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WCU names Razzaghi new dean of library services

Farzaneh Razzaghi is coming from the University of Texas-Pan American to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Dana M. Sally, WCU’s founding dean of library services.

Archaeologist Brett Riggs named WCU’s new Sequoyah Professor

Brett H. Riggs is a research archaeologist at UNC-Chapel Hill who has worked with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on various projects since the early 1990s.

Tickets now available for 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series

Visit the Bardo Arts Center website for ticket information

WCU’s Kneller receives environmental health award

Phillip Kneller, associate professor of environmental health, will be presented with the 2015 Jack B. Hatlen Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, July 13.

Science team discovers species of mosquito for the first time in the U.S.

A multidisciplinary science team from Western Carolina University recently published a manuscript in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association detailing the recognition of a mosquito species (Aedes pertinax) found for the first time in the United States.

WCU’s A.J. Grube elected president of Southern Conference

WCU’s faculty athletics representative was elected to a two-year term as top officer of the Southern Conference during its spring meetings recently in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Poston finishes stellar WCU golf career in Florida

Western Carolina senior men's golfer J.T. Poston concluded play Monday at the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, placing in a 10-way tie for 113th place overall at the tough par-72, 7,483-yard Concession Golf Club.

Summer aqua fitness classes to begin June 16

Summer aqua fitness classes will be offered beginning Tuesday, June 16, and continuing through Thursday, July 30, by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Free summer concerts start June 11 with American Gonzos

WCU’s Summer Concert Series kicks off as the Asheville-based rock trio American Gonzos, featuring two alumni from the class of 2009, takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Central Plaza.

Students highlight undergraduate achievement with 10th edition of Imagine

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Engineering holding ‘Instant Decision Day’ on June 2

Western Carolina University has engineered the higher education equivalent of an express lane in the admissions process for prospective students interested in enrolling in a new bachelor’s degree program in engineering that began offering classes at Biltmore Park last fall.

Youth swim classes set through summer

WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering swim classes for late spring and summer that are suitable for children ranging in age from 6 months to teens.

Poston playing in NCAA golf championship in Bradenton, FL

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Anthropology faculty member James Veteto works to save heirloom seeds

The thoughts of many Western North Carolina residents turn to planting seeds in the spring, but James Veteto thinks about seeds and their innate potential all year long.

Governor touts bond package that includes funding for WCU science building

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited WCU to seek support for his proposed $3 billion bond package, which includes $114.9 million for a new university science building.

Salido chosen to lead university’s accreditation effort

Arthur Salido, associate professor of chemistry and physics, will oversee WCU’s bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

WCU offering demos, workshops at Mountain Sports Festival

Western Carolina University will offer workshops covering everything from knot-tying to campfire cooking at the Mountain Sports Festival, May 22-24 in Asheville.

Catamounts looking to SoCon tournament

WCU’s baseball team will be traveling to Charleston, South Carolina, to compete in the Southern Conference baseball tournament, set for Wednesday, May 20, through Sunday, May 24.

Plant conference sign-up ends July 11

WCU’s 32nd annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference will feature new plant walks and workshops, plus information on using drones in environmental conservation mapping.

WCU student Michelle Barborich wins design competition

Michelle Barborich’s house plan earned her a first-place award in the “Best of the Carolinas Design Competition” sponsored by the American Institute of Building Design.

Shorelines program receives grant for workshops

Thanks to a $40,655 grant from the Department of the Interior Office of International Affairs and the National Park Service, WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has begun a series of workshops in the Caribbean and Latin America aimed at coastal vulnerability.

Cadaver dogs coming to campus for training

Dogs and their handlers will be traveling to the WCU campus from 22 states and Croatia for training sessions in human remains detection and a bone identification workshop.

Open House set for Tuesday 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, May 19, at the university's instructional site in Asheville.

Graduating students get big send-off as WCU holds trio of commencement ceremonies

Smiling faces were in abundance as WCU held a trio of commencement exercises to honor what is expected to be the university’s fourth-straight record spring graduating class.

WCU Board of Trustees meeting on campus June 5

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 5, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

WCU takes second place in 2015 ‘Battle of the Plug’

Western Carolina University saved more than 19,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity during the three-week 2015 Battle of the Plug energy conservation competition with four other colleges and universities in the region.

Interdisciplinary learning theme goes big next fall by focusing on Africa

For the first time, the interdisciplinary learning theme for Western Carolina University will be in place for two academic years beginning next fall.

Eight finalists chosen from among Quality Enhancement Plan proposals

WCU is one step closer to identifying the focus of its 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan, which is an integral part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaccreditation review planned for 2017.

WCU golfer J.T. Poston headed to NCAA regional in Chapel Hill

Senior J.T. Poston, the back-to-back men's golf individual champion of the Southern Conference, will be playing in the Chapel Hill regional of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

WCU student Jessica Sims awarded counseling fellowship

Graduate student Jessica Sims has been selected by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation to participate in a minority fellowship program for addictions counselors.

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