Latest Awards & Recognition

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WCU receives $362K economic development grant

The Institute for the Economy and the Future at Western Carolina University is the recipient of a $362,060 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to develop a training program to assist local officials in adopting a more regional approach to economic development strategies.
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WCU’s Gurney Chambers earns education honor

Gurney Chambers, dean emeritus of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the Dr. James H. Stiltner Distinguished Service Award presented by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
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Professor Beaudet honored by state association

Bob Beaudet, associate professor of health and human performance at Western Carolina University, has been named the university physical education teacher of the year by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
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College of Business among Princeton Review’s ‘best’

Western Carolina University's College of Business is ranked among the nation's best business schools in a book published this week by The Princeton Review, earning high marks for the small class size and caring attitudes of professors in the Master of Business Administration Program.
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Dean’s story wins first place at national Hemingway Festival

Brian Railsback wrote some prose that would have made “Papa” proud. Dean of Western Carolina University's Honors College, Railsback recently received word that a short story he penned won first place in Prose for Papa, the annual short story-writing contest sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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WCU Professor David Shapiro wins International Fluency Award

David A. Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University and one of the nation's top speech-language pathologists, is recipient of an international award in recognition of his treatment of people who stutter and their families in different cultures around the world.