshop focusing on organizational change and a certificate program in grant writing are among the offerings scheduled by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach over upcoming weeks.

WCU's Forensic Anthropology Program is partnering with Educational Outreach to offer a “Comparative Osteology (Bone Identification)” course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 3, through Wednesday, June 5, on the campus in Cullowhee. The course introduces participants to the field of osteology, or the study of the skeleton.

The course is geared towards law enforcement officers, medico-legal professionals and undergraduate- and graduate-level university students. No previous knowledge is required and the registration fee is $199.

The three-day course in bone identification will be offered at the WCU campus in Cullowhee.

An on-campus accommodations and meals package is available. For more information and to register, visit or call 828-227-7397.

The division’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment is offering the workshop on organizational change and the Grant Writing Certificate Program.

The workshop, “Pathways, Ideas and Tips for Effective Organizational Change,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 17, at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

Todd Creasy, director of WCU’s master’s degree program in business administration and professor of management and project management in the College of Business, will serve as workshop instructor.

“Every organization will undergo change for a variety of reasons,” said Creasy. “There are proven techniques to ensure your change efforts will be met with acceptance and sustainability.”

The registration fee is $279 and includes a catered lunch.

The Grant Writing Certificate Program is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 18, and continuing through Friday, June 21, on the campus in Cullowhee. Participants will attend two-and-a-half days of grant writing instruction with Jack Smith, a nationally recognized grant writing trainer who will review the many categories of grants and teach time-saving shortcuts in the grant writing process, including abstract writing.

A panel will take place on the second day with representatives from several local foundations and organizations discussing grant opportunities and the funding process. The panel includes Michele Garashi-Ellick, executive director of Great Smokies Health Foundation; Terri Bryant Adou-Dy, director of programs and program administration for the Golden LEAF Foundation; Kara Addy, senior director for advancement communication at WCU; and Susan Jenkins, treasurer for the First Nations Development Institute.

On the fourth day, Susan Fouts, WCU’s executive director of educational outreach, will talk about aspects of the proposal budgeting process including indirect costs, allowable versus nonallowable costs, in-kind donations, government grants and time reporting scenarios.

The registration fee for the certificate program is $449 and includes lunch each day.

For more information and to register for the workshop on organizational change or the Grant Writing Certificate Program, visit or call 828-227-7397.

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