Western Carolina University was founded 125 years ago to bring education and career opportunities to Western North Carolina. Since our humble beginnings as a one-room schoolhouse serving 18 students, Western Carolina has grown in size and scope, today providing higher education to more than 10,000 students and inspiring them – and the region we serve – to reach new heights. Join us as we celebrate our legacy and look toward new horizons.
Children are invited to scour local places of business to find images of Paws. Those who spot Paws’ furry face at five different participating locations and submit a form indicating where they spotted the mascot will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes. Local children also will be invited to get to meet Paws at a party later this year on the WCU campus. Other members of the campus and surrounding communities are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves with Paws and upload it to the 125th Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WCU125. For more information, see the article at WCU to launch 125th anniversary celebration game at Sylva festival April 26.
This event will include a picnic on the lawn, old-fashioned games, music, dance and fun for everyone. Prior to the picnic on the lawn, a Commemorative Celebration of the 125th Anniversary will be held in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community are invited to attend. More details and associated events will be announced in the coming months. Visit celebrate125.wcu.edu again soon, or "like" the 125th anniversary Facebook page for the latest announcements.
Among the first African Americans to be admitted to any of North Carolina's all-white state institutions of higher learning, Levern Hamlin capitalized on the opportunity to learn, earning master’s degrees at the University of Maryland and George Washington University, and eventually serving on the WCU Board of Trustees for eight years. Learn more...
For 125 years, a school nestled in the heart of a mountain paradise has sought to bring education to eager minds in a region rich in culture, art, music and innovation. After the school began in 1889, it became known as “The Cullowhee Experiment.” And so it is today at Western Carolina University. And so it will be tomorrow. Learn more about some of Western Carolina's major landmark events, milestone achievements, formative traditions and unique personalities.