University News

‘English on the Ides’ discussion series continues Sunday

The “English on the Ides” discussion series sponsored by WCU’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will continue Sunday, Oct. 11, with a talk presented by Laura Wright, associate professor and head of the department.

New director Ward sees ICA as a place for all to gather

As the new director of intercultural affairs, Kham Ward is trying to bring all WCU students together.

Students to rally for social justice at 20th anniversary of Million Man March

Fifty Western Carolina University students will be taking a bus to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Runners ready for Mountain Jug Run for Research this weekend

The eighth annual Mountain Jug Run for Research will go on this weekend as planned, while the future for this Western Carolina University to Appalachian State University relay is pending.

Bardo Arts Center celebrates 10th anniversary with ukulele orchestra

Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it hosts The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

WCU community to celebrate Homecoming with activities Oct. 21-25

Check out the website to see a full schedule of events.

WCU announces development, alumni relations leadership change

Jim Miller, associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at Western Carolina University, will be stepping down as director of the university’s fund- and friend-raising unit effective Dec. 31.

Mountain Heritage Day contest winners announced

Western Carolina University’s 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, held Sept. 26 on the campus in Cullowhee, provided many varied opportunities for local residents to compete with – and be honored for – their unique skills. Results are listed below.

CAPS Cab takes students for a ride across campus

With the popular television game show “Cash Cab” no longer in production, Western Carolina University’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services has found a way to bring its version to campus.

Students in interactive course look to discover, name phages

The new course is funded through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute program called Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science.

Music series opening with Ritter, Ogletree concert

The 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU will get underway Thursday, Oct. 1, with a concert featuring the husband-and-wife duo of William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree.

Award-winning interior designer Leibrock to speak

Cynthia Leibrock, an award-winning author and interior designer, will deliver a public lecture titled “Residential Design for Health and Longevity” during a visit on the WCU campus.

Professor to speak about music, teaching, learning

Teaching and learning expert, radio commentator and University of Texas-Austin music professor Bob Duke will have two public speaking engagements on the Western Carolina University campus during a two-day residency.

Folklore group meeting in Cullowhee

The North Carolina Folklore Society will hold its 102nd annual conference Friday and Saturday on the WCU campus and at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Paddlers win honors at Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom

Local paddlers gathered on the banks of the Tuckaseigee River on the back side of the WCU campus Saturday, Sept. 12, to compete at the sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.

Students sought for Sustainable Energy Committee

WCU students who are interested in sustainable energy issues are invited to apply to become a member of the university’s Sustainable Energy Initiative Committee.

Thousands enjoy WCU’s 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day

Take a look at the festival photo gallery

Student filmmaker documenting journey of band Mountain Faith

Sam Wallace, a WCU senior majoring in film and television production, has been behind the camera recording Jackson County bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith’s rise to fame.

Free Enterprise Speaker Series event focusing on morality, free market

Two free market economists will visit Western Carolina University on Monday, Oct. 5, to discuss morality, big business and economic inequality as part of the Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

Fox and Lyons exhibit coming to WCU Fine Art Museum

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a contemporary exhibit beginning Monday, Oct. 12, that is intended to challenge the way beliefs about the natural world are formed.

WCU gets first student participant in SBTDC internship program

Graduate student Ramain Gohar became the first WCU student selected to participate in the SBTDC internship program.

Physical therapy grads in elite company with performance on national exam

The second class of graduates from WCU’s doctoral degree program in physical therapy has maintained the tradition of passing a national licensing exam on the first try.

Book looks at perceptions of veganism

Laura Wright, head of WCU’s Department of English, is author of the newly published book “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals and Gender in the Age of Terror.”

Oct. 20 summit focusing on quality of life issues

LEAD:WNC will bring together regional leaders to discuss quality of life issues with representatives of the health care profession, tourism industry and environmental agencies.

WCU drum line performs at Panthers game

The WCU drum line was invited to perform at the Carolina Panthers home opener Sunday, Sept. 20, joining the South Carolina State and Panthers' drum lines.

‘Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?’ to be presented Oct. 1-3

WCU’s School of Stage and Screen will present the college campus premiere of the new high-energy musical comedy-mystery “Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?” in Hoey Auditorium.

WCU astronomers to host eclipse viewing party Sept. 27

WCU astronomers Paul Heckert and Enrique Gomez will be hosting a free event at the Jackson County Airport to give the public a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse.

Bent Frequency Duo to present Sept. 27 recital on campus

The WCU School of Music will host a recital by the Bent Frequency Duo on Sunday, Sept. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Mountain Heritage Awards presented to R.O. Wilson, Mountain Faith

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Awards for 2015 will be presented to renowned woodsman R.O. Wilson and the bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith during Mountain Heritage Day festivities.

Workshop to focus on college students with autism

WCU’s Office of Disability Services will present a Tuesday, Sept. 22, workshop for university faculty that will examine some of the unique challenges students with Autism Spectrum Disorder present in the academic environment.

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