Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is among 10 museums selected to participate in the American Alliance of Museums’ new accreditation academy for small institutions.An initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Small Museums Accreditation Academy is a yearlong readiness program to make the accreditation process more accessible to smaller museums. It is designed for institutions with five or fewer staff members that are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation.Participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation, said Laura L. Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. “The limited staff and resources of small museums do not preclude them from being operationally excellent and having tremendous impact on their communities,” she said. “I’m excited to welcome these 10 museums to our new program as they take a major step toward being recognized by the field for that excellence.”WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center is an award-winning museum of southern Appalachian culture and history, and a regional resource for education and research. Opened in 1979, the center collects artifacts, creates and hosts exhibits, and showcases traditional skills, crafts and music. It develops content for WCU’s annual Mountain Heritage Day festival on the last Saturday of September, presenting traditional culture, music and crafts to thousands of visitors.“We are thrilled that the Mountain Heritage Center will be included in the first class of this national program,” said Pamela Meister, curator and center interim director. “The Mountain Heritage Center has a 40-year record of distinguished service as a cultural and educational resource for WCU and the wider community, and the Small Museums Accreditation Academy is a great opportunity to ensure that we meet best practices and ultimately achieve accreditation, the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971.”The Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery is located on the ground floor of WCU’s Hunter Library. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 828-227-7129 or go to mhc.wcu.edu.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Marshfield boys hockey team was shut out for the second time in three games, losing 6-0 to Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday night at the South Wood County Recreation Arena.Six different Raiders scored in the victory as Wisconsin Rapids improves to 14-4-1 and 8-2 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.Marshfield falls to 7-13 and 1-8 in the conference with three games remaining. The Tigers’ next game is Feb. 5 at home against Merrill. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.Haydon Roy-Peterson had 50 saves for the Tigers as Wisconsin Rapids dominated play. The Tigers had just four shots on goal.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 6, Tigers 0Wisconsin Rapids 2 2 2 – 6Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0First period: 1. WR, Grant Scharmer (Casey Esselman, Sam Storlie), 7:06; 2. WR, Esselman, 9:45.Second period: 3. WR, Jared Sawyer (Tyler Blaes, Esselman), 6:32; 4. WR, Tanner Case (Logan Conkey), 15:31.Third period: 5. WR, Colton Capelle, 3:21; 6. WR, Conkey (Cody Kohls), 10:49.Saves: M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 50; WR, Tyler Werne 4.Records: Marshfield 7-13, 1-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wisconsin Rapids 14-4-1, 8-2 WVC.
With the HR Technology Conference (#HRTechConf) just around the corner, we’re inviting our Next Official Bloggers to offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the profession today — and their predictions for the future.The following is a Q & A with Next Official Blogger Sharlyn Lauby:Q: What area of human resources profession (recruiting, OD/training, comp/benefits, employee relations, etc.) do you see technology affecting the most in the next 5 years? SL: A lot of great technology options currently exist in recruiting, training, recognition, etc. I think some of the individual health and wellness applications currently on the market will start to offer enterprise solutions. Employees will be able to support each other in staying healthy.I also believe we will see some employee relations technology solutions. I see the need as we become a workforce of working anywhere, anytime. But I must admit it will have to be designed carefully, so we don’t lose the “relationship” part. Q: Employees are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access their employers’ HR services. How will employees’ evolving expectations affect an organization’s HR technology regarding access and security?SL: You’re absolutely right – employees expect to manage certain aspects of their career using their mobile devices. When we can use our phones and tablets to have conversations with family on the other side of the globe, buy just about anything we want, and store valuable documents, then we expect our mobile devices to be acceptable for more things at work.But with that comes responsibility. Anyone today using a mobile device needs to learn basic technology etiquette. They need to understand what secure and unsecure networks are and how to develop a good password. For some people, this will sound very basic but there are lots of people who don’t follow sound technology security practices. HR departments should include in onboarding a technology etiquette and essentials program. Q: Technology is enabling HR to look at how their strategy affects organizational performance, in addition to HR-specific problems. To what extent are today’s HR professionals able to step outside the box that has traditionally defined their role?SL: I believe HR pros can and should take a holistic approach to technology and the organization. It will be difficult to develop any kind of strategy operating in a silo.HR professionals have the opportunity to be the champions of experimentation. One of the things I’ve discovered over the past few years, during the Great Recession and the rise in social media, is that we can learn a lot by just trying new things. We can help our organizations see the value in being an effective adopter of new ideas and concepts. Q: What steps can an HR professional take to begin to incorporate mobile technology into their talent management strategies?SL: HR professionals have to understand what technology is available today. You don’t have to own it all or use it all. But human resources need to know what’s available and decide if it has potential. If we don’t stay on top of what’s available, we run the risk of being left behind. Technology moves much too quickly. Q: What’s your HR technology trend prediction for 2015?SL: We haven’t seen the full potential of wearables yet. Whether it’s watches, bands, glasses, etc., wearables are becoming a part of our lives and the data we can get from them is amazing. Now can we use these devices to help us at work? I can’t wait to see what happens.
IDC forecasts the AR/VR market for headsets to grow at 54.1 percent annually, reaching almost nine million units in 2019 and to grow to 68.6 million units by 2023. Augmented and Virtual Reality is on track to become as ubiquitous as mobile devices by 2025, according to a survey by Perkins Coie of 200 startup founders. Tipatat Chennavasin, general partner at Venture Reality Fund , said that “the idea of VR and AR as a means of connecting people to the digital world in a much more natural and human way is profound. It will help everyone benefit from the power of the digital economy. It allows us to redefine computer literacy—we can adapt the computer to the way we think and want to work.” How will AR/VR be used? One area that will see huge growth is in retail. Hanna Karki, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that “the impact of AR or VR in retail can be transformative. Retailers can use AR as an extension of the brand experience to engage customers in immersive environments and drive revenue. For example, IKEA’s Place app enables customers to virtually ‘place’ IKEA products in their space. Additionally, AR can be used outside the store after a sale to increase customer satisfaction and improve loyalty.”
The fight against cancer has been won, but the battle is far from over for Yuvraj Singh , who is now determined to return to the Indian team at the earliest.According to Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam , the dashing left-hander has set himself a target of “10-15 days to return to his normal routine”.Shabnam also thanked Yuvraj’s fans , the entire country and the BCCI for support during the middle-order batsman’s time of crisis.Yuvraj has been out of action for most of the past 12 months, right since the time he played a pivotal role in Team India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.The explosive batsman received a hero’s welcome when he touched down in India after finishing his cancer treatment in the United States on Monday. He is currently staying with his mother at her Gurgaon residence.