Western Carolina University will re-start its series of old-time and bluegrass music jam sessions and traditional dance gatherings in January, but the 2006 jam sessions, held at Western's Mountain Heritage Center, will come with a new twist.
With the snipping of a ribbon, the clinking of champagne glasses and the knee-slapping laughter of 1,000 audience members attired in tuxedoes and formal gowns for an evening with late-night talk-show host Jay Leno, Western Carolina University's long-awaited Fine and Performing Arts Center officially sprang to life Saturday, Oct. 22.
Teams from North and South Carolina universities will display the African-American tradition of “stepping” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Stompfest 2005, part of Homecoming activities at Western Carolina University.
The Fine Art Museum in Western Carolina University's new Fine and Performing Arts Center will celebrate its grand opening and kick off its inaugural season Sunday, Oct. 23, unveiling five concurrent exhibitions that will remain on display through Dec. 16.
Western Carolina University presented its Mountain Heritage Award for 2005 on Saturday (Sept. 24) to the Professional Crafts Program of Haywood Community College, which has become a model for crafts education programs around the country during its 29-year history.
Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Day will mark 31 years of celebrating traditional Appalachian culture when the festival gets under way just after sunrise Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus in Cullowhee.
A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.