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WCU delays decision on date for rescheduled spring commencement exercises

Western Carolina University officials are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across North Carolina and have delayed a decision on when to reschedule spring commencement ceremonies originally set for May 8 and 9 but postponed in the wake of the global health crisis.  


Enjoying yoga instruction from the Zoom next door

The ways that students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University are finding to keep the campus community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic are seemingly endless - like virtual yoga.  


Students eligible for prorated housing, dining refunds because of coronavirus alterations

Western Carolina University will be issuing partial refunds to students for payments made toward on-campus housing and dining services they have been unable to access because of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.  


Hospitality and tourism industry down, but not out, says WCU professor

When restrictions to traveling and dining are lifted, WCU assistant professor Angela Sebby believes the hospitality and tourism industry will 'come back stronger than before.'  


Campus mail delivery changes to take effect April 1

Because of a reduction in the number of faculty and staff who are working on campus as Western Carolina University implements stricter measures designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, on-campus delivery of mail will be suspended for the month of April.  


WCU adopts optional satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system for spring semester

Undergraduate students at Western Carolina University will have the option to request that they receive grades of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” for their 2020 spring semester classes, which have been disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic and moved online or to another alternative form of course delivery.  


Faculty, students with Chinese ties bring much-needed surgical masks to area

A chat room conversation between colleagues at Western Carolina University with ties to China led to fast action that is putting surgical masks into the hands of front-line health workers in the region's smaller care facilities.  


Students, faculty, staff urged to participate in 2020 census

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli R. Brown is reminding students, faculty and staff to not lose sight of the 2020 census, a vital once-a-decade national population count that may be overshadowed by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.  


Biology professor Mack Powell discusses finding a COVID-19 vaccine

As a professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of Biology who specializes in immunology and infectious diseases, Mack Powell finds the COVID-19 pandemic particularly interesting.  

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