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Salem Parris

CEAP alumna rises to pandemic challenge as first-year teacher, wins county award

Salem Parris, a 2019 alumna of the College of Education and Allied Professions, was selected as Haywood County’s 2020 Beginning Teacher of the Year.  

Students in class

Faculty Senate approves satisfactory - unsatisfactory grades

Students will be allowed to request grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for 2020 fall semester classes following a split-vote approval of a resolution of the Faculty Senate.  

Radio Tower

Turn It Up - WWCU-FM has growth spurt

At 4,061 feet above sea level, the view from Western Carolina University’s new radio tower atop Brown Mountain in Jackson County is as vast and unobstructed as one would imagine. And the sound at such height? Even better. There is none, save for nature’s hum. But don’t let the soothing silence fool you.   

Alumni tower flat

WCU Board of Trustees to meet Dec. 3-4

The Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the performance hall of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.   

Kenyata

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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Hank Henderson and Chancellor Belcher lead the Freshman Run

Young Alumnus of the Month: Hank Henderson

For Hank Henderson 17’, there was never a question if he would stay engaged with Western Carolina University once he graduated.   

Veterans Day service honoring Oscar Metcalf

WCU launches Veterans and Military Alumni Society

Melissa Metcalf Le Roy believes her father, the late Oscar William Metcalf Jr., would have been the first to apply for membership in Western Carolina University’s new Veterans and Military Alumni Society. Metcalf, a decorated Vietnam War vet, died Oct. 18, at the age of 72 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. “He dearly loved Western,” said Le Roy. “He was proud of his alma mater, the opportunities it gave him. He went to college while working full time and raising a young family. The university supported him, and (his bachelor’s degree) really meant something.”   

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.  

Killian

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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