University News

Monday forum to provide updates on focus areas

Members of the WCU community will have an opportunity to hear updates about three university focus areas – the 2020 Strategic Plan, the Millennial Initiative and the Campus Master Plan – during a public forum set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 27.

Graduate School dean stepping down

Mimi Fenton, who has been serving as dean of WCU’s Graduate School and Research since July 2012, will leave the post effective June 30 to return to the English department faculty.

University suspends recognition of student organization

Western Carolina University has suspended for a period of five years recognition of the Zeta Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity following violations of the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

WCU students to present experimental work at .MOV on April 30

Students from the School of Art and Design and the School of Music in Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will present .MOV, an exhibition of new media and performance, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

7th annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival set for May 1 at WCU

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 1.

WCU establishing for-profit LLC to spur economic development in WNC

The Western Carolina University College of Business is establishing a new, for-profit limited liability company designed to provide entrepreneurial business, scientific and technical services to help spur economic development activity in Western North Carolina.

April 24 show ‘can’t come fast enough’ for WCU alumna Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly honed her vocal skills as a member of the inaugural edition of WCU’s Catamount Singers in the late 1990s, and the singer-songwriter will return to campus to perform with the student ensemble in a fundraising show sponsored by the Friends of the Arts this Friday (April 24.)

WCU students analyze economic impact of tourism

Elected officials and hospitality industry representatives from 26 counties across Western North Carolina now have a better understanding of the significance of travel and tourism on the local economy, thanks to the work of students in the College of Business at Western Carolina University.

WCU vocal ensembles to present Spring Choral Concert on April 30

The talents of two WCU vocal ensembles – the University Chorus and Concert Choir – will be featured as the School of Music presents its Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

Wind Ensemble to perform Monday night

Two student soloists who were selected by audition, Alec Neal and Katelyn Johnson, will be featured during the concert at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Telescope viewing party set for April 24 at airport

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus.

McCormick announced as next WCU women’s basketball head coach

Stephanie McCormick, a North Carolina native who previously served two stints as an assistant women’s basketball coach at WCU, has been announced as the team’s new head coach.

Region’s top mathematics students win honors at WCU contest

More than 400 of Western North Carolina’s high school and junior high school mathematics students competed for honors during the recent High School Mathematics Contest held at WCU.

WCU bands uniting for spring concert Tuesday

The Western Carolina University Concert Band and Symphonic Band will take the stage at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, to present their annual spring concert.

Annual Friends’ fundraiser includes April 24 show, silent auction, raffle

Find out more at the Friends of the Arts website

Museum’s exhibits, offices moving across campus

Mountain Heritage Center exhibits that have been on display on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be unavailable for public viewing for the remainder of spring and summer as the museum’s staff moves the exhibits to new display space in Hunter Library.

Earth and Wellness Celebration set for April 22

WCU’s annual Earth and Wellness Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Local children’s choir to join Carpenters tribute April 26 at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center

A Jackson County children’s choir will take to the stage of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to perform a special musical number during the production of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” on Sunday, April 26.

WCU Jazz Festival coming up April 25 with concerts, classes

Saxophone master Rick Margitza will be the special guest for master classes, rehearsals and performances as the 2015 Jazz Festival is held in the recital hall of Coulter Building.

Cast, crew of WCU production of ‘Peter Pan’ complete ‘flight school’

Members of the student cast and crew of Western Carolina University’s upcoming production of “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” recently spent several days attending flight school.

Low Tech Ensemble to present gamelan concert

WCU’s Low Tech Ensemble will present a concert of central Javanese gamelan music Wednesday, April 22, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Open House set for April 21 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, April 21, at university's instructional site in Asheville.

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra to present concert April 20

A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” is on the program for the concert, which will bring musicians from the WCU community and local area together on stage.

‘Bootleggers, Baptists’ theory of regulation subject of April 22 talk

The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

WCU museum educator Peter Koch receives honor

Peter Koch, education associate at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, is recipient of the highest honor bestowed on museum professionals by the North Carolina Museums Council.

IT maintenance to interrupt online payments

The Western Carolina University Division of Information Technology will be performing scheduled maintenance on campus computing systems beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Battle of the Plug energy competition continues through April 25

The fourth annual Battle of the Plug competition in which WCU and ASU compete to see which university’s residence halls can conserve the most energy is underway, and this year three other North Carolina higher education institutions have joined the fray.

Hunter Library hosting April 16 edible books contest

Culinary creations inspired by books will be admired, judged and then eaten during the annual edible books contest to be held Thursday, April 16, at WCU's Hunter Library.

Black Awareness Week events scheduled on campus April 12-19

A keynote address by political strategist Valeisha Butterfield-Jones tops a lineup of activities that will be held at WCU to mark Black Awareness Week.

Marching band drummer Seth Estes tapped for Marine ensemble in Washington, D.C.

Seth Estes of WCU’s marching band has been selected for a position on the drum line of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own,” in Washington, D.C.

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