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Faculty assist with award-winning Cherokee language documentary

Two faculty members assisted on a recently released award-winning film that chronicles efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language in Western North Carolina.

Students raise more than $1,400 to assist WNC organizations that serve children

Students studying social entrepreneurship at WCU this fall who chose to organize or assist with fundraisers in connection with their coursework helped raise more than $1,400 for organizations serving Western North Carolina.

Graduate students assist with public affairs projects

Students in WCU's master’s degree program in public affairs recently collaborated with 11 Western North Carolina governmental and nonprofit organizations on initiatives ranging from prioritizing needs to researching potential programs.

WCU honors fall, summer graduates during relocated commencement ceremony

The university’s Saturday commencement went on as planned after a bomb threat necessitated the relocation of the event from Ramsey Regional Activity Center to E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Bomb threat prompts relocation of commencement

A bomb threat was received by the Jackson County 911 office shortly before the beginning of Western Carolina University’s fall commencement ceremony, scheduled to be held in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Saturday, Dec. 13, prompting university officials to move the event outdoors.

WCU, Eastern Band join in research

A project that involves WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is examining the relationship between mental health and diabetes.

Mission employees receive health care certificate

Nineteen employees of Asheville-based Mission Health received certificates Thursday, Dec. 1l, as members of the first cohort to complete a new graduate certificate program in health care innovation management offered in partnership with Western Carolina University.

Sylva storyteller to present Thursday show at MHC

Sylva storyteller Gary Carden will host a show featuring stories and music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

WCU offers a gift this holiday season, and resolutions for the future

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CAPS center receives grant for recovery programs

Western Carolina University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center is recipient of a $10,000 grant from Transforming Youth Recovery to assist students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.

WCU students win award at Model UN conference

Thirty Western Carolina University students participated in the fall 2014 Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference held last month in Atlanta, and two captured a top honor – an Outstanding Delegation Award.

Students to present mock trial based on ‘Serena’

Western Carolina University business law students will present a mock trial based on the Ron Rash novel “Serena” at a courtroom in the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

WCU goes back to the future in final 125th anniversary celebration

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Holiday card drive is personal for WCU military mom

The director of WCU’s Office of Military Student Services leads an effort to collect signed holiday cards for distribution to U.S. soldiers deployed overseas, but there’s more to it than that.

Catamount student-athlete wins national academic honor

WCU student-athlete Darius Ramsey has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Board approves proposed tuition, fees for 2015-16

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a schedule of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year that includes a 3 percent increase in tuition for students from North Carolina.

Art professor works on ‘fishy’ project

WCU’s Jon Jicha painted a couple of his favorite fish, brook trout and red drum, for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to use in two new vehicle plate designs.

WCU’s fall commencement set for Dec. 13

WCU will hold commencement exercises to honor its fall graduating class and some newly minted alumni who received degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.

WCU trustees endorse George Brown as dean of fine, performing arts

George H. Brown, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University, has been appointed to the top position in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Library open 24/7 through end of fall semester

WCU students who need a quiet place to study for final exams will find Hunter Library open 24 hours a day through 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

Renovated Harrill Residence Hall receives LEED gold certification

Harrill Residence Hall, a nine-story co-ed facility, has become the university's second building to be LEED-certified for its comprehensive energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features.

Museum’s exhibits travel to Jackson County Library

Four exhibits from the Mountain Heritage Center that celebrate Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary are now on display at the Jackson County Public Library.

WCU community steps forward to serve children

When coordinators of the nonprofit Jackson County Christmas Store retired after 26 years of service, two Western Carolina University faculty members stepped forward to help carry on its mission of benefiting children from families in need during the holiday season. Longtime supporters Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of anthropology and sociology, and Betty Farmer, professor of communications and public relations, are helping coordinate what has become the Christmas Connection.

Revised gifted education program begins this spring

WCU’s newly restructured online master’s degree in gifted education will be offered this spring as a cross-disciplinary, 30-hour program with a one-week field experience and will focus on helping educators promote students’ creativity and innovation.

WCU band headlines closing anniversary event Dec. 5

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WCU students promote Haywood senior center’s Brain Gym

Students from Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently helped increase awareness of the unique Boomerang Brain Gym at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.

Traditional music series continues Dec. 4 with concert by Deitz Family

The next program in the First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will feature a concert by Jackson County’s own Deitz Family.

WCU offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

It’s turkey time! Offices on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28.

Researcher measures intensity of college football rivalries

As the college football season winds down, some of the fiercest rivalries on the gridiron are heating up, along with the arguments about which one is the most intense.

College Night to be held at Dillsboro festival Dec. 5

WCU and SCC faculty, staff and students will be welcomed as special guests on the opening night of Dillsboro’s annual Lights and Luminaries festival this Friday, Dec. 5.

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