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WCU, UNCG faculty create inter-institutional doctoral program

The departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have partnered to create an inter-institutional program that will extend doctoral-level training to qualified individuals in Western North Carolina.

Faculty member wins distinguished scholar award from state organization

Whether affirmative action policies are still relevant and why black males lag not only their white counterparts but also black females in educational achievement are among the questions driving Western Carolina University faculty member Adriel Hilton’s award-winning research.

SoCon football showdown is Saturday

WCU’s Catamounts will be looking to grab sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference when they take on the Mocs of Chattanooga at 2 p.m. in E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Mountain Heritage Center curator wins lifetime achievement award

Pam Meister, interim director and curator of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, was honored Oct. 22 with the James R. Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

Traditional music series to open with concert by Boys from Tuckasegee

The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will get underway Thursday, Nov. 6, with a concert featuring the Boys from Tuckasegee.

Dean completes 118-mile pledge ride to Mt. Mitchell

The dean of WCU’s Honors College battled leaf-looker traffic and the long uphill climbs of the Blue Ridge Parkway to complete a 118-mile bicycle ride from Cullowhee to the top of the highest mountain in the eastern United States to boost a student scholarship fund.

Students, Jack the Dipper to hold ice cream-eating event to benefit reading

Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning and campus organizations are teaming up with Jack the Dipper, a Sylva ice cream shop, in an effort to raise $2,000 for the Fontana Regional Library’s Reading Rover bookmobile Saturday, Nov. 1.

Mann to receive dramatic arts award

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star and WCU distinguished professor Terrence Mann with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts.

Students enrolled in intellectual disabilities program win Homecoming titles

Two first-year students enrolled in a WCU program for college-age individuals with intellectual disabilities were announced as the 2014 Homecoming queen and king Saturday.

Students assist Glean Team to fight food insecurity

More than 100 WCU students have assisted the Jackson County Glean Team with harvesting more than 14,500 pounds of excess produce and goods to combat food insecurity since June.

Scholarship established by WCU vice chancellor will benefit band members

Robert Edwards, who is stepping down in December as WCU’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, has turned around the age-old notion of “retirement gift.”

Student honored as ‘civic trailblazer’

Aaron Marshall, a Western Carolina University senior from Gastonia majoring in sociology with a minor in emergency and disaster management, is the winner of North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2014 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award.

WCU Discovery Forum rescheduled to spring semester

Western Carolina University’s third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, has been postponed until the 2015 spring semester.

‘Last Lecture’ to be presented Oct. 23 by WCU’s Briggs

Lisa Thomas Briggs, WCU associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, will speak on the topic “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" at 4 p.m. in the University Center theater.

Reel Big Fish, Ace Hood to perform at University Center

A concert featuring the ska-punk band Reel Big Fish and rapper Ace Hood will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center as part of festivities associated with WCU’s Homecoming weekend.

WCU Wind Ensemble to present Oct. 28 concert

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the university’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU 125th anniversary ornaments support Staff Senate scholarship

Members of WCU's Staff Senate are selling collectible purple ornaments imprinted with the university’s 125th anniversary logo to raise money for the Staff Senate scholarship fund.

Ten students running for Homecoming king, queen

Ten WCU students, including five women and five men, have been named to the Homecoming Court for 2014.

LeBeau named director of International Programs and Services

An award-winning educator experienced in leading programs that support study abroad and international scholarship will oversee the Office of International Programs and Services.

Catamount Legacy Walk offering bricks with 125th anniversary logo

In honor of Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary, brick pavers to be installed in the Catamount Legacy Walk can be engraved with the special 125th anniversary logo as well as a personalized message.

Runners to get coated in color at Saturday 5-K race

Runners will get coated in color as they pass through color stations during the Fun Run 5K on Saturday, Nov. 1, at WCU.

World wars round table to meet Oct. 22

A faculty member from the Command and Staff College of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, will be the guest speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at WCU on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Branding workshop to be offered at WCU’s Biltmore Park site

Representatives of small businesses and organizations will have an opportunity to learn about the branding process of marketing during an interactive workshop being offered by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Youth Swim Refresher Course to be offered

A Youth Swim Refresher Course will be offered in October and November by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Coulter Regional Leadership Academy at WCU announces members of 2014-15 cohort

Nine Western North Carolinians will form the 2014-15 cohort of the Coulter Regional Leadership Academy, a regional leadership development initiative facilitated by Western Carolina University in partnership with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

WCU alum Greg Holland heading to World Series

Former WCU baseball standout Greg Holland and his Kansas City Royals are advancing to the World Series after defeating the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night.

WCU faculty to discuss Ebola crisis risk and response at Nov. 4 event

A panel of WCU faculty members, including an environmental health professor who has studied the spread and control of infectious agents such as Ebola for more than two decades, will take part in a discussion about the virus on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

WCU’s College of Business on list of ‘Best 296′

WCU's College of Business once again is included on the Princeton Review's list of the best schools in the nation at which to earn a master's degree in business administration.

Athletic training group sets another relay record

Students and faculty from WCU’s athletic training program completed their annual 175-mile fundraising relay, the Mountain Jug Run for Research, in record time over the weekend while dealing with rainy conditions.

Love Your Body Week events set for Oct. 27-Nov. 1

WCU's annual Love Your Body Week will include a geocaching challenge, photo booth, belly dancing workshop, Fun Run 5K, discussions, art and other activities from Monday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Nov. 1.

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