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About the Campus Theme

Sustainability and Environment


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 the integration of our campus theme in your classes, events, and activities.

Campus Theme 2019-20: Sustainability and Environment

Sustainability is something that affects everyone in some way. During Western Carolina University’s 2019-20 academic year, it will affect WCU students as the new campus learning theme.  READ MORE.

Campus Theme 2020-21: Water

The upcoming campus theme will explore water and how it impacts ourselves, our region, our nation, and our world.

Again for the 2020-2021 academic year we are subdividing campus theme events into three categories: marketing supported, financially supported, and signature events.

  • Marketing supported events will receive marketing assistance, the use of the campus theme mark for digital and printed marketing materials, and the advertisement of the activity on the theme’s website via its calendar of events.
  • Financially supported activities will receive either full or partial support (depending on the Committee’s decision), along with marketing assistance.
  • Signature events are large-scale, campus-wide activities that will be conducted in conjunction with the Campus Theme Committee. Funding will depend on the nature of the activity

The Campus Theme Committee is accepting requests for support from WCU constituents (including faculty, staff, students, departments, offices, programs, and student organizations) for activities during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Successful requests will be consistent with the mission of the campus theme.


If you have an upcoming program/event that you would like to request support for, please fill out the request form that can be found under the Call for Requests tab.

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2019-20 Members

Adrienne Applegate, Marketing
Callie Schultz, Parks and Rec Management
Chad Hallyburton, Health and Human Sciences
David Henderson, Philosophy and Religion
Hannah Cothren, Student
Holli Stillman (support), Undergraduate Studies
James Busbin, Sales and Marketing (CoB)
Jerry Miller (chair), Geosciences and Natural Resources
Kaitlin Ritchie, International Programs and Services
Lane Perry (oversight), Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Lauren Bishop, Sustainability and Energy Management
Laurie Bryson, Campus Recreation and Wellness
Marco Lam,  Accounting (CoB)
Megan Rowan, Residential Living
Morgan Kennedy, School of Art and Design
Nicholas Passalacqua, Anthropology and Sociology
Paige Coleman, Graduate Student
Rachael Walker, Advancement
Rachel York Bridgers, English
Robert Young, Study of Developed Shorelines
Scottie Kapel, Hunter Library
Steve Sciara, Construction Management
Tyler Kinnear, Music


2020-21 Members

Alex Fields, Residental Living
Andrew Penland, Mathematics
Bruce Gehrig, Constuction Management
Cynthia Wray, Communication
Eli Collins-Brown, Coulter Faculty Commons
Heidi Dent, Business Sales and Marketing
Jen Schiff, Political Science
Jonathan Brooks, University Advancement
Joshua Rokower, Hunter Library
Kristy Maddy, Facilities Managment
Lane Perry, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Samuel Blanton, University Marketing

Specific criteria used by the committee to review the requests can be found on the first page of the request form. Requests for support will be accepted on a continual basis through 5:00 pm, January 19, 2021; however, requests will only be reviewed on or immediately after the following dates:

  • Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Friday, September 4, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, January 29, 2021

It is important that you submit a request for an event such that it can be reviewed by
the committee at least two weeks before the proposed activity.


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