The good news is the drought is over for Western North Carolina's mountains. The bad news is the summer's near-record rainfall that washed away a springtime precipitation deficit also is responsible for a delay in the completion date for Western Carolina University's newest residence hall.
Award-winning writer Sue Ellen Bridgers of Sylva and business icon Raymond E. Kinsland of Cherokee were awarded honorary doctorates as Western Carolina University held summer commencement exercises Friday, Aug. 5.
After students and staff members from Western Carolina University's Talent Search Program rolled the last mile to the Pacific Ocean and dismounted from their mountain bikes, completing a three-year effort to retrace the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from St. Louis, Mo., to the Oregon coast, there was a predictable round of hugs, tears and high-fives as they dipped their feet in the salty waters.
Western Carolina University is shining the spotlight on the inaugural season of theatre, music and dance in its new Fine and Performing Arts Center, with eight shows on tap as part of the 2005-06 Subscription Series.
Jeanne Dorle, assistant professor in the department of management and international business at Western Carolina University, has been named the Fulbright Research Chair in Project Management at the University of Quebec.