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Archaeological collections facility renovated with federal grant

A U.S. Forest Service grant provided for renovations to WCU's holding facility for archaeological collections associated with the Cherokee and located on the ground floor of the McKee Building.  

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Lily Cai Dance Company highlights WCU’s Lunar New Year Celebration

The Lily Cai Dance Company will perform at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center as part of Western Carolina University’s Lunar New Year Celebration.  

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‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ hits the big screen at Bardo Arts Center

Western Carolina University’s Sunday Cinema Series continues Sunday, Jan. 20, with the screening of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at 3 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.  

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Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to include keynote address by Aminata Cairo

Tying in with WCU's learning theme “Defining America,” the lecturer from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands will speak on “Re-Defining Us in All of Our Richness.”  

Ally Bevers

Honors College Student Leaps Life’s Barriers on the Way to Fulfilling Her Goals

“I could just go to school and that was like my place,” said Bevers, now a junior at Western Carolina University. “For me, school was normal and I was normal at school. I didn’t have to think about what was going on at home. It gave me something to distract myself. It was something I was good at.”  

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Year-end giving pushes 'Lead the Way' fundraising campaign past $58 million mark

Among the recent contributions to the campaign is an anonymous estate gift of $1 million to go toward student scholarships.  

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Year-end giving pushes WCU's 'Lead the Way' fundraising campaign past $58 million mark

Western Carolina University’s “Lead the Way” comprehensive fundraising campaign climbed ever closer to hitting its goal of $60 million as a surge of year-end giving pushed the total raised to date to $58.7 million. Among the recent contributions to the campaign is an anonymous estate gift of $1 million to go toward student scholarships, which is the top priority of “Lead the Way: A Campaign Inspired by the Belcher Years.” The campaign is scheduled to come to a close this spring.  

WCU College of Business Faculty Hollye Moss

Moss fund supports teaching excellence, honors colleague

With a new doctorate under her belt and her dream job at Western Carolina University in hand, Hollye Moss jumped right in – and promptly started to sink. No longer distracted by a dissertation, Moss realized something was lacking: her teaching skills.   

Marcy Sammons

NC Promise "was definitely the yes" for transfer student

As a senior at Forest View High School in Gastonia, Marcy Sammons had her eye on Western Carolina University. She'd heard good things about WCU's College of Business, but perhaps even more importantly, WCU had the best Marching Band in the state and one of the best in the nation. Sammons led the Color Guard at Forest View, and she'd heard stories about WCU's 2014 trip to march in the Macy's Day Parade. She was a high school junior at the time. But when senior year rolled around, the cost of a four-year university simply wasn't an option for Sammons or her family. She was going to need to borrow the money she would need to attend school, and the thought of finishing a marketing degree with significant college debt was overwhelming.  

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