Although Western Carolina University is focusing much of its institutional energies these days on fostering regional economic development and preparing students for successful careers, higher education must never abandon its traditional responsibility of producing educated citizens.
Western Carolina University gave patrons of the arts a behind-the-scenes look Thursday, Nov. 4, at the creative process that goes into the paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works that will soon be on display in the galleries of the university's massive Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has appointed Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo to serve as chairman of the organization's committee on economic and work force development.
Students and faculty are invited to nominate Western faculty for the 2004-05 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award Nov. 1-12. Nominees must hold faculty status at the rank of instructor or above and be in at least her/his third year of teaching at Western. Faculty who have received the award during the past five years are ineligible (Gibbs Knotts, Mimi Fenton, Terry Nienhuis, Kathy Ivey, and Marsha Lee Baker).
With three separate ribbon-cutting ceremonies in one morning, this year's Homecoming at Western Carolina University was an historic day for the Cullowhee campus even before the traditional awards and athletic events began.
The registration rolls are closed, the final numbers are in, and it's official – student enrollment at Western Carolina University has hit an all-time high of 8,396 for the 2004 fall semester, an 11 percent increase over last fall's enrollment of 7,561.
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.
Mimi Fenton, a Western Carolina University faculty member who has been recognized as one of The University of North Carolina system's best teachers, will be the featured speaker as the university holds summer commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.
Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo concluded a yearlong series of community conversations across Western North Carolina with his farthest foray east during a day of meetings with Catawba County business, education and government leaders Tuesday, May 25.