School was online, my friends were online, my life was online. The last year and a half as an undergraduate through remote learning has been the most challenging academic hurdle I have endured.
It is hard to imagine that I have been at WCU for two years and most of that time was spent leading our university through a historic pandemic. Although as challenging as it has been for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, we never allowed the pandemic to hinder the work we are doing to deliver a quality, affordable, educational experience.
“Roaring with Pride” will be the theme for Homecoming 2021 at Western Carolina University, with a variety of festivities scheduled from Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10. Highlights include the homecoming game against Mercer, performances by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, a series of alumni brunches, tailgating parties, and receptions, plus tours of the new, state-of-the-art Apodaca Science Building along with the traditional parade through downtown Sylva.
WCU is in the process of updating its 2014 Campus Master Plan and will hold two virtual forums to allow for public feedback.
A $5 million milestone recently was achieved by the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines for grants received to support its research and work.
The School of Nursing has been ranked first in the state by the Nursing Schools Almanac research team, in part for achieving an almost perfect rate of graduates passing the NCLEX on their first attempt.
The newest jewel to adorn the campus of Western Carolina University is the cutting-edge, futuristic, uniquely organic Apodaca Science Building. Housing programs ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and forensic science, the building replaces the aging Natural Science Building which was built in the 1970s.
English graduate students now have another avenue to publish their written works, thanks to the vision of one of their own.
Benjamin J. Pendry has been appointed to the position of assistant vice chancellor for development.