Sara Joss, Lance Morsell, Will Scarbrough and Addie Ward worked with foundation staff members to coordinate group discussions concerning pressing needs within the WNC region.
Events will be held throughout October and are free and open to the public.
A reception with the artist and formal talk are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10.
A major contributing factor is improved student retention across the state's universities.
Sessions will be held on Fridays beginning Oct. 18 and continuing through Nov. 15.
The policy will provide eight weeks of fully paid parental leave to employees who have given birth to a child, and four weeks of paid leave for non-birth parents in other circumstances.
Organizers are expecting potentially record attendance for the annual event that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture.
Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, WCU associate professor of history, has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, which is presented by the Southern Historical Association.
Chancellor Kelli R. Brown has announced that Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will be assuming a position as a faculty member in the Department of Biology.