University News

Catamount Club pushes toward fundraising goal for fiscal year

With the fiscal year ending Monday, WCU’s athletics fundraising organization needs fans’ support to reach a goal of raising $850,000 for the Catamount Athletic Scholarship Fund.

‘Instant decision day’ for engineering set for July 22 in Asheville

WCU has engineered the higher education equivalent of an express lane for prospective students interested in a new bachelor’s degree program in engineering at Biltmore Park.

Ticket sales start for Gaither Homecoming performance in September

The Gaither Homecoming Tour will bring a full evening of entertainment and music to Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

Workshop in belly dancing set for Wednesday

A belly dancing workshop led by Lisa Zahiya will be held in the Illusions Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.

Catamounts dominate Southern Conference All-Academic Team

Western Carolina’s 41 student-athletes who earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the 2014 spring season were the most out of the 11 member schools.

Registration open for 15th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week

Hosted by Larry and Elaine Conger, Dulcimer U Summer Week will bring mountain dulcimer virtuosos and students to campus in mid-July for six days of classes and concerts.

WCU’s Bardo Arts Center earns national accolade

WCU's John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center was recently included on a list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by BestValueSchools.com.

Workshop on federal grants process offered in Asheville

A free workshop for owners of small businesses, “Navigating the Federal Grants Process,” will be offered Thursday, June 26, at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

Department of Athletics’ ‘Prove Your Purple’ campaign underway

The Department of Athletics is urging all Catamount fans to get involved in the campaign by taking the next step in supporting WCU’s student-athletes and making a difference.

Team from WCU participating in AAC&U Institute

Western Carolina University is one of 40 institutions selected from across the country to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities Summer Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

Concert series to feature Honeycutters on June 24

The country roots band that hails from Asheville has been voted Western North Carolina’s favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader’s poll three years in a row.

WCU’s incoming freshmen reading Ron Rash bestseller ‘Serena’

The author and distinguished professor provides advice for aspiring writers

Criminal justice ranked No. 1 ‘Best Buy’ by website

WCU’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice has received a top national ranking in affordability from the distance education information website GetEducated.com.

Wlosok Jazz Trio to be featured Friday on WCQS

Pavel Wlosok’s jazz trio will be featured in a recorded interview and performance aired on WCQS-FM radio station beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13.

Graduation and dean’s lists announced for spring

Western Carolina University has announced its graduation and dean’s lists for spring semester 2014.

Schwab to join university community as associate provost

Brandon E. Schwab, chair of the Department of Geology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, will be joining the university community as associate provost and professor.

SGA president becomes newest member of trustees

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees officially welcomed its newest member Friday, June 6, as Garrett Whipkey, president of WCU’s Student Government Association, took the oath of office.

WCU announces change in leadership in College of Fine and Performing Arts

Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost at Western Carolina University, announced today (Friday, June 6) a change in leadership in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Byrd has molded WCU’s ceramics program into a point of pride

Take a look at the new spring issue of the university magazine

WCU board approves contract extension for men’s basketball coach

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a multi-year contract extension for head men’s basketball coach Larry Hunter.

WCU to receive engineering education grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation grant of more than $625,000 will be used for a project designed to boost the number of students pursuing degrees in engineering and technology fields.

WCU up for ‘top adventure college’ title

The university has advanced to the championship round in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine's annual competition to name the best outdoor adventure school in the region. (SEE THE VIDEO)

Sylva exhibit features creative work of local women

A new exhibit featuring the creative work of local women from the late 19th century to the present is available for public viewing in the Jackson County Historical Society’s display area in the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.

Sign-up continues for Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

WCU's 31st annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, the largest and oldest gathering of its kind in the Southeast, will bring fans of the mountain flora to campus July 16-19.

Summer concert series begins June 10 with Joe Basile

WCU alumnus Joe Basile, a composer and producer based in Western North Carolina, will sing and play a mix of cover songs and original music on piano and acoustic guitar.

Nominations being accepted for 2014 Mountain Heritage Awards

Mountain Heritage Awards are bestowed on an individual and an organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation of Southern Appalachian history and culture.

Exhibits highlight anniversaries of WCU, fall festival

The Mountain Heritage Center is presenting exhibits commemorating the 125th anniversary of WCU’s founding and Mountain Heritage Day’s 40th anniversary.

A student finds himself and his passion through helping others

Check out the new spring issue of the university magazine

WCU’s Tom Belt gives presentation at Smithsonian museum

Tom Belt, coordinator of WCU’s Cherokee Language Program, was a presenter at “Patterns of Native Health and Wellbeing: An Intercultural Symposium” held on April 11 at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Power to be turned off on campus May 31

All electrical power on the WCU campus will be turned off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, to allow workers to test electrical switchgear.

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