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Students spend summer on Cherokee preservation projects

A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.
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Western students, faculty, staff discuss Katrina aftermath, relief

About 100 members of the Western Carolina University community came together Friday, Sept. 9, to brainstorm on ways to help hurricane-battered Gulf Coast residents in the aftermath of the cataclysmic storm, rail against the bureaucracy for its slow response to the disaster, and meet in person some refugees from the catastrophe.
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National whitewater organization moves headquarters to Western

American Whitewater, an organization that promotes paddle sports and river conservation, has relocated its national headquarters from Silver Spring, Md., to Western Carolina University, a move designed to boost whitewater activities as a growing element of Western North Carolina's recreation and tourism industry.
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Regional development center analyzes Western’s economic impact

What are the economic and social ramifications of a university with 8,400 students, 455 faculty members, and 790 staff members – with more on the way? That's exactly what Western's Center for Regional Development is attempting to determine through a project designed to demonstrate the university's impact on Western North Carolina and beyond.