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.
A new musical written by a Western Carolina University faculty member about a Russian family’s emigration to the U.S. will open the 2016-17 Mainstage theater season of WCU’s School of Stage and Screen.
About 90 paddling enthusiasts ranging in age from 7 to 69 gathered at the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus Saturday, Sept. 10, for the seventh annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.
A faculty member from Western Carolina University’s Department of Biology will be looking to climb the equivalent of Mt. Everest on his bicycle this coming Saturday (Sept. 17) as he raises money for WCU’s student Biology Club.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a free family-oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the WCU campus, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Western Carolina University’s ongoing effort get out the vote for the November election continues to gain momentum, now with added strength as part of the national Campus Vote Project and the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere project.
As an early start to celebrating Constitution Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute and the Center for Service Learning are sponsoring a Constitutional Shark Tank, based on the popular television show, Shark Tank. The event will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the University Center theater.