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WCU celebrates 125 years with ‘Big Birthday Bash,’ renewal of commitment to WNC

Western Carolina University has changed dramatically since its beginning in August 1889 in a one-room schoolhouse, but one thing that has remained constant is the institution’s commitment to Western North Carolina, WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher said Tuesday, Aug. 26, as campus and community came together to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.

New dean of students eager to connect with campus community

Western Carolina University’s new associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, Kevin Koett, says WCU students have an energy and community-mindedness that makes him excited to serve as their advocate.

Kevan Frazier to lead Programs at Biltmore Park

Western Carolina University did not have to go far to find the new executive director for its programs at Biltmore Park – just as far as the northern side of Asheville.

Summer Institute for Administrative Support Professionals builds knowledge, community

“It really mattered to me that we find a way to give SPA employees educational opportunities,” said Anne Aldrich, who proposed the institute.

Artists to create on-site murals at WCU Fine Art Museum

The Fine Art Museum invited four artists to visit WCU to create live-action, on-site murals on four of the museum’s movable, free-standing walls for an exhibit titled “Teetering on the Edge of the Uncanny” that opens Thursday, Sept. 4.

News Briefs

  • Patti Sparling, a family nurse practitioner, will begin seeing patients in WestCare’s new primary care clinic located in the Health and Human Sciences Building at WCU starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. (more…) #
  • The Mad Batter, a bakery and cafe that was located in a commercial strip along Centennial Drive in the center of the WCU campus before fire damaged the building, will open a food truck on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the site where the restaurant used to be next to Bob's Mini Mart, according to information shared by the business. (more…) #
  • Jessica Greer Morris, executive director and co-founder of Girl Be Heard, a New York City-based theater group dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and other issues, will be the keynote speaker for “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Western Carolina University. (more…) #
  • Author Michael Beadle will present an illustrated talk focusing on the history of the town of Canton and, specifically, the town’s annual Labor Day Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. (more…) #
  • Western Carolina University’s first couple will host a show celebrating 125 years of the arts at WCU called “Arts Alive @ 125” in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Sept. 2. (more…) #

Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2014

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