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Students during the week of kindness

Week of Kindness

Western Carolina University is celebrating a Week of Kindness April 4th – April 8th. Being kind, especially in today’s world, is an easy, tangible way to show someone that they matter and you appreciate them. When we engage in kind acts, we are giving back to those around us. And that is priceless.  

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cemetery with wooded background

Hallowed Grounds

Five mounded graves, the occupants unknown other than their status as enslaved people. Blair Tormey, a geologist with the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, adjusted his ballcap and quickly assembled a ground penetrating radar unit, looking much like a robotic lawn mower, before pushing it up the hillside. The destination, an almost forgotten cemetery, is a long way from any coastal beachfront or tidal basin where he might otherwise be working on a day like today.  

Apodaca Science Building Stairs

A New Era Begins

Former state senator and Western Carolina University alum Tom Apodaca ’80 broke ground with other university and state officials for construction of a new $110.5 million science building. During the ceremony, Apodaca commented that his dream was to attend the future grand opening of the new state-of-the-art facility with his then-infant grandson, River. He also hoped River would one day follow the family tradition of attending WCU and taking classes in the building named in his honor.  

Double Exposure of Tulips

A Photographer's View

In each issue of WCU Magazine, our photographers will not only give you a glimpse of the beauty that exists but also a look at what's taking place on campus.  

Aerial shot of Apodaca science building

The Many Facets of Science

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.  

WCU students talking at table

First Week of Classes

There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new school year when campus is abuzz with Catamounts.  

Class of 2025 Photo

Welcome Class of 2025

This weekend we welcomed back our catamount family to Cullowhee. Among those students were the freshman class of 2025 who spent the weekend embracing their new home.  

BaShaun Smith with a mask and text that says Essential WCU

Essential WCU

We successfully wrapped up one of the most difficult semesters in our university’s history and began a new one with many known and unknown challenges ahead. Our employees and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve their goals and to make a positive difference in the world.  

Three portraits of people wearing masks

Going Viral

The cover of the Fall 2020 publication of the Western Carolina University Magazine highlights a small portrait of the many ways the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted our faculty, staff and students. Inside this issue, we take a look at how in times of adversity, our Catamount Community displayed innovation, creativeness and a willingness to support Western North Carolina.  

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