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April Perry and Her family

WCU's April Perry recognized as top professional in region by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

April Perry, an associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, has been named to the Standout Blue Ridge Class of 2020 by the Carolinas’ chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

Students in a socially distant classroom

Teaching: COVID-19 Style

There was a time when faculty members spent most of their days preparing their lectures, presenting them to their students and being available during office hours for extra instruction. Some also had the additional task of preparing for laboratory work or work outside of campus, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Then came the coronavirus, COVID-19, and a new way of teaching was born.  

Drone campus

Nine faculty members promoted to full professor

Nine faculty members have been promoted to full professor in recognition of a sustained record of professional and academic achievement.  

Unity March

‘Culture in Conversation Series’ kicks off with its first webinar

The “Culture in Conversation Series” at Western Carolina University will hold the first of three fall semester virtual sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 22.  

Grace Allen

Scholarship established in memory of WCU finance professor

A new scholarship has been established to honor long-time College of Business professor Grace Allen, who passed away Aug. 19 after a brief battle with cancer.   

Sapphire Lake

Professor announces annual fall color forecast for mountains

Autumn leaves and the natural beauty of fall colors across Western North Carolina are a seasonal sensation that draw thousands of visitors and locals alike - and prompts an annual prognostication by biology professor Beverly Collins.  

student life masks

Regional economic impact of pandemic examined by the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise is conducting an analysis of the economic impact of the pandemic in the region.   

David Virtue with students in Norway

WCU’s Newest Professor Sees ‘virtue’ in Middle Grades Students

David Virtue has been involved with middle grades education for 20 years. So, when he first learned that he was named Western Carolina University’s Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education this summer, it’s no surprise that he compared his reaction to the excitement of a middle schooler learning “they were getting a snow day.”  

Meet David Virtue  

Rapid Center Face Shields

Rapid Center uses 3D printers to make face shields for faculty, staff

Faculty, students and staff in WCU's College of Engineering and Technology have turned their attention to helping employees return safely to campus this fall with the development of personal protective equipment.  

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