The celestial bodies are aligning perfectly for the Western Carolina University community to experience a memorable start to the 2017 fall semester, with the first day of classes coinciding with a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse and anticipation rising for all-time records to be set in total enrollment and freshman enrollment.
With a total solar eclipse occurring on the first day of the fall semester classes, Western Carolina University’s faculty and staff are taking steps to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to safely view the rare celestial phenomenon.
The ink has dried on the state budget resulting in a $23 billion spending package for 2017-18 that includes several items of note for Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina system.
Jeffrey Ray, dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology, was recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education for his outstanding service to engineering technology education.
Ericka Zimmerman, director of Western Carolina University’s School of Health Sciences and associate professor of athletic training, recently was selected as one of the recipients of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award.
On the campus of Western Carolina University is a small grassy expanse between the Natural Sciences Building and Hunter Library, one of many in this verdant mountain setting. Here, beneath the surface and through layers of earth is where a football field once sat, where farm fields lay and centuries prior, a Cherokee settlement stood.
The Connect NC bond-financed replacement for Western Carolina University’s antiquated Natural Sciences Building is still on the drawing boards, but the first early signs of the project already are apparent in the form of a closed section of Memorial Drive.