Archive for January, 2017

WCU listed among Colleges of Distinction for 2017 by guidebook publisher

Western Carolina University has been recognized as one of America’s Colleges of Distinction for 2017 by a national guidebook and online resource, citing WCU as where students go “to learn, to grow and to succeed” in an environment that prioritizes faculty-student mentoring and outstanding teaching as well as diverse academic and co-curricular programs.

Recycling coordinator looks to boost campus efforts

Since Western Carolina University’s recycling program was instituted in 1988, it has never really had one person fully responsible for guiding its direction.

Ten faculty-led projects chosen to receive STAR Engagement grants

How far can $500 go? For 10 community engagement projects involving Western Carolina University students, far enough to provide valuable service to some worthy causes.

University researcher helps identify top NFL rivalries

With the NFL season rapidly coming to a close as four remaining teams vie for a spot in the 2017 Super Bowl, what will be the next big rivalry that develops?

Conference set on outdoor tourism, community partnerships in Western North Carolina

Western Carolina University will host a regional conference addressing “Growing Partnerships with Outdoor Tourism and Local Communities” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee.

Hunter Library to pilot Saturday hours for Special Collections

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will pilot Saturday hours for its Special Collections unit beginning January 21.

Aderinto’s students give presentations at Smoky Mountain High

Late last fall semester, five student groups from an “African Diaspora” class taught by Saheed Aderinto, Western Carolina University associate professor of history, gave presentations on the history and cultural presence of black people in the Americas to five world history classes taught by Emily Cash and Brittany Miller at Smoky Mountain High School.

School of Music hosting virtuoso violinist for free performance

Western Carolina University will host Dan Auerbach, violinist and assistant professor of music at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, for a 7:30 p.m. recital Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Collins receives award from alma mater in Tennessee

Shawn Collins, associate professor of nursing and interim associate director of WCU’s School of Nursing, recently received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the School of Nursing at his alma mater, Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.

January Wellness Events

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Chili’s opening on campus celebrated with ribbon cutting

The weather turned out to be well past chilly and downright frigid Monday (Jan. 9) as Western Carolina University officials joined representatives from local government, Aramark and Chili’s Grill & Bar in celebrating the opening of the Chili’s restaurant on campus.

Scholarship fund honors memory of late WCU employee, his love of outdoors

A scholarship created by family members in memory of the late Steven H. Becker, a Western Carolina University employee, has been awarded to the first recipient.

Legendary football coach to speak as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Western Carolina University will welcome legendary football coach Herman Boone as the keynote speaker for its annual weeklong series of events to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Interviews with Ron Rash collected, published as book

A collection of media interviews with Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies and an acclaimed author, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi as part of its Literary Conversation Series.

WCU included on magazine’s list of nation’s top online program providers

Western Carolina University is listed among the nation’s top providers of online degree programs in a collection of rankings released recently by U.S. News & World Report.

Police to hold Jan. 17 active shooter training session

Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to receive training in steps to take during an active shooter incident as the WCU Police Department presents “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Mountain Heritage Center hosting fly-tying workshop Jan. 12

The Mountain Heritage Center will host a fly-tying workshop Thursday, Jan. 12, as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series.

Third annual Rural Health Symposium to be held in Asheville on March 10

The School of Nursing, the WNC Health Network and the Mountain Area Health Education Center are partnering to present the third annual Rural Health Symposium in Asheville on Friday, March 10.

Fine art, crafts workshops offered to students, local residents

The Arts and Cultural Events Committee is partnering with the university’s Art Education Club and Fine Art Museum to present a hands-on workshop series for students and local residents.

WCU again named ‘Best College Value’ by Kiplinger’s

Western Carolina University has been named a “2017 Best College Value” in an annual review of colleges and universities released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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