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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.
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.
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.
WCU junior Joanna Woodson speaks to a group of fellow interns at the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Student finds her passion and a home at WCU

It took awhile for Joanna Woodson to discover her true passion in life. But three universities and year and a half in the workplace later, Woodson has found her purpose, along with a home, at Western Carolina University.