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Dr Yanjun Yan

Dr. Yanjun Yan: An I Love WCU Story

Education. Connection. Heart. - As an educational institution, Western Carolina University faculty utilize their vast resources of knowledge to nurture students, use their time to advance the curriculum offered to students, and work with an educational community to stem new ideas. Yanjun Yan is one of these individuals, but the lessons do not stop in the classroom.  

tuck river cleanup '20

Tuck River Cleanup makes a transition to ongoing individual efforts

To adhere to pandemic protocols and still achieve local litter removal goals, organizers of the Tuck River Cleanup have decided to sponsor individual-based efforts on the Tuckaseigee River.  

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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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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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Campus given 'Elite Leader' status by Andrew Goodman Foundation

Western Carolina University has been designated as an Elite Leader Campus for its student voter participation efforts, one of only five institutions in the country to be so recognized this year.  

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Honors College reading project donates to local school meals program

With WCU's 'Book Buddies' program cut short this year, the Honors College is donating $450 to help cover expenses for Smokey Mountain Elementary School's meals-at-home program.  

Annie Vasquez

Annie Vasquez: The Value of People

Annie Vasquez, a graduating senior studying Spanish, was drawn to Western Carolina University by its close-knit community and the importance the university places on every student. She knew that becoming a Catamount would mean that she would be more than just a number in a system, rather she would be valued as a person.  

Sara Mears

Sara Mears

Those “I Voted” stickers Sara Mears’ parents wore after casting their ballots each election during her childhood really stuck with her, and now she hopes to persuade others that voting is the best way to show one’s citizenship.  

See Her Story  

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Educational Outreach unit donates WCU-branded hand sanitizer to Irene Wortham Center

Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach recently donated 500 bottles of WCU-branded hand sanitizer to Buncombe County’s Irene Wortham Center.  

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