University News

WCU voter registration drive ramps up

Volunteers assisting with a voter registration drive on campus are hosting tables and promoting an online tool to ease the process before the Friday registration deadline.

WCU athletics department announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

In the midst of a year in which WCU is celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Department of Athletics’ Hall of Fame also is marking a milestone with its 25th induction class.

WCU Percussion Ensemble to perform Nov. 6

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

Founder of Atlanta motion graphics company will be visiting artist on Oct. 23

Douglass Grimmett, president and founder of Primal Screen, one of the leading motion graphics companies in the Southeast, will give a talk on the power of stories and characters in entertainment branding at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Room 130 of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Top marching bands to compete at Tournament of Champions

Twenty-three of the best high school marching bands from five states will battle for honors during the annual Tournament of Champions at WCU’s E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

Retired faculty and staff association to meet Oct. 15

The Western Carolina University Association of Retired Faculty and Staff will meet on campus in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Step Afrika! show coming to campus Oct. 22

The professional dance company will present a style of percussive dance called “stepping” that is rooted in traditional African dance during its show at the Bardo Arts Center.

Students to chronicle marching band’s appearance in Macy’s Parade

Communication students will be accompanying the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band to New York City for the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but not as merely spectators.

WCU volunteers assist with Haywood prison ‘flip’ project

Several hundred WCU community members stepped forward to help launch the new Haywood Pathways Center.

WCU physical therapy group volunteers at ‘stroke camp’

Five students and a faculty member from the doctoral program in physical therapy got to know some stroke survivors and their caregivers during a summer camp at Ridgecrest.

Mountain Heritage Day honors preservationists, competitors

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day welcomed thousands of visitors to the campus Saturday, Sept. 27, to honor achievements in historic preservation and to sample mountain music, arts, crafts, foods, traditions, games and activities.

Photography classes offered in Cullowhee, Asheville

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering a series of monthly photography classes in Cullowhee and Asheville beginning in October and continuing through May.

Oct. 7 forum to focus on ‘militarization’ of American police

The “militarization” of American policing and its impact on communities, the general public and police officers will be the topic of discussion Tuesday at Blue Ridge Hall.

Art education students host activities for children Oct. 29 at WCU

Color-mixing experiments are among the activities planned for children who are signed up for an art day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Western Carolina University.

Oct. 24 show at WCU to feature musical comedy improv

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” an evening of musical comedy improvisation, will be staged at the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Galaxy of Stars series.

WCU’s foliage forecaster says autumnal color scenario looking better

The outlook for a bright leaf season is improving, as WCU’s fearless fall foliage forecaster Kathy Mathews has updated her prediction about the quality of the annual color show.

NC Senate candidates Davis, Hipps to debate Oct. 2

The final event in a debate series sponsored by WCU’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will feature Jim Davis and Jane Hipps.

‘WCU Flip the Prison Day’ underway

So many people from WCU volunteered to help with the transformation of an old prison in Haywood County into a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and halfway house that project organizers are designating Friday, Sept. 26, as "WCU Flip the Prison Day."

Astronomer hosting eclipse viewing at airport Oct. 8

A WCU astronomer will host a “star party” at the Jackson County Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to give the public a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse.

WCU engineer Steffen assists with Asheville public art project

Artists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson want their mural in Asheville to have an impact – just not the kind that would involve 50-pound tiles tumbling to the street below.

WCU designated ‘military-friendly school’ after national survey

The university has been recognized as a 2015 “Military-Friendly School” by a company that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide to rate the services they provide to military students.

Auditions set for radio production of ‘Robin Hood’

Open auditions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, for Western Carolina University’s 2015 spring semester staged radio broadcast of “Robin Hood – The Legacy.”

Student proposals sought for third Discovery Forum

Western Carolina University will host its third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

New WCU Board of Visitors to hold first meetings Oct. 2-3

The inaugural class of the newly formed Board of Visitors at Western Carolina University will hold its first meetings and elect a slate of officers Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3.

Accountancy program fall banquet to feature N.C. state auditor

The annual fall banquet for WCU’s accountancy program will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Waynesville Inn in Waynesville.

Music of Paris to be featured in Tuesday concert

The music and musicians of Paris will be featured Tuesday, Sept. 30, as WCU faculty clarinetist Shannon Thompson presents “La Clarinette de Paris."

‘Serena’ reading roundtables to be held Sept. 23-24

WCU students will discuss the One Book program’s reading selection for the 2014-15 academic year – the novel “Serena” by WCU’s Ron Rash – at reading roundtable events billed as the “biggest book club of your life” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24.

WCU on Tour heading to Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh

University representatives are packing up and going on the road to Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh to help prospective students in those areas get a feel for campus life.

Comedy ‘Elemeno Pea’ being staged at WCU Oct. 1-4

School of Stage and Screen students and faculty are presenting "Elemeno Pea," a play exploring a wealthy world of infinity pools, Bentleys and yacht clubs with men in pink pants.

Panel discussion on Sept. 30 will focus on human trafficking

The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs continues Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a panel discussion about human trafficking.

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