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WCU in three top 10 collegiate rankings by US News and World Report

WCU shows marked improvement and is in the top 10 in three categories of the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities for 2022, it was recently announced.  

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Matthew McDonough awarded national fellowship to advance diversity in science research

When WCU alumnus Matthew McDonough starts his third year of graduate school at the University of Chicago this fall, he’ll do so as a member of a select group.  

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CEAP, CAS alumna honored with national award in leadership as a teacher of color

Zöe Zander, a 2018 WCU alumna, has received a 2021 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award presented by the National Council of Teachers of English.   

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Principal preparation program receives $4.1 million grant

WCU is a recipient of a recurring grant from the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program that will provide $4.1 million over the next six years, the University of North Carolina System recently announced.  

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Bardo Arts Center plans for a permanent exhibit on contemporary Cherokee culture, language

Bardo Arts Center has announced plans to host a permanent and contemporary exhibit of Cherokee culture and language, developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  

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Former scholar Thomas Belt honored with doctorate of humane letters

The WCU Board of Trustees awarded Cherokee scholar Thomas Belt with its highest honorary degree, doctorate of humane letters, as part of its commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15.  

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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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CEAP looks to attract men of color through Call Me MISTER program

The landscape of the K-12 teaching environment across the U.S., and also North Carolina, lends itself to being predominantly comprised of white females. What’s hard to find are African American male teachers.  

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Department of Social Work gains grant for improving advance care planning in Cherokee community

The National Institute of Nursing Research has awarded just over $374,500 to WCU’s Department of Social Work to work in partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for advance care planning with the Native American community.   

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