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.
This year’s campus theme is Community and Belongingness.
Vision Statement: Cultivate community, embrace belongingness, Live Western.
Mission Statement: The Campus Theme Committee will work collectively to promote a culture of belonging by supporting, recognizing, and interconnecting our communities and its members. We seek to provide opportunities to bring communities together to embrace the varying perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds within WCU and the region we serve. Our goal is to promote understanding of individual differences and support each other's expression of self as we grow and discover shared interests. We seek to cultivate a community of belonging where every member of WCU is engaged, valued, and respected.
Marketing Supported Events: These activities 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 Events: Funding for financially supported activities will vary between $100 and $2,500; the average amount of funding will be a few hundred dollars.
Carol Burton – Vice Provost (Co-chair)
Mariana Da Costa - Faculty, Nursing (Co-chair)
Patrick Hinkle - Public Communication Specialist, University Communications and Marketing
Paige Dagenhard-Trainer - Faculty, Health Sciences
Caroline LeBoeuf - Assistant Director of Retention
Jane Hughes - Faculty and Associate Dean, School of Art and Design
Alesia Jennings - Faculty, Chemistry and Physics
Wesley Satterwhite - Director, Accessibility Resources
Sky Sampson - Director, Cherokee Center
Heather Gordon - Associate Director for Degree Plus, Center for Career and Professional Development
Jenny Stewart - Director of Student Success, Education and Allied Professions
Peter Koch - Education Associate, Mountain Heritage Center
Julia Heckert - Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Jane Adams-Dunford - Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Alei Coleman - Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost
Requests for support will be accepted on a rolling basis with the committee meeting multiple times throughout the semester to vote on submitted requests. Requests can be submitted through the end of January 2024 while funding is available.
Eligibility for Marketing & Funding Supported Events
Any WCU constituent, including faculty, staff, students, departments, offices, programs, and student organizations is eligible to submit requests for marketing and financial support for events.
Goals: The extent to which the proposed activity and its associated goals are consistent with the overall mission of the Campus Theme, Community and Belongingness.
Novelty: The extent to which the activity or event will provide students with an experience not obtainable through current classes or campus programs.
Student Engagement: The extent, and manner in which, the event or activity will actively engage students in the campus theme.
Student Learning: The extent to which students will learn more about Community and Belongingness through this event or activity, and whether some method is included to assess this learning.
Budget: The size of the event budget and the extent to which the budget appears to be sufficient to support a successful event, and the presence of alternative funding sources to close any budget gap.
Impact vs. Cost: The number of students that will be directly involved with, or impacted by, this event or activity as compared to the cost or expense of the event.
Likelihood of Success: The apparent ease, or difficulty, of achieving the event or activity’s stated goals.