University News

Family friendly paddling competition set for Sept. 12 in Cullowhee

The sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the WCU campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Sneed to deliver Indian health lecture Sept. 2

Sarah Sneed, a resident of Cherokee’s Birdtown community who earned her law degree at Harvard Law School, will visit the WCU campus Wednesday, Sept. 2, to deliver the sixth annual Public Lecture on Indian Health.

Steep Canyon Rangers to perform at WCU Friends of the Arts members-only concert

Grammy Award-winning bluegrass supergroup Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at a membership concert for the Western Carolina University Friends of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, on campus.

WCU institute starting its second year

LIFE@WesternCarolina is offering a series of educational sessions for Western North Carolina residents 50 and older who want to enrich their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

WCU Bookstore gets Energy Star certification

The WCU Bookstore becomes the first building on campus to receive Energy Star certification.

Proposed QEP topics to be focus of Tuesday forum

The power to choose the topic of focus for WCU’s next Quality Enhancement Plan rests with the university community, and a forum has been scheduled to outline the eight topics that will be put up for vote.

Good leaf-looking season predicted

Fall leaf color in the mountains of Western North Carolina should be the best it has been in a number of years because of generally drier-than-normal conditions during 2015.

WCU volleyball team hosting tournament Aug. 28-29

Teams from Georgia State, Murray State and Fresno State will be coming to Cullowhee on Friday and Saturday for the WCU Catamount Volleyball Classic at the Ramsey Center.

Several construction projects in the works or on drawing boards

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School of Music presenting Sept. 1 Faculty Showcase Recital

Western Carolina University’s School of Music begins its 2015-16 recital series on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the Faculty Showcase Recital.

WCU SGA president notes top priority for academic year

During his first two years serving as a member of WCU’s Student Government Association, Hank Henderson saw what it was like for others to serve one-year terms as SGA president.

Ticket sales start Tuesday for Hunter Hayes concert

One of country music’s rising stars is coming to Western Carolina University as part of Homecoming Week activities.

Cathryn Griffin photography exhibit on display

An exhibition of works by Cathryn Griffin, professor of photography at Western Carolina University, continues on display through Friday, Sept. 25, at the university’s Fine Art Museum in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU’s Pride of the Mountains polishing up this year’s show

Nine months after their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade experience, members of the marching band are rehearsing their new production, “That’s What’s Up,” and planning a busy fall.

Forum to update campus on three vital topics

Members of the Western Carolina University community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three important university topics – the campus master plan, the bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and emerging enrollment and demographic trends – during a public forum Monday, Aug. 24.

Series of aqua fitness classes to begin Monday

Aqua fitness classes will be offered beginning Monday, Aug. 24, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 3, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Remembering the impact of former dean Cliff Lovin

Monday, Aug. 17, brought more than the start of a new academic year. It also brought news that WCU had lost an important leader who served at critical periods of the institution’s history. The night before, Clifford Ramsey Lovin lost his fight with cancer.

‘English on the Ides’ discussion series starts Aug. 23

WCU’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva are sponsoring a series of informal public discussions focused on research being conducted by members of the university's English faculty.

Oh baby! Rattles come with a Catamount

A supply of Catamount baby rattles adorned with the WCU athletics logo arrived at Harris Regional Hospital last week, and each new baby born at the hospital will get one.

Program supports local farmers while teaching community healthy cooking and eating

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Base Camp Cullowhee finds new home at Campus Recreation Center

Packing up 12 kayaks, 12 canoes and 10 rafts, along with a ton of outdoor gear, and transporting it down to the Campus Recreation Center was actually the easy part of the move.

Author Wes Moore speaks at Aug. 14 New Student Convocation

Wes Moore urges WCU’s new freshmen and transfer students to not just emphasize academic success, but also to consider a future in which they stand up for the voiceless.

Smooth as silk, freshmen move in for start of fall semester

Deannie Starnes thought she knew what to expect Friday morning as she pulled up to WCU’s Scott Residence Hall during Freshman Move-In Day. (MOVE-IN PHOTO GALLERY)

Chancellor identifies areas of emphasis during Opening Assembly

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher has identified four areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year that are central to the institution’s future success: increasing diversity on campus, preparing for a comprehensive fundraising campaign to boost scholarship dollars, enhancing the total student experience, and supporting faculty and staff.

Fall semester kicking off with events through Aug. 24

The potential exists for a fourth straight year of record enrollment as the university community welcomes new and returning students for the start of fall semester 2015.

Stovall appointed WCU’s director of emergency services

Stephen “Shane” Stovall is a certified emergency manager with nearly 20 years of experience leading private and public sector emergency management and disaster recovery efforts.

A 60 percent surge in external funding enhances education, research, programs

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Local students Bike Across America with WCU’s Project Discovery Program

Eight middle school and high school students from Western North Carolina recently completed an 800-mile bicycle odyssey organized through WCU’s Project Discovery Program.

Board of Trustees holding quarterly meeting Sept. 4

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

WCU Director of Athletics Randy Eaton receives contract extension

Director of Athletics Randy Eaton has been granted a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Catamount program through at least June 30, 2020.

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