Students at Western Carolina University have had to adapt to a new way of learning with most classes shifting to online learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the many students who utilized WCU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, they’ve also had to adapt to a new way of receiving services with face-to-face meetings no longer allowed.
One of the many enjoyments Western Carolina University faculty members receive from teaching is the relationships and interactions they have with students. It’s also one of the things they will miss most now that the university is switching to online classes beginning Monday, March 23, and likely remaining for the remainder of the spring semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.
You may have stumbled across her name at the bottom right hand corner of the myWCU page, inviting you for a chat if you’re in need of support from the Division of Information Technology. Don’t be afraid. Engage in a chat. Madison, as she is called, is Western Carolina University’s new chat bot, which was launched Tuesday, Feb. 25, as a beta test by the IT Help Desk
Beth Wall-Bassett, Western Carolina University associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, was excited when she walked across the stage at Elon University recently to receive the Engaged Faculty Award from North Carolina Campus Compact during its annual “Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement” Conference.
During Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball game Saturday night against The Citadel, the Southern Conference will recognize Channa De Silva, associate professor of chemistry, and Lowell Davis, associate vice chancellor for student success.
First-year students entering Western Carolina University this fall will get a jumpstart on the 2020-21 campus learning theme – water – with the selection of next year’s One Book, “The Big Thirst,” by Charles Fishman.