University News

WCU announces development, alumni relations leadership change

Jim Miller, associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at Western Carolina University, will be stepping down as director of the university’s fund- and friend-raising unit effective Dec. 31.

Mountain Heritage Day contest winners announced

Western Carolina University’s 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, held Sept. 26 on the campus in Cullowhee, provided many varied opportunities for local residents to compete with – and be honored for – their unique skills. Results are listed below.

CAPS Cab takes students for a ride across campus

With the popular television game show “Cash Cab” no longer in production, Western Carolina University’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services has found a way to bring its version to campus.

Students look to discover, name phages

The new course is funded through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute program called Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science.

Music series opening with Ritter, Ogletree concert

The 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU will get underway Thursday, Oct. 1, with a concert featuring the husband-and-wife duo of William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree.

Award-winning interior designer Leibrock to speak

Cynthia Leibrock, an award-winning author and interior designer, will deliver a public lecture titled “Residential Design for Health and Longevity” during a visit on the WCU campus.

Duke brings perspectives on music, teaching, learning to WCU

Teaching and learning expert, radio commentator and University of Texas-Austin music professor Bob Duke will have two public speaking engagements on the Western Carolina University campus during a two-day residency.

North Carolina Folklore Society to hold Oct. 9-10 annual conference in Cullowhee

The North Carolina Folklore Society will hold its 102nd annual conference on Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, at Western Carolina University and the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Paddlers win honors at Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom

Local paddlers gathered on the banks of the Tuckaseigee River on the back side of the WCU campus Saturday, Sept. 12, to compete at the sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.

Students sought for Sustainable Energy Committee

WCU students who are interested in sustainable energy issues are invited to apply to become a member of the university’s Sustainable Energy Initiative Committee.

Thousands enjoy WCU’s 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day

Take a look at the festival photo gallery

Filmmaker documenting band’s journey

Sam Wallace, a WCU senior majoring in film and television production, has been behind the camera recording Jackson County bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith’s rise to fame.

Speaker series focusing on morality, free market

Two free market economists will visit Western Carolina University on Monday, Oct. 5, to discuss morality, big business and economic inequality as part of the Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

Fox and Lyons exhibit coming to WCU Fine Art Museum

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a contemporary exhibit beginning Monday, Oct. 12, that is intended to challenge the way beliefs about the natural world are formed.

WCU gets first student participant in SBTDC internship program

Graduate student Ramain Gohar became the first WCU student selected to participate in the SBTDC internship program.

Physical therapy grads in elite company with performance on national exam

The second class of graduates from WCU’s doctoral degree program in physical therapy has maintained the tradition of passing a national licensing exam on the first try.

WCU’s Laura Wright authors ‘The Vegan Studies Project’

Laura Wright, head of the Department of English at Western Carolina University, is author of the newly published book “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals and Gender in the Age of Terror.”

Oct. 20 summit at WCU to focus on quality of life issues

LEAD:WNC will bring together regional leaders to discuss quality of life issues with representatives of the health care profession, tourism industry and environmental agencies.

WCU drum line performs at Panthers game

The WCU drum line was invited to perform at the Carolina Panthers home opener Sunday, Sept. 20, joining the South Carolina State and Panthers' drum lines.

‘Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?’ to be presented Oct. 1-3

WCU’s School of Stage and Screen will present the college campus premiere of the new high-energy musical comedy-mystery “Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?” in Hoey Auditorium.

WCU astronomers to host eclipse viewing party Sept. 27

WCU astronomers Paul Heckert and Enrique Gomez will be hosting a free event at the Jackson County Airport to give the public a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse.

Bent Frequency Duo to present Sept. 27 recital on campus

The WCU School of Music will host a recital by the Bent Frequency Duo on Sunday, Sept. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Mountain Heritage Awards presented to R.O. Wilson, Mountain Faith

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Awards for 2015 will be presented to renowned woodsman R.O. Wilson and the bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith during Mountain Heritage Day festivities.

Workshop to focus on college students with autism

WCU’s Office of Disability Services will present a Tuesday, Sept. 22, workshop for university faculty that will examine some of the unique challenges students with Autism Spectrum Disorder present in the academic environment.

Scott named to posts for institute, training program

Rebecca Scott, a community planner with regional knowledge and experience, is the new director of the WCU’s Local Government Training Program. She also will serve as assistant director of the university's Public Policy Institute.

WCU chooses ‘Courses to Careers’ as QEP topic

The votes are in, and the WCU community has spoken. “Courses to Careers” will be the topic of focus for the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan.

Harris completes 142 miles in ‘Biking for Biology’

Darby Harris will be pedaling his bicycle for at least 100 miles on Saturday. But will it turn out to be 125 miles, or maybe 150, or even 200 miles? It all depends on the donations.

Fall Forum to weigh student learning, engagement

The Student Learning and Engagement Fall Forum will provide an opportunity for interested parties to examine how those two vital factors combine at Western Carolina University.

Open House set for Sept. 22 at Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by WCU during an Open House set for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the university's instructional site in Asheville.

WCU club offering ‘Art Days for Kids’ this fall

WCU’s Art Education Club is hosting “Art Days for Kids” that coincide with Jackson County public school holidays.

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