For the third straight Olympiad, Western Carolina University alumnus Dan Railey, a 1969 WCU graduate, will be present to watch one of his children compete for the American sailing team. Railey is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch his daughter, Paige, compete in the women’s laser radial event, which begins Monday, Aug. 8. The event features a one-person sailing vessel, also known as a dinghy.
Season subscriptions and individual tickets to the 2016-17 Mainstage theatre season, presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, are on sale at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center box office.
For four years, Mike Corelli, Western Carolina University’s associate director for the Department of Campus Activities, wanted to expand the leadership experience of the minor in leadership program by taking an overseas trip.
Emma Dingle, a rising 10th-grader at Swain County High School, had never flown in an airplane before. By the time she and the other Project Discovery students returned from their Bike Across America 2016 trip to Colorado, Dingle had a long list of firsts, which included touching the Rio Grande River and having a snowball fight in June.
After having a University Participant Program student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.