University News

WCU’s WHEE Wagon Program to aid children of Western North Carolina

What do you get when you put Western Carolina University nursing students and communication students together with a children’s wagon equipped with an IV pole? You get the WHEE Wagon Program, which began this spring and is dedicated to giving medically fragile children wagons with IV poles to grant them the opportunity to play and just be a kid.

Three picked for Athletics Hall of Fame

The 26th induction class in university history will be enshrined on the weekend of Nov. 6-7 during the Catamounts’ regular season home football finale against Furman.

Child labor photo exhibit opens at WCU Mountain Heritage Center in Hunter Library

Many of the children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hine a century ago in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties.

Series to feature band from Carrboro

WCU’s Summer Concert Series will conclude at 7 p.m. Thursday with a free concert on the Central Plaza featuring the folk-Americana band Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends.

WCU students study recent shootings

Western Carolina University students studied numerous cases this summer in which young African-American men around the country were shot by white police officers.

WCU’s library receives two grants totaling $131,337

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is recipient of two grants totaling $131,337 that will aid in the funding of two separate projects.

Filmmakers gather to compare cameras

The region's professional filmmakers had an opportunity to learn about the latest camera technology during a gathering sponsored by the Film and Television Production Program.

WCU’s incoming freshmen reading New York Times bestseller

Learn more about the 'One Book' program

Buchanan Boys to perform July 23

The 2015 Summer Concert Series at WCU continues Thursday, July 23, with a performance featuring Sylva’s own Buchanan Boys playing a unique blend of country and rock music.

Budding Broadway stars presenting show on July 19

A troupe of budding Broadway stars from around the world will hit the stage at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 19, to cap the 2015 Triple Arts intensive musical theatre summer camp.

Dulcimer virtuosos set to perform July 23

The instructional staff of WCU’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured on the traditional Appalachian instruments during a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

Students gain leadership skills through ‘Wildernesss Education’ course

After about a five-year hiatus, the “Wilderness Education” course at WCU returned this spring, giving 10 students the unique experience of learning in a wilderness environment.

Traffic delays expected on Centennial, Central drives

Traffic delays are expected on two of WCU's main thoroughfares – Centennial Drive and Central Drive – to allow blasting activity associated with site preparation for a planned mixed-use facility.

Catamount Club exceeds fundraising goal for fiscal year 2014-15

The fundraising arm of WCU athletics met and exceeded its goal for donations and contributions for the 2014-15 fiscal year, eclipsing the $1 million mark by the end of June.

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosting bark basket workshop July 19

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

Folkmoot festival coming to WCU on July 25

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU will play host to Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s international folk festival, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Ashcraft named distinguished professor

The head of the sculpture program in the School of Art at George Mason University has been appointed Western Carolina’s inaugural Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts.

Menickelli nets grant, book contract

Justin Menickelli, associate professor of health and physical education, received a mini-grant of $500 from the Professional Disc Golf Association to publish his “The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf.”

Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival is Aug. 15

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.

Hudson, Zimmerman join HHS administrative team

WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences welcomed two new leaders to its administrative team July 1 as Dave Hudson began his duties as associate dean and Ericka Zimmerman assumed the role of director of the School of Health Sciences.

WCU receiving Golden LEAF grant to increase family nurse practitioners in region

The College of Health and Human Sciences is recipient of a $225,000 award to help increase the number of family nurse practitioners working in rural health care settings.

Jill Granger named next dean of WCU’s residential Honors College

Jill Nelson Granger, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Honors Program at Sweet Briar College, will be the next dean of WCU’s residential Honors College.

Asheville’s Broadwell elected chair of WCU Board of Trustees

An Asheville resident and former executive with HomeTrust Bank has been elected to serve a one-year term as chair of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.

EMC program hosting inaugural Summer Seminar on July 13-17

WCU’s undergraduate program in emergency medical care will host the Emergency Medical Care Summer Seminar, with two workshops scheduled over a five-day period in Cullowhee.

Doug Gibson to present folk, blues for summer concert series

The vocalist-guitarist from Knoxville will be traveling to campus to perform on the Central Plaza stage at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the 2015 Summer Concert Series.

Cultural presentations offered to schools across Western North Carolina

The region's K-12 schools can schedule in-school presentations focusing on various world cultures through an outreach program offered by WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services.

WCU receives grant for equipment from NCBiotech

A $47,750 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will allow WCU to purchase a Malvern ZetaSizer Nano ZS instrument that measures particle size, as well as the electric potential of particles suspended in a liquid, or of surfaces in contact with a liquid.

Heritage museum hosting bark basket workshop

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

WCU service learning director Lane Perry wins national honor

Lane Perry has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.

WCU scientists co-author Interior Department report on sea-level rise

Scientists from WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines were lead authors for a new report that predicts the risk posed to U.S. national parks by rising sea levels.

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