Five Western North Carolina residents assumed a prestigious place in Western Carolina University's academic history Saturday (May 13) as they received the first doctoral degrees ever awarded by the institution.
Education is the key to ending persistent problems of discrimination and intolerance in Western North Carolina, say participants in a recent Western Carolina University conference examining issues of cultural diversity and community citizenship.
Western Carolina University chemistry professor Gary L. Pool won recognition Friday (April 14) as one of the best teachers in The University of North Carolina system, drawing praise from faculty colleagues as a role model and mentor, and earning comparisons to Geraldo Rivera from students inspired by Pool's "aggressive inquisitiveness."
About eight acres of rain forest will be added to a conservation area in Costa Rica as a result of a fund-raising effort that occurred in conjunction with Western Carolina University's recent symposium on biodiversity.
The survival of Earth's biological diversity depends upon the "gardenification" of wild areas, the link created between humans and nature when the biodiversity of wild lands provides valuable products and services, a renowned ecologist told a crowd at a Western Carolina University symposium Wednesday (March 15.)
U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) urged a crowd of Western North Carolinians Tuesday (Feb. 15) to re-engage with the political process, in spite of rampant public pessimism due to pervasive negative campaign ads and the influence of big money and lobbyists.
C. Jeffrey Compher, senior associate director of athletics at Vanderbilt University and formerly assistant director of athletics at North Carolina State University, will be the next director of athletics at Western Carolina University.
A new program being offered by Western Carolina University beginning in the summer will enable working professionals from a variety of fields to rapidly change career paths and enter the teaching profession to help alleviate a statewide shortage of public school teachers.