Campus recognized for voting efforts, civic engagement

Western Carolina University has been recognized as a “voter friendly campus” while student and faculty organizers who worked toward active participation during the 2016 election received numerous honors for their civic engagement.

The recognition came at the 2017 Gulf South Summit, a regional service learning and civic engagement conference held this year in Greensboro by the Campus Vote Project and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The organizations honor those doing excellent work to empower students to get involved with democracy. Nationally, there were 83 colleges and universities receiving the “voter friendly campus” designation for their efforts.

Joanna Woodson has been named a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

At the March 23-24 conference, WCU student Joanna Woodson was recognized as civic engagement student leader of the year for her work with voting initiatives. Lane Perry, director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning, was named the civic engagement practitioner of the year. Also, a WCU student team of Woodson, Emma Tate and Katie Balough made a presentation with Perry on post-election engagement, and Amy Murphy Nugen, WCU assistant professor of social work, delivered a development workshop on team-based learning and service learning pedagogy.

In addition, Woodson recently learned that she has been named a national Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. The fellowship is named in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, and is supported by the KPMG Foundation and by the Newman’s Own Foundation.

For more information, call the WCU Center for Service Learning at 828-227-7184 or visit