Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Alexa Anderson (sophomore), Victoria Wlosok (junior), Brayden Bryson (freshman) and Luz Velazquez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain Hi…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Alexa Anderson (sophomore), Victoria Wlosok (junior), Brayden Bryson (freshman) and Luz Velazquez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain Hi…

The search for the next president of the University of North Carolina System will include a pair of “listening sessions” on the campus of its westernmost institution that are designed to provide members of the public with opportunities to share ideas on the qualities they would like to see i…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

About 70 people gathered Sept. 26 around Western Carolina University’s fountain with music and stories to honor Rainey Niles, 18, a student killed in a Sept. 18 car crash. Organizers handed out glowsticks, and candles were placed around the fountain. Mourners said Arabia loved to dance and t…

Western Carolina University is featured prominently – including a top 10 ranking – in regional and national categories of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges of 2020” guidebook, released Sept. 9.

The Bardo Arts Center Sunday Cinema Series returns with more pre-recorded film presentations from the London stage. Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the title role in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown has announced that Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will depart from that role Oct. 1 and take a faculty position in the Department of Biology.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Smoky Mountain High School students who accumulate more than eight excused or unexcused absences in a course will be assigned Attendance Makeup Recovery, in addition to having to make up any missed work, according to each department’s policy. 

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment, in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, will be offering a Pharmacy Technician Program with a clinical externship from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Oct. 8-Nov. 26 in room 143 of the C…

Members of Smoky Mountain High School’s Homecoming King Court are, from left: (front) Raymond Dillard, Bengie Dillard, Zachary Lambert, Hayden Phuong, Ki French; (back) Mitch Wike, Mason Fisher, Clayton Frady, Parker Flynn and Jackson Speir.

Southwestern Community College will be hosting “Bridges,” a conference designed to bridge the gap between people in recovery, service providers and colleges, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the Burrell Building.

Total enrollment at Western Carolina University has crossed the 12,000-student threshold for the first time in the institution’s history, thanks in part to notable increases in distance education and graduate student populations and a surge of returning undergraduates.

Western Carolina University will host a town hall Thursday, Oct. 3, featuring a series of discussions and sessions focused on the national opioid and addiction crisis and on identifying potential solutions.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and the Jackson County school system is taking action to promote All Day-Every Day attendance. The Student Support Services Department plans to offer special rewards to students who achieve perfect All Day-Every Day attendance for the month of September.

Total enrollment at Western Carolina University has crossed the 12,000-student threshold for the first time in the institution’s history, thanks in part to notable increases in distance education and graduate student populations and a surge of returning undergraduates.

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, will be offering a Pharmacy Technician Program with a clinical externship from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 in room 143 of the …

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees elected a slate of officers for 2019-20 and made appointments to several committees, including a new group that will study the possibility of future beer and wine sales at WCU athletic facilities.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

In her inaugural Opening Assembly address on Aug. 14, Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown outlined three themes to guide WCU during the year ahead – a continued emphasis on the quality and excellence of the overall university experience, an expansion of diversity and inclusive…

There’s no straight or quick route for getting to the Learning Center at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located deep in the wooded mountains of Transylvania County, but the historic campus is dotted with enormous radio telescopes.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Special events such as birthdays and holidays can be cause for regular celebrations at school. However, while these events are certainly worth celebrating, there are ways to do so that encourage healthy eating habits and do not put students at risk by encouraging an excessive consumption of sugar.

Southwestern Community College is offering a workshop to provide local nonprofits with the tools they need to support their services and achieve long-term success.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

K.J. Ammons, a rising senior at Jackson County Early College, was selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 19-26. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism.

William B. “Bill” Dillard saw the need, gained the necessary political support and donated money, resources and material for constructing the first building at Southwestern Community College 55 years ago.