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Big Birthday Bash on Aug. 26 to help mark WCU’s 125th year

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WCU appoints Kevan Frazier to lead Programs at Biltmore Park

WCU did not have to go far to find the new executive director for its programs at Biltmore Park – just as far as the northern side of Asheville. Kevan Frazier joined the university Monday, Aug. 18, to lead its instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square.

WCU Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 5

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

Dirty Guv’nahs to perform free concert at WCU Big Birthday Bash on Aug. 26

Southern rock band the Dirty Guv’nahs will perform a free concert at Western Carolina University’s Big Birthday Bash in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Kachadourian’s ‘Forest/City’ to fill FAM gallery

An installation by artist Gary Kachadourian that “re-manufactures” the great outdoors overtaking an urban environment will inhabit the entire main gallery and part of the lobby of the WCU Fine Art Museum. The exhibit opens Thursday, Aug. 21, and features an artist talk and reception at 5 p.m.

Catamount Club begins Greek challenge

The Fraternity Sorority Challenge will allow alumni to celebrate long-lasting bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood while helping generate financial support for WCU athletics.

WCU gets high ranking on list of tech-savvy online schools

The university is No. 10 on a list of higher education institutions “that offer the discerning distance learner the finest education using the most progressive technology.”

Chancellor’s Opening Assembly address kicks off new semester

Budget cuts and enrollment growth were among the topics covered by WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher as he addressed the university’s faculty and staff at the Bardo Arts Center.

Board of Governors to meet at WCU in September

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will hold its September meeting on the Western Carolina campus in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution that became WCU.

Galaxy of Stars opening with comical cowboys

Ten years after the group’s last performance at Western Carolina University, Riders in the Sky will return to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, with a mix of Western song classics and zany send-ups of the same, opening the Galaxy of Stars Series.

Maintenance to affect phone system Tuesday night

Telephone system outages will occur on the WCU campus between 7 and 10 p.m. today as the Division of Information Technology conducts maintenance on the system.

Soccer team to face UNCA in Friday exhibition

The WCU women's soccer team defeated Winthrop in an exhibition game Wednesday and now will play UNCA in another exhibition matchup Friday night at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Start of semester includes convocation, Ballyhoo

WCU’s new freshmen will be officially welcomed to the university and all students will have an opportunity to do some start-of-fall-semester celebrating at two annual events.

Faculty helping launch ‘Math Circle’

A team of WCU faculty members and Western North Carolina mathematics teachers are establishing the Smoky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle, a professional development community.

Tickets available for Aug. 17 film festival debut

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the inaugural Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.

Bass Cats place in top 25 at national tournament

Students representing WCU’s bass fishing club team recently placed in the top 25 among two-person fishing teams that competed at a national tournament held on Lake Chatuge.

WCU welcoming record number of students for fall semester

The Western Carolina community is making preparations to welcome what is anticipated to be a record number of students for the start of fall semester classes on Monday, Aug. 18.

Sept. 2 show ‘Arts Alive @ 125′ to benefit WCU Friends of the Arts

WCU’s first couple will host “Arts Alive @ 125,” a show featuring student performances and celebrating 125 years of the arts at the university, to boost membership in the Friends.

Catamounts getting ready for 2014 football campaign

The sounds of coaches’ whistles and colliding pads once again can be heard around E.J. Whitmire Stadium as Western Carolina’s football team prepares for its 2014 campaign.

Promotions planned for WCU’s home football games

Special activities scheduled for the six home games at E.J. Whitmire Stadium include a Guinness record attempt involving fortune cookies and Eastern Band of Cherokee Day.

WCU named ‘top adventure college’ in outdoor magazine poll

Results from an outdoor magazine’s online poll have been tallied, and WCU has been announced as the No. 1 college for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Trio of political debates scheduled on campus

Candidates vying for elected office in three races to be decided by Western North Carolina voters in November have agreed to take part in a series of debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.

Athletic training students awarded national, regional scholarships

Seven students representing WCU’s athletic training program have been named recipients of scholarships at the national and regional levels.

Ticket sales for WCU’s Mainstage theater season begin Aug. 6

The students and faculty of WCU’s School of Stage and Screen soon will be raising the curtain on a new theater season that includes two plays and two musicals.

WCU, Mission receive $1 million grant to improve regional nursing care

The federal workforce diversity grant will enable the university’s School of Nursing to partner with Mission Health to improve nursing care for patients in rural areas.

Institute’s ‘Focus on Franklin’ meeting set for July 30

The Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University and the municipality of Franklin will hold a “Focus on Franklin” town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Franklin Town Hall.

WCU’s lifelong learning institute starts this fall

WCU is launching a new lifelong learning institute aimed at people 50 and older across the region who are interested in enriching their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

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WCU’s Tomczak to receive national dance teacher award

Dance program director Karyn Tomczak will receive the Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education during a summit to be held in New York City in August.

Unawarewulves to present free concert July 22

WCU's annual Summer Concert Series will conclude with a free show at 7 p.m. in the Central Plaza featuring the Franklin-based sextet offering a blend of several genres of music.

Budding Broadway stars to perform Sunday

A troupe of budding Broadway stars from around the world will hit the stage at WCU this weekend to cap the 2014 Triple Arts intensive musical theatre summer camp.

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