The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public events planned over a five-day period – Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 30.
Western Carolina University has maintained its status as one of the top universities in the South in two categories in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook released Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Leaf-lookers, stay tuned. The quality of the fall colors in Western North Carolina’s mountains this year will depend on the temperatures recorded from September through the typical peak color weeks of October.
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher urged faculty and staff to spend the 2016-17 academic year building on the momentum of the previous year, gearing up for implementation of the N.C. Promise tuition plan, and helping navigate complex budgetary waters.
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.
After having a University Participant Program student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.