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Assistant professor seeks volunteers for study on obtaining, evaluating COVID-19 information

Scott Eldredge, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study exploring how people obtain and assess information about the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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David Walton selected to lead WCU’s new African American Studies minor program

David Walton, an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, has been named the director of WCU’s African American Studies minor. Walton will begin his new role, which includes being an assistant professor in the Department of History, Aug. 1.  

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Fire ant problems increase in mountains, including higher elevations of the region

Move over murder hornets. Fire ants, those vicious insects with a painful sting and destructive ways, are becoming more pervasive in the mountains, according to research from the Highlands Biological Station of Western Carolina University.  

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Recipients of faculty, staff awards for teaching, scholarship, service announced

Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Interim Provost Richard Starnes have announced faculty and staff recipients of Western Carolina University’s top awards for achievements in teaching, scholarship and service for 2019-2020.  

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WCU Board of Trustees to meet online June 5

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, via the Zoom video conferencing service.  

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WCU to hold postponed May commencement ceremonies in December

It will be May in December for members of Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class of 2020 who were originally scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies this month until the events were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Online Master's Degree Program in Construction Management Builds a Career

A few years ago, Joseph Love, now a construction coordinator for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, looked at Western Carolina University and its master's degree program in construction management as the curriculum he wanted and the career-building block he needed.  

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But wait…there’s more! List of faculty, staff award nominees expands

Because of a technical glitch, the names of several nominees for top WCU faculty and staff honors scheduled to be announced as the semester draws to a close were accidentally omitted from a previously published list of contenders.  

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Collaborative innovation drives solutions in Catawba County

With the onset of COVID-19, health care systems across the country began assessing readiness in the event of a surge of COVID-19 patients. Catawba Valley Health System in Catawba County, North Carolina, was no different.  

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