Western Carolina University is taking its next step in enhancing existing university network security with the implementation of a firewall. A device that allows the network to be filtered and controlled by the system administrator, the firewall will protect faculty, staff and students' personal information from intrusion and bring greater security and services to the university.
National Book Award-winning writer Charles Frazier, author of the critically acclaimed best-selling novel “Cold Mountain,” has established an endowed scholarship fund in memory of his father to help students from Macon County attend Western Carolina University.
Daniel K. Southern, professor of clinical laboratory sciences at Western Carolina University, recently received the Rebel Yell Award from Region III of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
Students in Western Carolina University's biology labs soon will get a better look at their slides and specimens, thanks to the generosity of alumnus Paul Burton, a biologist, scientist, professor and former chair of the biology department at the University of Kansas.
A Western Carolina University faculty member endured intermittent rain and fog, several close encounters with recreational vehicles and one particularly nasty pothole to complete a 110-mile bicycle ride that will help provide scholarship money for students in the university's Honors College.
Western Carolina University, in partnership with Isothermal Community College, will offer a bachelor's degree program and teacher licensure in special education in Rutherford County beginning in January 2005.
Students and faculty are invited to nominate Western faculty for the 2004-05 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award Nov. 1-12. Nominees must hold faculty status at the rank of instructor or above and be in at least her/his third year of teaching at Western. Faculty who have received the award during the past five years are ineligible (Gibbs Knotts, Mimi Fenton, Terry Nienhuis, Kathy Ivey, and Marsha Lee Baker).
Western Carolina University has a Halloween night treat for horror movie fans, with a special showing of “Nightmare on Elm Street II” featuring commentary by the film's director, who recently joined the faculty at Western.