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Students travel to Prague for music conference and performance in Žofín Palace

Seven music students are traveling to Prague this July, invited by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles to attend its international conference and perform with its Youth Wind Orchestra.  

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It’s showtime for WCU’s Catamount Singers

The Catamount Singers are getting back in the swing of things after two years of pandemic disruptions and preparing for their annual spring concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23.   

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Controlled Chaos Film Festival returns to in-person viewing

After two years of virtual viewing, the School of Stage and Screen will present the 13th Annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in-person.  

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MFA students highlighted in Asheville airport's Student Artwork Showcase

A variety of work, encompassing multiple disciplines by talented students of the Master of Fine Art program, is being featured in the Asheville airport art gallery.   

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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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Professor, former student reunited through national scholars’ conference

Scholarly conferences are an opportunity to network and meet old friends. Such was the case at the recent Nineteenth Century Studies Association annual conference presented virtually from Sacramento, California.  

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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.  

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Essential WCU

We successfully wrapped up one of the most difficult semesters in our university’s history and began a new one with many known and unknown challenges ahead. Our employees and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic to achieve their goals and to make a positive difference in the world.  

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