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Dobyns-Bennett band records another win at Tournament of Champions

The band from Dobyns-Bennett High School will be keeping the Chancellor’s Award, a glass traveling trophy that is presented to the grand champion of WCU’s Tournament of Champions marching band competition, for another year.  

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Research into La Crosse encephalitis documented in publication of Centers for Disease Control

Research involving Western Carolina University’s Mosquito and Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Facility is aiding the fight against mosquito-spread La Crosse encephalitis in Western North Carolina and gaining recognition in a publication of the Centers for Disease Control.  

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Cheerleader for capitalism visits campus as part of Distinguished Lecture Series

Someone currently enrolled at WCU will go on to have a significant career in the leadership of a major American company, predicts one of the country’s leading businessmen.  

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NC Arts Council presents fellowship to School of Art and Design's Susan Martin

Susan Martin, an adjunct faculty member in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for her photography.  

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Clay artist Clare Twomey to lead workshop, lecture at Bardo Arts Center

Clare Twomey, a British artist, researcher and curator, will lecture on “Producing Production: Craft as an Action” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.  

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Bardo Art Center’s Halloween offering is ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

A special screening of the cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.  

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Highlands Biological Station specialist named environmental educator of the year

Patrick Brannon, the outreach education specialist at Highlands Biological Station, has been named environmental educator of the year by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina organization.  

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Homecoming continues through Nov. 4 with concerts, parade, football

Alumni from all over will be converging in Cullowhee as the university celebrates Homecoming 2018 with the theme 'Building a Legacy.'  

Jennifer Yo Gaddy at Commencement

Jennifer Yo-Gaddy

Jennifer Le’An Yoe-Gaddy, a graduate student receiving her master’s degree in social work, was the featured speaker for the 2018 Graduate School Commencement on Friday, May 11. The Weaverville resident spoke to her fellow graduating students about the circuitous route she took in earning her associate and bachelor’s degrees and said she had intended to speak to them about how to persevere in life. “We all have our stories,” she said. “Our stories, and the stories of all the graduates in this room, are certainly all unique, but undoubtedly we share one vital characteristic. We have grit, and it is your possession of this characteristic that is worthy of a sincere congratulations this evening.”  

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