Jason Solomon, assistant professor of music, is directing a new group on campus – the Western Carolina University Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
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.
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.
The organizer of a new amateur canoe and kayak race called the Old Cullowhee Slalom is Maurice Phipps of Western Carolina University.
Western Carolina University emergency telecommunicator David Porter and his wife, Jenny, recently hosted their fifth foreign exchange student.
A resident of Sylva since 1989, Jan O’Brien will celebrate 20 years with Western Carolina University’s team of dining staff this August.
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.
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.
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.
That Hillary Brett should find herself assistant curator of the Fine Art Museum seems kismet.
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.
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.
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.