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Backstage with Jason Solomon

Jason Solomon, assistant professor of music, is directing a new group on campus – the Western Carolina University Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

On the Mosquito Hunt with Brian Byrd

Read a Q&A with Brian Byrd, assistant professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University, whose study of mosquitoes recently was featured in Western Carolina’s magazine.

From Korea with Claudia Bryant

Claudia Bryant, assistant professor of political science and public affairs and assistant director of international programs and services, attended a summer session in South Korea.

From the riverbank with Maurice Phipps

The organizer of a new amateur canoe and kayak race called the Old Cullowhee Slalom is Maurice Phipps of Western Carolina University.

In the Staff Breakroom with David Porter

Western Carolina University emergency telecommunicator David Porter and his wife, Jenny, recently hosted their fifth foreign exchange student.

At the dining hall with Jan O’Brien

A resident of Sylva since 1989, Jan O’Brien will celebrate 20 years with Western Carolina University’s team of dining staff this August.

Behind the scenes with Denise Gideon

Denise Gideon, director of athletics media relations, launched a podcast about “One Tree Hill,” a teen-driven television drama, just for fun. Now she has more than 7,000 listeners.

In the Emergency Operations Center with Tammi Hudson

Tammi Hudson recently joined the staff at Western Carolina University as emergency manager. On just her second day on the job, Hudson observed a full-scale emergency drill on campus.

From the Bench with Kellie Harper, award-winning coach of the NCAA-bound Lady Catamounts

Kellie Jolly Harper, Western Carolina University women’s basketball head coach, is preparing to take the Lady Catamounts to the NCAA tournament for the second time in five years. The team won the Southern Conference tournament title game on Monday, March 9, in a triple-overtime thriller, earning an automatic bid to the national event.

In the Staff Breakroom with Hillary Brett

That Hillary Brett should find herself assistant curator of the Fine Art Museum seems kismet.

In the Staff Breakroom with Bruce Yarrington

Bruce Yarrington spent most of his career working in education and financial planning before joining WCU in March 2008 as manager of Qualla Financial Freedom, an initiative of the Cherokee Center.

Inside the Rehearsal Hall with Matt Henley

Matt Henley, assistant director of athletic bands, spent two years planning for and developing Western Carolina’s new Purple Thunder indoor drumline, which debuted Thursday night at a basketball game where the Catamounts held off Furman University 63-54. The group will perform at about six home basketball games and the Carolina Indoor Performance Association’s Grand Championship to be held in March at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Inside the Staff Breakroom with Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones, who has worked as a museum curator and as coordinator for a historical digitization institute, recently joined the staff of the Mountain Heritage Center. In his role as curator, Jones will write, design and build exhibits; oversee the museum’s collection of artifacts; and assist visitors as they learn about the region.

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