Campus themes constitute one example of a high impact practice that provides students with common and collaborative educational experiences, opportunities to connect curricular and co-curricular learning, and explorations of disciplines through a common lens. While participation is optional by students, faculty and staff, we encourage integration of our campus theme in your classes, events, and activities.
When it came time to select a new interdisciplinary learning theme, Western Carolina University didn’t need to look far. The heritage and tradition of a proud people permeate the very ground upon which the university is built. Thus the selection of the 2017-18 theme of “Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections.” Read more.
Signature events associated with the theme will be offered throughout the upcoming academic year.
Mountain Heritage Day - September 30, 2017
The 43rd annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Free admission and family friendly.
Andrew Denson, History
Ben Steere, Anthropology & Sociology
Deidre Hopkins (Support), Undergraduate Studies
Jane Adams-Dunford, Student Affairs
Janina DeHart, MAPS
Jennifer Cooper, Center for Service Learning
Jill Jacobs, Fine and Performing Arts
Jonny Walkingstick, Community Member
Kasia Podosek, Military Services
Kevin Koett, Student Affairs
Lisa Bloom (Chair), School of Teaching and Learning
Liz Skene, Hunter Library
Marlon Morgan, Public Relations
Pamela Duncan, English
Peter Koch, Mountain Heritage Center
Sky Sampson, Cherokee Center
Thomas Martin, Biology
The Campus Theme committee invites requests for funds to promote and support activities related to implementation of the 2017-18 campus theme.