The good news is the drought is over for Western North Carolina's mountains. The bad news is the summer's near-record rainfall that washed away a springtime precipitation deficit also is responsible for a delay in the completion date for Western Carolina University's newest residence hall.
“Our Purple and Gold,” Western's alumni newsletter, has taken on a new life as a 32-page full-color magazine that went into the mail last week. The magazine features nationally known comedian Jay Leno, host of “The Tonight Show on NBC,” on the front cover and includes a major story about the new Fine and Performing Arts Center's gala opening on Oct. 22 with Leno as headliner.
Traffic patterns on the Western Carolina University campus will undergo a major change during the week of May 9-13 as a barricade is erected on the existing Centennial Drive and a new Centennial Drive becomes the main thoroughfare through campus.
The Western Carolina University campus paused Monday, May 2, to plant a Cherokee chief dogwood tree on a hillside overlooking Brown Cafeteria in honor of the memories of four students who died during the past year.
Despite rainy conditions, organizers of Western Carolina University's Relay for Life (April 8-9) called the annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society “a resounding success” with close to $15,000 raised for cancer research. This year's total exceeded the previous year's total by $2,000.
Western Carolina University announced plans today (Friday, Feb. 18) for the Millennial Initiative, a comprehensive regional economic development strategy made possible by the recent acquisition of 344 acres of property adjacent to the main campus.
While many of Western Carolina University's students were enjoying the luxuries of sleeping late and home-cooked food over winter break, the seven members of Western's men's all-campus champion intramural flag football team were vying for the national championship.