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Joanna Woodson (right) receives her Community Impact Award from North Carolina Campus Compact.

WCU student wins Community Impact Award

Thanks to her tireless efforts to promote student voting, along with helping Western Carolina University secure an early voting site, North Carolina Campus Compact has named junior Joanna Woodson as one of its Community Impact Award winners.
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.
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.