Jennifer Le’An Yoe-Gaddy, a graduate student receiving her master’s degree in social work, was the featured speaker for the 2018 Graduate School Commencement on Friday, May 11. The Weaverville resident spoke to her fellow graduating students about the circuitous route she took in earning her associate and bachelor’s degrees and said she had intended to speak to them about how to persevere in life. “We all have our stories,” she said. “Our stories, and the stories of all the graduates in this room, are certainly all unique, but undoubtedly we share one vital characteristic. We have grit, and it is your possession of this characteristic that is worthy of a sincere congratulations this evening.”
Western Carolina University’s next First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series event will feature folklorist, storyteller and musician Lee Knight performing at MadStone Café and Catching Light Books.
The Smoky Mountain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Collaborative will host a telescope viewing on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bridge Park in Sylva.
Western Carolina University has joined a regional collaborative that plans to use a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to boost an already thriving Western North Carolina outdoor recreation industry to an even higher level.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Western Carolina University community is continuing to come to the aid of those affected, this time gathering supplies destined for a coastal county.
An authors’ event for an adult coloring book with a mathematical theme will take place at MadStone Cafe and Catching Light Books at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
Steven Sondheim’s musical “Follies” will be shown at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, as part of its Sunday Cinema Series.
Grand opening for the Scholar Studio at WCU’s Hunter Library will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The PTA of the Catamount School, a laboratory school for children in the sixth through eighth grades, will be hosting a Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 19.