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Faculty member, student lend helping hand in Cullowhee Community Garden

When WCU registrar Larry Hammer began working a garden plot with his family in the Cullowhee Community Garden, he realized that the water delivery system was not working like it needed to.  

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Evelyn Rucker named director of Intercultural Affairs

Evelyn Rucker has been named the new Intercultural Affairs director at WCU.  

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Amber C. Albert named director of the Mountain Heritage Center

On March 1, WCU named Amber Clawson Albert as the director of the Mountain Heritage Center following the retirement of Pam Meister in December 2022.   

Ricardo's departure

WCU's first chief diversity officer appointed senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion; chief diversity officer at SUNY

Ricardo Nazario-Colón, WCU’s inaugural chief diversity officer, has been appointed by the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees as the senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.  

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New professorship in early literacy established with $1.5M from Goodnight Foundation

The College of Education and Allied Professions is the recipient of a $1.5 million gift from the Goodnight Educational Foundation to create a new endowed professorship in early literacy.  

Jim Costa Book

Jim Costa publishes book celebrating work of scientist and humanitarian Alfred Russel Wallace

In Costa’s book, “Radical by Nature – The Revolutionary Life of Alfred Russel Wallace,” he dives into scholarly research, journals, notebooks and letters to help bring Wallace’s fascinating history to life.  

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WCU ranked in top 20% of Forbes’ list of America’s best midsize employers

WCU has been ranked in the top 20% coming in at number 97 out of 500 organizations.  

Tiffany Jackson on Stage

Rising of the Necessary Diva

Rising of the Necessary Diva is a one-woman show created and performed by WCU's Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Tiffany Renee Jackson  

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University Police to add therapy dog to force

Sasha, a chocolate lab puppy, is undergoing certification training to be a therapy dog for the campus police department.  

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