WCU chancellor, wife pledge $1.23 million in gifts for student scholarships

from WCU Office of Communications and Public Relations Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan Brummell Belcher have pledged $1.23 million in gifts for the university’s ongoing efforts to provide increasing scholarship support to help deserving students in their pursuit of higher education. The honor of announcing the pledge, which takes the form […]

Catamount post-mortem: What does it actually take to engage students?

This story/opinion was published in ForbesBrandVoice on Oct. 12, 2017.  Western Carolina University (WCU), my beautiful campus tucked away in a Blue Ridge valley, had high expectations for the 2016 election. The civic engagement team I led as a student coordinator hoped for a 10-24% increase in student voter turnout; and, until recently, we believed […]

Demonstrators say they were offering a message of love

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. On Oct. 5, three religious demonstrators bearing signs were stationed in front of Western Carolina University’s Alumni Tower, proclaiming, “live holy and be perfect” and “fear God.” The signs condemned “all liars, drunkards, thieves, fornicators, filthy-minded, hateful and unrighteous” people. Permit-holder Buddy Fisher, who said he lives somewhere […]

Gun violence hits home in Cullowhee

News update (Oct. 10, 1 p.m.) The death of Jacob Ray was confirmed by law enforcement officials at 10 a.m. the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 10. He passed away the night of Monday Oct. 9. Ray was a junior in the College of Business studying computer information systems. Staff members from the Division of Student […]

Hire Attire to inspire

The Center for Career and Professional Development held their first official fashion show on Sept. 27 to teach young adults the importance of the perfect outfit. The objective of the Hire Attire Fashion Show was to highlight the appropriate interview and business attire to the students of Western Carolina University.  It was held in the […]

Rooted in the Mountains speaker talks on mental health issues

Western Carolina University hosted it’s annual “Rooted in the Mountains” symposium. This year was themed “The Correct Way” connecting worldview of both Southern Appalachia and the Native Americans. Faculty, students and community members gathered on Sept. 28 to hear Dr. Joseph Gone, a national expert in American Indian psychology and mental health, present as a […]