David Starnes, director of the award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, will be inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in March.
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The internationally renowned Highlands Biological Station, located in Highlands, is now formally an installation of Western Carolina University, furthering an already strong relationship between the two institutions.
In the wake of record total student enrollment and the largest freshman class in its history this past fall, Western Carolina University took several steps toward providing the additional housing necessary to accommodate anticipated growth in the years ahead.
The quest to find Western Carolina University’s next chancellor is hitting high gear as the committee leading the search for a successor to the late David O. Belcher is in the process of reviewing candidate materials and selecting a to-be-determined number of candidates to participate in off-campus interviews early this winter.
It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, this talk of broken records when it comes to enrollment at Western Carolina University where, for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years, the institution has experienced increases in both the size and academic qualifications of its student body.
Western Carolina University has joined a regional collaborative that plans to use a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to boost an already thriving Western North Carolina outdoor recreation industry to an even higher level.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ historical and cultural connections with the land now home to Western Carolina University were commemorated as representatives of the tribal and university communities gathered for the September unveiling of a sculpture based on the Cherokee syllabary character “wi.”
Susan Brummell Belcher, wife of late Chancellor David O. Belcher, received one of the university’s top honors, the Distinguished Service Award, as part of Homecoming activities in November.
With most of the students who make up Western Carolina University’s surging enrollment arriving on campus with their own vehicles, they will need somewhere to park. That’s why the WCU Board of Trustees in September unanimously approved a design for a structured parking facility on an existing surface lot between Ramsey Regional Activity Center and Hennon Stadium, as well as the issuance of special obligation bonds to finance its construction.