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Paul Johnson

Acclaimed college football coach Paul Johnson receives WCU Professional Achievement Award

Newland native Paul Johnson, a 1979 graduate of Western Carolina University who went on to become an acclaimed college football coach, recently received his alma mater’s Professional Achievement Award.  

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National Science Foundation awards WCU and four other UNC System schools $3.4 million grant for STEM education for minority students

The funds from this grant will be used by WCU, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Wilmington to support students in pursuit of STEM degrees at these institutions.  

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Several are honored at WCU’s Homecoming 2022 celebration

Recognized were three alumni for professional accomplishments, the contributions of a husband-and-wife team for their public service and the man who oversaw WCU’s alumni activities for nearly 20 years.  

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For the first time in WCU’s history, 5 students apply for Fulbright awards

For the first time in WCU’s history, two alumni and three current students have applied for various Fulbright awards.  

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Three finalists selected for the Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Three WCU faculty members are finalists – Erin Callahan, associate professor of English; Alvin Malesky, professor of Psychology; and Yanjun Yan, associate professor of Engineering and Technology.  

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CEAP alumna wins NC Student Teacher of the Year Award

Caitlin Lambert, a 2021 graduate of WCU, was named North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year.  

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WCU awarded grant to grow environmental education program

An interdisciplinary team of WCU faculty is working in collaboration with EBCI Natural Resources, Cherokee Central Schools and Swain County High School.  

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Bingocize® expands to North Carolina with $1.1 million grant awarded to WCU

Faculty at WCU have been awarded $1,165,955 from the Civil Money Penalty Grant for Medicare and Medicaid Services that will allow them to oversee Bingocize® and use the program in North Carolina.  

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Communication alum wins outstanding graduate award from Society of Professional Journalists

Sara Stanley, a 2022 graduate, was recently awarded the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.   

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