Day: July 1, 2010

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Western students, staff to perform at Roanoke Festival Park

What happens when Western Carolina’s own Bradley Martin is awarded $103,960 by the Roanoke Island Commission? You perform a two-hour piece to your love of Irving Berlin and figure out what is up with Charlie Brown, of course! For June and July, Martin along with seven Western student actors, eight […]

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WCU’s Graduate School holds commencement

A Western Carolina University faculty member recognized as one of the University of North Carolina system’s best teachers delivered the primary address Friday (May 7) as WCU held commencement exercises to honor the accomplishments of current and former graduate students. About 270 students currently enrolled in WCU’s Graduate School were […]

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WCU to offer new international studies program in fall

Western Carolina University will begin offering a new bachelor of arts degree in international studies this fall following official approval of the program by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors earlier this spring. The new program is being developed as a “coordinate major” that will draw from existing […]

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WCU trustees approve name change to School of Stage and Screen

Western Carolina University’s academic programs in motion picture and television production, musical theatre, theatre arts and dance officially have been “schooled.” That’s because what had been an academic department since its inception in 2007 is elevated to the School of Stage and Screen, thanks to action taken by the WCU […]

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Komuves receives funds for Alcohol and Drugs Education

Miles Komuves, the coordinator of alcohol and drug education with student community ethics at Western, is making a big effort to reach out to WCU students who have alcohol and substance abuse problems. Komuves received $8,557 from the Town of Sylva recently to enhance some of the programs that the […]

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State budget cuts could lead to enrollment cap

North Carolina’s state budget cuts are continuing to threaten not only the quality of education, but the amount of students that can receive that education as well. The governor’s proposed budget already includes a near $150,000,000 cut. The budget plans have left some North Carolina officials pondering about the idea […]

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Stonewall Packaging closes abruptly to put 43 out of work

Citing slow sales and another company’s broken commitment to buy product, Stonewall Packaging LLC closed its manufacturing plant in Sylva on May 15. The closing put 43 employees out of work. In a news release, Stonewall said it “was forced to cease operations because it was unable to sell enough […]

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More WCU budget cuts are inevitable

Just when you thought Western Carolina University had suffered enough from state budget cuts, think again. The 2009-2010 school year at Western sustained many budgets cuts in the past year and it may be quite some time until this changes. The UNC school system’s budget was cut nearly $300 million […]

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Duke Energy warns of blackouts if new station is not built

Parts of Western North Carolina could see systematic blackouts if Duke Energy doesn’t build a tie station as planned near a sacred Cherokee site, the company says in a filing with the state. According to Duke Energy Spokesperson Jason Walls, the blackout severity would depend upon the company’s available equipment. […]

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Pair of ceremonies honors undergrads at WCU

  An atmosphere of academic accomplishments and new beginnings was in the air at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Saturday, May 8 as the university held a pair of commencement ceremonies to honor nearly 1,600 current and former undergraduate students. WCU’s spring class includes about 1,000 undergraduates […]