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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge begins efforts for voter registration

A local push to register voters and get out the vote is being spearheaded by a group at Western Carolina University, as part of the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.  

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Large events, gatherings curtailed for fall 2020 semester

Several events typically on the fall semester calendar are canceled for 2020 as part of significant changes to campus activities necessitated by state and health care professional guidance in response to COVID-19.  

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Mountain Heritage Day will not take place this year

Mountain Heritage Day, the annual community and campus celebration of Southern Appalachian culture presented by Western Carolina University since 1974, will not happen this year.  

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Center for the Study of Free Enterprise associate director conducts study on pandemic, college enrollment

Sean Mulholland, associate director of the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, has a new study on the effects of COVID-19 on college enrollment.  

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Staff Senate expands campus support, community involvement

Staff Senate increased its expectations for community service this year, setting a goal of 450 volunteer hours and a 100 percent participation rate by senators.   

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Advancement vice chancellor search postponed until spring 2021

Chancellor Kelli R. Brown has announced that the university’s national search for a new vice chancellor for advancement has been suspended until June 2021.  

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Cherokee Center presents Jerry Wolfe 'Gadugi" Award

WCU's Cherokee Center recently selected Class of 2020 Cherokee High School graduates Tierney Bradley and Brandon Wolfe to receive the Dr. Jerry Wolfe 'Gadugi' Award as part of its efforts to connect with the community.  

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Environmental health professionals provide additional, much-needed pandemic care

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a public health crisis of historic portions, with the phrase 'frontline workers' becoming a large part of the daily lexicon. And the Environmental Health Program at Western Carolina University has contributed its fair share of professionals to those ranks at the local, state and national levels.  

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Chancellor, trustees chair respond to protest, racial tensions across US

Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Bryant Kinney, chair of the WCU Board of Trustees, set aside the business of the university to address the business of the nation in the wake of days of civil unrest across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd and other high-profile racial incidents.  

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