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Political science professor Jennifer Schiff named one of UNC System's top teachers

Jennifer Schiff, associate professor of political science and public affairs, has been named one of the top educators in the University of North Carolina System.  

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Forensic anthropologists provide fire investigation training to federal, state, local agencies

The Department of Forensic Anthropology recently hosted a two-day continuing education class created in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and attended by 24 federal, state and local fire investigators.   

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CAPS is available to help students cope with their new way of life

Students have had to adapt to a new way of learning with most classes shifting to online learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the many students who utilized WCU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, they’ve also had to adapt to a new way of receiving services with face-to-face meetings no longer allowed.   

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Enjoying yoga instruction from the Zoom next door

The ways that students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University are finding to keep the campus community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic are seemingly endless - like virtual yoga.  

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Faculty, Students with Chinese Ties Bring Much-Needed Surgical Masks to WNC

A chat room conversation between colleagues at Western Carolina University with ties to China led to fast action that is putting surgical masks into the hands of front-line health workers in the region’s smaller care facilities. Yue Cai Hillon, professor of management at WCU, said the effort began with the simple, but the oft-repeated question of “what can we do?”  

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Time and Treasure Highlight ‘I Love WCU’

Western Carolina University faculty and staff opened their hearts as well as their wallets and calendars this year to support the university’s fourth annual “I Love WCU” campaign during the month of February. This year’s campaign, which was a joint effort from the Division of Advancement and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, encouraged participants to volunteer their time to community service projects, as well as to make charitable donations.  

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Time and treasure highlight 'I Love WCU'

Western Carolina University faculty and staff opened their hearts as well as their wallets and calendars this year to support the university’s fourth annual “I Love WCU” campaign during the month of February.  

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Family Comes First for New Facilities Management Scholarship, an “I Love WCU” Story

Western Carolina University’s Facilities Management unit is a family, as far as members of its leadership team are concerned, so they decided to help take care of their own by establishing the WCU Facilities Management Annual Scholarship in honor of “I Love WCU” month.  

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Recreational Therapy Director says Helping Others Helps Her; an “I Love WCU” Story

It’s hard to tell where Jennifer Hinton’s real job ends and her volunteer work begins. As program director and clinical education coordinator for Western Carolina University’s recreational therapy program, Hinton spends much of her time teaching her students about service-learning, coordinating volunteer projects for them or doing community service herself — sometimes for work, her church, her family — or often a combination of some of them, if not all.   

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