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Weather-Related Announcements

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for an area that includes WCU, effective at 8 p.m. Friday. CLICK HERE for all weather-related announcements.

Registration continues for upcoming LEAD:WNC Regional Leaders Summit

Learn about discussion topics on the event website.

Theater season takes turn down ‘42nd Street’ Nov. 13-16

The 2014-15 theatrical season at Western Carolina University will take a musical turn down “42nd Street” as the School of Stage and Screen presents the beloved Broadway classic Nov. 13.-16.

Two MAEd programs going totally online

The UNC Board of Governors gave its approval recently for WCU to begin offering its master’s degree programs in middle grades and elementary education exclusively online.

Graduate student from Haywood County wins $2,000 scholarship

A Western Carolina University graduate student in public affairs who is currently working for the town of Waynesville has been named recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the North Carolina City and County Management Association.

Professor emeritus inducted into honor society Hall of Fame

Gordon E. Mercer, professor emeritus of political science, has been inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society Hall of Fame, an honor that only has been bestowed 19 times.

Tennessee band is three-time grand champion winner in WCU tournament

The Dobyns-Bennett High School marching band from Kingsport, Tennessee, won its third grand championship, taking the top prize again at the 14th annual Tournament of Champions held at Western Carolina University on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Inter-institutional doctoral program established

The departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have partnered to create an inter-institutional program that will extend doctoral-level training to qualified individuals in Western North Carolina.

Faculty member wins distinguished scholar award from state organization

Whether affirmative action policies are still relevant and why black males lag not only their white counterparts but also black females in educational achievement are among the questions driving Western Carolina University faculty member Adriel Hilton’s award-winning research.

SoCon football showdown is Saturday

WCU’s Catamounts will be looking to grab sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference when they take on the Mocs of Chattanooga at 2 p.m. in E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Mountain Heritage Center curator wins lifetime achievement award

Pam Meister, interim director and curator of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, was honored Oct. 22 with the James R. Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

Traditional music series to open with concert by Boys from Tuckasegee

The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will get underway Thursday, Nov. 6, with a concert featuring the Boys from Tuckasegee.

Honors College dean completes 118-mile pledge ride to Mt. Mitchell

The dean of WCU’s Honors College battled leaf-looker traffic and the long uphill climbs of the Blue Ridge Parkway to complete a 118-mile bicycle ride from Cullowhee to the top of the highest mountain in the eastern United States to boost a student scholarship fund.

Students, Jack the Dipper to hold ice cream-eating event to benefit reading

Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning and campus organizations are teaming up with Jack the Dipper, a Sylva ice cream shop, in an effort to raise $2,000 for the Fontana Regional Library’s Reading Rover bookmobile Saturday, Nov. 1.

Mann to receive dramatic arts award

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star and WCU distinguished professor Terrence Mann with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts.

Students enrolled in intellectual disabilities program win Homecoming titles

Two first-year students enrolled in a WCU program for college-age individuals with intellectual disabilities were announced as the 2014 Homecoming queen and king Saturday.

Students assist Glean Team to fight food insecurity

More than 100 WCU students have assisted the Jackson County Glean Team with harvesting more than 14,500 pounds of excess produce and goods to combat food insecurity since June.

Scholarship established by WCU vice chancellor will benefit band members

Robert Edwards, who is stepping down in December as WCU’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, has turned around the age-old notion of “retirement gift.”

Student honored as ‘civic trailblazer’

Aaron Marshall, a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in emergency and disaster management, is the winner of N.C. Campus Compact’s John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award.

WCU Discovery Forum rescheduled to spring semester

Western Carolina University’s third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, has been postponed until the 2015 spring semester.

‘Last Lecture’ to be presented Oct. 23 by WCU’s Briggs

Lisa Thomas Briggs, WCU associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, will speak on the topic “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" at 4 p.m. in the University Center theater.

Reel Big Fish, Ace Hood to perform at University Center

A concert featuring the ska-punk band Reel Big Fish and rapper Ace Hood will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center as part of festivities associated with WCU’s Homecoming weekend.

WCU Wind Ensemble to present Oct. 28 concert

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the university’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU 125th anniversary ornaments support Staff Senate scholarship

Members of WCU's Staff Senate are selling collectible purple ornaments imprinted with the university’s 125th anniversary logo to raise money for the Staff Senate scholarship fund.

Ten students running for Homecoming king, queen

Ten WCU students, including five women and five men, have been named to the Homecoming Court for 2014.

LeBeau named director of International Programs and Services

An award-winning educator experienced in leading programs that support study abroad and international scholarship will oversee the Office of International Programs and Services.

Catamount Legacy Walk offering bricks with 125th anniversary logo

In honor of Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary, brick pavers to be installed in the Catamount Legacy Walk can be engraved with the special 125th anniversary logo as well as a personalized message.

Runners to get coated in color at Nov. 1 5-K race

Runners will get coated in color as they pass through color stations during the Fun Run 5K on Saturday, Nov. 1, at WCU.

World wars round table to meet Oct. 22

A faculty member from the Command and Staff College of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, will be the guest speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at WCU on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Branding workshop to be offered at WCU’s Biltmore Park site

Representatives of small businesses and organizations will have an opportunity to learn about the branding process of marketing during an interactive workshop being offered by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Youth Swim Refresher Course to be offered

A Youth Swim Refresher Course will be offered in October and November by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Coulter Regional Leadership Academy at WCU announces members of 2014-15 cohort

Nine Western North Carolinians will form the 2014-15 cohort of the Coulter Regional Leadership Academy, a regional leadership development initiative facilitated by Western Carolina University in partnership with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

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