Members of Western Carolina University's newest graduating class were encouraged to use their voices to keep alive the freedoms guaranteed through the First Amendment as the university held commencement exercises for approximately 500 students Saturday, Dec. 17.
“Well worth the wait.” That's how residents of Western Carolina University's recently opened Norton Road Hall describe their new campus home after weather-related construction delays postponed move-in day by about 10 days.
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.