Abundant late spring and early summer rains across Western North Carolina's mountains likely will put somewhat of a damper on the annual fall color season this year. That's the official prediction from J. Dan Pittillo, the Western Carolina University biology professor who has been christened “the Alan Greenspan of fall foliage forecasting.”
The Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series at Western Carolina University will feature 10 programs for the 2004-05 season, including performances of world music, a comical twist on Shakespearean classics, and acrobats from the People's Republic of China.
Western North Carolina residents age 65 and older are eligible to study at Western Carolina University through a tuition-waiver program that cuts the cost of getting back into the classroom for selected older adults by about 45 percent for a three credit-hour course.
By focusing the creative and intellectual energies of a growing faculty and investing resources both in the arts and the sciences, Western Carolina University is becoming the center of a 21 st -century renaissance for Western North Carolina.
While the 1,600 or so students who comprise Western Carolina University's freshman class have yet to receive their first grades as college students, the professor who wrote their first required reading assignment is earning high marks for his latest project.
The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University and the Mountain Microenterprise Fund will sponsor a seminar to help businesses and organizations learn how to increase Web site traffic on Friday, Aug. 27, in Asheville.
As membership tops 300 in Western Carolina University's marching band, the musical unit known as “The Pride of the Mountains” is forming a new band boosters organization called “Partners for Pride” to help raise money for scholarships for student musicians.