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Inaugural Sunday Cinema Series screening to feature play ‘Yerma’

The first screening of Western Carolina University’s new Sunday Cinema Series will be the play “Yerma,” which was originally performed and filmed at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  

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Home alone, while her parents worked, an 8-year-old Alecia Page ’13 tried to open her only source of food for that evening, but to no avail. She didn’t know how to use the can opener. She went to bed, the can of corn intact, her stomach empty and her eyes full of tears. She prayed for a different life. It took a while, but she got it.  



This story began some 50 years ago in rural Haywood County. It’s the story of a young boy living with his parents, supported by the land and crops they raised.   

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Professor presents readings, publishes novel, qualifies as certified court interpreter

Santiago García-Castañón, WCU professor of Spanish, presented the lecture “El español en los Estados Unidos: retos y oportunidades” (“Spanish in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities”) on June 22.  


Distinguished Lecture Series features nationally notable speakers

Western Carolina University will begin a new Distinguished Lecture Series for high-profile speakers to engage the campus and community in dialogue on national issues, beginning this academic year.   


Mountain biking organization donates benches for campus trail system

Mountain bikers, runners and hikers now have a place to take a break after making strenuous climbs up the Cullowhee Connector and Upper Long Branch and Lower Long Branch trails on WCU’s multi-use trail system.  


Student Democracy Coalition awarded for its civic engagement by AASCU

The work Western Carolina University is doing regarding civic engagement continues to garner recognition. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has named WCU’s Student Democracy Coalition the winner of its Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award.   


Special education group continues participation in Botswana program

A recent trip to Botswana by a delegation of Western Carolina University faculty and students has helped forge a deeper relationship between the campus and that country, working to improve special needs services, here and there.  


Interim chancellor calls 2018-19 academic year 'end of an era, beginning of a legacy'

In her Wednesday, Aug. 15, Opening Assembly address centered on the theme “Choose Great,” Interim Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar called the 2018-19 academic year “…the end of an era at WCU, but the beginning of a legacy.”  

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