Archive for June, 2016

Faculty, students collaborate with new freshmen for summer research program

Western Carolina University’s tradition of hosting vibrant undergraduate research is going a step further this year as a select group of current students join faculty members and academically gifted incoming freshmen for the launch of WCU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Terry Welch named 13th recipient of Trustees’ Award

Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University, is recipient of one of the university’s highest honors.

Collins named assistant to chancellor at WCU

Claire H. Collins has been appointed to the position of assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University and will assume her duties Monday, July 11.

Chili’s restaurant coming to WCU this fall

Chili’s Grill and Bar, a popular national chain restaurant, will be open for business on the campus of Western Carolina University this fall as the full-service dining establishment is the latest tenant announced for Noble Hall, the mixed-use facility being constructed on the site of structures damaged by fire in 2013.

DeGraffenreid focuses on new duties on UNC Staff Assembly

Coming up Friday, July 1, Pam DeGraffenreid, chair of WCU’s Staff Senate, will yield that position to chair-elect Chris Parrish of the Office of Admission and will be able to devote her time and energies to her new role as an at-large delegate to the Staff Assembly of the University of North Carolina system.

Project Discovery students head to Colorado for Bike Across America adventure

Six middle school and high school students from across Western North Carolina are about to trek more than 300 miles in the Colorado Rocky Mountains by way of bicycles on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

Campus discussion tackles topic of inclusion

After having a University Participant Program student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.

Forensic Science Program does crucial DNA testing following bear bite incident

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program recently assisted Great Smoky Mountains National Park with rapid response DNA testing following an incident of a black bear biting a man.

WCU renews agreement to continue support of Cherokee language, history, culture

Western Carolina University recently renewed an agreement with Cherokee tribes from North Carolina and Oklahoma in which the university pledges to continue its commitment to the academic study and promotion of Cherokee language, history and culture.

Trustees appoint Gimelstob-Landry Professor, Graduate School dean

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed the university’s inaugural Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor in Regional Economic Development and named a new dean for Graduate School and Research at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, June 3.

George Little leaving WCU Board of Trustees to join UNCP board

A new member will be joining Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees as a result of the appointment of current WCU board member George W. Little to the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

WCU teacher education programs granted continuing accreditation

Western Carolina University’s teacher education programs have been granted continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Machado edits episode of Discovery Channel show

James Machado, WCU assistant professor of communication, has been spending some time in New York City recently, editing an episode of the Discovery Channel television series “Alaskan Bush People.”

Communities respond to WCU’s Road Works performances of Shakespeare parody

Western Carolina University’s new outreach program that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities is being well-received.

Summer Concert Series to kick off with The Honeycutters

Western Carolina University’s 2016 Summer Concert Series gets underway Wednesday, June 29, as the country roots band The Honeycutters performs on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU to host Eroica Trio as part of Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

The multi-Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Eroica Trio will perform Wednesday, July 13, at Western Carolina University as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Hunter Library completes national park digital collection project

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library has completed digitization of its archive of Great Smoky Mountains National Park materials and has made it accessible to the public.

Special Collections receives Cherokee language version of ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library recently received a gift of a Cherokee language version of E.B. White’s classic children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.”

Mountain Heritage Center to host bark basket workshop June 30

The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University will host a bark basket workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Food buyout nets $9,000 in food, cash for Community Table

Students at Western Carolina recently donated about $9,000 worth of food, cash and merchandise through the annual end-of-year C-Store Buy-Out program to help the Community Table in Sylva ease hunger.

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