Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Jessica Gasperson-Shuford, a summer 2023 graduate of Western Carolina University’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program, knew she wanted to go into the health care field since she was in her teens.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a decade of work and life experience, Kentucky native Mo Kessler wanted to find a master’s program that checked all the boxes when it came to culture, experiencing the mountains of Western North Carolina and of course the master’s program itself.
Greensboro native Preston Ellington’s journey to being a physical therapist started back in high school in a health and human sciences class.
Kayla Patterson is a recent graduate of the Higher Education Student Affairs master’s program. She began her undergraduate studies in pursuit of a medical degree at Cleveland State University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to New York University.
WCU’s first graduating class from the Doctor of Psychology program were hooded during the graduate commencement ceremony in May.
The WCU Board of Trustees appointed Jeff Lawson as dean of the Graduate School and Research as part of its regular meeting June 9. Lawson will start in his new position July 1.
There are a total of 10,586 students enrolled this semester compared to 10,977 this time last year.
Gabriella Ware recently received the Scholarship of Excellence Award from the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions.
WCU's Police Department has joined the Sylva and Boone police departments to become the third to offer the Community Care Program in Western North Carolina.