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Associate professor, students produce grant-funded documentary about Asheville-based Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective

Four years ago, Josh Overbay, associate professor in the School of Stage and Screen, was attending a Resources for Resilience workshop on trauma healing where he met workshop co-facilitator Michael Hayes.  

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$75k gift from alumna will create endowment for WCU’s interior design program

Students in WCU's interior design program soon will have access to new experiential learning opportunities thanks to a $75,000 gift from a woman whose 40-year career in the profession got its start at WCU.  

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Cody Dalton | Pride of the Mountains

Meet Cody Dalton, the man of many talents at Western Carolina University. As a political science major, he's got the academics covered, but he also takes the lead as the drum major for the Pride of the Mountains marching band. Dive into his world as a student at Western Carolina University.  

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MFA student named creative director for Center for Craft art installation

For second-year Master of Fine Art student Jeannie Regan, being chosen as the creative director for the Center for Craft’s newest art installation is an opportunity made possible by faculty and peer support from the MFA program.   

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Nicole Kanupp | Day in the Life

Join us for an exhilarating day in the life of Nicole Kanupp, a dedicated member of the Pride of the Mountains marching band at Western Carolina University!  

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MFA graduate student paints mural in Sylva

Mia Loia, a graduate student in the Master of Fine Art program, just completed a mural on the side of Kountry Kupboard health food store in Sylva.  

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School of Music and biology department collaborate for lecture recital

School of Music and Department of Biology are teaming up for a lecture recital Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Coulter.   

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MFA program checked all the boxes for WCU alum: culture, mountains and academic rigor

After earning a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a decade of work and life experience, Kentucky native Mo Kessler wanted to find a master’s program that checked all the boxes when it came to culture, experiencing the mountains of Western North Carolina and of course the master’s program itself.   

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Manifest Your Own Masterpiece

Olivia Ramos, a Charlotte native who studied entertainment design and technology at WCU, knew she wanted to do something involving the arts, but her small high school did not offer a theater arts program.   

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