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Biking on with a view of campus

Countdown to Cullowhee: 6 Days

When you see campus, there is only one way to describe what you feel. You don’t know how you know, but you know. It could be the sense of place you feel or the wonder of nature that surrounds you or the connections you’ve forged with forever friends and mentors, but only one thought crosses your mind. This…is home.  

Student watching a sunset

Countdown to Cullowhee: 7 Days

Just as sure as the sun rises, it sets. While you’re at WCU, make the most of the time you have. Soak in the wonder and make the most of your experience. When you look back on your time here you don’t want to think of what you wish you had done, but reminisce about the memories you made while you were here and all the many things you accomplished.  

An aerial shot of the wcu stadium

Countdown to Cullowhee: 8 Days

Break out your purple and gold and get ready to cheer on the Catamounts! Another exciting year of athletics is upon us. From homecoming and tailgating, to events for every sport, you’ll never run out of chances to cheer on our student-athletes. Get to know the fight song…you’re going to need it!  

Student fishing in the Tuckaseegee river

Countdown to Cullowhee: 9 Days

Whether you want to catch a fish in the Tuckasegee River, bike a mountain trail, or set up camp under the night sky, outdoor adventure isn’t hard to find. Basecamp Cullowhee makes it easy to get any equipment you need or join in on a group excursion. With so much to choose from, all you’re going to have to do is decide what’s next.  

Students driving on the parkway

Countdown to Cullowhee: 10 Days

The Blue Ridge Parkway weaves its way through our beautiful mountains, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to Virginia. Entrances close to campus mean adventure is never too far away. The parkway’s 469 miles promise breathtaking views, hiking, camping, waterfalls, and so much more. If you ever feel like you need a moment to reflect, take a break, or just explore, the parkway is your go-to.  

SLSLC Students

Dreams of Hosting a Latinx Student Leadership Conference Come True

This time a year ago, Ricardo Nazario-Colón, Western Carolina University’s chief diversity officer, and his graduate assistant, Kevin Trudell, took 10 WCU students to the 28th annual National Latino Collegiate Conference at the University of Albany. As they were returning to Cullowhee, traveling on I-81 south in the middle of the night, someone blurted out, “We need to have our own conference.” The van erupted into cheers. For the rest of the ride, the students began brainstorming and dishing out assignments.  

Rachel and Caleb Sullivan and their family

Food and Faith Changed Lives of WCU Siblings

Rachel Sullivan believes in the power of good food on the body and of the Holy Spirit on the soul. Without one, she would not have found the other — or her life’s calling. Sullivan is a 20-year-old Western Carolina University junior and Honors College student majoring in nutrition and dietetics, an area of study she chose after witnessing the effects of starvation on her two half siblings whose parents were dealing with substance abuse issues. Sullivan and her half siblings, now age 9 and 13, have the same birth mother.   

Levern Hamlin Allen

Black History Month Wrap-Up

During Black History Month 2019, WCU looked to our alumni to help tell the story of North Carolina’s first predominantly white institution to enroll an African-American student. We shared stories that inspire the university to continue its enduring commitment to inclusive excellence. In case you missed it, explore our recap...   

Keion Crossen

A Coaches' Determination Helps Define a Student's Story

“My decision to come to Western Carolina was solely based on him [Coach Mark Speir],” Crossen said. “He was a great guy when he came to talk to me in Garysburg. He drove down there in the snow. That speaks volumes. I really appreciate what he’s done for me and the chance he gave me to play at the Division I level at Western. Now, I guess I’m helping the program a little with recruiting."  

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