First snow closes WCU on last day of classes

The rapidly changing winter weather conditions prompted the university to suspend face-to-face classes (daytime and evening) in Cullowhee and Biltmore Park-Asheville today, Dec. 8. The weather closed all local public and charter schools in Jackson and Haywood county. For WCU employees, University offices will be operating under Condition 1 – Reduced Operations. Commuting faculty and staff […]

Increase in WCU’s student population placing emphasis on campus safety

“It is up to each one of us to help foster a secure and supportive environment at Western Carolina University, an environment where individuals can feel safe to visit, learn, work, and live.” This reads from the 2017 Annual Fire Safety and Security Report and can be found in the opening letter by Chief of […]

WCU’s Chancellor Belcher goes on medical leave, provost steps as interim

UPDATE 11/29/2017 Story from WCU’s Office of Communications and Public Relations University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings has appointed Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar to serve as acting chancellor of Western Carolina University effective Jan. 1, 2018. The official announcement is available at the UNC System website. Dr. Morrison-Shetlar will serve in this role while Chancellor David O. […]

‘Free Speech’ measure draws some concerns at WCU Faculty Senate

This story was written by Haley Smith, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Last week, Western Carolina University faculty responded to state legislation intended to protect free speech on public college campuses. During their Nov. 16 meeting, with only 13 members out of 30 present, WCU’s Faculty Senate expressed concerns about the “Restore Campus Free Speech Act,” […]

‘Everything WCU does works’

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Who’s the baddest band in America? Western Carolina University, that’s who, according to CollegeMarching.com, operated by Blue Line Media. The organization provides nationwide news coverage and information about marching bands. Here’s what the article says: “There are halftime shows and then there’s the Western Carolina […]

Western’s very own Shark Tank: 3rd annual Pitch Party

Every great idea must start somewhere, and what better place to start than right here on campus? On Thursday, Nov. 9, the student organization Encouraging Potential through Innovation and Collaboration (EPIC) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Pitch Party. It will be held in the UC Theater at 6 p.m. It is free to attend, and it […]