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Installation Celebration Events

March 21st - 27th, 2020

Paint the Town Purple

Paint the town purple


March 21 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Sylva & Dillsboro

A community-centered and spirited expression of Catamount Pride as we celebrate the connection between WCU and our closest neighbors. Merchants and shops in Sylva and Dillsboro will be decked out in purple and gold. Come out to shop, socialize, eat and drink with friends and our community partners.

Jackson County Library Reading & Reception

March 23 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Jackson County Library

Join in celebrating WCU’s deep community roots with a reception at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Meet Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and her husband Dennis, tour library exhibits, visit the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society offices, and enjoy a reading by Holly Kays, author of “Trailblazers & Traditionalists: Modern Day Smoky Mountain People."

WCU in Asheville

March 23 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Biltmore Park Instructional Site

We bring the installation celebration to Asheville with a reception for students, faculty, staff, alumni and our friends in the Asheville community. Chancellor Brown and Dennis Brown will be on hand and the chancellor will share informal remarks.

Chancellor’s Catamount Cookout

Catamount Cookout


March 25 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Childress Field at Hennon Stadium

Students and members of the campus community celebrate in an old- fashioned cookout before the Catamount baseball team takes on Gardner-Webb. Bring your friends and co-workers and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream. Be a part of the installation celebration and stay to cheer on your Catamounts!

Undergraduate Research Exposition

Undergraduate Research


March 25 | 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center

As a part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Conference, the Undergraduate Research Expo featuring more than 200 student presenters working with nearly 60 faculty sponsors. This is truly a day to celebrate the undergraduate research as a crucial element of WCU.


American Association of University Women Luncheon

March 26 | 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Invitation Only

Graduate Research Symposium

Graduate Research


March 26 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote & 5:00 p.m. Awards & Reception
A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom

In a continued celebration of academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge, the symposium’s keynote speaker, Alvin Malesky, Jr., professor and head of WCU’s Psychology Department, will discuss “Sustainability of the Self” as part of the installation week’s activities. Come out and celebrate the work of our graduate students and their contributions to research in their chosen field.


Western Carolina Performance Showcase



March 26 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

A performance showcase featuring students and faculty from the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, along with regional performers and community friends, will include selections from the School of Stage and Screen's upcoming production of “BRING IT ON,” as well as the Cherokee Chamber Singers, and other vocal and instrumental performances. This engaging performance is free, but seating is limited and tickets must be reserved online.


Installation Ceremony

March 27 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center

Dr. William Roper, president of the UNC System, will preside over the installation ceremony which will officially install Kelli R. Brown as the 12th chancellor of Western Carolina University. Dignitaries and delegates will bring greetings and the WCU Symphonic Band and WCU Concert Choir will provide a number of musical selections. 


Ceremony Reception

March 27 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center

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