A Student Democracy Coalition survey of Western Carolina University students this week shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a strong lead over Republican Donald Trump among student voters at the University of North Carolina’s westernmost campus.
Imagine entering a foreign university where you barely know the native language and virtually no one knows yours. Think how challenging it would be to meet new friends or communicate with your roommate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.