The origin of heath balds, peculiar treeless areas located high in the southern Appalachian Mountains, has long been a mystery to scientists, but research being conducted by Western Carolina University students and faculty is beginning to shed some light on that subject.
Western Carolina University is experiencing what Chancellor John W. Bardo characterized as “unprecedented growth” in the institution’s 114-year history, both in the total number of students enrolled at the university this fall and in the academic qualifications of those students.
After a rousing send-off in Cullowhee, complete with a series of sold-out performances and a wildly successful fund-raising auction, the cast and crew of “Mother Divine” launched Western Carolina University faculty member Laurel Vartabedian’s musical comedy at the Greenwich House Theatre in New York on Aug. 8 during FringeNYC, the city’s seventh annual international multi-arts festival.
Western’s newest initiative, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, will hold its fall semester kick off at noon Tuesday, August 19 with a luncheon for new and returning faculty in the University Center’s Grandroom.
Rhonda Decker of Asheville, a senior in the clinical laboratory sciences program at Western Carolina University, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship award from the Alpha Mu Tau honor society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Western Carolina University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program provides an alternative means for adults who have already earned bachelor’s degrees to make the transition into meaningful careers as public school teachers.
Western Carolina University is one of 146 institutions of higher education across the country taking part in the American Democracy Project, an effort designed to increase the number of undergraduate students who participate in meaningful civic actions.
Western Carolina University is installing a new state-of-the-art digital production console designed by Solid State Logic in the university’s all-new, interdisciplinary recording arts studio, which is scheduled to be ready for classes in the spring semester of 2004.