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WCU students rank high in primary voting, look for even better turnout this fall

Western Carolina University students turned out for the March 15 North Carolina primary at a higher rate than the general voting population and all but one other college in the state. For the November general election, there’s a concerted effort to be No. 1.

Project Discovery students learn leadership skills on Bike Across America trip

Emma Dingle, a rising 10th-grader at Swain County High School, had never flown in an airplane before. By the time she and the other Project Discovery students returned from their Bike Across America 2016 trip to Colorado, Dingle had a long list of firsts, which included touching the Rio Grande River and having a snowball fight in June.

New virtual reality lab renders concepts in 3-D

A new laboratory offering three-dimensional visualization of math concepts and computer science object models now offers students in WCU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department a unique tool for their assignments and projects.

Local bluegrass favorite Balsam Range headlines WCU’s Summer Concert Series

Western Carolina University’s 2016 Summer Concert Series continues through July with Wednesday evening performances featuring the Southern Experience Band, Mangas Colorado and the nationally renowned bluegrass ensemble Balsam Range.

Noteworthy News

  • Western Carolina University’s Emergency Medical Care Program celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday, June 24, with a gathering in the Health and Human Sciences Building. (more…) #
  • Though a little late in coming, another water quality award was presented recently to the treatment plant serving Western Carolina University, said to Kristy Maddy, supervisor of the plant. (more…) #
  • The Coulter Regional Leadership Program welcomed its third and largest cohort with a two-day retreat earlier in June. (more…) #
  • For four years, Mike Corelli, Western Carolina University’s associate director for the Department of Campus Activities, wanted to expand the leadership experience of the minor in leadership program by taking an overseas trip. (more…) #
  • Prospective students will have an opportunity to find out about the wide variety of graduate and professional programs offered by Western Carolina University during an Open House set for Tuesday, July 19, at WCU’s instructional site in Asheville. (more…) #
  • Student, faculty and staff volunteers are being sought to join WCU’s Welcome Team and help first-year students with the move-in process Friday, Aug. 19. (more…) #
  • When Western Carolina University alumnus Greg Boothroyd of Haywood County issued a call for donations of soccer equipment for an upcoming church mission trip to Jamaica, the women’s soccer program at his alma mater answered. (more…) #
  • The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees recently approved a slate of 10 nominees comprising the third class of the university’s Board of Visitors, an organization launched three years ago. (more…) #


  • Andrew Denson, WCU associate professor of history, is interviewed in a Smoky Mountain News feature article about his involvement as a board member for the North Carolina Trail of Tears Association and the organization’s role in placing markers in Western North Carolina commemorating the forced relocation of the Cherokee from their homeland. (more…) #
  • Jack Sholder, professor in WCU’s Film And Television Production Program, recently served as president of the jury for the French fantasy/horror film festival officially known as “Festival International du Film Fantastique” in Audincourt. (more…) #
  • Pete McNeely, operator at Western Carolina University’s water treatment plant, has earned “A” Surface Water Certification from the state. (more…) #


  • Opening Assembly, Wednesday, August 17 | 8:30 a.m. reception | 9:00 assembly | Performance Hall, Bardo Arts Center (more…) #
  • Eroica Trio  | Wednesday July 13th, 2016 at 7:30pm | Coulter Recital Hall (more…) #

July 13 – August 16, 2016

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