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WCU teams offer presentations on international cultures for area schools

Teachers and administrators from K-12 schools across Western North Carolina can schedule in-school presentations focusing on international cultures through an outreach program offered by WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services.

WCU receives grant for equipment from NCBiotech

A $47,750 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will allow WCU to purchase a Malvern ZetaSizer Nano ZS instrument that measures particle size, as well as the electric potential of particles suspended in a liquid, or of surfaces in contact with a liquid.

Mountain Heritage Center hosting bark basket workshop July 7

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

WCU service learning director honored

Lane Perry has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.

WCU scientists co-author Interior Department report on sea-level rise

Scientists from WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines were lead authors for a new report that predicts the risk posed to U.S. national parks by rising sea levels.

Catamount Club hoping to hit big fundraising goal by June 30

As the fiscal year closes, WCU athletics and its fundraising arm, the Catamount Club, are hoping for a record-setting $1 million to support student-athlete scholarships.

Local students raising funds to Bike Across America

Ten local middle school and high school students are preparing to embark on an 800-mile bicycle odyssey across America.

Nominations sought for WCU’s Mountain Heritage Award

The Mountain Heritage Award recognizes those who play a prominent role in researching, preserving and/or interpreting Southern Appalachian history, culture and issues.

Collegium to present Thursday recital

The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at Cullowhee Baptist Church.

Diabetes summit to be held on campus July 13-17

Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is partnering with Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital in presenting the WCU Diabetes Education Summit beginning Monday, July 13, and continuing through Friday, July 17.

Drury named executive director of campus art museum

Denise Drury, an arts administrator who came to WCU as curatorial specialist for the Fine Art Museum in 2010, has now been appointed the facility’s executive director.

Storm strikes campus, knocks trees onto library

A dollar estimate of the damages is yet to be determined after a severe thunderstorm moved across the WCU campus Wednesday (June 17), causing trees to fall on Hunter Library.

Open House set for June 23 at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site

Prospective students can learn about graduate and professional programs offered by WCU during the event at the university's instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square.

WCU, Serrus Capital offering free entrepreneurship program at Biltmore Park

Western Carolina University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is partnering with Serrus Capital Partners of Greenville, South Carolina, to create a program to help educate and inspire local entrepreneurs.

Variety of camps, programs for youth offered this summer

A variety of camps and programs for kids and teens is being offered this summer through WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Concert series to feature Bubonik Funk

Four alumni of Charlotte Catholic High School will be bringing their funk and soul combination to the WCU campus for a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Plaza.

WCU, partners hosting faculty developers institute

WCU is joining with six other Western North Carolina higher education institutions in hosting the 2015 Institute for New Faculty Developers beginning Tuesday, June 16, and continuing through Friday, June 19, in Asheville.

Football team ranked No. 23 in Athlon Sports preseason poll

WCU’s Catamounts came in at No. 23 in the Athlon Sports 2015 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 preseason poll released in its publication and online in early June.

New graduates, dean’s/chancellor’s list announced

WCU has announced its roster of new graduates and released its dean’s/chancellor’s list for spring semester 2015.

WCU student receives Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship

A WCU student majoring in music performance recently received an undergraduate scholarship from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Inc.

Two riders compete nationally for Equestrian Club

Two riders recently capped off a memorable run for WCU’s Equestrian Club.

Lochner recognized for exemplary service with Trustees’ Award

Mary Ann Lochner, general counsel at Western Carolina since August 2010, has been presented with the Trustees' Award, which is given in recognition of exemplary service.

Hugh Jack coming to WCU as first Cass Ballenger Professor

Hugh Jack, professor of product design and manufacturing engineering at Grand Valley State University, has been named Cass Ballenger Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

Sign-up ongoing for WCU’s annual Dulcimer U Summer Week

WCU’s 16th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week will bring virtuosos and students of the traditional Appalachian instrument to campus in July for a series of classes and concerts.

Wells Fargo gift will fund new scholarship program for underserved students

Wells Fargo’s donation of $150,000 will fund a new endowed scholarship initiative designed to provide financial support to underserved students who exhibit leadership qualities.

Eight students participate in NSF research program

Eight WCU students are participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program this summer.

Mini-mester course takes students to Tornado Alley

A group of WCU students had an opportunity to learn about leadership and management in times of disaster as they participated in a May mini-mester course that included a service-learning trip to Tornado Alley.

Trustees approve 10 nominees for Board of Visitors

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a slate of 10 nominees comprising the second class of the university’s recently launched Board of Visitors.

WCU names Razzaghi new dean of library services

Farzaneh Razzaghi is coming from the University of Texas-Pan American to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Dana M. Sally, WCU’s founding dean of library services.

Archaeologist Brett Riggs named WCU’s new Sequoyah Professor

Brett H. Riggs is a research archaeologist at UNC-Chapel Hill who has worked with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on various projects since the early 1990s.

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