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WCU to host lunar eclipse viewing event April 15

Western Carolina University will host a lunar eclipse viewing event outside at the Jackson County Airport from 1:30 to 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15.

Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves to perform at Ramsey Center on April 9

Country star Kacey Musgraves will be rolling into Cullowhee and presenting her “Same Trailer, Different Tour” concert at 8 p.m. at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

WCU’s Annette Debo named one of UNC system’s best

WCU’s Annette Debo has been honored as a premier teacher in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of a teaching style that emphasizes listening to her students.

‘Sneak peek’ set for new facility at Biltmore Park

WCU will host a “sneak peek” Wednesday, April 16, of the soon-to-be-opened laboratories and classrooms that will enable the expansion of the university's undergraduate engineering program to the Asheville-Hendersonville area.

‘The Fantasticks’ to be presented April 27

“The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, will bring a steampunk-styled allegory about deceit, disillusionment and devotion to WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 27, at 5 p.m.

Region’s top mathematics students take honors at WCU contest

Buncombe County schools dominated recently as WCU hosted its 44th annual High School Mathematics Contest, an event that brought about 350 of the region’s top high school and junior high school mathematics students to campus to compete for individual and school awards.

Valley of the Lilies races to bring 300 athletes to campus

Runners and walkers from across Western North Carolina and the Southeast will be gathering Saturday, April 5, for the fourth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.

WCU Open House scheduled for April 5

WCU will throw open its doors to prospective students and their families and friends as the university holds Open House on Saturday, April 5.

Ed.D. program selected to join Carnegie Project

WCU's redesigned doctoral program, the Executive Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, was recently selected to become a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

Faculty member wins award for forthcoming book

Susan M. Abram, an adjunct history faculty member, is recipient of the 2013 Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press for her forthcoming book, tentatively titled “The Forging of a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From its Creation to its Betrayal.”

WCU’s 35th International Festival to be held April 9

The Cullowhee campus will be transformed into a small global village as WCU holds an annual celebration of the diverse cultures and traditions of its international student population.

Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse to hold training workshop

The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse will host a daylong training session on integrated care and recovery Monday, April 7, at Western Carolina University.

Researchers release Regional Outlook Report

Western Carolina University researchers have completed a comprehensive study of major demographic, economic, social and political issues and trends facing Western North Carolina, releasing their findings in a 2014 Regional Outlook Report designed to equip residents and policymakers with the information needed to make informed decisions about WNC’s future.

WCU Fine Art Museum to host ‘Remote Sites of War’ exhibition

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a spring exhibition titled “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims.

Jam concert to feature string band Crooked Pine

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, April 3, with a concert featuring the traditional string band Crooked Pine.

New student fee to support sustainability initiatives

WCU full-time students will begin paying an additional $5 in fees during the fall and spring semesters to support sustainability initiatives on campus.

Documentary film ‘Shored Up’ to be shown April 6

WCU's Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the film “Shored Up,” a critically acclaimed documentary that examines the ways that different communities are trying to deal with coastal erosion, storms and rising sea levels.

WCU, Green Energy Park to host ‘Iron Pour’ April 5

Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

Trustees authorize planning for building renovations, additions in upper campus

The WCU Board of Trustees has given its unanimous approval to allow university officials to proceed with planning and design for renovations and additions to Buchanan Residence Hall and Brown Building in the historic upper part of the Cullowhee campus.

WCU, ICC finalize articulation agreements for business, nursing

Representatives of Isothermal Community College and WCU met recently to sign two articulation agreements to smooth the path for ICC students transferring to WCU to earn their bachelor’s degrees in business or nursing.

Health and physical education students and faculty meet with legislators

Students and faculty recently took part in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s sixth annual SPEAK Out! Day on Capitol Hill.

Shapiro Scholarship will benefit WCU students specializing in fluency disorders

A new scholarship at Western Carolina University will provide financial assistance to outstanding graduate students who want to specialize in helping children and adults overcome disorders of speech fluency such as stuttering, cluttering and acquired forms of speech disruption.

Percussion Ensemble to present March 27 concert

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

WCU to host telescope viewing party April 4 at airport

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus.

WCU student, grads excel at English society convention

Western Carolina University students Jill West and Chelsea Lantz-Cashman were among top honorees recently at the 2014 convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, in Savannah, Ga.

Local students win awards at WCU’s Foreign Language Contest

Some 260 high school students from across the region gathered at WCU on Tuesday, March 18, to test their knowledge of French and Spanish in the university’s 32nd annual Foreign Language Contest.

Volunteers needed for 30th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup

Base Camp Cullowhee will present the 30th annual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup on April 12 and is looking for volunteers to help spruce up the scenic Jackson County waterway.

WCU Low Tech Ensemble to perform gamelan music April 10

The Western Carolina University Low Tech Ensemble will perform a concert of gamelan music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra performance set for April 14

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year Monday, April 14, at Western Carolina University.

WCU’s Hunter Library to host April 8 book sale

WCU's library will have hundreds of books, DVDs, CDs, maps and other media for sale at prices ranging from 25 cents to $2 during its annual book sale on Tuesday, April 8.

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