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WCU to throw ‘Big Birthday Bash’ on Aug. 26 to mark 125th year

Western Carolina University is opening the academic year by throwing itself a party in honor of the 125th anniversary of its founding, and all alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are invited to take part in the festivities.

Maintenance to affect WCU telephones late Thursday

Telephone system outages may occur on the WCU campus between 7 and 10 p.m. today (Thursday, July 24) as WCU’s Division of Information Technology conducts maintenance on the system.

WCU, Mission receive $1 million grant to improve nursing care quality in rural WNC

A federal workforce diversity grant of more than $1 million will enable the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University to partner with Mission Health in an effort to increase the quality of nursing care provided to patients in rural Western North Carolina.

Institute holding ‘Focus on Franklin’ meeting July 30

The Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University and the municipality of Franklin will hold a “Focus on Franklin” town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Franklin Town Hall.

WCU launching new lifelong learning program for WNC retirees this fall

Western Carolina University is launching a new lifelong learning institute aimed at people age 50 and older across Western North Carolina who are interested in enriching their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

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Dance program director wins national teaching award

Karyn Tomczak, director of the WCU dance program, will receive the 2014 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education at the Dance Teacher Summit to be held in New York City in August.

Unawarewulves to present free concert July 22

WCU's annual Summer Concert Series will conclude with a free show at 7 p.m. in the Central Plaza featuring the Franklin-based sextet offering a blend of several genres of music.

Budding Broadway stars to perform Sunday

A troupe of budding Broadway stars from around the world will hit the stage at WCU this weekend to cap the 2014 Triple Arts intensive musical theatre summer camp.

Students produce campus walking trail brochure

Students in Jessie Swigger’s “Introduction to Public History” class produced a historic walking trail and map of Western Carolina University points of interest as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration.

WCU Bass Cats qualify for nationals

Students representing WCU's bass fishing club team recently placed third at the Bassmaster College Eastern Regional tournament to advance to a national competition later this summer.

Instructor honored for swiftwater rescue initiative

Sam Fowlkes, who teaches paddlesports and rescue at WCU, accepted an award considered among the most prestigious in the field of technical swiftwater rescue for an American Canoe Association conference he helped coordinate.

Faculty member honored at Canadian symposium

A paper co-authored by Jon Marvel, associate professor of management, and presented at the 2014 International Supply Chain Symposium held in Edmonton, Alberta, in June received the symposium’s Best Paper Award.

Student films to be shown in Cashiers

Some of the most riveting and moving student-created films from WCU’s annual Controlled Chaos Film Festivals will be shared in the southern Jackson County village on Aug. 17.

WCU ASP Day of Service set for July 19 at Sylva’s Bridge Park

Students in WCU's Academic Success Program are collaborating with the town of Sylva, Wal-Mart of Sylva, Lowe’s of Sylva, Sylva Rotary Club and several area businesses and nonprofit agencies to host the fourth annual Day of Service on Saturday July 19, at Bridge Park.

WCU hosts natural products seminar to launch new chemistry degree concentration

WCU recently hosted a half-day event focusing on the emerging natural products industry of the Western North Carolina region. The event also served as an official launch for WCU’s newest graduate program, which leads to a master’s degree in chemistry with a professional science concentration in natural products.

Porch 40 to perform free outdoor concert

WCU’s annual Summer Concert Series continues Tuesday, July 15, with a free show featuring Porch 40 in the Central Plaza at 7 p.m.

Dietetics faculty member wins honor

Sherry Robison, internship director for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program, received the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award for 2014.

Students from Ripple Effect learning community serve foreign communities

A group of WCU students from the Ripple Effect learning community traveled to Europe to learn and help bring about social change.

Campus network to be affected by maintenance

WCU’s Division of Information Technology will be conducting maintenance to ensure the reliability and safety of the IT data center Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.

Summer reading program offered July 28-Aug. 1

“Summer Reading Adventures,” a program for rising first- and second-graders, will be offered Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

WCU museum hosting author presentation

Donna Glee Willliams, a speculative fiction writer who penned the novel “The Braided Path,” will visit the Mountain Heritage Center to present a reading and program.

Dulcimer masters to present show

The mountain dulcimer virtuosos who make up the instructional staff for WCU’s annual summer dulcimer conference will present a show “in the round” on Thursday, July 17.

Catamount Club surpasses annual goal

The fundraising arm of WCU athletics has exceeded its goal of raising $850,000 in donations for the Catamount Scholarship Fund, the most ever for the organization.

Ray to lead WCU’s Kimmel School

Jeffrey L. Ray will be coming from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, to be the next dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

WestCare plans clinic in HHS Building

WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus, with a targeted opening in September.

WCU’s Manners wins national athletic training award

The athletic training program director has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients for 2014.

WCU offices to close for holiday

Offices on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee and at other WCU instructional sites will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday, and will reopen Monday.

WCU graduate students meet with state legislators

Two Western Carolina University graduate students recently had an opportunity to discuss their research with North Carolina legislators in Raleigh.

WCU golfer J.T. Poston named All-American by magazine

Post-season accolades continue to roll in for WCU standout golfer J.T. Poston, with the junior from Hickory tabbed third team All-American by Golfweek magazine.

Two students selected for NASA DEVELOP Program

Two students from WCU’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program were selected from 467 applicants to participate in NASA's Digital Earth Virtual Environment Learning Outreach Project, or DEVELOP, Program.

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