The blending of tradition and modernization -- of old-fashioned woodwork and high-tech teaching -- was celebrated at Western Carolina University on Friday, Nov. 21, as the university held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to showcase its newly renovated Bird and McKee buildings.
As Western Carolina University officials gear up to launch a new research and technology park called the “Millennial Campus,” they are seeking input from residents of Western North Carolina on how it should be structured to bring the greatest benefit to the region.
Among the features new to campus this fall are 21 emergency call boxes. Many of those installed were replacements for old boxes that were obsolete or non-functional. There are now 11 stand-alone radio boxes on campus and one telephone-style box in front of each of the 10 residence halls.
Western Carolina University officials broke ground on a 300-bed residence hall, the first new student housing facility to be built on the Western campus in more than 30 years, as part of activities Friday (June 7) during the quarterly meeting of the university’s board of trustees.
Two renovation projects at Western Carolina University -- one to modernize the historic McKee Classroom Building and another to turn Bird Building into a student health center -- are due to get under way this spring following the recent opening of contractor bids.
The upcoming expansion of Western Carolina University's A.K. Hinds University Center will represent a major move toward making that facility a true "community center" in the heart of campus, WCU Chancellor John W. Bardo said at a Wednesday (April 25) groundbreaking ceremony.