Paul and Cecelia Caldwell of Fletcher recently contributed gifts to establish an endowed scholarship fund of $100,000 at Western Carolina University in honor of Paul's parents, Ed and Nell Caldwell of Asheville.
American Whitewater, an organization that promotes paddle sports and river conservation, has relocated its national headquarters from Silver Spring, Md., to Western Carolina University, a move designed to boost whitewater activities as a growing element of Western North Carolina's recreation and tourism industry.
Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo announced Tuesday (Aug. 16) that he will ask the university's board of trustees to grant a one-year contract extension for Kent Briggs, the Catamounts' head football coach who is battling head and neck cancer.
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.