WCU Jazz Festival to present performances April 22  

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s 15th annual Jazz Festival will bring an afternoon and evening of master classes and performances to campus Saturday, April 22, from noon to 10 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Featured artists include vocalist Carly Johnson, bassist Mike McGuirk and drummer John Riley, along with the WCU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pavel Wlosok. All performances and workshops are free and open to the public, except for admission charged for the featured evening concert, with tickets $5 for students and WCU faculty and staff and $10 for the general public. The jazz festival is an annual event founded and organized by Wlosok, WCU professor…

WCU History Department to host National History Day regional competition

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host a National History Day regional academic competition Saturday, March 18, that will feature middle and high school students creating projects based on a central historical theme.   Several hundred students from Western North Carolina are expected to take part in the noon until 5 p.m. event presented by the WCU History Department.   This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History,” which encourages students to explore those individuals who have taken risks and taken a stand, whether in a political, social, religious, military, economic, intellectual or artistic sphere. Possible projects range from papers and exhibits to performances, documentaries and websites. Regional winners will go on to compete…

Western Carolina University Confrerence Set On Feb 28

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host a regional conference addressing “Growing Partnerships with Outdoor Tourism and Local Communities” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee. Organized and facilitated by WCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Program, conference goals are to discuss ways to grow demand for outdoor tourism that contributes to the Western North Carolina economy. Conference speakers will address evolving outdoor tourism and generational marketing trends and how the outdoor tourism economy contributes to the region’s economic development. Registration is $139, and the event runs from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. A pre-conference workshop will be held the day prior from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on the fundamentals of operating a…

Statement from WCU Chancellor David Belcher on the State Budget, NC Promise Tuition Plan

Statement from Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher on the State Budget and the North Carolina Promise Tuition Plan As Chancellor of Western Carolina University, I am pleased that the North Carolina General Assembly has approved a state budget for the coming fiscal year that contains some significant provisions in support of public higher education in this state, including pay raises for our hard-working faculty and staff. And I am heartened that the budget includes funding for the NC Promise Tuition Plan, a “buy-down program” that would significantly reduce the out-of-pocket expenses for tuition paid by undergraduate students at WCU and two sister institutions of the University of North Carolina system. In addition, I appreciate…

Western Carolina University – A Recent Graduates Review

I have people ask me quite regularly, “How did you like going to school at Western?” Generally the answer I give them is along the lines of “Yeah, I enjoyed it.  The area is beautiful and it’s a great university.”  Although my response is honest and quite true, it doesn’t do my 4 years and $40,000+ justice.  So perhaps I will start a new trend where students will review and disclose the good and bad from their university experiences.  After all, they have no problem reviewing a $16.00 movie, $30.00 meal from a restaurant, or a $400.00 electronic device on the internet.  I would think students would be jumping at the gun to disclose information about something…