University News

Honors College dean stepping down at end of academic year

Brian Railsback will be leaving his post at the end of the academic year to resume teaching, writing and researching as a faculty member in the Department of English.

WCU Board of Trustees to meet March 6

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

WCU to host Youth Art Month exhibit March 1-23

Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2015 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from Sunday, March 1, through Monday, March 23, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU named ‘best value’ by Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

The university is listed at No. 19 by Kiplinger Personal Finance in the publication’s recently released national rankings of the “Best College Values Under $30,000/Year.”

Bora exhibition reception postponed to March 5

A discussion focusing on the work of the late Russian-born artist Vadim Bora and reception has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 5, at WCU’s Fine Art Museum.

WCU to host April 21 tourism conference on impact of festivals on WNC economy

The impact of successful festivals and events on the economy of the 26 westernmost counties of North Carolina will be the subject of a daylong tourism industry conference Tuesday, April 21, presented by the Western Carolina University College of Business.

Chancellor to meet with Cherokee residents Feb. 23

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with residents of the Cherokee community Monday, Feb. 23, as part of a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

College opens physical therapy clinic

WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences has launched a pro bono clinic to provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations in the WNC region.

WCU seeking student proposals for third Discovery Forum; deadline is March 6

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 Tuesday, March 24.

Students uniting with Asheville symphony musicians for Feb. 17 concert

String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will unite with WCU School of Music students in performing masterworks of Romantic opera and symphonies Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Baseball Catamounts kicking off season against Purdue

Forecasts for a cold weekend in Cullowhee have resulted in changes to the schedule for the WCU baseball team's three-game series with the Purdue Boilermakers.

Prospective students to visit campus for Feb. 14 Open House

Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about WCU’s award-winning academic programs, and find out the details of important topics such as financial aid.

‘Tar Heel Tour’ offers trip across NC without leaving campus

Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff and members of the community will have an opportunity to “tour” the state of North Carolina in a Thursday, Feb. 12, evening event called “Tar Heel Tour: Our State, Our Time.”

WCU hosting All-District Band for rehearsals, performances

WCU’s School of Music along with its director of bands, John West, and director of athletic bands, David Starnes, will host the western regional All-District Band for a series of rehearsals and performances on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14.

World wars round table group to meet Feb. 12

Former U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot John Lance will be the guest speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at WCU.

Screening of film ‘Private Violence’ set for Feb. 17

WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Series will host a screening of the domestic violence documentary “Private Violence” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Trustees approve contract extension for football coach Mark Speir

The executive committee of WCU’s Board of Trustees this week unanimously approved the request for a four-year contract extension for Catamount head football coach Mark Speir.

WCU announces dean’s list, new chancellor’s list

WCU has announced its dean’s list and a new designation of high academic achievement at the university, the chancellor’s list, for fall semester 2014.

Show ‘Man 1, Bank 0′ to be presented at WCU on Feb. 28

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presenting the true story of a man who deposited a check labeled non-negotiable into his bank account only to see things erupt into an adventure.

Tim Barnwell photos on display at Mountain Heritage Center

A collection of images that reflects the musical and craft traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains is available for viewing at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

ATM on campus to be taken out of service Feb. 26

Development of a new mixed-use facility on the Western Carolina University campus will require the removal of the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union’s free-standing automated teller machine on Centennial Drive.

‘Rocky Horror Show’ to be staged Feb. 19-21

The campy cult classic that pays homage to the science fiction and B-grade horror movies of the mid-20th century is part of the School of Stage and Screen’s theatrical season.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Romantic languages poetry reading to be held Feb. 11

WCU's Department of Modern Foreign Languages will present a Romantic languages poetry reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Illusions on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Juicy J to perform at Ramsey Center on Feb. 19

Producer, songwriter and rapper Juicy J will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Future Cats signing on dotted line on National Signing Day

Catamount football fans can follow all the excitement of National Signing Day today by visiting and reading the bios of WCU’s newest student-athletes.

WCU’s spring enrollment tops 9,800 for first time

Thanks to an increase in the percentage of first-time freshmen returning after their initial fall semester, total spring enrollment has topped 9,800 for the first time in university history.

WCU groups to spread cultural awareness with in-school presentations

Presentations on international cultures will be available to schools as a reorganized outreach program gets started back up in WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services.

OneStop to celebrate decade of service Feb. 16

A pioneering concept for reducing student run-around will celebrate a decade of success between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, when the OneStop Student Service Center throws a party for the campus community it serves.

Developer sought for medical office building project

The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Western Carolina University has issued a request for qualifications for a project to develop a medical office building to be constructed near the university’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

WCU students mentor high school students

Five WCU students who previously attended Swain County or Robbinsville high schools have been helping mentor students at their alma maters through the college application process this year using social media tools and by visiting the schools.

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