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Leaders get peek at expanded engineering program

More than 100 people representing Western North Carolina business and industry, community colleges, economic development groups, government officials – and even a prospective student or two – enjoyed a “sneak peek” Wednesday, April 16, of WCU’s expanded undergraduate engineering program, coming this fall to the Asheville-Hendersonville area.

UPDATE: Work goes on to mitigate ‘Heartbleed’ risk

The Division of Information Technology at WCU is working to fully assess the impact on campus computing systems of a significant Internet security bug known as “Heartbleed,” which could affect the personal information of Internet users across the United States.

Guitar Ensemble to perform April 28

The Western Carolina University Guitar Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28.

WCU students, Asheville Symphony musicians to perform together May 1

Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

WCU, community partners to sponsor bicycle rodeo April 27

The Office of Career Services at Western Carolina University will sponsor a bicycle rodeo at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

Students garner awards at regional Model United Nations conference

Western Carolina University students captured honors at the 2014 Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference including the Distinguished Delegation Award, the second highest achievement for a delegation’s overall performance.

Benefit concert raises $3,000 for landslide victims

A benefit bluegrass concert sponsored by the Sylva Herald newspaper and WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center netted $3,000 that will be used to provide assistance to victims of the March 22 landslide in Snohomish County in Washington state.

Students provide data on economic impact of tourism in WNC counties

Western Carolina University students have provided representatives of local tourism interests in 26 Western North Carolina counties with data illustrating the impact of the travel and tourism industry on the economy of their particular counties.

Discussion to address environmentalism

Panelists will talk about the rise of modern environmentalism in the 1960s and the movement’s impact on the world today as well as their personal experiences and perceptions.

Presentation at WCU to address roadside trash, small mammals

A presentation on roadside trash and its implications for small mammals will be delivered Thursday, April 24, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Guitarist to be featured at Liar’s Bench show

Franklin guitarist Ronnie Evans will be the featured guest artist as the Liar’s Bench show returns to WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center for a performance Thursday, April 17.

Social work programs earn reaccreditation

Western Carolina University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in social work have been reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s accrediting arm, the Commission on Accreditation.

Recreational therapy student wins state award

Western Carolina University student Kelly Kinnear was recently bestowed the North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association Student of the Year award.

WCU professor wins statewide honor

James Scifers, a member of the faculty since 2003, has been named recipient of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association's Educator of the Year Award for 2014.

Lofquist honored by UNC student government group

The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments has bestowed its William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award on retired interim provost Beth Tyson Lofquist.

WCU couple establish new scholarship

John “Jack” McFadden, professor emeritus of education, and Anna McFadden, director of academic engagement and IT governance in the Division of Information Technology, have donated more than $10,000 to endow a scholarship at WCU to assist aspiring science educators.

WCU’s IT division receives global recognition for service

WCU’s Division of Information Technology has been honored by a global service association as a top 50 performer based on customer satisfaction for the second consecutive year.

Earth and wellness event scheduled for April 15

Co-hosted by WCU's Energy Management Office and Campus Recreation and Wellness, the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will combine an Earth Day celebration with health and wellness activities.

Upcoming ‘Echoes of the Cotton Club’ show now registered with Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

The cast, band and dancers from the upcoming production of the “Echoes of the Cotton Club” radio show re-creation at WCU recently learned that the show has been registered with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Two regional representatives of KCACTF will attend the “Echoes of the Cotton Club” performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

WCU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band to perform April 29

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band will present their final concert of the 2013-14 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, an event that will showcase the talents of student soloists and student conductors chosen through an audition process.

Controlled Chaos Film Festival to be held May 2

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the sixth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 2.

WCU athletics planning lots of activities for April 11-13

The annual “Spring Fling Whee-kend” will include the football spring game, a baseball series versus Furman and an all-day track and field meet, plus barbecue and tailgating.

Graduate students record wins at Valley of the Lilies races

Two WCU graduate students, Brian Ulrich and Danielle Metz, captured overall wins Saturday (April 5) as more than 300 runners competed in the fourth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.

Carpenter named dean of College of Education, Allied Professions

Dale Carpenter has been appointed permanent dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, which he had been overseeing in an interim role since July 2012.

Discussion on events in Ukraine set for April 9

A town hall discussion on recent events in Ukraine, Russia and eastern Europe will be sponsored Wednesday, April 9, by two WCU academic departments.

Open air Jazz Festival to be held April 26

Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival will feature performers including special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback and will be held on an open-air stage on campus during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 26.

Ian Jeffress to present Tuesday saxophone recital

Saxophonist Ian Jeffress, accompanied by pianist Lillian Pearson, will present a recital as part of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Student developing mobile application for learning the Japanese language

A Western Carolina University student is developing a mobile application to help Japanese students master language skills, including proper pronunciation and handwritten characters.

Battle of the Plug contest underway

The third annual Battle of the Plug competition in which Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University compete to see which university’s residence halls can conserve the most energy began April 4 and will continue through Friday, April 25.

April 11 concert to benefit Washington state landslide victims

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center is joining with the Sylva Herald newspaper in sponsoring a Friday, April 11, concert to benefit landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state – an area with strong ties to Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

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