University News

Organizations sponsoring Ban the ‘R-Word’ Rally at WCU baseball game

Organizations from WCU and the local area are uniting to sponsor a Ban the “R-Word” Rally during the WCU baseball team’s Wednesday, March 4, game versus Valparaiso.

Women’s History Month events set through March

Events to mark the observance of Women’s History Month at WCU will kick off Monday, March 2, with an opening reception and a screening of the film “Iron Jawed Angels.”

WCU to host inaugural small business, innovation summit in April

Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses will have the opportunity to vie for a share of $7,000 in prize money to help start up or grow their businesses when Western Carolina University hosts the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference Wednesday, April 22.

WCU emergency service, police departments sponsor public safety, preparedness sessions

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Services Department and Police Department are hosting “Whee Safe,” a series of brown bag discussions throughout the 2015 spring semester designed to provide faculty, staff and students with information on a variety of personal and community public safety topics.

WCU’s Hilton honored by National Association of Student Affairs Professionals

Adriel A. Hilton, assistant professor and director of WCU’s College Student Personnel Program, received the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals on one of its members as the organization held its annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

Pi Month cranks up Monday with pi fans, pie pans

Math enthusiasts on WCU’s campus will get a chance to show their love for pi during a monthlong celebration being held to honor the famous ratio 3.1415 that has fascinated the great minds of the world for thousands of years.

Series to focus on outdoor adventure

Base Camp Cullowhee will launch a new speaker series with a Tuesday presentation featuring Mark Singleton, executive director of the national organization American Whitewater.

WCU helps transform old prison into shelter, soup kitchen

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Weather-Related Announcements

Winter weather that causes hazardous driving conditions, and forecasts for such weather, can result in weather-related schedule changes being implemented at Western Carolina University.

WCU traditional music series continues with concert by Josh Goforth

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, March 5, with a concert featuring folk musician and storyteller Josh Goforth.

‘Vagina Monologues’ to be presented Feb. 27-28

WCU will host benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

School of Art and Design offering youth art classes

WCU's School of Art and Design will host art classes for youth ages 8 and up on two Saturdays – Feb. 28 and March 28.

‘Robin Hood’ radio re-creation to be presented Feb. 26

Despite the snowy weather, WCU's radio re-creation “Robin Hood – The Legacy” will get underway on schedule at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bardo Arts Center.

Faculty scholarship reception postponed to March 4

Recent scholarly and creative accomplishments of WCU faculty and staff members will be showcased during the 2015 Faculty Scholarship Celebration that begins with a reception from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Hunter Library.

Open House canceled at WCU’s Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the array of graduate and professional programs offered through WCU’s Programs at Biltmore Park during an Open House set for Tuesday, Feb. 24.

WCU announces graduation list for fall semester

Western Carolina University has announced its graduation list for fall semester 2014.

An outside influence: WCU’s tradition of mixing academics and outdoor recreation

Check out the new winter issue of the university magazine.

Study notes higher education’s impact

Public higher education institutions in Western North Carolina are responsible for injecting at least $2 billion into the state economy during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

WCU hosting Collegiate Climbing Series competition

WCU’s outdoor programming organization Base Camp Cullowhee, in partnership with the WCU Climbing Team, is hosting its seventh annual Cullowhee Rock and Rumble Fest bouldering competition, Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Campus Recreation Center.

WCU’s Perry honored for leadership by NC Campus Compact

Lane Perry, director of the Center for Service Learning, has been named the 2015 Civic Engagement “Emerging Leader” Professional of the Year by N.C. Campus Compact.

School of Music faculty recital of woodwinds, piano chamber music rescheduled to Feb. 27

Three members of the WCU music faculty will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Weather-Related Announcements

Winter weather that causes hazardous driving conditions, and forecasts for such weather, can result in weather-related schedule changes being implemented at Western Carolina University.

Gerlach appointed director of public affairs program

John “Jay” Gerlach has been named director of Western Carolina University’s master of public affairs degree program, effective July 1.

Global Spotlight Series examines climate change on March 2

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs continues this semester with a Monday, March 2, panel featuring four presentations about climate change.

History faculty members oversee project for Trail of Tears Association

WCU history department faculty Sue Abram and Andrew Denson are overseeing a public history project that recently received a development grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.

Writer-composer receives unique musical theater award

Katya Stanislavskaya heeded the venerable advice to “write what you know,” and the musical she wrote and composed, “Resident Alien,” has won the ninth annual New Musical Award from the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vt.

Horn recital by Travis Bennett postponed

WCU’s School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Travis Bennett, associate professor of horn, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Registration fees for WCU half marathon, 5-K to increase Feb. 28

Runners across Western North Carolina still have time to sign up for WCU’s fifth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K at special early registration rates, but fees will go up Saturday, Feb. 28.

WCU to host interview with author of ‘Other People’s Children’

WCU’s Department of Human Services will host Lisa Delpit, author of “Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom,” for a one-on-one interview Friday, Feb. 27.

Authors of ‘Picking Cotton’ to speak

Jennifer Thompson, a woman raped as a college student, and Ronald Cotton, a man exonerated of the rape 11 years after his conviction, will lecture about their experiences Monday.

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