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WCU traditional music series continues with concert by Darren Nicholson Band

The First Thursday concert and jam series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb. 5, with a concert featuring the Darren Nicholson Band.

WNC students to gather for Feb. 10-11 science fair at WCU

Students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Western North Carolina will gather at WCU on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 11, as the university hosts the Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Digital Humanities at WCU schedules spring events

Kickoff will include an evening of “lightning talks” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater, followed by monthly sharing and learning events, as well as an informal lunch the first Friday of each month.

WCU’s online programs collect kudos from educational services companies

Academic programs offered online by the university have received numerous national accolades in the form of high rankings from Web-based educational services companies.

Russian violinist Alexander Shlifer to perform Jan. 26

Veteran orchestral concertmaster and motion picture recording artist Alexander Shlifer of Hot Springs will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Pharmacy technician program to be offered at WCU

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, along with Condensed Curriculum International Inc., will offer a pharmacy technician certification program beginning Tuesday, March 24, and continuing through Tuesday, May 12, on the Cullowhee campus.

Music faculty showcase to be presented Tuesday

WCU will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, offering audience members the chance to hear a wide variety of performances by many faculty members from the School of Music.

Thursday open forum will focus on QEP

The event, set for 10 a.m. until noon in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater, is open to everyone interested in helping shape the university’s next Quality Enhancement Plan.

‘Tracking Time’ on display at Fine Art Museum

A panel discussion and reception will be held as WCU’s Fine Art Museum unveils an exhibition of paintings by Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, S.C.

Aqua fitness course to be offered beginning Jan. 20

A course in aqua fitness will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing through Thursday, April 30, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Feb. 26 show at WCU to offer new take on ‘Robin Hood’

The creative team that destroyed the world and captured the spirit of Cotton Club broadcasts with its prior “golden age of radio” re-creations has announced its selection for 2015.

Students develop mock trial inspired by ‘Serena’

Business administration and law students said the mock trial they developed based on the Ron Rash novel "Serena" – the university’s "One Book" selection for 2014-15 – helped them connect more deeply with their field of study and with each other.

Construction on mixed-use facility to get underway this spring

A mixed-use facility, featuring a combination of student residential spaces and commercial and dining establishments, will be built at the location of a November 2013 fire.

Trio presenting ‘Appalachian Songbook’ on campus Jan. 20

A critically acclaimed soprano who earned a music education degree at WCU will join an accomplished pianist and a former state poet laureate for the free Tuesday concert.

‘World’s best young Elvis’ to perform Jan. 31 at WCU

Travis LeDoyt, acclaimed by critics as “the world’s best young Elvis,” will bring his tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll to Western Carolina University on Saturday, Jan. 31, in honor of what would have been Presley’s 80th birthday.

Faculty member Catherine Carter’s poetry book published

Penned by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English, “Marks of the Witch” explores topics ranging from time and feeling inadequate to getting gnawed on by crickets.

Hunter Library, Technology Commons expand hours

Hunter Library and the Technology Commons will be opening earlier and closing later every day of the week for the spring semester 2015.

Tickets on sale for ‘FROGZ’ show

The family friendly production, combining Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with mesmerizing masks, mime and music, will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Bardo Arts Center.

WCU earns national recognition for engagement efforts in local communities

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MLK celebration events to be held Jan. 19-24

Brandon A. Robinson, an attorney and two-time WCU alumnus, will be the keynote speaker for the university’s celebration honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Low Brass Assembly to be held Friday-Saturday

The Tuba Studio and the Trombone and Euphonium Studio at Western Carolina University will host the inaugural Catamount Low Brass Assembly on Friday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 17.

Celebration of Catamount Baseball fundraising event is Jan. 24

The fifth edition of the Celebration of Catamount Baseball banquet will be headlined by former WCU right-hander and current Major League Baseball player Jared Burton.

Community art classes to start 2015

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will kick off the new year by offering Arts of Metallica Art Day and a six-week series of unusual art projects.

WCU earns praise from military guide

The university is listed as a “top school” in a Military Advanced Education publication that ranks institutions according to best practices in military and veteran education.

Network to be affected by maintenance Dec. 22-23

WCU’s Division of Information Technology will be conducting maintenance in the campus data centers Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23.

WCU offices closed until Jan. 5

Happy holidays! Western Carolina University offices in Cullowhee are closed throughout the New Year's holiday period and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

WCU faculty assist with Cherokee language documentary

Tom Belt and Hartwell Francis are credited as associate producers for an award-winning film that chronicles efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language in Western North Carolina.

Students help organizations across WNC

Students studying social entrepreneurship during the fall semester participated in fundraisers to provide more than $1,400 to groups serving Western North Carolina children.

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.

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