University News

Mountain Heritage Center resumes full operation at Hunter Library

The Mountain Heritage Center, WCU’s museum of Appalachian culture, is back at full operation after a summertime move from H.F. Robinson Administration Building to space at Hunter Library.

WCU on Tour visits Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh

Western Carolina University is hitting the road to give prospective college students in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh an idea of campus life in Cullowhee.

Acrobats to perform Wednesday night

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring a 2000-year Chinese tradition to the Bardo Arts Center stage to open the university’s 2015-16 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series.

WCU study predicts fall tourism increase for Smoky Mountain gateway counties

Although many of us still may be shaking the sand out of our bathing suits from summer’s final trip to the beach over Labor Day weekend, a few students and faculty members at Western Carolina University have turned their attention to autumn and the mountains.

Fetzer, Kinney appointed to serve as WCU trustees

Thomas H. Fetzer, a former three-term mayor of Raleigh, and J. Bryant Kinney, a public and government affairs executive, are the two newest members of the WCU Board of Trustees.

Ready for some Catamount football?

The WCU gridiron squad’s much-anticipated 2015 campaign gets underway Saturday night as the Catamounts host their mountain neighbors, the Mars Hill Lions, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

WCU retention rate hits all-time high

Eighty percent of Western Carolina’s students who were first-time, full-time undergraduate students last year are back in class in Cullowhee for the fall semester.

WCU Study Abroad Fair will be Sept. 15 at the University Center

Western Carolina University’s ninth Annual Study Abroad Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 15.

WCU receives FCC permit for new FM frequency

Western Carolina University has received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to create a new noncommercial radio station on the 95.3 FM frequency.

Students throw their filming skills into high gear on an alumnus’ movie project

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Family friendly paddling competition set for Sept. 12

The sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the WCU campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Sneed to deliver Indian health lecture Sept. 2

Sarah Sneed, a resident of Cherokee’s Birdtown community who earned her law degree at Harvard Law School, will visit the WCU campus Wednesday, Sept. 2, to deliver the sixth annual Public Lecture on Indian Health.

Steep Canyon Rangers to present membership concert for WCU’s Friends of the Arts

The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass superstars will present songs from their nine albums during a membership concert for WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization Monday, Oct. 19.

LIFE@WesternCarolina starting its second year of programs

LIFE@WesternCarolina is offering a series of educational sessions for Western North Carolina residents 50 and older who want to enrich their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

WCu Bookstore receives Energy Star certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star logo is frequently found on household appliances across the country, but rarely do you see it affixed to a building.

Proposed QEP topics to be focus of Sept. 1 forum

The power to choose the topic of focus for WCU’s next Quality Enhancement Plan rests with the university community, and a forum has been scheduled to outline the eight topics that will be put up for vote.

WCU foliage forecaster predicts one of best leaf seasons in recent years

Fall leaf color in the mountains of Western North Carolina should be the best it has been in a number of years because of generally drier-than-normal conditions during 2015.

WCU volleyball team hosting tournament Aug. 28-29

Teams from Georgia State, Murray State and Fresno State will be coming to Cullowhee on Friday and Saturday for the WCU Catamount Volleyball Classic at the Ramsey Center.

Several construction projects in the works or on drawing boards

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School of Music presenting Sept. 1 Faculty Showcase Recital

Western Carolina University’s School of Music begins its 2015-16 recital series on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the Faculty Showcase Recital.

WCU SGA president notes top priority for academic year

During his first two years serving as a member of WCU’s Student Government Association, Hank Henderson saw what it was like for others to serve one-year terms as SGA president.

Tickets available for Oct. 22 Hunter Hayes concert

One of country music’s rising stars is coming to Western Carolina University as part of Homecoming Week activities.

Cathryn Griffin photography exhibit on display

An exhibition of works by Cathryn Griffin, professor of photography at Western Carolina University, continues on display through Friday, Sept. 25, at the university’s Fine Art Museum in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU’s Pride of the Mountains polishing up this year’s show

Nine months after their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade experience, members of the marching band are rehearsing their new production, “That’s What’s Up,” and planning a busy fall.

Forum to update campus on three vital topics

Members of the Western Carolina University community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three important university topics – the campus master plan, the bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and emerging enrollment and demographic trends – during a public forum Monday, Aug. 24.

Series of aqua fitness classes to begin Monday

Aqua fitness classes will be offered beginning Monday, Aug. 24, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 3, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Remembering the impact of former dean Cliff Lovin

Monday, Aug. 17, brought more than the start of a new academic year. It also brought news that WCU had lost an important leader who served at critical periods of the institution’s history. The night before, Clifford Ramsey Lovin lost his fight with cancer.

‘English on the Ides’ discussion series starts Aug. 23

WCU’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva are sponsoring a series of informal public discussions focused on research being conducted by members of the university's English faculty.

Oh baby! Rattles come with a Catamount

A supply of Catamount baby rattles adorned with the WCU athletics logo arrived at Harris Regional Hospital last week, and each new baby born at the hospital will get one.

Program supports local farmers while teaching community healthy cooking and eating

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