The saying “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” may sound cliché, but for health and physical education student Faith Bourque, this saying could not be truer.
WCU’s human remains detection cadaver dog training program was recently awarded the 2022 University Professional and Continuing Education Association award for special populations.
Newland native Paul Johnson, a 1979 graduate of Western Carolina University who went on to become an acclaimed college football coach, recently received his alma mater’s Professional Achievement Award.
The funds from this grant will be used by WCU, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Wilmington to support students in pursuit of STEM degrees at these institutions.
Recognized were three alumni for professional accomplishments, the contributions of a husband-and-wife team for their public service and the man who oversaw WCU’s alumni activities for nearly 20 years.
For the first time in WCU’s history, two alumni and three current students have applied for various Fulbright awards.
Three WCU faculty members are finalists – Erin Callahan, associate professor of English; Alvin Malesky, professor of Psychology; and Yanjun Yan, associate professor of Engineering and Technology.
Caitlin Lambert, a 2021 graduate of WCU, was named North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year.
An interdisciplinary team of WCU faculty is working in collaboration with EBCI Natural Resources, Cherokee Central Schools and Swain County High School.