Department of English

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Students mentor Cherokee youth, explore heritage through program

Wayne Robbins, English instructor at Western and SMART program director, is rolling out new activities and rewards to strengthen a different kind of bond – the bond between the tribe's young members and their own heritage. The recent Cherokee Preservation Foundation's decision to continue supporting the program with a more than $50,000 grant to WCU's English department means Robbins will be able to advance those efforts into the 2006-07 school year.
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Hollywood scribe to teach screenwriting classes at Western

In sort of the higher education equivalent of the sequel to a big Hollywood blockbuster, a screenwriter whose credits include “Hill Street Blues,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Stargate SG-1” returns for a second semester to teach screenwriting classes at Western Carolina University.
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Western’s Ron Rash serves on NEA fellowship panel

Ron Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University, is among a group of poets from across the nation who recently served on the National Endowment for the Arts panel that selected recipients of the agency's creative writing fellowships in poetry.