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Master's degree program in experiential and outdoor education gains accreditation

WCU's new master's degree program in experiential and outdoor education recently gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.   

Paws on the Football Field

Missing All Things WCU? Download These Zoom Backgrounds!

Show your Catamount spirit by utilizing one of these Zoom backgrounds the next time you virtually attend class, meet with colleagues, or visit with friends.  

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Graduates of WCU's MPA program on front line of 'locally executed' response to COVID-19

Locally executed, state managed and federally supported. That’s how the Federal Emergency Management Agency has long described the ideal way to respond to major disasters.  

Students studying counseling

Pandemic Forces Counseling Students to Find New Ways to See Clients

There is nothing like a pandemic to change the rules of work, making us to pivot on the fly, then hope for the best, while simultaneously providing opportunities to learn when we least expect it. David Wynn, a second-year graduate student in Western Carolina University’s counseling program, was forced to change the way he counsels clients after COVID-19 shuttered nonessential businesses across the country. Wynn was dubious, at first, of a new delivery system that was the antithesis of his beliefs regarding counseling.   

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WCU designated Tree Campus USA

Western Carolina University has been named again as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.  

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An abbreviated Spring Literary Festival moves online

Originally scheduled with events on campus, the Spring Literary Festival's presence will now completely be digital during the COVID-19 pandemic, with live and recorded interviews and book readings.  

Justice Bigbie

Life Without Baseball

Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year Justice Bigbie is coping with having the Catamounts' season canceled because of COVID-19. Justice Bigbie was starting to feel good about his swing after a seventh-inning solo home run pulled the Western Carolina University baseball team to within 5-4 of Bryant University, before the Catamounts eventually fell, 11-5.  

Dean George Brown running rehersal

Zooming Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

Theatrical stages from coast to coast may have gone dark in this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but that has not stopped the folks from the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University from sharing their talents with the public.The livestream scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 can be watched here.  

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Highlands Biological Station stays on task, provides learning resources to region

With 'stay home, stay safe' orders in place and even the great outdoors seemingly closed, Highlands Biological Station, an installation of Western Carolina University, remains at work to meet the conservation and educational needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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