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.
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.
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.
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.