It was another year and another successful Tuck River Cleanup, considered to be the largest single-day volunteer event to remove trash and restore a waterway in the nation. Held Saturday, April 8, by Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee, 581 registered participants took part in efforts along nearly 30 miles of the Tuckaseigee River in Jackson County.
Western Carolina University has been recognized as a “voter friendly campus” while student and faculty organizers who worked toward active participation during the 2016 election received numerous honors for their civic engagement.
For 30 patrons of the Waynesville center of LifeSpan, a non-profit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an activities expo at Western Carolina University was an ideal field trip.
Thanks to her tireless efforts to promote student voting, along with helping Western Carolina University secure an early voting site, North Carolina Campus Compact has named junior Joanna Woodson as one of its Community Impact Award winners.
Western Carolina University’s efforts for early voting at a campus polling place exceeded expectations, organizers said. This election year, WCU had for the first time an early voting site, which was established through the efforts of the national Campus Vote Project, WCU’s Center for Service Learning and the Jackson County Board of Elections.
Western Carolina University will have an on-campus polling place for early voting from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 5. It was established through the efforts of the Campus Vote Project, a campaign working to remove barriers to voting on college campuses and advocating for changes to expand access to voter registration and the voting process, and WCU’s Center for Service Learning, with assistance from the Jackson County Board of Elections.
For the eighth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been named as an institution of higher education that provides exemplary community service and civic engagement, both on and off campus. WCU is listed in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, announced recently at the annual conference of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.