Author: Patrick Clemons


Ramsey Center renovations are officially underway

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on June 11, 2020.  Work has begun on a facelift of the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. “Addressing the water leak issues in the existing curtainwall is the primary goal of the Ramsey Activity Center Curtainwall Replacement project,” according to the website of […]


WCU announces changes to fall academic calendar

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on June 11, 2020.  After much anticipation, Western Carolina University has officially announced changes to the fall semester calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WCU will hold its first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 17, as previously scheduled, but has decided to eliminate […]


Cars from the big screen come to life in Whittier

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on May 28, 2020.  As a kid, Mark Zoran built model cars from his favorite movies and TV shows with his father, Daniel. Now he recreates them in full scale in his Whittier shop. Zoran and his wife, Angela, founders of Razorfly Studios, replicate […]


Data company grades Jackson County on social distancing

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on May 21, 2020.  A data collection company is keeping an eye on how the United States is following social distancing guidelines and handing down grades. Jackson County received a “C,” according to data from Unacast. “Our goal in developing this and our COVID-19 […]


WCU’s Jen Schiff receives teaching award by UNC System

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on April 16, 2020. On Wednesday, April 8, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Dr. Jennifer Schiff as one of 17 faculty members to receive the 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching. The recipients represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public […]


SGA President-Elect Talks Transparency, Future Goals and More

On Friday, March 6, rising senior Dawson Spencer was announced as Western Carolina University’s Student Body President-Elect for the 2020-2021 academic year. Spencer earned a total of 649 votes while opponent Tristan Benson acquired 406 during the March 2 and 3 election. Spencer has always been involved with student government […]


SGA: Legislative Update One

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Western Carolina University’s Student Government Association debuted its “Legislative Updates” via IGTV featuring Vice President Dawson Spencer discussing new resolutions, officer appointments, approved supplemental funding, senate location changes and campus partner presentations. F19-14: Implementation of Minority Recruitment Program Sent to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions […]


Pride of the Mountains perform at Macy’s

On Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, 500 catamounts took on New York participating in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Western Carolina University’s marching band was established in 1938 with 23 students. They are now known as one of the best marching bands in the Southeast for its performances that include […]


From Cullowhee to Culver City, staff member appears on “Jeopardy!”

On Friday, Nov. 1, Western Carolina University was represented to a national audience on ABC through the Emmy award-winning show “Jeopardy!” Jennifer Cooper, associate director for Western Carolina’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, filmed the episode on Aug. 27 along with contestants from Los Angeles and Canada. Cooper’s […]


Mountain Heritage Day 2019

“Saturday, Sept. 28, marked 45 years that Western Carolina University has set aside a day to celebrate all the things that come together to make the mountains our home, the beginnings that led to this moment, and the new traditions that point to our future,” said Geoff Cantrell of University […]