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Autumn leaves must fall, but not before being tourism draw

It’s September in the hills when Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster Beverly Collins attempts to quantify the quality of the annual color show in Western North Carolina through a scientific-based prediction. And Collins is anticipating a good display across the mountains this year.

Four seniors fulfill internships for same company

Four seniors from Western Carolina University’s Construction Management Program found themselves fulfilling internships this summer for the same Peachtree City, Georgia-based business – Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., a construction firm that is part of the Fortune 500 contracting giant Kiewit Corp.

Teams probe diverse topics during summer research

The question of whether substance abuse treatment reduces the likelihood of heroin users having repeat contact with the criminal justice system and the development of a special buoy to convert ocean wave energy into electricity are among the topics being investigated during the second year of Western Carolina University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

CET students assist businesses through capstone projects

Teams of Western Carolina University senior engineering and engineering technology students lent their expertise to businesses and other organizations across Western North Carolina during the spring semester as they completed capstone projects through which they designed and prototyped a product, device, process or system for those organizations.