Members of the extended Western Carolina University community took time throughout February to express their affection for WCU.
Residents of five WNC counties dealing with food insecurity issues were able to enjoy nutritious meals last Thanksgiving thanks to the efforts of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band members and Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Five nursing students, one faculty member and two alumni assist Great Faith Vision, a national Christian mission group, in operating a pop-up medical clinic, which for the time being will offer free vision care for young and old.
The first of a new academic tie to community engagement is now underway at WCU.
The All In Campus Democracy Challenge will be supported through WCU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning to make voter registration a priority.
Eleven projects ranging from student research into post-partum depression to improvements of a Cherokee plant garden at Highlands Biological Station are underway at WCU.
For a junior design class, three engineering students built a solar tracking array that finds and tracks the sun to keep solar panels optimally aligned with it as the Earth rotates.
For a capstone project, an environmental science class delved into the logistics of getting the off-campus apartment complexes in Cullowhee to offer recycling collection services for their residents.
There soon will be a little something extra in the year-end award stipends for faculty and staff members in the College of Education and Allied Professions who are recognized for their contributions of service to the university and the region.