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Pride of the Mountains

Marching On

New Pride of the Mountains leader looks to build on an already great tradition. Jack Eaddy Jr. is all about pushing the envelope. Pushing the envelope is one reason Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has become one of the most renowned collegiate bands in the country.  

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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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Place - Hybrid Space

Two practicing artists from two different cultures - India and the United States - came together to collaborate on a temporal experience of visual language. “Place – Hybrid Space” is a series of diptychs, which combines two images into one frame; a juxtaposition of surface space and atmospheric space, drawings positioned on photographs, for impressions of southeastern India.  

Pride Week

WCU teams with Blue Ridge Pride Center, UNCA for local LGBTQ project

A collaboration between WCU, the University of North Carolina Asheville and the Blue Ridge Pride Center will gather oral histories, archival materials and photos for an ongoing LGBTQ community research project.  

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Music education major Kendall Rhymer wins first prize in Sounding WCU art contest

Western Carolina University senior Kendall Rhymer was recently named the winner of the university’s Sounding WCU art contest. Rhymer, who is majoring in music education, philosophy and religion, took home the $400 first place prize with her project titled “Tali Tsigwaya Gaduhv (Two Sparrows Town).   

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A Ghost of Christmas Past

WCU's School of Stage and Screen presents "A Ghost of Christmas Past," a radio drama experience. Co-creators and assistant professors Ashlee Wasmund and Kristen Hedberg describe this version as “a festive ghost story and cautionary tale, features original lyrics and compositions with a resilient femme touch”.   

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Harris Regional Cancer Center features display of works by School of Art and Design

Original artwork created by students, faculty and alumni from the School of Art and Design is now on display at Harris Regional Hospital’s cancer care center.  

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Film and Television Program moves Controlled Chaos Film Festival online

The Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be streamed Friday, May 8, beginning with a red-carpet event at 7:30 p.m. on WCU’s social channels  

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An abbreviated Spring Literary Festival moves online

Originally scheduled with events on campus, the Spring Literary Festival's presence will now completely be digital during the COVID-19 pandemic, with live and recorded interviews and book readings.  

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