University News

Developer sought for medical office building project at WCU

The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Western Carolina University has issued a request for qualifications for a project to develop a medical office building to be constructed near the university’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

WCU students mentor high school students

Five WCU students who previously attended Swain County or Robbinsville high schools have been helping mentor students at their alma maters through the college application process this year using social media tools and by visiting the schools.

Physical therapy students, faculty complete service in Honduras

Six students and two faculty members from WCU’s doctor of physical therapy program spent part of their winter break serving at a free physical therapy clinic in a rural mountain community in Honduras where residents have little or no access to health care.

WCU group looking toward the ‘plunge’

The anticipation has about ended and the shivering is yet to begin for WCU Leadership Academy participants who have committed to entering the frigid waters of Lake Junaluska.

Mountain Heritage Center anticipates move

The offices and exhibits of the Mountain Heritage Center are expected to temporarily relocate to Hunter Library later this year as part of a long-term plan in which the museum will move into and become a focal point of a campus welcome center to be constructed.

Graduate Education Summit set for Feb. 12

Western Carolina University’s Graduate School will host the 2015 Graduate Education Summit on Thursday, Feb. 12, featuring a half-day of sessions centered on the topic “Finding the Balance: Rigorous Content Instruction and Research vs. Preparing Future Professionals.”

Global Spotlight Series begins February 2

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs begins again this semester with a Monday, Feb. 2 panel, featuring four presentations involving the South China Sea.

Cindy Nicholson named director of procurement, accounts payable at WCU

Cindy Nicholson, formerly business officer for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, is the new director of procurement and accounts payable services at Western Carolina University.

WCU traditional music series continues with concert by Darren Nicholson Band

The First Thursday concert and jam series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb. 5, with a concert featuring the Darren Nicholson Band.

WNC students to gather for Feb. 10-11 science fair at WCU

Students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Western North Carolina will gather at WCU on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 11, as the university hosts the Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Digital Humanities at WCU schedules spring events

Kickoff will include an evening of “lightning talks” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater, followed by monthly sharing and learning events, as well as an informal lunch the first Friday of each month.

WCU’s online programs collect kudos from educational services companies

Academic programs offered online by the university have received numerous national accolades in the form of high rankings from Web-based educational services companies.

Russian violinist Alexander Shlifer to perform Jan. 26

Veteran orchestral concertmaster and motion picture recording artist Alexander Shlifer of Hot Springs will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Pharmacy technician program slated for spring

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, along with Condensed Curriculum International Inc., will offer a pharmacy technician certification program beginning Tuesday, March 24, and continuing through Tuesday, May 12, on the Cullowhee campus.

Music faculty showcase to be presented Jan. 27

WCU will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, offering audience members the chance to hear a wide variety of performances by many faculty members from the School of Music.

Open forum on Jan. 29 will focus on new Quality Enhancement Plan

The event, set for 10 a.m. until noon in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater, is open to everyone interested in helping shape the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan.

‘Tracking Time’ on display at Fine Art Museum

A panel discussion and reception will be held as WCU’s Fine Art Museum unveils an exhibition of paintings by Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, S.C.

Aqua fitness course to be offered beginning Jan. 20

A course in aqua fitness will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing through Thursday, April 30, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Feb. 26 show at WCU to offer new take on ‘Robin Hood’

The creative team that destroyed the world and captured the spirit of Cotton Club broadcasts with its prior “golden age of radio” re-creations has announced its selection for 2015.

Students develop mock trial inspired by ‘Serena’

Business administration and law students said the mock trial they developed based on the Ron Rash novel "Serena" – the university’s "One Book" selection for 2014-15 – helped them connect more deeply with their field of study and with each other.

Construction on mixed-use facility to get underway this spring

A mixed-use facility, featuring a combination of student residential spaces and commercial and dining establishments, will be built at the location of a November 2013 fire.

Trio presenting ‘Appalachian Songbook’ on campus Jan. 20

A critically acclaimed soprano who earned a music education degree at WCU will join an accomplished pianist and a former state poet laureate for the free Tuesday concert.

‘World’s best young Elvis’ to perform

Travis LeDoyt will bring his tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center for a Saturday show commemorating Presley’s 80th birthday.

Faculty member Catherine Carter’s poetry book published

Penned by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English, “Marks of the Witch” explores topics ranging from time and feeling inadequate to getting gnawed on by crickets.

Hunter Library, Technology Commons expand hours

Hunter Library and the Technology Commons will be opening earlier and closing later every day of the week for the spring semester 2015.

Tickets on sale for Feb. 18 ‘FROGZ’ show at WCU

The family friendly production, combining Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with mesmerizing masks, mime and music, will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Bardo Arts Center.

WCU earns national recognition for engagement efforts in local communities

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MLK celebration events to be held Jan. 19-24

Brandon A. Robinson, an attorney and two-time WCU alumnus, will be the keynote speaker for the university’s celebration honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Low Brass Assembly to be held Jan. 16-17

The Tuba Studio and the Trombone and Euphonium Studio at Western Carolina University will host the inaugural Catamount Low Brass Assembly on Friday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 17.

Celebration of Catamount Baseball fundraising event is Jan. 24

The fifth edition of the Celebration of Catamount Baseball banquet will be headlined by former WCU right-hander and current Major League Baseball player Jared Burton.

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