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Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries festival begins with College Night

Purple Thunder, the winter drum line of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, will kick off the 32nd annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries during the festival’s College Night on Friday, Dec. 4.

Students plan April 18 Habitat for Humanity event in Dillsboro

A group of 52 Western Carolina University students will be hosting a free event called the “Habitat for Humanity Spring Bloom and Build Festival,” from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, that they have been organizing and producing as a service learning project in their “Tourism Planning & Development” course.

Live Nativity scene, College Night headline 31st annual Dillsboro holiday festival

Community members attending Dillsboro’s annual Lights and Luminaries festival this year are invited to “Follow the Star” to a live Nativity scene, and Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College faculty, staff and students will be welcomed as special guests on the opening night of the festival on Friday, Dec. 5. WCU faculty member Betty Farmer and public relations students are coordinating College Night festivities.

WCU students to release Dillsboro book published by local press

Western Carolina University communication and public relations students will release a new book, “A Guide to Historic Dillsboro,” in celebration of the town’s 125th anniversary during Dillsboro’s Heritage Day event on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Faculty member and students light and learn in Dillsboro

Helping Dillsboro glow for the town’s annual Lights and Luminaries festival are Carroll Brown, an associate professor in the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University, and her students. For the last five years, they have helped light more than 2,500 candles, placed luminaries in designated locations and assisted with decorations and lights.

Dancers prepare for parade, Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries

Western Carolina University students rehearse a dance to be performed to “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

Western Carolina University students rehearse a dance to be performed to “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

A dozen Western Carolina University students will dance to “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” at the Asheville Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 23.

“It is a classic number performed by the Radio City Rockettes every year in the Christmas Spectacular since 1932,” said Karyn Tomczak, director of the WCU dance program. “The theme of the Asheville holiday parade this year is ‘A Star is Born,’ and when this number was performed a star was born: the Radio City Rockettes.”

The dancers, along with the Broadway Cats from WCU’s musical theatre program, will perform immediately following the parade at JingleFest in Asheville at Pack Square. Both groups also will perform during WCU Night at the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries on Friday, Dec. 6.

Students assist with Dillsboro Mobile Web App Promotion event April 26-27

Dillsboro merchants will show their appreciation to customers on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, by offering special discounts and door prizes accessed exclusively through Dillsboro’s mobile web application.

WCU creates video invitation to Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries event

Western Carolina Unviersity’s Department of Communication has released a video to invite the WCU community to WCU Night of the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries event to take place this Friday, Dec. 7.

Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries hosts ‘WCU Night’ Dec. 7

Western Carolina University’s new provost, Dillsboro resident Angi Brenton, will be joined by members of her family to kick off the 29th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, as they take the evening’s first horse-drawn carriage ride through the town.

Dillsboro to launch mobile Web app created by WCU students

The town of Dillsboro will unveil a new mobile Web application created by Western Carolina University students at a launch party at the Jarrett House on Monday, March 26, at 5 p.m.

Dillsboro-WCU partnership featured in video highlighting campus-community engagement

Western Carolina University’s partnership with Dillsboro was one of the featured initiatives in a video created as part of the 10th anniversary of North Carolina Campus Compact, an organization committed to building the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically engaged graduates and strengthen communities.

WCU students boost Dillsboro businesses by giving town maps to train passengers

Communication students at WCU this fall helped train passengers make their way through Dillsboro while at the same time helping to raise awareness of the town’s businesses.

Crowd explores Dillsboro during annual winter lights celebration’s ‘WCU Night’

Students, faculty and staff joined Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan as well as other visitors on the opening night of the 28th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries celebration Friday, Dec. 2, which was designated as “WCU Night.”

Opening night of Dillsboro luminary festival Dec. 2 designated as WCU Night

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan will kick off “WCU Night” at the 28th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries celebration Friday, Dec. 2, with a horse and buggy ride around the town.

Dillsboro embraces, shares new marketing theme with help from WCU

A grant enabled the town of Dillsboro to have 25 banners printed at the Western Carolina University Print Shop, sewn at the Sylva Home-Tex plant and hung to entice visitors to “eat, shop, stay and play.”

Faculty and students share research results, promotional ideas for Dillsboro

Dillsboro merchants, leaders and community members heard new ideas and saw sample materials for promoting their historic town during a recent meeting of the Dillsboro/WCU Partnership Committee.

Second annual Dillsboro on Display event to be held April 12

Dillsboro merchants will visit Western Carolina University for the second annual “Dillsboro on Display” event, which will be held on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

Faculty, staff share Dillsboro partnership experience at Civic Engagement Institute

Carroll Brown, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism; Jennifer Cooper, interim director of the Center for Service Learning; Betty Farmer, professor of communication and special assistant to the chancellor for Dillsboro; and WCU student Lauren Gray recently presented “The Dillsboro Project: Creating a Campus-Community Partnership for Small Town Revitalization” at the Civic Engagement Institute at Elon University. WCU was one of seven schools invited to present on its place-based approach to meeting critical community needs.

Video from Destination: Dillsboro! event, winners from drawing published

The town of Dillsboro hosted Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students during a special event called “Destination: Dillsboro!” on Thursday, Nov. 18, and video from the event as well as a list of winners from a drawing at the event are now available. In addition, photos from the event are posted on the town’s […]

Dillsboro event draws several hundred WCU faculty, staff, students

Approximately 250 Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students converged on the town of Dillsboro on Nov. 18 for “Destination: Dillsboro!”

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