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WCU celebrates 125 years with ‘Big Birthday Bash,’ renewal of commitment to WNC

Western Carolina University has changed dramatically since its beginning in August 1889 as a one-room schoolhouse, but one thing that has remained constant is the institution’s commitment to Western North Carolina, WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher said Tuesday, Aug. 26, as campus and community came together to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.

Presentation on Canton set for Sept. 4 at Mountain Heritage Center

Author Michael Beadle will present an illustrated talk focusing on the history of the town of Canton and, specifically, the town’s annual Labor Day Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 4, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

WCU seeking questions for 3 upcoming political debates

Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.

WCU students win top prizes at energy summit

Students in Western Carolina University’s computer science and environmental science programs presented their capstone projects at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone and returned to WCU with two grand prizes.

Personalist seminar at WCU draws international participation

The 10th Biennial Personalist Seminar held at WCU Aug. 11-15 attracted about two dozen participants who came not only from universities across the United States but also from Denmark and South Africa.

WCU football announces 125th anniversary promotions

WCU football will host two giveaway events and a ticket sale in celebration of WCU’s 125th anniversary.

Provost encourages faculty, staff to ‘step forward’

Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar highlighted in her Opening Assembly remarks initiatives to strengthen curriculum and online work flow processes, grants support and success, the university-wide reaccreditation process and support for faculty and staff to "step forward" to lead "and to share their ideas and perspectives.

Film lovers enjoy students’ work at inaugural festival

A full house of 150 film lovers laughed, cried and cheered student-created films in the Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival held Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.

WCU, university system working to improve safety

With the addition earlier this year of a new position in the University Police Department responsible for compliance with federal reporting requirements regarding campus crime, Western Carolina University is at the forefront of addressing recommendations from the University of North Carolina system designed to improve campus safety

WNC fall color may be on spotty side

WCU autumnal season soothsayer Kathy Mathews has released her prediction of how foliage around the region will perform as summer sunlight wanes and days become crispy.

Heirloom quilts to tell their story

Local residents will have a chance to learn interesting and historical details about their family coverlets as the Mountain Heritage Center sponsors Quilt Discovery Evening.

New executive director hired to oversee WCU’s Biltmore Park programs

Asheville native Kevan Frazier has been appointed executive director for WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, succeeding Patsy Miller, who is retiring after 30 years of service to WCU.

WCU Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 5

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

Southern rock band will perform at Aug. 26 Bash

The Dirty Guv’nahs will be coming in from Knoxville to perform at the Big Birthday Bash, an outdoor party being held Tuesday to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.

Kachadourian’s ‘Forest/City’ to fill FAM gallery

An installation by artist Gary Kachadourian that "re-manufactures" the great outdoors overtaking an urban environment will inhabit the entire main gallery and part of the lobby of the WCU Fine Art Museum. The exhibit opens Thursday, Aug. 21, and features an artist talk and reception at 5 p.m.

Catamount Club begins Fraternity Sorority Challenge

The Fraternity Sorority Challenge will allow alumni to celebrate long-lasting bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood while helping generate financial support for WCU athletics.

WCU gets high ranking on list of tech-savvy online schools

The university is No. 10 on a list of higher education institutions “that offer the discerning distance learner the finest education using the most progressive technology.”

Chancellor’s Opening Assembly address kicks off new semester

Budget cuts and enrollment growth were among the topics covered by WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher as he addressed the university’s faculty and staff at the Bardo Arts Center.

Board of Governors to meet at WCU in September

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will hold its September meeting on the Western Carolina campus in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution that became WCU.

Galaxy of Stars opening with comical cowboys

Ten years after the group’s last performance at Western Carolina University, Riders in the Sky will return to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, with a mix of Western song classics and zany send-ups of the same, opening the Galaxy of Stars Series.

Maintenance to affect phone system Tuesday night

Telephone system outages will occur on the WCU campus between 7 and 10 p.m. today as the Division of Information Technology conducts maintenance on the system.

Soccer team to face UNCA in Friday exhibition

The WCU women's soccer team defeated Winthrop in an exhibition game Wednesday and now will play UNCA in another exhibition matchup Friday night at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Start of semester includes convocation, Ballyhoo

WCU’s new freshmen will be officially welcomed to the university and all students will have an opportunity to do some start-of-fall-semester celebrating at two annual events.

Faculty helping launch ‘Math Circle’ professional development community

A team of WCU faculty members and Western North Carolina mathematics teachers are establishing the Smoky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle, a professional development community.

Tickets available for Aug. 17 film festival debut

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the inaugural Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.

Bass Cats place in top 25 at national tournament

Students representing WCU’s bass fishing club team recently placed in the top 25 among two-person fishing teams that competed at a national tournament held on Lake Chatuge.

WCU welcoming record number of students for fall semester

The Western Carolina community is making preparations to welcome what is anticipated to be a record number of students for the start of fall semester classes on Monday, Aug. 18.

Celebration of 125 years of the arts at WCU coming up Sept. 2

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Catamounts getting ready for 2014 football campaign

The sounds of coaches’ whistles and colliding pads once again can be heard around E.J. Whitmire Stadium as Western Carolina’s football team prepares for its 2014 campaign.

Promotions planned for WCU’s home football games

Special activities scheduled for the six home games at E.J. Whitmire Stadium include a Guinness record attempt involving fortune cookies and Eastern Band of Cherokee Day.

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