University News

Athletics’ holiday tour starts Tuesday, Dec. 1

The WCU Department of Athletics’ fourth annual Athletic Holiday Social Tour will provide Catamount fans with an opportunity to meet and socialize with coaches and administrators.

WCU offices to close for Thanksgiving

It’s turkey time! Offices on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.

Annual ‘Sounds of the Season’ concert at WCU celebrates the holidays in song

The annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert will be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Music on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Auditions set for WCU’s radio re-creation of ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’

Auditions will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, for the upcoming radio re-creation of “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Ann’s Revenge” at WCU.

Ticket sales begin Dec. 1 for Waka Flocka Flame

Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center will play host to rapper Wacka Flocka Flame on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Traditional music concert/jam series continues with Highway 74

The 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at WCU will continue Thursday, Dec. 3, with a concert featuring Highway 74.

3 Redneck Tenors bringing their ‘Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar’ to WCU’s Bardo Arts Center

Want to see “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Jingle Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” sung with a country twist mixed in with some redneck humor? Then the 3 Redneck Tenors presentation of “Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar” is a must-see.

Holiday favorite ‘The Nutcracker’ coming Dec. 1 to WCU

Western Carolina University will host a performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on campus Tuesday, Dec. 1, featuring more than 60 performers with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville.

‘Hard Candy’ arts and crafts show set at Ramsey

Mountain Artisans will present the 28th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” Arts & Crafts Show on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28, at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Students team with Service Learning to offer expo

Western Carolina University students participated in a two-hour activities expo with 20 youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of ongoing community involvement by the WCU Center for Service Learning.

Students joining jazz star for concert

Members of WCU’s Jazz Ensemble will take the stage Tuesday night with Bill Warfield, a trumpeter, recording artist and associate professor of jazz at Lehigh University.

Scholarship honors actor, theater group

The Charles Stancil Stephens-Kudzu Players Scholarship will provide financial support to qualifying full-time students who major in a School of Stage and Screen academic program.

Dillsboro holiday festival begins with College Night

Purple Thunder, the winter drum line of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, will kick off the 32nd annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries during the festival’s College Night on Friday, Dec. 4.

Pride of the Mountains performs at Bands of America Grand National Championships

Visit the WCU marching band's website

Graduate student Bernice Sem receives $5,000 scholarship

Ghana native Bernice Sem has been awarded a $5,000 Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Students, church hosting free Thanksgiving dinner

WCU’s Student Social Work Association is partnering with Cullowhee United Methodist Church to host a free Thanksgiving dinner for members of the community on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

Analysis looks at impact of tourism

A study conducted by senior-level hospitality and tourism students provides detailed analysis on the impact of tourism on the economies and tax base of counties in the region.

WCU conference highlights economic importance of tourism, downtowns in WNC

Creating vibrant downtowns and a robust economy for North Carolina’s 26 westernmost counties was the focus of the LEAD:Tourism conference held at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Handmade Holiday Sale scheduled for Nov. 20

The annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held in the Star Atrium adjacent to the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

WCU’s Hunter Library to present Maps Talk-and-Tour

WCU’s Hunter Library will present a Maps Talk-and-Tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Registration open for dulcimer weekend

WCU’s Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend at Lake Junaluska in early January will offer more than 50 hours of instruction on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and guitar.

Programs at Biltmore Park to hold Nov. 17 Open House

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, Nov. 17, at the university's instructional site in Asheville.

WCU student Taran Swimmer serving as Miss Cherokee

Taran Swimmer’s activities have included appearing at opening ceremonies for WCU’s Native American Heritage Expo and handling the coin toss for a Catamount football game.

Gamelan ensembles to present Indonesian music

Western Carolina University and Warren Wilson College will join forces for a concert of traditional and contemporary Indonesian music Sunday, Nov. 22.

SoCon Volleyball Championship coming to WCU’s Ramsey Center Nov. 21-23

Find out more at the tournament website

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra to perform Nov. 16

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance Monday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

WCU Board of Trustees to meet Dec. 4

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

Service-learning added to accelerated nursing program curriculum

Students enrolled in an accelerated nursing program based at Biltmore Park say their service experiences in Asheville helped them gain confidence as they head toward graduation.

Anthropologist to speak for International Education Week

Ian McIntosh, an Australian anthropologist, will share research from two of his key areas of interest during Western Carolina University’s annual International Education Week, November 16-20.

Research conducted by WCU chemistry students expected to benefit WNC wine industry

WCU students have been developing instrumental analysis methods during the fall semester to determine how changing chemical compositions affect the sensory properties of wine.

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