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Band of Brothers

WCU’s own ‘Band of Brothers’ contribute to Sylva food bank, soup kitchen

The longstanding support by Western Carolina University in fighting local hunger isn’t taking a holiday break, even at the height of the pandemic.  

SoCon 100

Kelley, Gauthier named to All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team

Kelly Kelley and Courtney Gauthier are Western Carolina University’s representatives on this year’s All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team.  

Rob Young

Virginia taps Rob Young, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, for science expertise

Rob Young was recently appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to a technical advisory committee as part of the Virginia Coastal Master Planning Framework.  

Move-in

On-campus residents are required negative COVID-19 results prior to spring semester

Students living in residence halls will be asked to submit documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result taken three to five days before they leave their permanent residence and prior to their return to campus for the start of the 2021 spring semester.  

Patrick Brannon

Highlands Biological Station reflects, continues adaptive success with programs

In a typical school year, Highlands Biological Station serves nearly 10,000 students through more than 250 programs, for 50-plus schools across the mountain region. This was not a typical school year.   

Bird Building

Trustees approve $36 increase in health service fee for 2021-22 academic year

The WCU Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of fees and rates for the 2021-22 academic year that would increase a mandatory student health services fee by 11.5 percent, or $36 per year.  

Chancellor commencement

COVID-19 spikes force WCU to shift from in-person to virtual commencements for December

WCU is canceling the modified in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 10-13 and shifting to a series of virtual ceremonies.  

Bill Student

WCU legend in promoting the institution is retiring

WCU’s chief communications officer, Bill Studenc, will retire in January after more than 32 years of employment at the university.  

Forsyth Building

Alumni from Business Administration and Law Program elected as district judges across state

When the job description includes the words “your honor,” you know the role is one of importance. That certainly is the case for three alumni elected to state district court seats in the recent 2020 election.   

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