It was 1952, and the United States was embroiled in the Korean War when a young veteran from an earlier conflict, World War II, stepped forward at the August commencement ceremonies at Western Carolina Teachers College to accept the first graduate degree handed out in the institution’s history.
Western Carolina University sophomore Joel Queen turned chunks of sandstone from Fontana Lake into sculpted figures that will be displayed at Monticello, the Virginia home of President Thomas Jefferson.
Judy H. Dowell, assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University for more than 17 years, became only the sixth person in the university’s history to receive one of the institution’s highest honors when the WCU board of trustees presented her with the Trustees’ Award.
Western Carolina University’s teacher education program remains at the head of the class after receiving designation as “exemplary” for the second consecutive year, according to a report card issued Thursday, Dec. 12, by the N.C. State Board of Education.
Fifteen construction industry leaders from the Southeast have been named to help provide direction and support for Western Carolina University’s new bachelor of science degree program in construction management.
Western Carolina University’s board of trustees has approved tuition and fee increases that total about 10 percent and will forward the proposed fee schedule for 2003-04 to The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, where the increases face an uncertain future.
Elementary school students in Western North Carolina are swapping e-mails with students in Japan while working on Japanese haiku poetry, while student teachers from Western Carolina University get hands-on experience with some of the latest wireless computer technology.
Rob Young, Western Carolina University associate professor of geology, has been appointed director of the Helen Patton Environmental Research Center, a 10-acre facility in Macon County that provides opportunities for Western students and faculty to conduct field-based environmental research projects.
Some 600 school administrators, law enforcement officials, educators and students gathered Thursday, Nov. 14, at Western Carolina University to exchange ideas on how to combat the problem of violence in the nation’s public schools.