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WCU Director of Athletics Randy Eaton receives contract extension

Director of Athletics Randy Eaton has been granted a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Catamount program through at least June 30, 2020.

Accountancy program fall banquet set for Sept. 18

WCU's accountancy program will hold its annual fall banquet Friday, Sept. 18, in Waynesville.

Dean signs letter supporting engineering diversity

Jeffrey Ray, dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology at Western Carolina University, is among the more than 100 leaders of collegiate engineering education programs from across the nation who recently endorsed a letter presented to President Obama in support of efforts to increase diversity among engineering students.

Author Wes Moore to speak at Aug. 14 New Student Convocation

Wes Moore, who penned The New York Times bestselling book “The Other Wes Moore,” will deliver the keynote address during the university’s annual New Student Convocation.

Catamount football team begins fall practice

Temperatures and expectations are running high as Western Carolina’s football team holds fall practice in anticipation of its Saturday, Sept. 5, season opener against Mars Hill.

WCU’s ACE series offering variety of entertainment

WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Series begins Wednesday, Sept. 9, with the Golden Dragon Acrobats, bringing the 2,000-year tradition of Chinese acrobatics to western audiences.

WCU students’ energy project takes first place again

A team of 18 students from Western Carolina University conducting a comprehensive energy audit of the campus took first place with their research at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone.

Mainstage season tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 11

Two plays and two musicals comprise the 2015-16 Mainstage season to be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, and season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the box office in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

New WHEE Wagon Program to aid children in the region

What do you get when you put Western Carolina University nursing students and communication students together with a children’s wagon and an IV pole? You get the WHEE Wagon Program.

Three picked for Athletics Hall of Fame

The 26th induction class in university history will be enshrined on the weekend of Nov. 6-7 during the Catamounts’ regular season home football finale against Furman.

Child labor photos on display at WCU’s Hunter Library

Many of the children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hine a century ago in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other N.C counties.

Series to feature band from Carrboro

WCU’s Summer Concert Series will conclude at 7 p.m. Thursday with a free concert on the Central Plaza featuring the folk-Americana band Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends.

WCU students study recent shootings

Western Carolina University students studied numerous cases this summer in which young African-American men around the country were shot by white police officers.

WCU’s library receives two grants totaling $131,337

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is recipient of two grants totaling $131,337 that will aid in the funding of two separate projects.

Filmmakers gather to compare cameras

The region's professional filmmakers had an opportunity to learn about the latest camera technology during a gathering sponsored by the Film and Television Production Program.

WCU’s incoming freshmen reading New York Times bestseller

Western Carolina University’s incoming freshmen are reading a New York Times bestseller this summer as they get a kick start to their college educations by participating in the university’s “One Book” program.

Buchanan Boys to perform July 23

The 2015 Summer Concert Series at WCU continues Thursday, July 23, with a performance featuring Sylva’s own Buchanan Boys playing a unique blend of country and rock music.

Budding Broadway stars presenting show on July 19

A troupe of budding Broadway stars from around the world will hit the stage at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 19, to cap the 2015 Triple Arts intensive musical theatre summer camp.

Dulcimer virtuosos set to perform July 23

The instructional staff of WCU’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured on the traditional Appalachian instruments during a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

Students gain leadership skills through ‘Wildernesss Education’ course

After about a five-year hiatus, the “Wilderness Education” course at WCU returned this spring, giving 10 students the unique experience of learning in a wilderness environment.

Traffic delays expected on Centennial, Central drives

Traffic delays are expected on two of WCU's main thoroughfares – Centennial Drive and Central Drive – to allow blasting activity associated with site preparation for a planned mixed-use facility.

Catamount Club exceeds fundraising goal for fiscal year 2014-15

The fundraising arm of WCU athletics met and exceeded its goal for donations and contributions for the 2014-15 fiscal year, eclipsing the $1 million mark by the end of June.

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosting bark basket workshop July 19

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a bark basket workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

Folkmoot festival coming to WCU on July 25

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU will play host to Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s international folk festival, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Ashcraft named distinguished professor

The head of the sculpture program in the School of Art at George Mason University has been appointed Western Carolina’s inaugural Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts.

Menickelli nets grant, book contract

Justin Menickelli, associate professor of health and physical education, received a mini-grant of $500 from the Professional Disc Golf Association to publish his “The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf.”

Student films to be shown in Highlands

Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student creations during the second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Hudson, Zimmerman join HHS administrative team

WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences welcomed two new leaders to its administrative team July 1 as Dave Hudson began his duties as associate dean and Ericka Zimmerman assumed the role of director of the School of Health Sciences.

WCU receiving Golden LEAF grant to increase family nurse practitioners in region

The College of Health and Human Sciences is recipient of a $225,000 award to help increase the number of family nurse practitioners working in rural health care settings.

Jill Granger named next dean of WCU’s residential Honors College

Jill Nelson Granger, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Honors Program at Sweet Briar College, will be the next dean of WCU’s residential Honors College.

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