Travis Ashe (left), area manager for Pepsi-Cola of Whittier, presents a donation to Don Tomas, Southwestern Community College president, on Dec. 14. Behind them is Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. Every year, Pepsi employees forego their annual holiday party and instead give $1,0…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Travis Ashe (left), area manager for Pepsi-Cola of Whittier, presents a donation to Don Tomas, Southwestern Community College president, on Dec. 14. Behind them is Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. Every year, Pepsi employees forego their annual holiday party and instead give $1,0…

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer an online workshop titled “Facilitation: An Essential Leadership Skill,” from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with live, interactive instruction.

Although the pandemic kept Southwestern Community College from holding an in-person ceremony this fall, SCC officials welcomed 88 – including 36 from Jackson County – new members into the college’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society with an induction video.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of fees and rates for the 2021-22 academic year that would increase a mandatory student health services fee by 11.5 percent, or $36 per year.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate of Western Carolina University have approved a joint resolution endorsing guiding principles for the university’s process in making budgetary decisions entering a year of fiscal uncertainty because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Western Carolina University students will be allowed to request grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for 2020 fall semester classes following a split-vote approval of a resolution of the Faculty Senate on Nov. 18.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Western Carolina University received $583,074 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for an afterschool program to improve the academic skills of students at Cullowhee Valley School who speak English as another language.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown has announced the appointment of Richard Starnes as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective immediately.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering an online High Impact Leadership Certificate from Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-13, with live instruction, activities and interaction.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a live two-day online Effective Organizational Change Management Certificate, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 26. 

Many high school juniors and seniors are unable to participate in the time-honored tradition of visiting colleges this fall in their search for the best fit to continue their education. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most colleges and universities having to limit campus visits.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Western Carolina University has announced plans for the 2021 spring semester that include delaying the start of classes by two weeks, eliminating the traditional weeklong spring break and providing an abbreviated midterm break.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Southwestern Community College’s Career Services is offering two virtual job fairs this fall through Google Meet.

For the ninth time out of the past 10 years – and this fall by a small margin – Western Carolina University has experienced an increase in total enrollment, with a new record of 12,243 students enrolled for the 2020 fall semester and an all-time high retention rate.

Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University is conducting an analysis of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

N.C. State University last week announced the selection of a multicounty region in North Carolina for participation in CREATE BRIDGES, a program designed to build up rural economies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Over three days, Oct. 2-4, students of all ages at the NASA “Space Apps Challenge” through  Southwestern Community College will work completely virtually in teams with mentors to come up with creative solutions for real world problems on Earth and in space. The theme for this year’s event – …

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees elected a slate of officers for 2020-21, made appointments to several committees and approved changes to bylaws permitting more frequent electronic meetings as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a recent regulatory overhaul of federal Title IX civil rights legislation by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Carolina University has revamped its Title IX-related policies and procedures. The university adopted Policy 129 “Title IX Sexual Harassment” on Aug. 4.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tucked away in a small room in Western Carolina University’s Stillwell Building is the university’s herbarium, which consists of roughly 36,500 plant specimens, mostly from the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Like so many activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Carolina University’s traditional Opening Assembly, an annual event for faculty and staff to kick off the new academic year, will have a different look this fall – and a broader audience, thanks to a scheduled video livestream.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

With Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature last Friday on a legislative “mini-budget” providing the final $16.5 million appropriation to fund replacement of Western Carolina University’s decades-old steam plant, university officials say that late Chancellor David Belcher must be smiling down from above.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Some 15,000 surgical masks are now available for health care providers across 18 Western North Carolina counties thanks to efforts by a small group centered at Western Carolina University.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

It will be May in December for members of Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class of 2020 who were originally scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies this month until the events were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Based on conservation efforts, academic programs and sustainability initiatives – in addition to plenty of foliage – Western Carolina University has been named again as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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Western Carolina University will be moving its on-campus orientation programs scheduled for May and June online instead of the typical in-person format as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force changes in university operations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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Earlier this month the University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Western Carolina University’s Jennifer Schiff as one of 17 faculty members to receive the 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Carolyn Callaghan, dean of professional, continuing and distance education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, has been named executive director of educational outreach at Western Carolina University.

In-person events like job fairs may not be prudent or feasible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of the area’s essential employers are eagerly seeking workers to fill vital job roles.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wendy Williams, a 2005 graduate from Southwestern Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program, is now facing the COVID-19 pandemic head-on as the director of Laboratory and Pathology Services for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in Boone.