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Face coverings, sanitizer, thermometers will be provided to faculty, staff in COVID-19 fight

Faculty and staff soon will be receiving bags of personal protective items that are designed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus as part of the institution’s “Catamounts Care” campaign.  

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Highlands Biological Station begins bird banding project

In conjunction with an international effort, the Highlands Biological Station has initiated a bird banding project in the high-elevation mountain community.  

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General Assembly approves additional NC Promise funding for WCU, 2 other institutions

The North Carolina General Assembly’s biennial short session has resulted in several pieces of legislation that benefit WCU, including approval of $15 million to fund the NC Promise tuition plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  

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WCU board removes name 'Hoey' from campus auditorium

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution removing the name “Hoey” from a campus performance facility named after Clyde R. Hoey, a former governor of North Carolina and state and federal legislator who actively opposed civil rights legislation and favored racial segregation.   

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Chief marketing and communications strategist selected to lead UCM

Brian M. Mullen has been appointed to the new position of chief marketing and communications strategist at Western Carolina University.  

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Governor signs legislative 'mini-budget' providing final $16.5 million for WCU steam plant project

With Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature Friday, June 19, on a legislative “mini-budget” providing the final $16.5 million appropriation to fund replacement of WCU’s decades-old steam plant, university officials say that late Chancellor David O. Belcher must be smiling down from above.  

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The Historical Significance and Contemporary Relevance of Juneteenth

Adam Thomas is an assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University whose research examines questions of slavery, anti-slavery warfare, emancipation, race, gender, memory, childhood and kinship in colonial North America and the early U.S. We asked Dr. Thomas to provide some insight into the historical significance of Juneteenth and what the event means during these times of civil unrest and protest.  

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Graduate School to hold online Open House sessions throughout 2020

Beginning in July, a series of virtual Open House events will be held for prospective students interested in graduate study.   

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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge begins efforts for voter registration

A local push to register voters and get out the vote is being spearheaded by a group at Western Carolina University, as part of the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.  

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