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The Many Facets of Science

The newest jewel to adorn the campus of Western Carolina University is the cutting-edge, futuristic, uniquely organic Apodaca Science Building. Housing programs ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and forensic science, the building replaces the aging Natural Science Building which was built in the 1970s.  

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First Week of Classes

There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new school year when campus is abuzz with Catamounts.  

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Professors and local students create a ‘masterpeace’

It’s sometimes hard to express oneself, especially during the past year. The pandemic turned many worlds upside down and students of Western North Carolina public schools were not immune to the pressure.  

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New online financial planning program to begin this fall semester

WCU will offer a new online option for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in financial planning, beginning in the fall semester 2021, for both traditional and nontraditional students.   

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Nursing Students Grow Together Through Gardening

Western Carolina University's School of Nursing garden brings students together with the source of nutrition. To help her School of Nursing students understand the link between health and nutrition, Western Carolina University assistant professor Beth Nease takes them to the source – the nursing school’s organic garden plot where rich, black matter is the star.  

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WCU extends optional satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system for spring semester

WCU's Faculty Senate passed a resolution to extend its satisfactory/unsatisfactory guidelines for the 2021 spring semester due to the prolonged strain of nonstandard teaching modalities at a primarily residential instruction institution.   

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The Eyes Have It

An idea that sprang out of School of Art and Design Professor Richard Tichich’s beginning photography classes in the Fall of 2020. The exhibition was designed to feature the diversity of students who comprise the student body community at Western Carolina University.  

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Nursing Students Assist with COVID-19 Shots

There were nursing students giving shots, church members helping people find their place in line, fraternity brothers directing traffic and other volunteers filling in where needed. Sometimes it takes a village to protect a village, and that certainly was the case when a group of Western Carolina University nursing school students decided to make their senior service learning project a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Buncombe County’s African American community.  

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WCU to resume ‘normal operations’ this fall

WCU is moving forward with plans to resume as close to normal operations this fall, given the current COVID-19 trends and projections.  

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