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Joanna Woodson (right) receives her Community Impact Award from North Carolina Campus Compact.

WCU student wins Community Impact Award

Thanks to her tireless efforts to promote student voting, along with helping Western Carolina University secure an early voting site, North Carolina Campus Compact has named junior Joanna Woodson as one of its Community Impact Award winners.
Reviewing campus voting efforts are (from left) Jennifer Cooper, assistant director of the Center for Service Learning; Joanna Woodson, a student leader of WCU’s campus vote efforts; and Kelsey Woodford, a graduate assistant with the Center for Service Learning; as Jackson County Board of Elections officials install voting machines in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU hosts early voting with campus polling place

Western Carolina University will have an on-campus polling place for early voting from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 5. It was established through the efforts of the Campus Vote Project, a campaign working to remove barriers to voting on college campuses and advocating for changes to expand access to voter registration and the voting process, and WCU’s Center for Service Learning, with assistance from the Jackson County Board of Elections.
Students enrolled in WCU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, also called the “ABSN,” complete a service-learning requirement as part of their course work. In the summer of 2015, the students’ activities included making in-home visits with low-income seniors living in several Asheville apartment complexes.

WCU named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll again

For the eighth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been named as an institution of higher education that provides exemplary community service and civic engagement, both on and off campus. WCU is listed in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, announced recently at the annual conference of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
WCU junior Joanna Woodson was recently named a Hidden Heroes Award winner by the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

WCU student’s work makes her a Hidden Hero

Junior Western Carolina University transfer student Joanna Woodson has become a rising star in politics and social activism. This spring, Woodson rallied students at Western Carolina to vote, earning the campus recognition when WCU students turned out to vote at a higher rate than the general voting population. She found herself in the headlines again when her efforts landed WCU an on-campus early voting precinct — a rare triumph for campuses looking to increase political participation.
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Constitutional Shark Tank coming to WCU’s University Center Sept. 13

As an early start to celebrating Constitution Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute and the Center for Service Learning are sponsoring a Constitutional Shark Tank, based on the popular television show, Shark Tank. The event will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the University Center theater.
WCU junior Joanna Woodson speaks to a group of fellow interns at the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Student finds her passion and a home at WCU

It took awhile for Joanna Woodson to discover her true passion in life. But three universities and year and a half in the workplace later, Woodson has found her purpose, along with a home, at Western Carolina University.