WCU Discovery Forum rescheduled to Nov. 9

The date for Western Carolina University’s second Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, has been changed to Saturday, Nov. 9.

The forum, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, will be held from 3 until 4 p.m. in the conference center of Blue Ridge Hall. Prospective students and other guests at WCU’s Open House on Nov. 9 will have the opportunity to attend the Discovery Forum during their visit.

During the forum, five undergraduate presenters will share results of their research projects with an audience composed of students, faculty, staff and community members in a series of five-minute presentations, said Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College and chair of the Discovery Forum planning committee.

The top two undergraduate presenters chosen by a panel of judges will receive an engraved trophy and will be invited to represent WCU at the University of North Carolina Social Entrepreneurship Conference in February.

The WCU event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Honors College, is part of an initiative launched by the N.C. State University-based Institute for Emerging Issues, a think tank devoted to developing leadership and economic development for the state.

The IEI created the Discovery Forum to promote young leaders and community interaction, and WCU held its inaugural Discovery Forum last April as a pilot run of the successful Raleigh-based program.

For more information about the forum, call the WCU Honors College at 828-227-7383.