The board also paid tribute to three of its members whose terms are expiring – Patricia B. Kaemmerling, Wardell Townsend and Grace Battle – and welcomed SGA President David Rhode as an ex-officio member.
WCU conferred degrees on 1,625 students who completed their studies, and a total of 2,940 students have been named to the dean’s list.
Ten students and their faculty mentors were chosen to participate out of 21 submitted proposals, a record number for the program.
Campus safety, sustainability and school spirit are issues junior David Rhode wants to address during his time in office.
Established in 1927, the facility includes the Highlands Nature Center, the William Coker Laboratories and the Highlands Botanical Garden, plus public-accessible trails and boardwalks.
Anna Fariello, retired associate professor for digital initiatives, was honored for her work at WCU and its benefit to the community.
“Uncovering Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan” focuses on an archaeological site that was an important Native American township and later a Spanish fortification.
Both camps will be led by Max Lanning, a science teacher at Swain County High School and WCU alumnus.
The honors are presented at WCU's annual fall festival of Appalachian culture, Mountain Heritage Day.