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WCU forecaster: Dry weather should produce above-average fall color

If there’s a silver lining to be found in the lack of rain clouds during an extended period of dry weather across the mountains of Western North Carolina this spring and summer, it may come in the form of above-average leaf color this fall.

Governor touts bond package on campus

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited WCU to seek support for his proposed $3 billion bond package, which includes $114.9 million for a new university science building.

Salido chosen to lead university’s accreditation effort

Arthur Salido, associate professor of chemistry and physics, will oversee WCU’s bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

WCU offering demos, workshops at Mountain Sports Festival

Western Carolina University will offer workshops covering everything from knot-tying to campfire cooking at the Mountain Sports Festival, May 22-24 in Asheville.

Poston advances to golf championship after playoff win

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Catamounts looking to SoCon tournament

WCU’s baseball team will be traveling to Charleston, South Carolina, to compete in the Southern Conference baseball tournament, set for Wednesday, May 20, through Sunday, May 24.

Registration open for plant conference

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at WCU will feature many new plant walks and workshops, plus a demonstration of how drones can aid in environmental conservation mapping.

WCU student wins design competition

Michelle Barborich’s house plan earned her a first-place award in the “Best of the Carolinas Design Competition” sponsored by the American Institute of Building Design.

Shorelines program receives grant for workshops

Thanks to a $40,655 grant from the Department of the Interior Office of International Affairs and the National Park Service, WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has begun a series of workshops in the Caribbean and Latin America aimed at coastal vulnerability.

Cadaver dogs coming to campus for training

Dogs and their handlers will be traveling to the WCU campus from 22 states and Croatia for training sessions in human remains detection and a bone identification workshop.

Open House set for Tuesday at Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by WCU during an Open House set for Tuesday, May 19, at the university's instructional site in Asheville.

Graduating students get big send-off as WCU holds trio of commencement ceremonies

Smiling faces were in abundance as WCU held a trio of commencement exercises to honor what is expected to be the university’s fourth-straight record spring graduating class.

Board of Trustees holding quarterly meeting June 5

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 5, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

WCU takes second place in 2015 ‘Battle of the Plug’

Western Carolina University saved more than 19,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity during the three-week 2015 Battle of the Plug energy conservation competition with four other colleges and universities in the region.

Interdisciplinary learning theme goes big next fall by focusing on Africa

For the first time, the interdisciplinary learning theme for Western Carolina University will be in place for two academic years beginning next fall.

Eight finalists chosen from among Quality Enhancement Plan proposals

WCU is one step closer to identifying the focus of its 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan, which is an integral part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaccreditation review planned for 2017.

Youth swim classes being offered through summer

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education has scheduled a series of swim classes for late spring and summer that are suitable for children ranging in age from 6 months to teens.

WCU golfer J.T. Poston headed to NCAA regional in Chapel Hill

Senior J.T. Poston, the back-to-back men's golf individual champion of the Southern Conference, will be playing in the Chapel Hill regional of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

WCU student Jessica Sims awarded counseling fellowship

Graduate student Jessica Sims has been selected by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation to participate in a minority fellowship program for addictions counselors.

WCU named ‘top adventure college’ again in outdoors magazine poll

For the second year in a row, the university has been chosen through an online poll as the No. 1 college for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Catamounts Unite Tour to include seven stops across North Carolina, Georgia

Athletics staff and coaches will meet with fans and alumni in a series of seven receptions to continue to craft together the vision and direction of WCU's athletics program.

It doesn’t get any better than summer at Western Carolina

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Faculty, staff successes recognized at awards event

Western Carolina University celebrated employee excellence and achievements for the 2014-15 academic year at the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony Friday, April 24.

Forum provides updates on three WCU focus areas

Western Carolina University has made significant progress toward achieving the goals outlined in its 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, the roadmap intended to guide the institution’s direction and development over the next decade, with the majority of the plan’s strategic initiatives more than 50 percent completed in less than three years.

WCU student Marissa Taylor awarded prestigious EPA fellowship

Marissa Taylor has received one of 34 fellowships conferred by the Environmental Protection Agency to undergraduates studying environmental science and related topics.

WCU to hold commencement exercises for expected record spring class

Traffic always is heavy for the events, and attendees traveling in from Interstate 40 and Waynesville may experience delays at a construction site on U.S. 23/74.

May 5 concert to feature trumpeters from two WCUs

Trumpet players from two WCUs – Western Carolina University and West Chester University – will be featured as the Mountain Winds Community Band presents its final concert of the season Tuesday, May 5, at Western Carolina’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU music students give WNC school children a taste of opera

Several hundred Western North Carolina school children recently experienced their first taste of opera through a familiar childhood tale, thanks to an outreach program involving faculty and students in the voice program in the School of Music at Western Carolina University.

Entrepreneurs win prize money at WCU conference

Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from Asheville, Sylva and Hickory shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference Wednesday, April 22, at Western Carolina University.

Women’s track and field team earns conference championship

The women’s track and field team claimed the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship over the weekend, and head coach Danny Williamson was named Women’s Coach of the Year.

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