University News

University authors to be featured at ‘Read Local’ fair

Western Carolina University will have five faculty and staff members present as featured writers at the Jackson County Public Library’s inaugural “Read Local” Library Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Students take part in woodsmen contest

Wildlife and Forestry Club members joined other lumberjacks and lumberjills for competition in axe throwing, log rolling, pole climbing, and chainsaw and crosscut sawing.

Journalist to speak about militarization of police for WCU Free Enterprise Speaker Series

Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series will host Radley Balko, a journalist with the Washington Post and author of “The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” for a discussion about increased militarization of American police departments on Monday, Nov. 16.

Comic play ‘Blithe Spirit’ to be staged Nov. 18-22

A seance gone wrong sets up a collision between the ghost of a mystery writer’s first wife and his new wife in a theatrical classic being presented at WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

One-man play ‘Mercy Killers’ to be presented Nov. 12

A Western Carolina University nursing student was the driving force for bringing a one-man play about health care in America, “Mercy Killers,” to the campus on Thursday, Nov. 12.

National Science Foundation grant establishes LEARN program at WCU

WCU and two universities in Florida are sharing $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to support first-generation college students majoring in STEM disciplines.

Conference set on role of downtowns in tourism

A conference at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Nov. 10, will focus on the impact that a healthy downtown district can have on attracting tourists and boosting the economy of the 26 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

Native American Expo events to be held Nov. 9-10

The Native American Heritage Expo will take place Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Grandroom at Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center.

Shorelines program gets federal grant to map storm vulnerability at coastal parks

The National Park Service has awarded a $483,404 grant to WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines to map the storm vulnerability at U.S. coastal parks.

Mountain Heritage Center sponsoring ‘haunted walking tours’

Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at WCU, where the staff of the Mountain Heritage Center is sponsoring a series of “haunted walking tours” on Monday, Nov. 9, and Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Herzog to speak during ‘Science Cafe’

WCU’s chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research society will feature psychology professor Hal Herzog in a talk titled “Love for Pets: Biophilia or Cultural Transmission?”

WCU hosts Nov. 10 performance for flute, piano

The Western Carolina University School of Music will host a recital of flute and piano music by faculty members Eldred Spell and Lillian Pearson on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Three alumni, former chair of trustees honored during WCU Homecoming

Three Western Carolina University alumni were recognized for their achievements and a former chair of the WCU Board of Trustees received one of the highest honors bestowed by the university, the Distinguished Service Award, during recent Homecoming activities on campus.

Catamount Madness to be held at Ramsey Center on Nov. 3

Fans will have an opportunity to meet WCU’s basketball teams as well as hear comments from Head Women’s Coach Stephanie McCormick and Head Men’s Coach Larry Hunter.

Get a taste of life at Western Carolina during Open House on Nov. 14

Register and make plans to visit campus!

WCU’s Percussion Studio presents chamber, ensemble recital Nov. 11

Western Carolina University’s Percussion Studio will present an evening of percussion chamber and ensemble music Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Leadership Week activities to be held on campus Nov. 2-6

Registration is ongoing for WCU Leadership Week, a new campuswide initiative scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 6.

Open house set for 3DU ‘makerspace’ at Technology Commons

The Thursday event will allow the campus community to check out the 3-D printing capability and other current technology in the facility known as 3DU: Discover, Design, Develop.

Mountain Heritage Center music series to feature Frogtown Four

The Mountain Heritage Center’s First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series continues Thursday with a concert and jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Student team competes in Math Modeling Challenge

A team of three Western Carolina University math students earned meritorious honors ― and were a judges’ favorite ― in the inaugural Shenandoah Valley Math Modeling Challenge held at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

Quintet will present music from countries visited

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the recital hall of Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building.

Cycling film ‘Rising from Ashes’ to be screened Nov. 4

The documentary film “Rising from Ashes,” the true story of the Rwandan National Cycling Team’s journey to compete in the London Olympic Games after national genocide, will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Graduate’s coloring book will benefit Highlands Biological Station

Scherita Cambridge combined her interests in art, education and natural sciences during a summer internship at the Highlands Biological Station to produce some special results.

Niggli Series kicks off Oct. 31, Nov. 1 with staged readings of ‘Resident Alien’

WCU’s School of Stage and Screen will launch its Josefina Niggli New Works Reading Series with staged readings of Katya Stanislavskaya’s “Resident Alien” on Saturday and Sunday.

Albert selected to attend business academics conference

Renee Albert, degree candidate in Western Carolina University’s Master of Project Management program, was recently selected to attend The PhD Project national conference November 18-20 in Chicago.

‘David Holt’s State of Music – Live’ coming to WCU on Nov. 22

The presentation of “David Holt’s State of Music ― Live” will include Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and award-winning bluegrass favorites Balsam Range.

Mountain Faith band to perform on campus Nov. 5

Jackson County-based bluegrass-gospel band Mountain Faith will perform at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Band members Johnson, Kick named Homecoming queen, king

Victoria Leslie Johnson, a senior from Matthews majoring in accounting, and Connor James Kick, a senior from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, majoring in communication, were announced as WCU’s Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Oct. 24.

Global Series event to focus on ‘A Changing Cuba’

Western Carolina University’s International Studies Program will continue its Global Spotlight Series on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it presents “A Changing Cuba.”

Tennessee band wins WCU’s Tournament of Champions for fourth time

The Dobyns-Bennett High School marching band from Kingsport, Tennessee, won its fourth grand championship at the 15th annual Tournament of Champions held at Western Carolina University on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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