Western Carolina University had a successful first day of classes and is moving forward with residential instruction. We have implemented a series of changes including a mask mandate, lowering classroom density, and many other protocols through our Catamounts Care initiative. Additionally, we have erected outdoor tents throughout campus for student, faculty and staff use. We continue to evaluate conditions that may influence our ability to deliver residential operations.
The WCU Board of Trustees elected a slate of officers for 2020-21, made appointments to several committees and approved changes to bylaws permitting more frequent electronic meetings.
Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Moe Davis, candidates for the North Carolina congressional seat left vacant by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have both agreed to appear at a two-day joint forum hosted by three of the district’s largest media outlets.
Following a recent regulatory overhaul of federal Title IX civil rights legislation by the U.S. Department of Education, WCU has revamped its Title IX-related policies and procedures.
Chancellor Kelli R. Brown was sworn into office and urged the university community not to allow the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent WCU from meeting its mission of providing higher education and outreach to Western North Carolina.
Grant will allow WCU to preserve and display its herbarium, arthropods and birds and mammals collections.
WCU’s Faculty Senate approved a resolution against resuming in-person instruction for fall semester.
Sue Swanger remembers them well: a group of bright and eager young women who all happened to be in her graduate auditing class together in 2003, all working toward their master’s degrees in accounting. That they now all serve together on Western Carolina University’s College of Business accounting advisory board is no surprise to their former professor.
David Virtue has been involved with middle grades education for 20 years. So, when he first learned that he was named Western Carolina University’s Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education this summer, it’s no surprise that he compared his reaction to the excitement of a middle schooler learning “they were getting a snow day.”