Archive for November 16th, 2016

Wildfire site could become outdoor classroom for natural resources students

Sooner or later, the wildfires that have scorched large swaths of the Western North Carolina mountains will be extinguished, and then the burned-over forest land will have the potential to become an outdoor classroom, says Western Carolina University faculty member Peter Bates.

Steere gets award for archaeological excellence from Eastern Band of Cherokee

Western Carolina University’s Ben Steere, assistant professor of anthropology and co-director of Cherokee Studies Programs, is recipient of the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence, presented by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Campus parking rate changes to resume for 2017-18

A tiered system of gradual increases in rates paid by Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff for the privilege of parking on campus will resume for the 2017-18 academic year, university officials have announced.

Hunter Library to publish new edition of rare regional classic

Thanks to funding from the University of North Carolina Press, Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will reissue the rare regional classic “Twenty Years of Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies” by Samuel Hunnicutt, originally published in 1926.

Dance Marathon 2016 sets new record for WCU

Organizers of Western Carolina University’s Dance Marathon reported that this year’s event and other fundraising activities have resulted in a total of $21,510.72 being raised for the Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina.

Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet presenting free public concert Dec. 1

Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a free public concert featuring the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

About 1,000 prospective students expected for Open House on Saturday

Approximately 1,000 prospective students and their families are expected to visit the Western Carolina University campus Saturday, Nov. 19, as the university holds its fall semester Open House.

WCU community asked to voluntarily conserve water

Western Carolina University officials are requesting that members of the campus community participate in voluntary water conservation efforts as the region goes through a period of extreme drought.

Young to present at experts meeting in Nairobi

Rob Young, professor of geology and director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, is scheduled to give a presentation at a seminar titled “Environmental Aspects of Sand Mining” and taking place Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Nairobi, Kenya.

George Ellison book presentation, Nov. 17

George Ellison — naturalist, author, lecturer, historian and now winner of the “Naturalist of the Year” award — will be presenting his book “Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands: Essays on Natural History” along with a book-signing, Thursday, Nov. 17 between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. in the H.F. Robinson Auditorium.

Judy LeRoy Robinson retirement, Dec. 5

Please join us in honoring Judy LeRoy Robinson upon her retirement from Western Carolina University, Monday, December 5, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Health and Human Sciences Building, Room 204.

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