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WCU prepares for Josefina Niggli alumni event

Josefina Niggli Alumni Reunion participants will be traveling from as far away as Florida and New York to participate in the event to be held at Western Carolina University from Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11. The celebration recognizes 100 years since the birth in Mexico on July 13, 1910, of the late Josefina Niggli, a poet, playwright, novelist and screenwriter who spent the latter part of her career teaching at Western Carolina University.

Reunion events include a mixer; a tour that includes Niggli Theatre, Hoey Auditorium, a gallery of Niggli portraits and the main stage and black box in the Fine and Performing Arts Center; a cookout; a performance and reception at Niggli Theatre honoring the memory of Niggli and her influence on the university and her students; and a coffee klatch and screening of the movie “Sombrero,” which is based on portions of Niggli’s “Mexican Village.

The reunion committee is co-chaired by two of Niggli’s former students who now teach at WCU, Luther Jones, technical director for the School of Stage and Screen, and Carlisle, associate dean of the Honors College. Jones may be contacted at 828-227-3849 or ljones@wcu.edu. Carlisle may be reached at 828-227-3276 or carlisle@wcu.edu. More details of the celebration are available online at http://nigglialumni.wcu.edu (link no longer active).

More information about Niggli and how WCU students, faculty and staff implemented a campuswide integrated learning theme entitled “Josefina Niggli: A Celebration of Culture, Art, and Life” during the 2009-10 academic year is posted at http://niggli.wcu.edu.

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