Tom Johnson, chief of police at Mississippi State University, has been selected as Western's new director of police, effective July 1. He is filling a vacancy left by the retirement of Gene McAbee, who has led Western's police force for 18 years.
Tom Belt and Freeman Owle were two of the lucky ones. As young Native American students in the 1970s, they left their home communities to venture onto college campuses and found safety nets of support to help them make the transition to being successful college students.
Abdul M. Turay, dean of research and graduate studies at Western Carolina University since July 1998, will step down from the position this summer to become provost and vice president of academic affairs at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
Future Tri-County Community College students who complete their associates' degrees will find it easier to add a four-year university degree, thanks to an agreement signed Tuesday (May 24) with Western Carolina University.
The N.C. Biotechnology Center has awarded a grant of nearly $15,000 to Western Carolina University and Forsyth Technical Community College for a summer workshop designed to give N.C. science teachers valuable hands-on experience in DNA sequencing that they can take back to their classrooms across the state.
A $100,000 gift from Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel will help Western Carolina University unveil its new Fine and Performing Arts Center in style, with a grand opening series of cultural events highlighted by a black-tie opening night gala to feature a nationally known entertainer.
The School-University Teacher Education Partnership at Western Carolina University is a finalist for the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award presented annually by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Five seniors in Western Carolina University's emergency medical care program recently received outstanding clinical performance awards for their participation in a clinical rotation in which they saved the lives of several victims of cardiac arrest.