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Lowering the Debt for WCU Students

$1.53 Trillion. That is the current estimated student loan debt in America, and it grows minute by minute. While those Western Carolina University undergraduates who owe student debt graduate with an average of $20,500 of debt - almost $17,000 less than the national average - our goal is to continue to provide options for students to incur as little debt as possible.   


Transforming the Future: Community Roles in Adolescent Substance Use

“It’s just a phase.” “They are just being teenagers.” “I drank when I was their age and I was fine.” These are things I know that I heard as a kid and that I have heard said to kids today. The flip side of these beliefs is the misconception that adolescents cannot develop substance-use disorders.  

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Wright works with TED team to produce animated lesson

Laura Wright, professor in WCU’s Department of English, was nominated as a “TED Talk educator” and worked with a team at the nonprofit organization to create a collaborative lesson on Indian author Arundhati Roy’s novel “The God of Small Things.”  


Finding roots: Mountain symposium attracts largest crowd in its decade-long run

The event theme of “Giduwagi ― Appalachian Historical Ecology” was topical and philosophical, reflecting both the changing landscape of Southern Appalachia and attitudes toward the natural resources of the mountains.  


Cooper Lecture will focus on Eastern Band's 'sovereign entrepreneurs'

Courtney A. Lewis, assistant professor in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Anthropology and Institute for Southern Studies, will speak at WCU and in Cherokee.  

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Latinx Heritage Month includes talk on 'Education Without Borders'

Lamberto Roque Hernandez, a writer, artist and educator, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.  


Philosophy and Religion Department’s Hale presenting public talks

Upcoming presentations, exploring questions of religious belief and secularism in contemporary life, are scheduled for 6 p.m. on both Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Sylva.  


Staff Senate adds to expressions of gratitude to former provost

Representatives of WCU's staff approved a resolution Friday, Sept. 27, specifically calling out Alison Morrison-Shetlar’s emphasis on the role of staff and the importance of professional development opportunities.  

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The votes are in: Faculty/staff newsletter to be called 'Inside WCU'

Each email newsletter will be tailored to the individual’s interests, with WCU employees only receiving stories and features that interest them,  

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