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Newly established scholarship designed to support military members, veterans

An alumna is saluting her late sister’s 22 years of service in the U.S. Navy by launching an endowed scholarship fund in her memory designed to support members and veterans of the armed forces.  

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For the first time in WCU’s history, 5 students apply for Fulbright awards

For the first time in WCU’s history, two alumni and three current students have applied for various Fulbright awards.  

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Mental health was a growing concern across most college campuses long before COVID-19 became a thing. But once the pandemic altered higher education learning for nearly two years, mental health concerns pushed its way to the forefront. Many students across the country struggled with being quarantined, learning virtually and missing the support systems that they grew accustomed to in college.   

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Live Western

In 2021, Western Carolina University started market research to better understand its perception in the higher education market, complete a competitive audit and identify opportunities for growth, and define its institutional personality for a statewide brand campaign.  

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A Photographer's View

In each issue of WCU Magazine, our photographers will not only give you a glimpse of the beauty that exists but also a look at what's taking place on campus.  


Honoring Our Promise

WCU Enters Leadership Phase of Comprehensive Campaign  

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Teaching Teachers

There wasn’t a single thing or a precise moment that led to Keiara Newsome ’22 deciding she wanted to become a schoolteacher. For the Charlotte resident, the career choice was an evolution, coming from some key personal realizations made during her early years as a student at Western Carolina University.  

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Notes from Chancellor Brown

This fall I celebrate my third anniversary at WCU and I’m looking forward to the first normal campus year in Cullowhee since 2019.  

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Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will take its talents international

Being invited to play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City twice in a five-year span is an amazing accomplishment. But to have an opportunity to perform on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland, well, that’s taking it to a whole other level.  

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