Home alone, while her parents worked, an 8-year-old Alecia Page ’13 tried to open her only source of food for that evening, but to no avail. She didn’t know how to use the can opener. She went to bed, the can of corn intact, her stomach empty and her eyes full of tears. She prayed for a different life. It took a while, but she got it.
This story began some 50 years ago in rural Haywood County. It’s the story of a young boy living with his parents, supported by the land and crops they raised.
Santiago García-Castañón, WCU professor of Spanish, presented the lecture “El español en los Estados Unidos: retos y oportunidades” (“Spanish in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities”) on June 22.
Western Carolina University will begin a new Distinguished Lecture Series for high-profile speakers to engage the campus and community in dialogue on national issues, beginning this academic year.
Mountain bikers, runners and hikers now have a place to take a break after making strenuous climbs up the Cullowhee Connector and Upper Long Branch and Lower Long Branch trails on WCU’s multi-use trail system.
The work Western Carolina University is doing regarding civic engagement continues to garner recognition. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has named WCU’s Student Democracy Coalition the winner of its Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award.
A recent trip to Botswana by a delegation of Western Carolina University faculty and students has helped forge a deeper relationship between the campus and that country, working to improve special needs services, here and there.
In her Wednesday, Aug. 15, Opening Assembly address centered on the theme “Choose Great,” Interim Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar called the 2018-19 academic year “…the end of an era at WCU, but the beginning of a legacy.”
Josh O’Conner, director of Buncombe County Recreation Services, and Christy Swift, CFO of the National Technical Honor Society, were honored for completing the year-long Certified Nonprofit Professional Program offered through WCU.