University News

Controlled Chaos Film Festival to be held May 2

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the sixth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 2.

WCU athletics planning lots of activities for April 11-13

The annual “Spring Fling Whee-kend” will include the football spring game, a baseball series versus Furman and an all-day track and field meet, plus barbecue and tailgating.

Graduate students record wins at Valley of the Lilies races

Two WCU graduate students, Brian Ulrich and Danielle Metz, captured overall wins Saturday (April 5) as more than 300 runners competed in the fourth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K.

Carpenter named dean of College of Education, Allied Professions

Dale Carpenter has been appointed permanent dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, which he had been overseeing in an interim role since July 2012.

Discussion on events in Ukraine set for April 9

A town hall discussion on recent events in Ukraine, Russia and eastern Europe will be sponsored Wednesday, April 9, by two WCU academic departments.

Open air Jazz Festival to be held April 26

Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival will feature performers including special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback and will be held on an open-air stage on campus during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 26.

Ian Jeffress to present Tuesday saxophone recital

Saxophonist Ian Jeffress, accompanied by pianist Lillian Pearson, will present a recital as part of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Student developing mobile application for learning the Japanese language

A Western Carolina University student is developing a mobile application to help Japanese students master language skills, including proper pronunciation and handwritten characters.

Battle of the Plug contest underway

The third annual Battle of the Plug competition in which Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University compete to see which university’s residence halls can conserve the most energy began April 4 and will continue through Friday, April 25.

April 11 concert to benefit Washington state landslide victims

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center is joining with the Sylva Herald newspaper in sponsoring a Friday, April 11, concert to benefit landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state – an area with strong ties to Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

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.

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