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First-Generation Student, Kenyatta Fortune Prospers in Graduate School

In December, Kenyatta Fortune will become a three-time graduate of Western Carolina University. Doing so didn’t come without facing significant challenges. “The dynamics are different,” Fortune said. “While the professors provide guidance, encouragement and support, the student is given full autonomy in setting personal timelines, meeting agendas and maintaining contact with milestone updates on their thesis research.”  

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Randy White

Faith in WCU student-athletes leads to fundraising challenge to Greek alumni

Randy White is a man of faith, and not just in God, but in Western Carolina University, his alma mater. So much so, he and his wife, Kim Hunter, are putting up a $30,000 gift challenge for the “Whee Are One” fund to support WCU’s student-athletes — as long as 600 of his fellow Greek alumni contribute to the campaign by Nov. 20, the gift challenge deadline. The “Whee Are One” campaign continues until next June.  

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Stringer named NC College/University P.E. Teacher of the Year

Assistant professor Amy Stringer has been named North Carolina College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year by NC SHAPE.  

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EMS student sees service to others as service to self

Daniel Tizon has his sights set on the future, while firmly grounded in the present as a student emergency services technician.  

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Art students

Harris Regional Cancer Center features display of works by School of Art and Design

Original artwork created by students, faculty and alumni from the School of Art and Design is now on display at Harris Regional Hospital’s cancer care center.  

Richard Jordan

The Show Must Go On

COVID-19 may have delayed Richard Jordan’s arrival at WCU, but the pandemic won’t stop it. This is Part 4 of a four-part series looking at WCU’s four recently named distinguished professors who have joined the university this fall.  

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Native American Heritage Month still on schedule to be celebrated at WCU

November is Native American Heritage Month and events adhering to pandemic protocols have been scheduled for Western Carolina University.  

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WCU receives grant to improve skills of local children who are English language learners

WCU is the recipient of a $583,074 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for an afterschool program to help improve the academic skills of students at Cullowhee Valley School who speak English as another language.  

Green College

WCU designated a ‘green college’ for 10th year by The Princeton Review

WCU keeps its streak alive in being listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible and ecologically connected institutions in North America.   

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