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Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet to perform benefit program in Sylva

The performance of “Christmas Brass” on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will benefit victims of the California wildfires.  

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Informational workshop scheduled for provost’s grant applicants

The Office of Research Administration will accept applications from tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty and staff for the Provost’s Internal Funding Support Grant through Friday, Feb. 1.  


Mountain Heritage Center hosts exhibit on WNC during World War I

The exhibit features wartime images and artifacts, as well as examples of propaganda used to build support for the war effort, and highlights local individuals who served.  


Residential Living staff member receives statewide recognition

The North Carolina Housing Officers have chosen Lisa Surber, a housing assignments coordinator, as the recipient of its Scott Braswell Housing Function Award.  


WCU holding two fall commencement ceremonies at Ramsey Center

James Driver Blythe, a criminal justice major from Cherokee, will deliver remarks for the morning ceremony and Emma Mahala Mooney, a Dobson native and business administration and law major, will address the audience for the afternoon event.  

Amanda Muse

Pride of the Mountain Marching Band Snare Drum Player Inspires the Next Generation

Amanda Muse is one of very few female snare drum players who perform at the highest levels of marching band. After overcoming stereotypes and physical challenges, Amanda uses her talent to inspire a new generation of musicians. The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has given her the opportunity to share her gift with thousands of younger drummers. It has also given her the ride of a lifetime while performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.  


Goal for State Employees Combined Campaign surpassed by $5,000

The only officially sanctioned fund drive conducted on campus for outside organizations began Sept. 24 and wrapped up Nov. 9.  


WCU to name new residence hall after Levern Hamlin Allen, its first African-American student

The former trustee enrolled at what was then called Western Carolina College 61 years ago, three years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.  

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Board of Trustees schedule quarterly meeting for Friday, Dec. 7

The board also will hold committee meetings and discussions beginning at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.  

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