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Thomas Farrell

Road warrior burns candle on both ends to finish degree

The next time a student claims he or she will never use the math they’re struggling with in school, have them talk to Western Carolina University alumnus Thomas Farrell, a laser process engineer who works on commercial aircraft engines at GE Aviation Asheville.  

Matthew McDonough

Matthew McDonough awarded national fellowship to advance diversity in science research

When WCU alumnus Matthew McDonough starts his third year of graduate school at the University of Chicago this fall, he’ll do so as a member of a select group.  

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CEAP, CAS alumna honored with national award in leadership as a teacher of color

Zöe Zander, a 2018 WCU alumna, has received a 2021 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award presented by the National Council of Teachers of English.   

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Principal preparation program receives $4.1 million grant

WCU is a recipient of a recurring grant from the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program that will provide $4.1 million over the next six years, the University of North Carolina System recently announced.  

Tom Clegg

Clegg combines love for WCU, military as head of new affinity society

Col. Tom Clegg may be retired from the Army, but he still gets a thrill out of leading people. Clegg, who graduated from Western Carolina University in 1965 with business and history degrees, is the first president of the Division of Advancement’s new Military and Veterans Alumni Society and he’s relishing the opportunity to meet and recruit new members, even by Zoom.  

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Board of Trustees elect new officers

The WCU Board of Trustees elected a slate of officers for 2021-22, made appointments to several committees and swore in new board members.   

Jamie Raynor

Board of Trustees appoints Jamie Raynor as vice chancellor of advancement

The WCU Board of Trustees appointed Jamie Raynor as its new vice chancellor of advancement during a special-called meeting today, July 20.   

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Triple E in the WHEE provides childcare assistance to students

WCU's College of Education and Allied Professions is providing affordable childcare for student parents.  

HEERF grants

Eligible students to receive $500 emergency grants through HEERF III funds

WCU will provide $500 emergency grants to enrolled students who qualify for assistance in payment of fall 2021 semester billing charges.  

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