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Robert Conley

Late writer, Cherokee Studies leader at WCU to be honored with marker

The late Robert J. Conley, author and former Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at WCU, will receive a historical marker in his hometown of Cushing, Oklahoma.  

Portrait of Nick

No Bones About It

As a forensic anthropologist, Western Carolina University assistant professor Nicholas Passalacqua has always believed he was doing important work through his teaching and his research.  

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Ramsey Center

Spring commencement, fall ceremonies rescheduled over 4 days in December

WCU is planning a four-day series of ceremonies to honor spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates.   

Forsyth

Angela 'AJ' Grube named as next College of Business dean

Angela “A.J.” Grube, a member of the faculty in the College of Business for more than 20 years, has been named to lead the college as its next permanent dean, effective Jan. 1.  

Portrait of Richard Starnes

Chancellor appoints Richard Starnes to provost

WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown has announced the appointment of Richard D. Starnes as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective immediately.  

Cat Statue Fall

WCU to waive application fee for freshmen as part of statewide campaign starting Oct. 19

WCU is among the institutions of higher education that will participate in “North Carolina Countdown to College,” an annual campaign to support college access through the waiving of freshmen application fees.  

Students on zoom

Students find old-fashion greeting cards bring joy, comfort to elderly residents in isolation

A simple gesture by a group of Western Carolina University students helped brighten the day — if not the month — of a generation of elderly folks who still place high value on the written word — heart emojis and Facebook likes, be darned.  

Student Democracy Coalition

Student Democracy Coalition gets grant for work this election

The Student Democracy Coalition has gotten a healthy financial boost this election year, thanks to a recent grant.   

Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterfly migration aided by native plants on WCU campus, Highlands Biological Station

The North Carolina mountains are a corridor along the “Butterfly Highway,” an annual migration route of monarch butterflies from the eastern United States and Canada to Mexico, with WCU a frequent stop along the way.  

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