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Bill Ogletree

WCU faculty member is recipient of UNC System's Holshouser Award

Dr. Billy Ogletree, of Western Carolina University, received the 2021 Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service during today’s regular meeting of the UNC Board of Governors.  

Cortnee Lingerfelt

WCU readies COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus

With freezers now on campus, staff in place, and volunteers on the way, WCU is in the final stages of preparations to open a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  

Billy Ogletree

Book by Billy Ogletree published on augmentative alternative communication

As a professor of communication sciences and disorders at WCU, Billy Ogletree has special insight into and experience with speech and language.   

Ann Crosby

Care, concern shown from WCU Nurse Anesthesia graduate

Ann Crosby, a certified registered nurse anesthetist found inspiration for her career during a difficult time and Western Carolina University helped provide the means for her goals.  

Sarah Carpenter

WCU graduate student receives Fullerton Medical Scholarship Award

Sarah Carpenter is a firm believer in paying it forward, which is why she and her husband make it point to always give back to their community. So, when Carpenter recently learned she was the recipient of the Fullerton Medical Scholarship Award, the Western Carolina University nurse practitioner graduate student said it was a result of her commitment to giving.   

Rewalk technology

Walk This Way

Thanks to a robotic-assisted physical therapy method underway at a clinic housed in the Health and Human Sciences Building at Western Carolina University, a local man is getting back on his feet - literally. The innovative device is one in a series of products by ReWalk, a medical device company that designs and develops mobility products for individuals with lower limb disabilities. While there are other manufacturers and systems, WCU is one of only two ReWalk training facilities in North Carolina.  

Daniel Tizon 5

EMS student sees service to others as service to self

Daniel Tizon has his sights set on the future, while firmly grounded in the present as a student emergency services technician.  

See His Story  

Students on zoom

Students find old-fashion greeting cards bring joy, comfort to elderly residents in isolation

A simple gesture by a group of Western Carolina University students helped brighten the day — if not the month — of a generation of elderly folks who still place high value on the written word — heart emojis and Facebook likes, be darned.  

Students in a socially distant classroom

Teaching: COVID-19 Style

There was a time when faculty members spent most of their days preparing their lectures, presenting them to their students and being available during office hours for extra instruction. Some also had the additional task of preparing for laboratory work or work outside of campus, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Then came the coronavirus, COVID-19, and a new way of teaching was born.  

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