University News

WCU to hold spring commencement ceremonies May 9-10

WCU will hold a trio of commencement ceremonies over a two-day period – Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 – to recognize the academic achievements of what is expected to be a record-breaking spring class.

Poston wins SoCon golf championship

WCU junior golfer J.T. Poston led from start to finish and went 10 under par with a three-round score of 206 to win the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship.

Chancellor to meet with Macon County residents April 30

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with residents of Macon County on Wednesday, April 30, as part of a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

WCU featured in Princeton Review green college guide

For the fourth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

Lopez wins private enterprise education association’s top scholar award

Edward J. Lopez, the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, recently received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

World wars round table to meet April 23

“Equipment and Munitions of World War II” will be the topic of discussion as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at WCU on Wednesday, April 23.

‘An Evening with Shane Bitney Crone’ scheduled for April 24

“An Evening with Shane Bitney Crone” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Blue Ridge Conference Room of WCU’s Balsam Hall.

The Harmony Initiative to premiere collaborative composition April 25

WCU will premiere a student-created original musical composition featuring melodies submitted by more than 50 musicians synchronized with a video that showcases the university and the region on campus on Friday, April 25.

Radio re-creation staging Thursday

The storyline of “Echoes of the Cotton Club” is woven around the role that radio broadcasts originating from Harlem in 1927 played in changing the musical landscape of America.

Explore WCU history through a digital archive of yearbooks

Learn about the university's rich legacy of education and service at our 125th anniversary website

125th anniversary game to kick off at Sylva festival

Organizers of Western Carolina University’s yearlong observance of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution will be kicking off a game designed especially for local children Saturday, April 26, at the annual Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva.

Leaders get ‘sneak peek’ at expanded engineering program at Biltmore Park

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.

April 21 panel 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 Scifers wins athletic training 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 establishes scholarship to assist aspiring science educators

The scholarship endowed by Jack and Anna McFadden will benefit a junior or senior who is pursuing a major in secondary education with the intention to teach high-school science.

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.

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