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Communication alum wins outstanding graduate award from Society of Professional Journalists

Sarah Stanley, a 2022 graduate, was recently awarded the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.   

Illuminated Sphere

New Apodaca art installation showcases the talents of renowned glass artists

On Aug. 18, WCU welcomed a new sculpture to the Apodaca Science Building.  

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Construction Management gains ABET accreditation through Sept. 2028

WCU’s Construction Management program has been granted initial accreditation from the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.   

Brett Riggs

Riggs recognized by US Forest Service for Trail of Tears work

Brett Riggs was recently recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with the Exceptional Partner Award at the Trail of Tears Association’s national meeting, where he also gave the keynote address.  

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Memorial scholarship fund to serve as final curtain call for theatre professor, director

A final curtain call for Stephen Michael Ayers, a former WCU theatre professor and director, is in the works through the establishment of an endowed scholarship in his memory.  

Dancing at Mountain Heritage Day 2021

WCU ready to host Mountain Heritage Day Saturday, most popular outdoor festival for region

  

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Shetland Society faculty, staff giving campaign to kick off Sept. 15

It was 23 years after the founding in 1889 of what is now WCU that campus leaders purchased a set of Shetland ponies to haul supplies from Sylva to Cullowhee so faculty and staff could better serve a growing student population.  

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WCU attracts more new students to region

WCU is continuing its leadership role in making a positive impact on the region by posting strong increases in the number of new and transfer students in Cullowhee.  

Kevin Rumley and Jamie Vaske

Creating courts where no veteran is left behind

Jamie Vaske, a criminal justice professor, helped create Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court. She will now help lead a study exploring how effective such courts are at helping struggling veterans in the criminal justice system achieve stability.  

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