During the first two days of classes, staff at the University Health Center treated about 20 suspected cases of the flu, a number that had swollen to about 82 by Monday morning.
A special project designed at Western Carolina University to help economic development professionals approach their jobs from a regional perspective was featured at the National Meeting of Economic Developers Aug. 29-Sept.1.
The groundbreaking ceremony for a $46 million, 160,000-square-foot health sciences building – the first facility to be constructed as part of Western Carolina University’s Millennial Initiative – will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at the construction site off of Little Savannah Road.
Thanks to a contribution of $20,000 from the Barstow Foundation, Western Carolina University has created a scholarship and fellowship fund in tribute to the late Bob Zahner, former trustee of Highlands Biological Station. Undergraduate and graduate students showing potential in environmental sciences may use the award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, internships, research and mentoring at the station.
David Westling and Karena Cooper-Duffy, professors of human services at Western Carolina University, recently received an $800,000 grant from the Department of Education to increase the quantity and quality of special education teachers of students with severe disabilities in Western North Carolina.
Christopher Blake, assistant professor of applied linguistics at Western Carolina University, co-authored “English Language Learners in Appalachia: Meeting the Need,” which was recently published in the Journal for Civic Commitment.
M. Scott Koger, security analyst with WCU’s Division of Information Technology, co-authored “Using the Private-Internet-Enterprise Model to Examine IT Risks and Threats Due to Porous Perimeters,” which was recently published in Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective.
Betty L. Siegel, a Western Carolina trustee who was the first woman to head an institution in the University System of Georgia, will deliver an address titled “Celebrating Differences” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.
The organizer of a new amateur canoe and kayak race called the Old Cullowhee Slalom is Maurice Phipps of Western Carolina University.
Western Carolina University faculty and staff can purchase discounted Catamount Football season ticket packages – $55 for gold seating and $70 for purple seating. Four “family fun zone” season tickets cost $150.
The first eight yellow bicycles to be placed on Western Carolina University’s campus for public use were released Aug. 24 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Yellow Bike Project.
WCU must refocus on helping North Carolina recover from a lingering economic downturn. As part of that effort, the university will marshal its resources to provide additional assistance to the nearby municipality of Dillsboro, suffering after the recent departure of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
The fourth residence hall to open at Western Carolina in five years, the 426-bed Balsam Hall is the first to be built as part of a $50.2 million project to construct two residence halls.
The good news is that ample rainfall across the Western North Carolina mountains put an end to a lengthy drought that threatened local water supplies and reduced crop yields. The bad news is all that moisture will put somewhat of a damper on fall color this year.
Western Carolina professor Rob Young and his friend and mentor from Duke University, Orrin H. Pilkey, have an “urgent message” for society about the threat posed by global sea-level rise.
“The idea of education as a process focuses on general knowledge and basic skill acquisition. The idea of education as a product focuses on the specific knowledge and skills related to a particular discipline or job market. There has been considerable discussion, particularly in recent years, over the appropriateness of both of these foci in higher education…”
Canoes and gear will be provided to amateur paddlers who pay $5 to register to compete in the Citizens Race on the Tuckaseigee River in Old Cullowhee on Saturday, Sept. 12.
A new endowed scholarship fund will benefit Western Carolina University students in educational leadership and foreign language programs, and honor the memory of beloved professors Dixie L. and Miles S. McGinty.
Western Carolina University will host a march, rally and events including a presentation by a national women’s safety expert this fall as part of a Red Zone Awareness Campaign to combat dating violence.
Western Carolina University has made academic course and made housing provisions to meet the needs of 1,600 first-year students – a freshman class that is more than 30 percent larger than last year’s.