University News

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 set for Wednesday

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

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.

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 promoting 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 Friday

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.

WCU’s first fall Open House coming up Sept. 20

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.

WCU offering October grant-writing workshop in Asheville

A certificate program in grant-writing will be offered in October by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

DENR’s Sept. 12 public hearing at WCU moved to Ramsey Center

A N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources public hearing on Friday, Sept. 12, devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus – the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Football home opener is Sept. 6 versus Brevard

WCU's football team will play its first home game of the season Saturday (Sept. 6) in a match-up with the Brevard College Tornados at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Doctor of physical therapy graduates make statement on exam

The first graduates of WCU’s doctoral degree program in physical therapy have boosted the program into select company with their performance on a national licensing exam.

Public affairs graduate program earns accreditation

Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in public affairs has earned accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

Enrollment at WCU hits another all-time record high

One year after the size of the student body at WCU topped 10,000 for the first time in history, records continue to tumble as this fall’s official enrollment stands at 10,382.

Horn player James Rester to perform on campus Sept. 4

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.

Global Spotlight Series begins Sept. 2 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’ to be held Sept. 17 on 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.

School of Music’s Faculty Showcase set for Sept. 9

Faculty members from WCU’s School of Music, including newcomer Zsolt Szabo, will present a variety of works during a 7:30 p.m. concert in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

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