Day: July 29, 2010


Yates named Kimmel Professor of Construction Management

The only woman to head a college or university construction management department in the United States has joined the faculty of Western Carolina University as the Joe W. Kimmel Distinguished Professor of Construction Management. J.K. Yates began her duties as Kimmel Professor and head of WCU’s department of construction management […]


University Theatre announces 2010-11 mainstage lineup

Western Carolina University is ready to shine the spotlight on the University Theatre’s 2010-11 Mainstage season, which is packed with popular Broadway musicals and smaller experimental works. Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10. Mainstage productions are directed by faculty members from the School of Stage and Screen. For […]


WCU alum uses dancing minor to become NFL cheerleader

With football season right around the corner, Panther fans are gearing up and anticipating a good season. Panther fan and Western Carolina University alumni, Tara Mull Ryan, isn’t just excited to watch the games, but is excited to start her fifth year as a Panther “TopCat” Cheerleader. Ryan, who currently […]


Pride of the Mountains Summer Symposium successful once again

The notorious marching arts clinic known as the Pride of the Mountains Summer Symposium has had yet another successful summer term as close by band students came from all over to be trained for leadership from July 10-15. With success from the previous years to fall back on, the Pride […]


The history of Jackson County’s old courthouse

On June 29, the cupola on top of the old Jackson County Courthouse was removed from its perch to undergo repairs for the second time since it was first built in 1913. Only a few years before its centennial, the courthouse, which is the most photographed building in Western North […]


WCU’s Public Policy Institute launches local opinion poll project

Political scientists at Western Carolina University recently collaborated with a Western North Carolina newspaper to develop a public opinion poll designed to measure the thoughts of Jackson County voters on a variety of local issues.  The WCU Public Policy Institute/Smoky Mountain News Poll is considered the first survey instrument of […]


Beat the heat this summer

Forecasters say a heat wave has been moving south into North Carolina bringing with it humidity that will make 90 degree mountainous areas, such as Cullowhee, feel even hotter. With the heat, and the sun, and the added bonus of humidity, there are many risk factors that come in to […]


Before They Were Educators: Dr. Bruce Henderson

(Editor’s Note: The following is the third part of a series of articles looking at the lives of WCU faculty and staff before they were educators.)   Long before he was being called “Dr.”, he was known as Bruce, and before he was molding the minds of Catamounts as a […]


WCU students to develop mobile phone applications

Western Carolina University computer science faculty members are capitalizing on student interest in the latest smartphones and their Internet and e-mail capabilities as a way to teach programming. In a new course to be offered this fall, WCU students will write programs for mobile phone applications and test them on […]


WCU professors help neighboring counties with violence study

Recently, a $10,000 grant for analyzing and gathering crime data was awarded to Dr. Phyllis Robertson, an assistant professor in the department of human services, along with Dr. Alvin Malesky, an associate professor in Western Carolina University’s psychology department. Assisting in this study with Robertson and Malesky is Dr. Russell […]