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Faculty, students collaborate with new freshmen for summer research program

Western Carolina University’s tradition of hosting vibrant undergraduate research is going a step further this year as a select group of current students join faculty members and academically gifted incoming freshmen for the launch of WCU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Terry Welch named 13th recipient of Trustees’ Award

Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University, is recipient of one of the university’s highest honors.

Collins named assistant to chancellor at WCU

Claire H. Collins has been appointed to the position of assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University and will assume her duties Monday, July 11.

Chili’s restaurant coming to WCU this fall

Chili’s Grill and Bar, a popular national chain restaurant, will be open for business on the campus of Western Carolina University this fall as the full-service dining establishment is the latest tenant announced for Noble Hall, the mixed-use facility being constructed on the site of structures damaged by fire in 2013.

DeGraffenreid focuses on new duties on UNC Staff Assembly

Coming up Friday, July 1, Pam DeGraffenreid, chair of WCU’s Staff Senate, will yield that position to chair-elect Chris Parrish of the Office of Admission and will be able to devote her time and energies to her new role as an at-large delegate to the Staff Assembly of the University of North Carolina system.

Project Discovery students head to Colorado for Bike Across America adventure

Six middle school and high school students from across Western North Carolina are about to trek more than 300 miles in the Colorado Rocky Mountains by way of bicycles on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

Campus discussion tackles topic of inclusion

After having a University Participant Program student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.

Forensic Science Program does crucial DNA testing following bear bite incident

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program recently assisted Great Smoky Mountains National Park with rapid response DNA testing following an incident of a black bear biting a man.

WCU renews agreement to continue support of Cherokee language, history, culture

Western Carolina University recently renewed an agreement with Cherokee tribes from North Carolina and Oklahoma in which the university pledges to continue its commitment to the academic study and promotion of Cherokee language, history and culture.

Noteworthy News

  • The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed the university’s inaugural Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor in Regional Economic Development and named a new dean for Graduate School and Research at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, June 3. (more…) #
  • A new member will be joining Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees as a result of the appointment of current WCU board member George W. Little to the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s teacher education programs have been granted continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. (more…) #
  • James Machado, WCU assistant professor of communication, has been spending some time in New York City recently, editing an episode of the Discovery Channel television series “Alaskan Bush People.” (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s new outreach program that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities is being well-received. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s 2016 Summer Concert Series gets underway Wednesday, June 29, as the country roots band The Honeycutters performs on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. (more…) #
  • The multi-Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Eroica Trio will perform Wednesday, July 13, at Western Carolina University as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. (more…) #
  • Hunter Library has completed digitization of its archive of Great Smoky Mountains National Park materials and has made it accessible to the public. (more…) #
  • 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.” (more…) #
  • The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University will host a bark basket workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. (more…) #
  • Students at Western Carolina recently donated about $9,000 worth of food, cash and merchandise through the annual end-of-year C-Store Buy-Out program to help the Community Table in Sylva ease hunger. (more…) #
  • The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments on Thursday, June 30, beginning at 8 p.m. at Cullowhee Baptist Church adjacent to the Western Carolina University campus. (more…) #


  • Laura Wright, head of the English department at WCU, delivered the keynote address at “Towards a Vegan Theory,” an interdisciplinary humanities conference held in late May at the University of Oxford and hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. (more…) #
  • Three Western Carolina faculty members have assisted in the creation and completion of a project to showcase interpretive sites related to the history of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in six far western counties of North Carolina. (more…) #
  • Brent Kinser, associate professor of English and a founding curator of The Carlyle Letters Online, shared his experiences and challenges with that resource at the “Archival Uncertainties: International conference on literary archives” in April. (more…) #
  • Harold “Hal” Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, is the author of an article in a book published recently by TIME Magazine and was quoted in a Cincinnati Enquirer article about a gorilla at the city’s zoo that was shot by zoo officials when a 4-year-old tumbled into his enclosure. (more…) #


  • The 2016 Summer Institute for WCU Faculty on Reaching and Connecting ALL Diverse Learners through Universal Design for Instruction will feature facilitator Seb M. Prohn, June 23 and 24 in Multipurpose Room A of the A.K. Hinds University Center. (more…) #
  • Back by popular demand! Bark Basket Workshop returns on Thursday, June 30 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Mountain Heritage Center, part of the Appalachian Living Craft Series. (more…) #
  • Registration is now open for the 2016 Summer Institute for Administrative Support Professionals  July 19, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm and July 21, 2016 8:30am – 12:00pm Health and Human Sciences Building, Room 204 (more…) #

June 22 – July 12, 2016

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