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Amber Parker

WCU Dance Team Coaches Create Scholarship in Memory of Former Member

Funny, funny, funny. That was Amber Parker in a nutshell, say those who best knew the vibrant young woman who graduated from Western Carolina University in 2016 and passed away Nov. 18, 2018, at age 24 from a rare form of ovarian cancer.  


From homeless teen to Harvard grad, Liz Murray to deliver keynote address at chancellor’s list ceremony

Liz Murray, the subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film “Homeless to Harvard,” is the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s ceremony honoring those on the 2019 fall semester chancellor’s list.  


Physical therapy project gains support from Parkinson’s Foundation

The WCU project will develop academic collaborations with community partners to provide physical therapy students with skills to better assist people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.   

WCU Alumnus Matthew Hessburg

Food. Fire. Friends.

Matthew Hessburg, an alumnus of the University Participant program, used the skills he learned while working at the acclaimed Haywood Smokehouse to create a barbecue sauce of his own.  

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WCU dance team coaches create scholarship in memory of former member

To honor former WCU student Amber Parker, her former dance team coaches — Jessica Graning, Lindsi Cauley and Amy Manshack — created the Amber Parker Memorial Annual Scholarship, which offers $1,000 in scholarship support to a qualifying dance team member each year.  


WCU Board of Trustees passes resolution urging passage of state budget, raises for faculty, staff

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of a rapid conclusion to a months-long impasse between the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper that has tied up salary increases for faculty and staff, delayed funding for a replacement to WCU’s aging steam plant and forced university officials to consider slowing enrollment growth.  


Annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration will include award announcements


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Online learning offers beginning German language course

Students will practice grammar individually through the online system, with opportunities for conversation through live video.  

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