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Cortnee Lingerfelt

WCU readies COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus

With freezers now on campus, staff in place, and volunteers on the way, WCU is in the final stages of preparations to open a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  

Ed Lopez

CSFE examines state’s prospects for economic recovery after pandemic

The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at has issued an assessment of economic recovery, sustainability and growth in North Carolina following the pandemic.  

BaShaun Smith with a mask and text that says Essential WCU

Essential WCU

We successfully wrapped up one of the most difficult semesters in our university’s history and began a new one with many known and unknown challenges ahead. Our employees and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve their goals and to make a positive difference in the world.  

Headshot of Rich Price

Rich Price named executive director of economic development and regional partnerships

Rich Price, a passionate and proud 1988 graduate of WCU, has spent the last seven years as the director of economic development for Jackson County.   

Pride Week

WCU teams with Blue Ridge Pride Center, UNCA for local LGBTQ project

A collaboration between WCU, the University of North Carolina Asheville and the Blue Ridge Pride Center will gather oral histories, archival materials and photos for an ongoing LGBTQ community research project.  

Cat Statue mask

COVID-19 dashboard updates resume Jan. 11 with additional information

Western Carolina University’s COVID-19 dashboard will resume its weekday updates.   

Band of Brothers

WCU’s own ‘Band of Brothers’ contribute to Sylva food bank, soup kitchen

The longstanding support by Western Carolina University in fighting local hunger isn’t taking a holiday break, even at the height of the pandemic.  

Patrick Brannon

Highlands Biological Station reflects, continues adaptive success with programs

In a typical school year, Highlands Biological Station serves nearly 10,000 students through more than 250 programs, for 50-plus schools across the mountain region. This was not a typical school year.   

Rewalk technology

Walk This Way

Thanks to a robotic-assisted physical therapy method underway at a clinic housed in the Health and Human Sciences Building at Western Carolina University, a local man is getting back on his feet - literally. The innovative device is one in a series of products by ReWalk, a medical device company that designs and develops mobility products for individuals with lower limb disabilities. While there are other manufacturers and systems, WCU is one of only two ReWalk training facilities in North Carolina.  

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