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General Assembly approves additional NC Promise funding for WCU, 2 other institutions

The North Carolina General Assembly’s biennial short session has resulted in several pieces of legislation that benefit WCU, including approval of $15 million to fund the NC Promise tuition plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  

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WCU board removes name 'Hoey' from campus auditorium

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution removing the name “Hoey” from a campus performance facility named after Clyde R. Hoey, a former governor of North Carolina and state and federal legislator who actively opposed civil rights legislation and favored racial segregation.   

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Chief marketing and communications strategist selected to lead UCM

Brian M. Mullen has been appointed to the new position of chief marketing and communications strategist at Western Carolina University.  

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Governor signs legislative 'mini-budget' providing final $16.5 million for WCU steam plant project

With Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature Friday, June 19, on a legislative “mini-budget” providing the final $16.5 million appropriation to fund replacement of WCU’s decades-old steam plant, university officials say that late Chancellor David O. Belcher must be smiling down from above.  

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Graduate School to hold online Open House sessions throughout 2020

Beginning in July, a series of virtual Open House events will be held for prospective students interested in graduate study.   

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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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