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Full slate of Homecoming 2014 activities scheduled through Sunday

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Registration underway for LEAD:WNC

The summit will bring leaders from throughout the region to the Ramsey Center on Nov. 12 to discuss solutions leading to sustainable economic and community development.

Students support Jackson County Glean Team

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 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 Western Carolina University senior from Gastonia majoring in sociology with a minor in emergency and disaster management, is the winner of North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2014 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.

Venue changed for Reel Big Fish, Ace Hood concert

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 concert Oct. 28

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 WCU’s new IPS director

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 WCU Fun Run 5K on Nov. 1

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.

WCU alum Greg Holland heading to World Series

Former WCU baseball standout Greg Holland and his Kansas City Royals are advancing to the World Series after defeating the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night.

WCU faculty to discuss Ebola crisis risk and response at Nov. 4 event

A panel of WCU faculty members, including an environmental health professor who has studied the spread and control of infectious agents such as Ebola for more than two decades, will take part in a discussion about the virus on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

WCU’s College of Business on list of ‘Best 296′

WCU's College of Business once again is included on the Princeton Review's list of the best schools in the nation at which to earn a master's degree in business administration.

Athletic training group sets another relay record

Students and faculty from WCU’s athletic training program completed their annual 175-mile fundraising relay, the Mountain Jug Run for Research, in record time over the weekend while dealing with rainy conditions.

Love Your Body Week events set for Oct. 27-Nov. 1

WCU's annual Love Your Body Week will include a geocaching challenge, photo booth, belly dancing workshop, Fun Run 5K, discussions, art and other activities from Monday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Nov. 1.

‘An Evening with Ron Rash’ to be presented Oct. 22

The Office of First Year Experience will host an evening with the award-winning author and WCU distinguished professor at 7 p.m. in the Coulter Building recital hall.

Fine Art Museum to exhibit photos that ‘help redefine contemporary photography’

More than 600 photographs will be featured in a two-part exhibition titled “David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures” and “Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors” at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University starting Thursday, Oct. 30.

Independent film ‘Stay Then Go’ to be screened Oct. 21

The independent feature film “Stay Then Go,” which explores the limits of love and sacrifice for the mother of an autistic child, will be screened at WCU on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as part of the 2014-15 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Hospitality and tourism students predict October tourism boost

Tourists flock to the mountains in the fall to see orange, yellow and red foliage, but this time of year WCU hospitality and tourism students are thinking more about the green.

Students participating in service trip for fall break

Fourteen WCU students will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, through an alternative break program to participate in service projects focused on environmental and poverty-related issues from Saturday, Oct. 11, to Saturday, Oct. 18.

WCU athletic training students, faculty take on 175-mile relay

Students and faculty from the Athletic Training Program are running the roads between Cullowhee and Boone this weekend to raise money for research and student scholarships.

IT Division selected as finalist for NC Tech Award

The Division of Information Technology at WCU is one of four finalists for a customer service award from the North Carolina Technology Association.

WCU shorelines program receives $436,000 NPS grant

WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will use the National Park Service grant of $436,000 to develop strategies for protecting park resources from rising seas.

Social work program awarded $1.1 million grant

Western Carolina University’s social work program is the recipient of a federal grant of more than $1.1 million to expand the number of social workers qualified to practice in the areas of substance abuse prevention and behavioral health in Cherokee and other underserved areas of Western North Carolina.

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