Western Carolina University faculty member Ron Rash had to travel all the way to Ireland to pick up one of the world’s top literary prizes, the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, but he won’t have to venture nearly as far as the guest of honor for his alma mater’s upcoming Ron Rash Festival. The event includes the Rash Rush 5-K race in honor of Rash’s participation in track when he was a student. STORY FEATURES RASH’S FIRST PUBLISHED POEM
After sitting in on a Saturday morning rehearsal by Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the president of the Tournament of Roses Association made a bold prediction about the group’s upcoming performances in Pasadena, Calif.
The recent “Integrating Boyer into Your Institutional Culture” retreat sponsored by Western Carolina University was so well received that the retreat could develop into an annual event, said Laura Cruz, interim director of Coulter Faculty Commons.
WCU celebrated the 2010 Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. | SEE SLIDESHOW
The Reporter annually invites new faculty and staff to participate in a feature that introduces employees hired within the last year.
The Dillsboro/WCU partnership committee met Friday, Sept. 24, to discuss long-range strategic planning.
In a move to enhance information security, Western Carolina University will retire automatic e-mail forwarding on Thursday, Oct. 14, and launch a mobile communication device service that will enable WCU e-mail to be “pushed” to registered equipment such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants.
Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and the Smoky Mountain News are sponsoring voter forums for the six candidates who are running for N.C. District Court judge.
Paws, the official mascot for Western Carolina University’s Catamounts, is joined by a few of his closest mascot friends who were on hand to help celebrate his birthday Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of an action-packed weekend on the Cullowhee campus.
Anna Fariello, associate research professor and director of Hunter Library’s Craft Revival Project, has been named to two international posts.
Steven Younts, a student at Western Carolina University, will be recording the color change in and around the WCU campus community in weekly video updates.
WCU’s annual festival offers a smorgasbord of traditional mountain culture, with a variety of music, dance, crafts, folk arts, contests and activities that is hard to find in a one-day event. (SEE PHOTO SLIDESHOW)
Western Carolina University is among six universities from across the nation to be recognized by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars for exceptional commitment to civic engagement and service learning.
If you happen to see a dignified-looking gentleman strolling about campus this weekend wearing a bright red jacket, don’t start worrying that Western Carolina University is changing its school colors from purple and gold.
Western Carolina University faculty member Ron Rash has captured the world’s richest prize for the short story literary form, the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, for his collection “Burning Bright.”
Faculty, staff, students and friends of Western Carolina University are encouraged to attend one or more of the Campus Conversations being held to discuss critical opportunities and challenges facing WCU in the next decade. The events are part of the “WCU 2020: Realizing the Vision, Planning for Our Preferred Future” strategic planning process for WCU.
Paws, official mascot for Western Carolina University’s Catamounts, will celebrate his birthday Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of an action-packed weekend on the Cullowhee campus.
A resolution to make all full-time instructional faculty eligible for awards from the Chancellor’s Travel Fund is highlighted as the “Upcoming Faculty Senate Hot Topic” for the Wednesday, Sept. 29, Faculty Senate meeting.
The inaugural meeting of the Western Carolina University chapter of the American Association of University Women was held Wednesday, Sept. 15, to celebrate and recognize the achievements of WCU women and to set an agenda for the 2010-11 academic year.
WCU Dining Services will offer a $4 lunch and dinner special to faculty and staff upstairs at Courtyard Dining Hall on Friday, Sept. 24.