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Expert Commentary: Al Kopak, PhD, Criminology

Want to Make Our Communities Safer and Reduce Overdose Deaths? Start in the Local Jail  


Criminal justice students participate in active shooter exercise

The exercise was conducted Friday, Aug. 30, by the U.S. Marshals Service at the federal courthouse in Asheville.   


Workshops address project management, administrative assistant duties

Both workshops will be held at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville in early October.  


10th annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom to be held on Tuckaseigee River

The event offers both individual and partner events with canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.  


Enrollment hits 12,000 for new record; driven by gains in distance, graduate populations

The latest tally comes just two years after student head count eclipsed 11,000 for the first time, and it marks the eighth time out of the past nine years that the number of students enrolled at the university has risen.  

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Western Roundup

To my new campus community, I write to you with the utmost enthusiasm and gratitude in my heart as I begin my first fall semester as chancellor of Western Carolina University.  


Taking The Reins

It was November 1981 when a 23-year-old Kelli McCormack first graced the cover of a magazine. The publication was The Ohio Quarter Horse Association News, and the reason for the prominent placement of her smiling visage was that McCormack had recently won the title of Miss Rodeo Ohio and was in contention for Miss Rodeo America.  


Qualla Connection

Unassuming and humble to the point of charming, the log building that is home to Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Center is located at 1594 Acquoni Road, past the tourist attractions of downtown Cherokee and shaded by trees near the junction of U.S. 441.  


Curb Appeal

This is clearly not your parent’s campus. WCU is in the midst of a campuswide construction boom. Even what you see today will be drastically different in the next couple of years as WCU upgrades, renovates and expands its facilities to accommodate the unprecedented growth it continues to see.  

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