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MFA graduate student paints mural in Sylva

Mia Loia, a graduate student in the Master of Fine Art program, just completed a mural on the side of Kountry Kupboard health food store in Sylva.  

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WCU gearing up for Mountain Heritage Day Sept. 30

Mountain Heritage Day, the annual celebration of Southern Appalachian culture, will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on campus.  

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WCU professor emeritus shares annual fall color forecast for mountains

Beverly Collins, professor emeritus at WCU, has been the resident leaf expert for WCU and has again offered her prediction for the 2023 leaf season.  

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Explore Further. Achieve Goals.

Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Jessica Gasperson-Shuford, a summer 2023 graduate of Western Carolina University’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program, knew she wanted to go into the health care field since she was in her teens.  

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WCU honors legacy and contributions of Phil and Connie Haire

On Friday, Sept. 8, WCU’s Public Policy Institute was renamed the Phil and Connie Haire Institute for Public Policy to recognize the couple’s service in community, education and state roles.   

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Shetland, 1889 event celebrates impact of WCU student, faculty, staff giving

WCU leaders took a brief break from their typical opening-of-the-semester chores Sept. 6 to pay tribute to the more than 550 faculty, staff and student philanthropists who have made financial gifts to the university over the past year.  

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Faculty member provides philanthropic support of WCU athletics, arts programs

Rob Young, professor of geology and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, supports Catamount student-athletes and fine arts programming through his philanthropy.  

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2023 Rooted in the Mountains Symposium is Sept. 28-29

WCU will host the 13th annual Rooted in the Mountains Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, in the Bardo Arts Center.   

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WCU welcomes third largest freshmen class

WCU continues to gain momentum in its enrollment this fall by welcoming the third largest class in its history.   

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