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Reviewing campus voting efforts are (from left) Jennifer Cooper, assistant director of the Center for Service Learning; Joanna Woodson, a student leader of WCU’s campus vote efforts; and Kelsey Woodford, a graduate assistant with the Center for Service Learning; as Jackson County Board of Elections officials install voting machines in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU hosts early voting with campus polling place

Western Carolina University will have an on-campus polling place for early voting from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 5. It was established through the efforts of the Campus Vote Project, a campaign working to remove barriers to voting on college campuses and advocating for changes to expand access to voter registration and the voting process, and WCU’s Center for Service Learning, with assistance from the Jackson County Board of Elections.
Students are enjoying their new space to hang a hammock and relax.

WCU’s Electron Garden on the Green becoming popular hangout for students

When Western Carolina University alumnus Chase Weddle began working two years ago with two classmates, Ross Henley and Robert Bianculli, on their Department of Engineering and Technology senior capstone project, a solar power generating facility and hammock “hanging lounge,” he figured it would just be a research project that would eventually be put in a file and maybe used in the future.
WCU senior geology major Michael Cato during his summer internship at the Johnson Space Center.

Two WCU geology students benefit from prestigious internships

After Leslie Montoya applied for an internship with UNAVCO’s Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences program, her father kept telling her she was going to be one of the rare students chosen. When the Western Carolina University senior geology major got the call that she was accepted, he quickly reminded her that, “You didn’t believe me when I said you’d get it,” Montoya recalled.
Highlands resident Bob May (left) is providing financial support to help WCU’s new Office of National and International Awards get off the ground. The office is directed by English professor Brian Railsback (right.)

New WCU office will assist students in pursuing big-time academic awards

With the recent establishment of Western Carolina University’s Office of National and International Awards, an effort has begun to provide the best-of-the-best students at the university with the tools they need to compete for top awards such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall and Truman, said WCU English professor Brian Railsback.
Students enrolled in WCU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, also called the “ABSN,” complete a service-learning requirement as part of their course work. In the summer of 2015, the students’ activities included making in-home visits with low-income seniors living in several Asheville apartment complexes.

WCU named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll again

For the eighth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been named as an institution of higher education that provides exemplary community service and civic engagement, both on and off campus. WCU is listed in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, announced recently at the annual conference of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
WCU seniors Cassidy McFadden (far left) and Brienne Shaneyfelt (far right) helped Glen and Betty Plemmons (center) realize their dream of flying in a hot air balloon. Photo courtesy of Cassidy McFadden.

WCU nursing students help elderly couple live out a dream

Betty Plemmons of Asheville had a lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon. Thanks to a couple of Western Carolina University students involved with Beyond Clinic Walls, a multidisciplinary group of students working with the elderly, Plemmons and her husband, Glen, managed to realize that dream recently.
WCU junior Joanna Woodson was recently named a Hidden Heroes Award winner by the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

WCU student’s work makes her a Hidden Hero

Junior Western Carolina University transfer student Joanna Woodson has become a rising star in politics and social activism. This spring, Woodson rallied students at Western Carolina to vote, earning the campus recognition when WCU students turned out to vote at a higher rate than the general voting population. She found herself in the headlines again when her efforts landed WCU an on-campus early voting precinct — a rare triumph for campuses looking to increase political participation.