University News

Students to compete in foreign languages March 17

Approximately 220 high school students from across Western North Carolina and northern Georgia will test their knowledge of French and Spanish on Tuesday, March 17, in the 33rd annual Foreign Language Contest at WCU.

WCU offering business administration and law program online

The business administration and law degree program offered through WCU’s College of Business is unique to the University of North Carolina system, and now the bachelor’s degree program is being offered online.

Friends of the Arts getting ready for April fundraising event

WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization is gearing up for its annual fundraiser that helps provide scholarships and programming for students in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Women’s Leadership Conference to be held on campus March 27-28

Women serving in leadership roles in business, government and education will be among the speakers and panelists. Also, N.C. women justices will speak on campus Saturday.

WCU board approves tailgating changes for 2015 football season

There will be more places to tailgate at Western Carolina University home football games this fall.

WCU to host evening with NC women Supreme Court justices March 28

The three women justices who serve on the state’s highest court will discuss how their college studies prepared them for life and careers during a forum hosted by Western Carolina University on Saturday, March 28.

Online sign-up continues for WCU’s March 28 half marathon, 5-K

Runners across Western North Carolina still have time to take advantage of online registration for WCU’s Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K, coming up Saturday, March 28.

Youth Swim Refresher Course offered at Reid pool

A Youth Swim Refresher Course will be offered this month by WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Broadwells, HomeTrust Bank establish scholarship to assist WNC students

A recently retired banking executive and the financial institution where he served as chief executive officer have joined forces to help graduates of public high schools.

Jackson Paper employees establish scholarship honoring Campbells

Jackson Paper Manufacturing employees recently surprised company owner Timothy Campbell and wife Emily by announcing a gift of $25,000 to establish a scholarship in their honor.

Economist Michael Munger to give free enterprise talk March 18

Michael Munger, a former North Carolina gubernatorial candidate, will speak on the topic “The Coming Middleman Revolution” as part of WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

Chancellor to meet with Tri-County area residents March 17

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with residents of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties Tuesday, March 17, as part of a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

Gender Conference to be held on campus March 18

Presentation topics will include women in Appalachian music, the lives of women of color during slavery times, and the current impact of women on North Carolina politics.

An alumnus continues a long legacy of giving to help meet the need for scholarship funding

Check out the new winter issue of the university magazine.

‘World Made Straight’ film to be shown as English department fundraiser

A film adaptation of the Ron Rash novel “The World Made Straight” will make its Western North Carolina big-screen premiere during a March 23 Department of English fundraising event.

Onsite email for faculty, staff back on

Onsite email has been turned back on for WCU faculty and staff following the problems associated with a virus.

‘Cotton Club’ production wins award from Broadcast Education Association

WCU’s original 2014 radio re-creation “Echoes of the Cotton Club” is recipient of a Best of Festival Award from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

WCU students learning, serving again during spring break

About three dozen Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff members have been looking forward to spring break as an opportunity to learn and serve again this year.

Bora exhibition closing at WCU museum

A gallery talk focusing on the work of the late Russian-born international artist Vadim Bora and reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Art Museum.

Panel of WCU alumni/doctoral candidates to meet with current students

Four doctoral degree candidates from three different universities – all of whom are WCU alumni – will form a panel to discuss the process of applying for a doctoral program at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Catamount Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU track and field teams win SoCon championships again

The WCU men's and women's track and field teams swept the Southern Conference Indoor Championships for the second-straight year during a weekend meet in Alabama.

Asheville arts group hosting collection of student works

The Asheville Area Arts Council will host “WHEE Fresh: A Collection of Works by Local Artists from WCU’s Master of Fine Arts Program” from Thursday, March 5, to Saturday, March 14.

WCU has $900 million impact on NC economy, statewide study of education says

Western Carolina University was responsible for injecting an estimated $511.3 million into the Western North Carolina economy during the 2012-13 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the university and the spending habits of its students, visitors and alumni.

Organizations sponsoring Ban the ‘R-Word’ Rally

Organizations from Western Carolina University and the local area are uniting to sponsor a Ban the “R-Word” Rally on the WCU campus Wednesday, March 4.

Women’s History Month events set through March

Events to mark the observance of Women’s History Month at WCU will kick off Monday, March 2, with an opening reception and a screening of the film “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Small business, innovation summit coming in April

Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses will have the opportunity to vie for a share of $7,000 in prize money to help start up or grow their businesses when Western Carolina University hosts the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference Wednesday, April 22.

WCU emergency service, police departments sponsor public safety, preparedness sessions

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Services Department and Police Department are hosting “Whee Safe,” a series of brown bag discussions throughout the 2015 spring semester designed to provide faculty, staff and students with information on a variety of personal and community public safety topics.

WCU’s Hilton honored by national student affairs organization

Adriel Hilton was recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals on one of its members at the organization’s annual conference.

Pi Month events planned on campus through March 30

Math enthusiasts on WCU’s campus will get a chance to show their love for pi during a monthlong celebration being held to honor the famous ratio 3.1415 that has fascinated the great minds of the world for thousands of years.

New WCU speaker series to focus on outdoor adventure

Base Camp Cullowhee will launch a new speaker series with a Tuesday presentation featuring Mark Singleton, executive director of the national organization American Whitewater.

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