As Western Carolina University enrollment continues an upward trend, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the university are working to ensure those numbers include a significant portion of local Native American students.
A 15- by 17-inch linoleum print created by an artist who grew up near Jackson County’s famed Cherokee petroglyph Judaculla Rock was declared the first-place winner in the recent Judaculla Art Competition sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Center.
With “Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections.” recently selected as Western Carolina University’s campus learning theme for the 2017-18 academic year, it just got a little easier for faculty, staff and students to immerse themselves in the Cherokee culture.
Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library recently received a gift of a Cherokee language version of E.B. White’s classic children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.” In turn, WCU presented the New Kituwah Academy, a Cherokee immersion school, with card games for learning Cherokee pronouns and a Cherokee language board game, created by graphic design students and produced by the university’s print shop.
Jennifer Howe of Whittier recently received Western Carolina University’s Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship during the induction ceremony of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lamba national honor society.
Qualla Financial Freedom, a non-profit program offered by Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Center, has received a $5,000 grant in from the Asheville branch office of Smith Barney through the Citigroup Foundation’s Local Contributions Grant Program.
Western Carolina University students will film the last scenes from the Theatre in Education Company's performance of “Young Cherokee” this week, concluding a year-long theatre initiative that has captured attention at national conferences and connected university students with the Cherokee people.