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Faculty helping launch ‘Math Circle’ professional development community

A team of WCU faculty members and Western North Carolina mathematics teachers are establishing the Smoky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle, a professional development community.

Tickets available for Aug. 17 film festival debut

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the inaugural Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.

Bass Cats place in top 25 at national tournament

Students representing WCU’s bass fishing club team recently placed in the top 25 among two-person fishing teams that competed at a national tournament held on Lake Chatuge.

WCU welcoming record number of students for fall semester

The Western Carolina community is making preparations to welcome what is anticipated to be a record number of students for the start of fall semester classes on Monday, Aug. 18.

Celebration of 125 years of the arts at WCU coming up Sept. 2

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Catamounts getting ready for 2014 football campaign

The sounds of coaches’ whistles and colliding pads once again can be heard around E.J. Whitmire Stadium as Western Carolina’s football team prepares for its 2014 campaign.

Promotions planned for WCU’s home football games

Special activities scheduled for the six home games at E.J. Whitmire Stadium include a Guinness record attempt involving fortune cookies and Eastern Band of Cherokee Day.

WCU named ‘top adventure college’ in outdoor magazine poll

Results from an outdoor magazine’s online poll have been tallied, and WCU has been announced as the No. 1 college for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Trio of political debates scheduled on campus

Candidates vying for elected office in three races to be decided by Western North Carolina voters in November have agreed to take part in a series of debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.

Athletic training students awarded national, regional scholarships

Seven students representing WCU’s athletic training program have been named recipients of scholarships at the national and regional levels.

Ticket sales for WCU’s Mainstage theater season begin Aug. 6

The students and faculty of WCU’s School of Stage and Screen soon will be raising the curtain on a new theater season that includes two plays and two musicals.

WCU, Mission receive $1 million grant to improve regional nursing care

The federal workforce diversity grant will enable the university’s School of Nursing to partner with Mission Health to improve nursing care for patients in rural areas.

Institute’s ‘Focus on Franklin’ meeting set for July 30

The Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University and the municipality of Franklin will hold a “Focus on Franklin” town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Franklin Town Hall.

Big Birthday Bash to mark WCU’s 125th year

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WCU’s lifelong learning institute starts this fall

WCU is launching a new lifelong learning institute aimed at people 50 and older across the region who are interested in enriching their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

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WCU’s Tomczak to receive national dance teacher award

Dance program director Karyn Tomczak will receive the Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education during a summit to be held in New York City in August.

Unawarewulves to present free concert July 22

WCU's annual Summer Concert Series will conclude with a free show at 7 p.m. in the Central Plaza featuring the Franklin-based sextet offering a blend of several genres of music.

Budding Broadway stars to perform Sunday

A troupe of budding Broadway stars from around the world will hit the stage at WCU this weekend to cap the 2014 Triple Arts intensive musical theatre summer camp.

Students produce brochure of campus points of interest for 125th

Students in an “Introduction to Public History” class created a historic walking trail and map of WCU’s points of interest for the university’s 125th anniversary celebration.

WCU Bass Cats qualify for nationals

Students representing WCU's bass fishing club team recently placed third at the Bassmaster College Eastern Regional tournament to advance to a national competition later this summer.

Instructor honored for swiftwater rescue initiative

Sam Fowlkes, who teaches paddlesports and rescue at WCU, accepted an award considered among the most prestigious in the field of technical swiftwater rescue for an American Canoe Association conference he helped coordinate.

Faculty member honored at Canadian symposium

A paper co-authored by Jon Marvel, associate professor of management, and presented at the 2014 International Supply Chain Symposium held in Edmonton, Alberta, in June received the symposium’s Best Paper Award.

Student films to be shown at festival near Cashiers

Some of the most riveting and moving student-created films from WCU’s annual Controlled Chaos Film Festivals will be shared in the southern Jackson County village on Aug. 17.

WCU ASP Day of Service set for July 19 at Sylva’s Bridge Park

Students in WCU's Academic Success Program are collaborating with the town of Sylva, Wal-Mart of Sylva, Lowe’s of Sylva, Sylva Rotary Club and several area businesses and nonprofit agencies to host the fourth annual Day of Service on Saturday July 19, at Bridge Park.

WCU hosts natural products seminar to launch new chemistry degree concentration

WCU recently hosted a half-day event focusing on the emerging natural products industry of the Western North Carolina region. The event also served as an official launch for WCU’s newest graduate program, which leads to a master’s degree in chemistry with a professional science concentration in natural products.

Porch 40 to perform free outdoor concert

WCU’s annual Summer Concert Series continues Tuesday, July 15, with a free show featuring Porch 40 in the Central Plaza at 7 p.m.

Dietetics faculty member Sherry Robison wins statewide honor

Sherry Robison, internship director for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program, received the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award for 2014.

Students from Ripple Effect learning community serve foreign communities

A group of WCU students from the Ripple Effect learning community traveled to Europe to learn and help bring about social change.

Campus network to be affected by maintenance

WCU’s Division of Information Technology will be conducting maintenance to ensure the reliability and safety of the IT data center Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.

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