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Kristen Revis

Finance students advance to finals in national competition

College of Business students Sophia Spangler and Kristen Revis are advancing to the national finals in a financial planning competition held by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.  

Bill Ogletree

WCU faculty member is recipient of UNC System's Holshouser Award

Dr. Billy Ogletree, of Western Carolina University, received the 2021 Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service during today’s regular meeting of the UNC Board of Governors.  

Jayne Zanglein

WCU professor emeritus explores the adventures of early women explorers in new book

When Jayne Zanglein came back from an excursion with WCU students to China a few years ago, she had the usual memorable and fun experiences and an idea.  

Cortnee Lingerfelt

WCU readies COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus

With freezers now on campus, staff in place, and volunteers on the way, WCU is in the final stages of preparations to open a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  

Billy Ogletree

Book by Billy Ogletree published on augmentative alternative communication

As a professor of communication sciences and disorders at WCU, Billy Ogletree has special insight into and experience with speech and language.   

Spring enrollment

WCU maintains steady enrollment numbers for 2021 spring semester, adds graduate students

Amid the pandemic and a recession, total enrollment at WCU has dipped only slightly for the 2021 spring semester, while the number of graduate students enrolled moderately increased over previous years.  

Martin Schemdt on a construction site

From Graduate Student to Project Engineer

Martin Schmedt MCM ’18, project engineer for WCU’s Tom Apodaca Science Building, spent hours drawing plans for dream houses as a child. “After drawing so many, I began to envision building them for my friends and family,” Schmedt said.  

Frankie Bauer

Alumni explores historical, cultural, political and personal connections that cross tribal designations

Frankie Bauer came to Western Carolina University in 2016 to pursue a master’s degree in history. A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bauer concentrated on Cherokee Studies, defending his thesis and earning his degree in fall 2018.  

Ed Lopez

CSFE examines state’s prospects for economic recovery after pandemic

The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at has issued an assessment of economic recovery, sustainability and growth in North Carolina following the pandemic.  

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