Western to kick off 2005-06 year with assembly Thursday, Aug. 18

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo will launch the 2005-06 academic year with an Opening Assembly for all members of the university and surrounding community on Thursday, Aug. 18.

A reception will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the assembly scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the performance hall of the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

This fall marks a change from years past, when the chancellor’s traditional opening-of-the-school-year remarks coincided with the annual Fall General Faculty Meeting, an event attended primarily by faculty members.

“We want everyone who plays such a critical role in both the learning and living environments of the university to be included in this important campus event,” said Dianne Lynch, chief of staff. “This is typically the time when Dr. Bardo reminds us of the accomplishments of the past year and outlines the challenges of the coming years. It is important that faculty and staff alike have the opportunity to participate, and we also welcome residents of the surrounding community who are interested in the future of the university.”

University administrators are inviting all faculty and staff members to the assembly, and are encouraging supervisors to allow their employees to attend. Shuttle service will be available.

The annual Fall General Faculty Meeting, which includes remarks from the chair of the Faculty Senate and Western’s representative to the University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly, will be at 10:45 a.m. that day, also in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.