University News

WCU is ‘top adventure college’ again

For the second year in a row, the university has been chosen through an online poll as the No. 1 college for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Catamounts Unite Tour starts Tuesday

Athletics staff and coaches will meet with fans and alumni in a series of seven receptions to continue to craft together the vision and direction of WCU's athletics program.

It doesn’t get any better than summer at Western Carolina

Watch the video to get a little sample.

Faculty, staff successes recognized at awards event

Western Carolina University celebrated employee excellence and achievements for the 2014-15 academic year at the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony Friday, April 24.

Forum provides updates on three WCU focus areas

Western Carolina University has made significant progress toward achieving the goals outlined in its 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, the roadmap intended to guide the institution’s direction and development over the next decade, with the majority of the plan’s strategic initiatives more than 50 percent completed in less than three years.

WCU student Marissa Taylor awarded prestigious EPA fellowship

Marissa Taylor has received one of 34 fellowships conferred by the Environmental Protection Agency to undergraduates studying environmental science and related topics.

WCU to hold spring commencement ceremonies May 8-9 for expected record class

WCU will hold three commencement ceremonies over a two-day period – Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 – to recognize the academic achievements of what is expected to be the university’s fourth-straight record spring graduating class.

Tues. concert to feature trumpeters from two WCUs

Trumpet players from two WCUs – Western Carolina University and West Chester University – will be featured as the Mountain Winds Community Band presents its final concert of the season Tuesday, May 5, at Western Carolina’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU music students give WNC school children a taste of opera

Several hundred Western North Carolina school children recently experienced their first taste of opera through a familiar childhood tale, thanks to an outreach program involving faculty and students in the voice program in the School of Music at Western Carolina University.

Entrepreneurs win prize money at WCU conference

Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from Asheville, Sylva and Hickory shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference Wednesday, April 22, at Western Carolina University.

Women’s track and field team earns conference championship

The women’s track and field team claimed the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship over the weekend, and head coach Danny Williamson was named Women’s Coach of the Year.

Monday forum to provide updates on focus areas

Members of the WCU community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three university focus areas – the 2020 Strategic Plan, the Millennial Initiative and the Campus Master Plan – during a public forum set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 27.

Graduate School dean stepping down to return to English faculty

Mimi Fenton, who has been serving as dean of WCU’s Graduate School and Research since July 2012, will leave the post effective June 30 to return to the English department faculty.

University suspends recognition of student organization

Western Carolina University has suspended for a period of five years recognition of the Zeta Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity following violations of the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

Students presenting experimental media at .MOV on April 30

Students from the School of Art and Design and the School of Music in Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will present .MOV, an exhibition of new media and performance, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

Controlled Chaos Film Festival coming up May 1

The creations of students from the Film and Television Production Program and School of Stage and Screen will be showcased during the Controlled Chaos Film Festival.

WCU establishing LLC to spur WNC development

The Western Carolina University College of Business is establishing a new, for-profit limited liability company designed to provide entrepreneurial business, scientific and technical services to help spur economic development activity in Western North Carolina.

April 24 show ‘can’t come fast enough’ for WCU alumna Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly honed her vocal skills as a member of the inaugural edition of WCU’s Catamount Singers in the late 1990s, and the singer-songwriter will return to campus to perform with the student ensemble in a fundraising show sponsored by the Friends of the Arts this Friday (April 24.)

WCU students analyze economic impact of tourism

Elected officials and hospitality industry representatives from 26 counties across Western North Carolina now have a better understanding of the significance of travel and tourism on the local economy, thanks to the work of students in the College of Business at Western Carolina University.

Vocal ensembles to present Spring Choral Concert on April 30

The talents of WCU’s University Chorus and Concert Choir will be featured as the School of Music presents its Spring Choral Concert on Thursday in the Coulter recital hall.

Wind Ensemble concert to feature student soloists

Two student soloists who were selected by audition, Alec Neal and Katelyn Johnson, will be featured during the concert at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Telescope viewing party set for April 24 at airport

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus.

McCormick announced as next WCU women’s basketball head coach

Stephanie McCormick, a North Carolina native who previously served two stints as an assistant women’s basketball coach at WCU, has been announced as the team’s new head coach.

Region’s top mathematics students win honors at WCU contest

More than 400 of Western North Carolina’s high school and junior high school mathematics students competed for honors during the recent High School Mathematics Contest held at WCU.

WCU bands uniting for April 28 spring concert

The Western Carolina University Concert Band and Symphonic Band will take the stage at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, to present their annual spring concert.

Annual Friends’ fundraiser includes April 24 show, silent auction, raffle

Find out more at the Friends of the Arts website

Museum’s exhibits, offices moving across campus

Mountain Heritage Center exhibits that have been on display on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be unavailable for public viewing for the remainder of spring and summer as the museum’s staff moves the exhibits to new display space in Hunter Library.

Earth and Wellness Celebration set for April 22

WCU’s annual Earth and Wellness Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Local children’s choir to join Carpenters tribute April 26 at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center

A Jackson County children’s choir will take to the stage of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to perform a special musical number during the production of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” on Sunday, April 26.

WCU Jazz Festival coming up April 25 with concerts, classes

Saxophone master Rick Margitza will be the special guest for master classes, rehearsals and performances as the 2015 Jazz Festival is held in the recital hall of Coulter Building.

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