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Nursing Students Grow Together Through Gardening

Western Carolina University's School of Nursing garden brings students together with the source of nutrition. To help her School of Nursing students understand the link between health and nutrition, Western Carolina University assistant professor Beth Nease takes them to the source – the nursing school’s organic garden plot where rich, black matter is the star.  

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WCU extends optional satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system for spring semester

WCU's Faculty Senate passed a resolution to extend its satisfactory/unsatisfactory guidelines for the 2021 spring semester due to the prolonged strain of nonstandard teaching modalities at a primarily residential instruction institution.   

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The Eyes Have It

An idea that sprang out of School of Art and Design Professor Richard Tichich’s beginning photography classes in the Fall of 2020. The exhibition was designed to feature the diversity of students who comprise the student body community at Western Carolina University.  

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Nursing Students Assist with COVID-19 Shots

There were nursing students giving shots, church members helping people find their place in line, fraternity brothers directing traffic and other volunteers filling in where needed. Sometimes it takes a village to protect a village, and that certainly was the case when a group of Western Carolina University nursing school students decided to make their senior service learning project a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Buncombe County’s African American community.  

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WCU to resume ‘normal operations’ this fall

WCU is moving forward with plans to resume as close to normal operations this fall, given the current COVID-19 trends and projections.  

Kristen Revis

Finance students advance to finals in national competition

College of Business students Sophia Spangler and Kristen Revis are advancing to the national finals in a financial planning competition held by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.  

BaShaun Smith with a mask and text that says Essential WCU

Essential WCU

We successfully wrapped up one of the most difficult semesters in our university’s history and began a new one with many known and unknown challenges ahead. Our employees and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve their goals and to make a positive difference in the world.  

Al Kopek

Three mental health conditions contribute to violent offenses, WCU study finds

WCU researchers find a disproportionate number of inmates with violent offenses suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and alcohol use disorder.  

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Unmasking the Flow

Students in Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology are conducting studies that could help people make more informed decisions on which face masks are most effective.  

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