University News

WCU to host telescope viewing party 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 to lead women’s basketball

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 unite to present spring concert on April 28

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 fundraiser includes Friday 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 Wednesday

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.

Annual Jazz Festival to feature saxophonist Rick Margitza on April 25

Saxophone master Rick Margitza will be the special guest performing and instructing at the 2015 Jazz Festival at Western Carolina University on Saturday, April 25.

Cast, crew of WCU production of ‘Peter Pan’ complete ‘flight school’

Members of the student cast and crew of Western Carolina University’s upcoming production of “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” recently spent several days attending flight school.

Low Tech Ensemble to present gamelan concert

WCU’s Low Tech Ensemble will present a concert of central Javanese gamelan music Wednesday, April 22, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Open House set for April 21 at Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by WCU during an Open House set for Tuesday, April 21, at university's instructional site in Asheville.

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra to present concert April 20

A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” is on the program for the concert, which will bring musicians from the WCU community and local area together on stage.

‘Bootleggers, Baptists’ theory of regulation subject of April 22 talk

The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

Museum educator Koch recognized with organization’s highest honor

Peter Koch, education associate at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, was honored March 30 with the 2015 Professional Service Award from the North Carolina Museums Council.

IT maintenance to interrupt online payments

The Western Carolina University Division of Information Technology will be performing scheduled maintenance on campus computing systems beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Battle of the Plug energy competition continues through April 25

The fourth annual Battle of the Plug competition in which WCU and ASU compete to see which university’s residence halls can conserve the most energy is underway, and this year three other North Carolina higher education institutions have joined the fray.

Hunter Library hosting April 16 edible books contest

Culinary creations inspired by books will be admired, judged and then eaten during the annual edible books contest to be held Thursday, April 16, at WCU's Hunter Library.

Black Awareness Week events scheduled on campus April 12-19

A keynote address by political strategist Valeisha Butterfield-Jones tops a lineup of activities that will be held at WCU to mark Black Awareness Week.

Marching band drummer Seth Estes tapped for Marine ensemble in Washington, D.C.

Seth Estes of WCU’s marching band has been selected for a position on the drum line of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own,” in Washington, D.C.

WCU joins alliance for health profession diversity

Western Carolina University recently joined 19 North Carolina universities, colleges, organizations and health agencies in the creation of a new statewide alliance designed to increase minority representation in the health professions.

Kimmel dean, wife establish FIRST Robotics Scholarship Fund

A new scholarship fund created by Jeffrey L. Ray and Tina Hopkins Ray is designed to provide financial support to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

High-flying ‘Peter Pan’ being staged April 16-19

WCU’s School of Stage and Screen is closing its 2014-15 Mainstage season with a high-flying production of the J.M. Barrie classic, staging through Sunday at the Bardo Arts Center.

Online bidding for WCU Friends of the Arts silent auction opens April 10

Online bidding starts Friday, April 10, for a silent auction being held as part of an annual fundraiser sponsored by WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization.

Global Spotlight Series will focus on Middle East

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs wraps up this semester with a Monday, April 13, panel featuring four presentations themed “Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Rapprochement and Middle East Peace.”

Music of the Carpenters to come to life April 26 at WCU’s Bardo Center

The music of one of America’s top-selling duos of all time, the Carpenters, will come to life as Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center plays host to “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” on Sunday, April 26.

Writers to take spotlight on campus during April 13-16 literary festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith is among national and regional authors who are providing readings this week at the university's 13th annual Spring Literary Festival.

Clarinetist to present concert, master class

Richard MacDowell, a former principal clarinetist for the Dallas Chamber Orchestra who taught clarinet for more than two decades at the University of Texas at Austin, will visit WCU to present a concert and public master class.

WCU nursing diversity conference set for April 24 in Asheville

WCU’s School of Nursing and its Nursing Network-Careers in Technology Mentoring Program will host their second annual nursing diversity conference in Asheville on Friday, April 24.

MHC traditional music series to feature Josh Goforth

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will hold its last spring event Thursday, April 9, as folk musician and storyteller Josh Goforth is featured in concert.

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