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Travel course takes trio on educational journey across China

Yanjun Yan, assistant professor in WCU’s School of Engineering and Technology, led two of the university's students on an educational journey across China over a two-week period in May.  


Acclaimed poet addresses newest Catamounts during New Student Convocation

A critically acclaimed poet spoke to WCU's new students about love and bouncing back from mistakes during the university’s annual New Student Convocation held Friday, Aug. 17, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.  

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Board of Trustees to hold quarterly meeting at Robinson Building

The WCU Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.  


School of Music faculty member pens book on contemporary composer

Christina Reitz, an associate professor of music at Western Carolina University, recently published a book on acclaimed composer Jennifer Higdon.  


Speaker series resumes with presentation on social entrepreneurship

The Free Enterprise Speaker Series returns to Western Carolina University with a presentation on social entrepreneurship from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at A.K. Hinds University Center theater.  


Engineering students design, produce holiday ornaments for Staff Senate

As Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate members held their annual holiday ornament sale last year to raise money for scholarships, the overwhelming question from buyers was, “Were the wooden ornaments made by students?”  


Inaugural Sunday Cinema Series screening to feature play ‘Yerma’

The first screening of Western Carolina University’s new Sunday Cinema Series will be the play “Yerma,” which was originally performed and filmed at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  

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Home alone, while her parents worked, an 8-year-old Alecia Page ’13 tried to open her only source of food for that evening, but to no avail. She didn’t know how to use the can opener. She went to bed, the can of corn intact, her stomach empty and her eyes full of tears. She prayed for a different life. It took a while, but she got it.  



This story began some 50 years ago in rural Haywood County. It’s the story of a young boy living with his parents, supported by the land and crops they raised.   

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