About the Campus Theme

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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.

Campus Theme 2017-18
Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections

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.

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Signature Events

Signature events associated with the theme will be offered throughout the upcoming academic year.

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Highlighted Event

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.

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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.

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