A three-person team from Western Carolina University captured second place and $5,000 in scholarship money in the annual American Express Planning Invitational, a competition in which students pit their financial planning abilities against students from other universities across the nation.
The class of 2000 from Western Carolina University's master's degree program in physical therapy surpassed both national and North Carolina averages for first-take passing rates on the Physical Therapist Licensing Examination.
The surprise is not that Western Carolina University student Crystal Olson was named to a USA Today College Academic Team. The surprise is that she can find the time to talk about it. Perhaps it was the WCU junior's busy schedule of academic and extracurricular activities that impressed the judges at USA Today. Or maybe it was the fact that the chemistry major spent last summer in a laboratory of pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Wellcome Inc., working with other chemists in seeking a cure for the bone disease osteoporosis.
Seven members of the fall 2000 freshman class at Western Carolina University are the first-ever recipients of National Merit Scholarships to attend WCU, which earlier this year became North Carolina's newest National Merit sponsor.
The department of physical therapy at Western Carolina University received two pieces of good news recently -- notification of official accreditation and word that the department's first wave of graduates surpassed the national average for rate of passage on professional licensure examinations.