University News

Jackson Paper employees establish WCU scholarship in honor of owner, spouse

The employees of Jackson Paper Manufacturing of Sylva recently surprised company owner Timothy Campbell and wife Emily by announcing an initial gift of $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Western Carolina University in their honor.

‘Middleman Revolution’ subject of Free Enterprise Series talk March 18 at WCU

Michael Munger, a renowned economist and political theorist at Duke University and a former candidate for the office of governor of North Carolina, will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, March 18, as part of the Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

WCU chancellor to meet with Tri-County area residents March 17

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with residents of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties Tuesday, March 17, as part of a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

Annual Gender Conference scheduled for March 18

“North Carolina Women and Their Contributions” is the theme of WCU’s annual Gender Conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

An alumnus continues a long legacy of giving to help meet the need for scholarship funding

Check out the new winter issue of the university magazine.

Film version of Rash novel to be shown

A film adaptation of the Ron Rash novel “The World Made Straight” will make its Western North Carolina big-screen premiere during a March 23 Department of English fundraising event.

Onsite email for faculty, staff back on

Onsite email has been turned back on for WCU faculty and staff following the problems associated with a virus.

‘Cotton Club’ production wins award

WCU’s original 2014 radio re-creation “Echoes of the Cotton Club” is recipient of a Best of Festival Award from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Students heading out to serve others during break

About three dozen Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff members have been looking forward to spring break as an opportunity to learn and serve again this year.

Bora exhibition closing at WCU museum

A gallery talk focusing on the work of the late Russian-born international artist Vadim Bora and reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Art Museum.

Panel of WCU alumni/doctoral candidates to meet with current students

Four doctoral degree candidates from three different universities – all of whom are WCU alumni – will form a panel to discuss the process of applying for a doctoral program at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Catamount Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU track and field teams win SoCon championships again

The WCU men's and women's track and field teams swept the Southern Conference Indoor Championships for the second-straight year during a weekend meet in Alabama.

Asheville arts group hosting collection of student works

The Asheville Area Arts Council will host “WHEE Fresh: A Collection of Works by Local Artists from WCU’s Master of Fine Arts Program” from Thursday, March 5, to Saturday, March 14.

WCU has $511 million impact on WNC economy, statewide study of education says

Western Carolina University was responsible for injecting an estimated $511.3 million into the Western North Carolina economy during the 2012-13 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the university and the spending habits of its students, visitors and alumni.

Organizations sponsoring Ban the ‘R-Word’ Rally

Organizations from Western Carolina University and the local area are uniting to sponsor a Ban the “R-Word” Rally on the WCU campus Wednesday, March 4.

Women’s History Month events set through March

Events to mark the observance of Women’s History Month at WCU will kick off Monday, March 2, with an opening reception and a screening of the film “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Small business, innovation summit coming in April

Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses will have the opportunity to vie for a share of $7,000 in prize money to help start up or grow their businesses when Western Carolina University hosts the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference Wednesday, April 22.

WCU emergency service, police departments sponsor public safety, preparedness sessions

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Services Department and Police Department are hosting “Whee Safe,” a series of brown bag discussions throughout the 2015 spring semester designed to provide faculty, staff and students with information on a variety of personal and community public safety topics.

WCU’s Hilton honored by national student affairs organization

Adriel Hilton was recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals on one of its members at the organization’s annual conference.

Pi Month events planned on campus through March 30

Math enthusiasts on WCU’s campus will get a chance to show their love for pi during a monthlong celebration being held to honor the famous ratio 3.1415 that has fascinated the great minds of the world for thousands of years.

New WCU speaker series to focus on outdoor adventure

Base Camp Cullowhee will launch a new speaker series with a Tuesday presentation featuring Mark Singleton, executive director of the national organization American Whitewater.

WCU helps transform old prison into shelter, soup kitchen

Check out the new winter issue of the university magazine.

Weather-Related Announcements

Winter weather that causes hazardous driving conditions, and forecasts for such weather, can result in weather-related schedule changes being implemented at Western Carolina University.

Concert/jam at Mountain Heritage Center postponed

The concert and jam scheduled for March 5 at WCU's Mountain Heritage Center has been postponed to Thursday, April 9.

‘Vagina Monologues’ to be presented Feb. 27-28

WCU will host benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

School of Art and Design offering youth art classes

WCU's School of Art and Design will host art classes for youth ages 8 and up on two Saturdays – Feb. 28 and March 28.

‘Robin Hood’ radio re-creation to be presented Feb. 26

Despite the snowy weather, WCU's radio re-creation “Robin Hood – The Legacy” will get underway on schedule at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bardo Arts Center.

Faculty scholarship reception postponed to March 4

Recent scholarly and creative accomplishments of WCU faculty and staff members will be showcased during the 2015 Faculty Scholarship Celebration that begins with a reception from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Hunter Library.

Open House canceled at WCU’s Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the array of graduate and professional programs offered through WCU’s Programs at Biltmore Park during an Open House set for Tuesday, Feb. 24.

WCU announces graduation list for fall semester

Western Carolina University has announced its graduation list for fall semester 2014.

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