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Horn player James Rester to perform Sept. 4 at WCU

Guest artist James Rester, principal horn player with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, will perform a recital at Western Carolina University in the Coulter Building recital hall on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Spotlight Series begins today with Iraq discussion

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by WCU’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will get underway Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a panel discussion on the Iraqi crisis.

‘Take Back the Night’ set for Sept. 17 on WCU campus

Jessica Greer Morris, executive director and co-founder of Girl Be Heard, a New York City-based theater group dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and other issues, will be the keynote speaker for “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Western Carolina University.

WNC leaders sharing insights for MBA classes

Leaders from across Western North Carolina are sharing their personal perspectives on leadership with students enrolled in a WCU master’s degree program course in business administration this fall.

WCU music faculty to present concert Sept. 9

School of Music faculty members will present a Faculty Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

Mountain Heritage Day celebrates 40th year at WCU

Thousands gather on the WCU campus in Cullowhee each year on the last Saturday in September to be a part of the region’s rich history of mountain culture at Mountain Heritage Day.

Construction management program earns renewal of accreditation

The American Council for Construction Education has awarded renewal of accreditation to Western Carolina University’s undergraduate program in construction management.

Dean of students eager to connect with campus

Western Carolina University’s new associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, Kevin Koett, says WCU students have an energy and community-mindedness that makes him excited to serve as their advocate.

New WestCare clinic opening on campus Sept. 2

Patti Sparling, a family nurse practitioner, will begin seeing patients in WestCare’s new primary care clinic located in the Health and Human Sciences Building at WCU starting Tuesday, Sept. 2.

FAM mural exhibit opens with artist reception Sept. 4

The exhibition of works by artists Gus Cutty, Hannah Dansie, Alli Good and Ian Wilkinson opens with a reception honoring them at the FAM on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

WCU community celebrates 125 years at ‘Big Birthday Bash’

The university community and local residents packed the heart of campus for an afternoon affair featuring food, music and remarks from university, county and state dignitaries.

Presentation on Canton set for Thursday at MHC

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.

First political debate coming up Thursday

U.S. House of Representatives candidates Mark Meadows and Tom Hill will open a series of three debates on campus, and organizers are soliciting questions to use from area voters.

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, UNC system working on safety

With a new police position responsible for compliance with federal reporting requirements regarding campus crime, WCU is at the forefront of addressing UNC system recommendations.

WCU’s foliage expert says 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 at Mountain Heritage Center event

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.

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