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Chancellor search committee looks to have finalist named by end of academic year

The committee leading the search for WCU's next chancellor approved a timeline that is designed to have a slate of three finalists on the desk of UNC System President Margaret Spellings and a new chancellor named by the end of the current academic year.  


Eastern Band of Cherokee's ties to WCU landscape commemorated with unveiling of 'wi' sculpture

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ historical and cultural connections with the land now home to WCU were commemorated as representatives of the tribal and university communities gathered for the unveiling of a sculpture.  


Mountain Heritage Day coming up Saturday, Sept. 29, on campus

Mountain Heritage Day, the annual celebration of Southern Appalachian culture presented by Western Carolina University, takes place on campus Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  


Communication department alumni have Hurricane Florence covered

As Chad Breedlove flew over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, following the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, he got a bird’s-eye view of the destruction that was left behind. And as a freelance cameraman for CNN, the Western Carolina University alumnus was able to share the devastation with thousands of viewers.  


State Employees Combined Campaign kicks off on campus Sept. 24

It’s that time again, when the WCU community has an opportunity to “choose great” by supporting the State Employees Combined Campaign.  


After escaping wrath of Florence, WCU community now organizing to assist storm’s victims

The atmospheric forces that guide weather systems did a big favor for the WCU community last weekend when the remnants of Hurricane Florence slipped by to the east of Cullowhee as the storm center tracked northward.  


International community host program ready for another successful semester

When the application deadline comes and goes on Friday, Sept. 21, Western Carolina University’s International Community Host Program, also known as “I-Host,” will be off to a successful start.  


Former U.S. attorney general provides prescription for divided nation during campus visit

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch provided a prescription for the nation’s political and racial divides as she delivered a keynote address before a group of WCU’s highest-achieving students.  


Nearly 237,000 students enrolled in UNC System across the state

More students are enrolled in the UNC System than ever before, thanks in part to a record-high freshman class, significant growth in transfer students and the highest number of graduate students in more than a decade.  

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