The atmospheric forces that guide weather systems did a big favor for the WCU community last weekend when the remnants of Hurricane Florence slipped by to the east of Cullowhee as the storm center tracked northward.
The work Western Carolina University is doing regarding civic engagement continues to garner recognition. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has named WCU’s Student Democracy Coalition the winner of its Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award.
The Engagement Scholarship Consortium has announced it will present its inaugural Excellence in Student Community Engagement Award to Western Carolina University for the work and contributions of WCU’s Center for Service Learning and Student Democracy Coalition.
When Western Carolina University associate professor Beth Wall-Bassett was applying to become a North Carolina Campus Compact Fellow last year, one of the things she and Lane Perry, director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning, decided to put in her application was what would become the framework for the Faculty Institute on Community Engagement.
With the arrival of Western Carolina University’s spring break week, some students will seek out warm and sandy locations or return to their hometowns for family visits, but others will be heading out on ventures to provide much-needed services for a variety of organizations and to expand their personal limits.
Western Carolina University students participating in a recent combination service-learning and faculty-led trip to New Zealand were introduced to a simple but extraordinary public safety concept and witnessed transformative changes happening in a region damaged by earthquakes.