University News

Duke Energy gift supports engineering

WCU's Kimmel School will expand hands-on learning experiences for its engineering students and boost efforts to recruit and retain students with $75,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation.

‘Sounds of the Season’ to be presented Dec. 7 at WCU

The annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, will be presented by the School of Music at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Dulcimer Winter Weekend scheduled for Jan. 8-11

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold its 10th annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 8, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 11.

Georgia naturalist honored by plant conference

Organizers of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, the annual summer gathering for native plant enthusiasts at WCU, have presented the conference’s 2014 Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence to naturalist, writer, educator and researcher Gil Nelson of Thomasville, Georgia.

New book by WCU’s Ron Rash spans 34 years of stories

WCU’s Parris Professor is celebrating the release of his short story “greatest hits,” putting the final touches on a new novel, and relishing in the chances he has to nurture budding writers.

Authors of ‘Appalachian Forests’ book to give talk Nov. 20

The co-authors of a new book that examines the plant and animal life of the forests of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will visit WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center to give a presentation Thursday, Nov. 20.

Former Mouseketeer to host evening of music, stories, laughter Dec. 2

Former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley will present an evening of musical performances mingled with stand-up comedy titled “Blood, Sweat and Mousketears” at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU on Tuesday, Dec 2.

Handmade Holiday Sale scheduled for Nov. 20

The annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held in the Star Atrium adjacent to the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon to 7 p.m.

N.C. commerce secretary discusses ‘economic health’ during visit

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker shared some ingredients for boosting the “economic health” of the region surrounding WCU as she met with local and university leaders Thursday (Nov. 13) in the building that houses the university's health-related academic programs.

WCU Board of Trustees to meet Dec. 5

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

Bardo Arts Center to present ‘Cinnamon Grits’ holiday musical Dec. 12

A holiday-themed spin on the hit production “GRITS: The Musical!” is coming to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University on Friday, Dec. 12.

Speakers stress regional approach at LEAD:WNC summit

Leaders of the public, private and nonprofit sectors should embrace a more regional approach to economic and community development, say participants at the LEAD:WNC summit.

Civic Orchestra to perform Dec. 4 at WCU

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance Thursday, Dec. 4, at Western Carolina University.

Jackson County native appointed WCU’s top business officer

Michael T. Byers, associate vice chancellor for business affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is WCU’s next vice chancellor for administration and finance.

WCU mourns passing of ‘Coach Mutt’

The WCU community and Department of Athletics are mourning the passing of former football player, coach and athletics administrator Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid at the age of 60.

WCU student Matthew Chevalier wins Community Impact Award

WCU student Matthew Chevalier is among recipients across the state of the 2014 Community Impact Student Award.

Four WCU alumni honored during Homecoming ceremony

Three WCU alumni were recognized for their achievements while another alumnus who has been on the WCU staff for more than three decades received one of the highest honors bestowed by the university, the Distinguished Service Award, during recent Homecoming activities on campus.

Book by WCU’s Frazier highlights Asheville’s ‘legendary locals’

Kevan Frazier, executive director for WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, has penned a volume about the leaders and innovators who helped shape the history of Asheville.

Brass quintet to present fall concert Nov. 18

The five WCU faculty musicians – P. Bradley Ulrich, David Ginn, Travis Bennett, Mike Schallock and Zsolt Szabo – will perform in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

WCU band to lead the way at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 505 members of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will be first in line when Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off in New York City at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27.

It’s a wrap: WCU to close 125th anniversary celebration Dec. 5

Learn more about the university's long legacy of education and service

Alumna wins regional math education student award

Sarah Michelle Holmes, who graduated from WCU in May, has been named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student for the western region of the state by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Iranian-born journalist Eshraghi to speak Nov. 20

A former Rotary Peace Fellow and past editor of publications now banned or shut down by the Iranian government will present the keynote address for International Education Week.

Future Catamounts to visit campus

WCU’s Open House will give visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s award-winning academic programs and find out about topics such as financial aid.

Program for combat veterans to be held Nov. 11

Area combat veterans will have an opportunity to discuss the personal costs of war during a program to be held on Veterans Day – Tuesday, Nov. 11 – at WCU.

Classic ’42nd Street’ to be staged on campus Nov. 13-16

WCU’s 2014-15 theatrical season will take a musical turn down “42nd Street” as the School of Stage and Screen presents the show Thursday through Sunday at the Bardo Arts Center.

Master’s programs in middle grades, elementary education to be offered exclusively online

The UNC Board of Governors gave its approval recently for WCU to begin offering its master’s degree programs in middle grades and elementary education exclusively online.

Graduate student from Haywood County wins $2,000 scholarship

A Western Carolina University graduate student in public affairs who is currently working for the town of Waynesville has been named recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the North Carolina City and County Management Association.

Weather-Related Announcements

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory that had been in effect.

Professor emeritus Mercer inducted into honor society hall of fame

Gordon E. Mercer, professor emeritus of political science, has been inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society Hall of Fame, an honor that only has been bestowed 19 times.

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