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OPENING NOTES

Welcome to the Spring 2019 WCU magazine. This last year has been full of exciting recognitions and awards, as well as challenges and opportunities to continue t...

HUMBLE FIRST

In 1957, WCC enrolled its first African-American student; in 2019, WCU will name a new residence hall in her honor.

CATAMOUNT CARE

In 1969, on the eve of a new decade and with a newfound sense of promise on campus, Western Carolina University began what would become its School of Nursing.

SUSTAINED AND SUPERB ACHIEVEMENT

David L. Westling is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of special and inclusive education and, when he retires this coming June, will wrap up nearly 22 years as WCU’s Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education.

DOUBLING DOWN

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of a husband and wife who divide their time between Highlands and Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, WCU is one step closer toward its goal of being able to provide scholarship assistance to every Honors College student with financial need.

LASTING LEGACY

When former Highlands resident Curtis Meltzer died in 2017, he left a multimillion dollar estate gift to Western Carolina University to support students in the College of Arts and Sciences, increasing his and late wife Enid’s overall scholarship endowment to $3.3 million. 

DIVERSITY DIALOGUES

Perhaps it was inevitable that simmering racial tensions sparked by a spate of police shootings of black men across the U.S. and fueled by a contentious preside...

VOLUNTEER VENTURES

Sydney Blair ’16 captured mosquitoes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of her field work for a Western Carolina University course in which environm...

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

On virtually any college campus, they’re there — students who have recently exited foster care or who are homeless, wards of the state or orphaned. And most of ...