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‘Serena’ reading roundtables to be held Sept. 23-24

WCU students will discuss the One Book program’s reading selection for the 2014-15 academic year – the novel “Serena” by WCU’s Ron Rash – at reading roundtable events billed as the “biggest book club of your life” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24.

WCU on Tour holding sessions in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh

WCU is packing up and going on the road to Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh to help prospective college students in those areas get a feel for campus life.

‘Elemeno Pea’ to stage at WCU Oct. 1-4

“Elemeno Pea,” a comedy set in Martha’s Vineyard that explores a wealthy world of infinity pools, Bentleys and yacht clubs with men in pink pants, will be staged at WCU from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4.

Panel discussion centered on human trafficking to be held Sept. 30

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs continues Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a panel discussion about human trafficking.

MBA students develop export business plans for NC companies

International business counselors and representatives from six North Carolina companies said they are impressed with export business plans created for them by Western Carolina University students from the master’s degree program in business administration.

Professor edits new book featuring work by American author H.D.

Annette Debo, professor of English at Western Carolina University, wrote the introduction and edited a new book of short stories and poems by author H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) titled "Within the Walls and What Do I Love?"

WCU’s political debate series continues Tuesday with N.C. House candidates

The second in a series of political debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23.

WCU ranked among best in South

Western Carolina is listed among the region’s top colleges in two categories in the recently released 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook.

Learning institute off to strong start

LIFE@WesternCarolina, WCU’s lifelong learning institute, is now underway with 87 individuals registered to attend seminars in Cullowhee and at Biltmore Park Town Square.

Hunter Library to host spoken-word event

Matthew Foley, a spoken-word poet and teacher from Charleston, South Carolina, will present a free spoken-word workshop centered on mixing humor and lightheartedness with serious topics and social commentary at Hunter Library on Friday, Sept. 26.

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Silent No More Week to be held Sept. 22-26

WCU will host Silent No More Week to encourage community members to speak up against sexual violence and help individuals realize personal responsibilities to end sexual violence.

Award-winning California teacher-author to speak Sept. 29

Dave Burgess, an award-winning educator and author from San Diego, California, will give a presentation about his innovative teaching techniques at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU.

Rooted in the Mountains symposium set for Sept. 25-26 at WCU

Pat Moss, a Cherokee traditionalist from Oklahoma, and Amy Adams, a representative of the environmental advocacy group Appalachian Voices, will be the keynote speakers as the fifth annual Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Ground symposium is held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, at WCU.

Constitution Day panel discussion to be held Sept. 17

The Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute will host a panel discussion titled "Are Two Better than One? Comparing our Rights (and Responsibilities) under the North Carolina and United States Constitutions" on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Congressman, governor attend UNC board meeting at WCU

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ three-day visit on the WCU campus came to a close Friday (Sept. 12) as the board held its regular monthly meeting and heard remarks from District 11 U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory.

WCU tourism research to be presented at national transportation conference

Steve Morse, economist and director of the WCU Hospitality and Tourism Program, has been invited to present research conducted at WCU as part of a class on Monday, Sept. 15, at a Transportation Research Board conference.

State Sen. Thomas Apodaca receives WCU Trustees’ Award

A veteran state legislator who earned his bachelor’s degree at WCU and later served five years as a university trustee is recipient of one of the institution’s highest honors.

Hill, Meadows address varied topics in first debate at WCU

About 300 people gathered Thursday evening, Sept. 4, at Western Carolina University to hear U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and his 11th District Democratic opponent Tom Hill debate Congressional and governmental roles.

Asheville Symphony string musicians, WCU students to give concert Sept. 23

String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will join students and faculty members from the Western Carolina University School of Music in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

Grant awards rise as research office enhances support efforts

At a time when competition for grant funding is particularly fierce, external awards for WCU research and programs climbed 60.1 percent from $3.4 million to $5.5 million from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014.

Group launches website, online tool to promote voter registration

Students, faculty and staff coordinating voter registration drives have launched a website and online tool to make registering to vote easier for students and local residents.

Federal grant will benefit rural, underserved communities

A two-year $700,000 federal award will provide stipends to students in WCU’s family nurse practitioner master’s degree program who plan to work in rural or underserved communities.

Diversity Week events scheduled through Sept. 19

The week includes an interactive program Sept. 18 with slam poetry, role-playing skits and crowd participation designed to break stereotypical barriers through cultural collaboration.

UNC Board of Governors meeting on Cullowhee campus Sept. 10-12

Regional and campus information for members of the Board of Governors

Mountain Heritage Center plans activities for ‘Crooked Water’ exhibit

A reception and presentation will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center to celebrate the exhibit "Land of the Crooked Water" that is currently on display at the museum.

Teresa Williams re-elected chair of WCU trustees

In an election season often characterized by dissension and quarrelling, none was to be found in the selection of officers by the WCU Board of Trustees on Friday, Sept. 5.

Student group sponsoring ‘Zombie Chase Race’

Runners will have a chance to outrun zombies during a 5-kilometer race that is being sponsored Saturday, Oct. 4, by the Student Physical Therapy Association at WCU.

First Open House of semester coming up Saturday

Future Catamounts are invited to tour the WCU campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

Wright to oversee Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A corporate executive with more than 30 years in leadership roles in the medical device industry is the new director of the university's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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