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Rich Price named WCU chief marketing and strategic partnerships officer

Rich Price, an alumnus and the executive director of economic development and strategic partnerships since January 2021, has been named WCU’s chief marketing and strategic partnerships officer.  

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Call Me MiSTER program graduates its first cohort

When Andrue Smith walks across the stage this spring, earning his bachelor’s degree in middle grades education and history, he will have charted a path for men of color wanting to become teachers.   

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The Catamount School plans to relocate to Reid

After a tumultuous couple of weeks, WCU has found a permanent space for the Catamount School. The lab school will be housed in Reid Building on the university’s campus this coming school year.  

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Shannon Swimmer named director of WCU Cherokee Center

Shannon Swimmer received a master’s degree in human resource management from Western Carolina University in 2007. After several years working in tribal law, Swimmer has returned to WCU in a new capacity, as director of the Cherokee Center.  

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College of Engineering and Technology to offer new concentrations this fall

The College of Engineering and Technology will be offering several new and refreshed concentrations this fall as part of the college’s program expansion.  

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WCU and Cherokee County Schools join national network to strengthen new teacher efficacy

On Thursday, April 25, WCU announced its participation in the third cohort of the Learning by Scientific Design Network.  

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WCU celebrates 40 years of cleaning up the Tuck River

On Saturday, April 20, WCU will hold the 40th annual Tuck River Cleanup. The event is one of the nation’s largest single-day river cleanups with hundreds of volunteers working a 15-mile stretch of the Tuckesegee river, from Cullowhee to Whittier.  

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Cherokee Studies Program works to revitalize language

Recently, the annual Cherokee Language Summit brought together students and educators from multiple universities and tribal programs to discuss Cherokee language education and revitalization.  

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WCU, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority sign agreement for McKee Clinic funding

WCU and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority decided to work together to meet the needs of children living in the Qualla Boundary and beyond.  

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