University News

Harris completes 142 miles in ‘Biking for Biology’

Darby Harris will be pedaling his bicycle for at least 100 miles on Saturday. But will it turn out to be 125 miles, or maybe 150, or even 200 miles? It all depends on the donations.

Fall Forum to weigh student learning, engagement

The Student Learning and Engagement Fall Forum will provide an opportunity for interested parties to examine how those two vital factors combine at Western Carolina University.

Open House set for Sept. 22 at Biltmore Park site

Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by WCU during an Open House set for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the university's instructional site in Asheville.

WCU club offering ‘Art Days for Kids’ this fall

WCU’s Art Education Club is hosting “Art Days for Kids” that coincide with Jackson County public school holidays.

‘Rooted in the Mountains’ gathering set for Sept. 24-25

“Plants for Food and Medicine” is the theme for the sixth annual “Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing our Common Ground” symposium at WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

Panelists to discuss ‘Constitution in Everyday Life’

In honor of Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and the Pre-Law Club will host an educational panel at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center Multipurpose Room titled “The Constitution in Everyday Life.”

Campus conversation series to get underway Sept. 21-24

A series of campus conversations centered on four topics identified by Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher as areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year will get underway Monday through Thursday, Sept. 21-24.

Physical Therapy offers screenings for older adults

Western Carolina University is teaming up with the Jackson County Senior Center to help older adults stay steady and active.

Primary Care Certificate Program taking student applications for spring

WCU’s School of Nursing is partnering with the Mountain Area Health Education Center to offer a Primary Care Certificate Program, with students starting online courses next spring.

Women’s movement film to be shown Sept. 15

The Arts and Cultural Events Series will host a screening of the documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.

Exhibition featuring Maya artist books opening with Sept. 17 event

WCU’s Fine Art Museum will unveil a display of Maya contemporary works at 5 p.m. Thursday with a talk featuring Clemson University’s Tiffany Dawn Creegan Miller and a reception.

Students, Asheville symphony musicians uniting for Sept. 22 concert

WCU student musicians will join with string players from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks Tuesday night at the Bardo Arts Center.

Galaxy of Stars series begins Sept. 27 with tribute to Groucho Marx

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante is bringing his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx to Western Carolina University.

Ron Rash novel ‘Above the Waterfall’ garnering hot reviews

The author and WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture has gone on the road in support of his latest creation, “Above the Waterfall,” published by Harper Collins.

WCU’s 41st Mountain Heritage Day set for Saturday, Sept. 26

Check out event schedules and other handy information on the festival website

Sept. 17 lecture to focus on Holocaust

Waitman Wade Beorn, director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, will speak about “A Deadly Hybrid: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Ukraine” at Hinds University Center.

‘English on the Ides’ series continues Sept. 13

The “English on the Ides” discussion series sponsored by WCU’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will continue Sunday, Sept. 13, with a talk revolving around Maya book arts.

WCU again ranked among best in South

Western Carolina is listed among the best universities in the South in two categories in the just-released 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook.

Competitions enliven activities at Mountain Heritage Day, Sept. 26

The sound of chainsaws and the sight of men with substantial facial hair will typify the experiences of visitors watching competitions at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Western Carolina University.

WCU’s Low Brass Festival set for Sept. 18-19

The second annual Western Carolina University Low Brass Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Coulter Building recital hall.

Mountain Heritage Center resumes full operation at library

The Mountain Heritage Center, WCU’s museum of Appalachian culture, is back at full operation after a summertime move from H.F. Robinson Administration Building to space at Hunter Library.

WCU crew heading out to Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh

University representatives will be hitting the road to give prospective college students in the cities of Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh an idea of campus life in Cullowhee.

Golden Dragon Acrobats to perform on campus Sept. 9

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring a 2000-year Chinese tradition to the Bardo Arts Center stage to open the university’s 2015-16 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series.

Study predicts fall tourism increase in Smokies region

Students taking a senior-level “Tourism Strategies” class are expecting a noticeable jump in hotel occupancy rates in Great Smoky Mountains National Park gateway counties.

Fetzer, Kinney appointed to serve as WCU trustees

Thomas H. Fetzer, a former three-term mayor of Raleigh, and J. Bryant Kinney, a public and government affairs executive, are the two newest members of the WCU Board of Trustees.

Ready for some Catamount football?

The WCU gridiron squad’s much-anticipated 2015 campaign gets underway Saturday night as the Catamounts host their mountain neighbors, the Mars Hill Lions, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

WCU retention rate hits all-time high of 80 percent

Eighty percent of Western Carolina’s students who were first-time, full-time undergraduate students last year are back in class in Cullowhee for the fall semester.

Study Abroad Fair to be held at University Center

Western Carolina University’s ninth Annual Study Abroad Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 15.

WCU receives FCC permit for new FM frequency

Western Carolina University has received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to create a new noncommercial radio station on the 95.3 FM frequency.

Students throw their filming skills into high gear on an alumnus’ movie project

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