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About the University
A member of The University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University offers courses in the arts, sciences, technologies, humanities, and professions. Students can elect degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, or doctoral level study in educational leadership and physical therapy. As a regional institution, it serves the people of North Carolina from its residential campus at Cullowhee and through off-campus instruction in Asheville and other locations.
Western Carolina University creates learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research, service, and engagement through on campus, off campus, on-line and international experiences. The university focuses its undergraduate, master’s and three doctoral programs, educational outreach, research, creative, and cultural activities to sustain and improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in Western Carolina and beyond.
Western Carolina University is located in the scenic Appalachian mountain ranges at Cullowhee, North Carolina. The university consists of the main campus in Cullowhee and resident credit centers in Asheville and Cherokee. A faculty of approximately 675 serves a student body of approximately 9,400 in resident-credit and extension classes.
The Cullowhee campus is in a rural valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville and seven miles south of Sylva on North Carolina Highway 107. The location at the southern end of Cullowhee Valley in the heart of the Tuckaseigee River basin, gives it an unusually attractive setting. The closest commercial airport to the university is located in Asheville.
The central campus consists of about 233 acres, including beautifully wooded areas and modern academic, student residence, recreation, and athletic facilities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), Fontana Lake, and numerous resort areas offer golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, water sports, and other recreational opportunities nearby.
Western Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, functions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University. Policies of the Board of Governors are administered by the president and the General Administration of The University of North Carolina. The Board of Trustees receives its authority by delegation from the Board of Governors.
The chancellor is the chief administrative officer of the university. The Faculty Senate, the principal policy-recommending body of the faculty, operates under the provisions of a faculty constitution and bylaws.
Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University. In addition to this institutional accreditation, other special accreditation by appropriate agenices includes these:
- AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- American Chemical Society
- American Council for Construction Education (candidacy status)
- American Dietetic Association
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association, and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education - candidacy status
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
- Council on Social Work Education
- Foundation on Interior Design Education Research (FIDER)
- National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Science and Protection
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- National Council for Teachers of English
- National Kitchen and Bath Association Endorsement
- North American Society for Sport Management/National Association of Sport and Physical Education
- North Carolina Board of Nursing
- North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- Project Management Institute, Inc.
- Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - Telephone: (410)347-7700. (Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology-Applied Systems Technology Concentration)
The university is a member of appropriate state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related. These include but are not limited to:
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Association of Higher Education
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- American College of Dance Festival Association
- American Council on Education
- American Society of Allied Health Professions
- Association for Continuing Higher Education
- Association for Institutional Research
- Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- College Entrance Examination Board
- Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
- Cooperative Education Association
- Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
- Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
- Institute for International Education, Inc.
- International Council for Small Business
- Mathematics Association of America
- National Association of College and University Business Officers
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- National Business Education Association
- National University Continuing Education Association
- North American Association of Summer Sessions
- North Carolina Academy of Science
- North Carolina Association for Institutional Research
- North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Middle School Association
- North Carolina Political Science Association
- Southeastern Theatre Conference
- Southern Association for Institutional Research
- Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies
- Southern Regional Education Board
- Southern States Communication Association
- Speech Communication Association
- United States Distance Learning Association
- United States Institute for Theatre Technology
History of The University of North Carolina
In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Western Carolina University is one of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multi-campus state university.
The University of North Carolina, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of The University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.
In 1877, the North Carolina General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose. Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians. Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had a technological emphasis. One is a training school for performing artists.
In 1931, the North Carolina General Assembly redefined The University of North Carolina to include three state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The new multi-campus university operated with one board of trustees and one president. By 1969, three additional campuses had joined the university through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
In 1971, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation bringing into the University of North Carolina the state’s ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. This action created the current sixteen-campus university. In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the university; and in 1996, Pembroke State University was renamed The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through legislative action.
The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions. It elects the president, who administers the university. The thirty-two voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the North Carolina General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student’s designee, is also a non-voting member.
Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president. Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex officio. The North Carolina School of the Arts has two additional ex officio members. Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.
Board of Governors
W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Chair
Roger Aiken, Vice Chair
Joan Templeton Perry, Secretary
F. Phillip Byers
Hannah D. Gage
H. Frank Grainger
Henry W. Hinton
James L. Holmes, Jr.
Rodney E. Hood
W. Marty Kotis, III
Steven B. Long
Joan G. MacNeill
Mary Ann Maxwell
J. Alex Mitchell
W.G. Champion Mitchell
Anna Spangle Nelson
R. Doyle Parrish
Therence O. Pickett
David M. Powers
Robert S. Rippy
O. Temple Sloan III
Harry Leo Smith, Jr.
J. Craig Souza
George A. Sywassink
Richard F. “Dick” Taylor
Laura I. Wiley
Officers of the University of North Carolina
Chief of Staff
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President Governance, Legal, and Risk and General Counsel
Vice President for International, Community, & Economic Engagement
Vice President for Research and Graduate Education
Vice President for Academic and University Programs
|Kim van Noort
||Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty and Research
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Vice President of Human Resources
Secretary of the University
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
Vice President for University Advancement
Vice President for State Government Relations
Vice President for Technology-Based Learning and Innovation
Vice President for Federal Affairs
Vice President for Finance and Budget
Vice President for Compliance and Audit
Vice President for Academic Planning and Quality Assessment
Joni B. Worthington
Vice President for Communications
|Joanna C. Cleveland
Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University was founded in August 1889 as a semi-public school. Chartered as Cullowhee High School in 1891, it served the Cullowhee community and boarding students from neighboring counties and other states.
For Professor Robert Lee Madison, the institution’s founder, the aim of the school was teacher training. In 1893, with the first state appropriation of $1,500, a normal department was established. In 1905, the institution became Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School, a title it held for 20 years.
Beginning about 1912, the status of the school was gradually raised to that of a two-year normal school or junior college. With state support increasing and work at the secondary level discontinued, the name of the school was changed in 1925 to Cullowhee State Normal School.
In 1929, under a new charter authorizing the school to extend its work to the four-year level, the name Western Carolina Teachers College was adopted. Modifications in function and rapid growth climaxed in 1951 with the addition of the postgraduate year to the curriculum, and the granting of the Master of Arts in Education degree was authorized. Demands in the liberal arts, and for programs in other areas of learning, led to an expansion of its offerings and to a further change, in 1953, to the name Western Carolina College.
In 1967, the institution was designated a regional university by the North Carolina General Assembly and the name of the institution was changed to Western Carolina University.
In 1971, the state legislature reorganized higher education in North Carolina, and on July 1, 1972, Western Carolina University became a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina.
In 1996, Western Carolina University was approved by the University of North Carolina-General Administration and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the Doctoral degree in education.
Board of Trustees
|Ed Broadwell, Jr., Chair
|Patricia Kaemmerling, Vice Chair
|Carolyn Coward, Secretary
| J. Bryant Kinney
|George W. Little
|Wardell Townsend, Jr.
|Hank Henderson (SGA President)
Office of the Chancellor
David O. Belcher, D.M.A. Chancellor
Melissa Canady Wargo, Ph.D. Chief of Staff
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Ph.D. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Mary Ann Lochner, J.D. Legal Counsel
Shea Browning Associate Legal Counsel
Mike Byers, M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
H. Sam Miller, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Craig A. Fowler, M.B.A. Chief Information Officer
Lisa Gaetano, B.S. Internal Auditor
About the Graduate School
The Graduate School consists of a graduate faculty represented by the dean, who is the administrative officer, and the Graduate Council. The dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor and is responsible for Graduate School and Research. Please see the Graduate Faculty & Staff web page for a current list of graduate faculty members.
Graduate School members serving on Graduate Council are the Dean as Chairman, Associate Dean of Graduate School, and Student Services Manager. Please see the Graduate Council web page for a current list of faculty and student members.
The Graduate Council formulates and recommends policies and standards for the Graduate School, reviews and recommends all teaching personnel for graduate courses, and appraises and recommends new graduate degree programs and changes in existing programs.
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides comprehensive support services for faculty and students seeking external funding for research from public and private sources. These support services include assistance with project planning, funding searches, proposal development, internal and external electronic submission processes, budgeting, human and animal subject research, project administration and compliance.
Faculty Scholarship Advisory Committee
The mission of the Faculty Scholarship Advisory Committee is to serve as an advisory body to the WCU Chief Research Officer and the Director of Research Administration on matters pertaining to the development of research and creative activities. The advisory group is charged with helping to nurture a climate that encourages research as one of the primary missions of the University. The group identifies needs of the faculty and other researchers; analyzes services, policies, and procedures that affect research; and makes recommendations which, in its view, will facilitate the research process and research productivity at the University.
The Graduate School and Graduate Study at Western Carolina University
Graduate study is a personal experience, and the selection of a graduate school is one of the most important decisions a student is called upon to make. At Western Carolina University, graduate study is characterized by small classes, personal interaction with faculty members, and a pleasant atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of individual educational goals.
Western Carolina University is a state-supported coeducational institution with a student body of almost 9,000, of which over 1,900 are graduate students. Including its credit and noncredit instructional courses, continuing education offerings, workshops, conferences, and service programs, the university serves more than 12,000 persons each year. The Graduate School offers programs leading to 17 master’s degrees in more than 50 professional and academic areas, the Education Specialist degree, the Specialist in School Psychology degree, and two Doctoral degrees.
The Graduate School provides programs to prepare members of the teaching profession for licensure at the master’s and sixth-year levels, to prepare persons to teach in higher education, and to meet the needs of persons working in or preparing to work in other occupations and professions. A student interested in any of the following programs should request additional information from the Graduate School or the head of the appropriate department: accountancy, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, college student personnel, communication sciences and disorders, construction management, counseling, educational leadership, educational supervision, elementary education, English, entrepreneurship, health sciences, history, human resources, mathematics, middle grades education, music, nursing, physical therapy, project management, psychology, public affairs, school administration, social work, special education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), or technology.
The university operates on a semester system, with two semesters making up the regular academic year. In addition, a summer semester offers a wide variety of courses for both graduates and undergraduates.
Further information may be obtained by emailing the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org, writing the Graduate School at 110 Cordelia Camp, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, or by telephoning 828-227-7398 or 800-369-9854.
Division of Educational Outreach
The Division’s primary mission is education outreach. As the instructional outreach unit of the University, the Division of Educational Outreach extends educational options regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally using a variety of educational delivery systems and formats. A wide range of degree programs are now available through distance learning, including a number of online degree programs.
The Division manages the Asheville Center, the Cherokee Center, and a variety of specialty courses and programs in addition to distance learning programs. The Division offers noncredit workshops, seminars and professional development programs and hosts a number of conferences on an ongoing basis.
To obtain information or to be placed on a mailing list call 828-227-7397 or 866-WCU-GRAD, or visit us at http://edoutreach.wcu.edu.
Military Education. Western Carolina University’s Office of Military Student Services provides support and guidance to students who are serving, or have served, in the military in any capacity, and the family members of these students. This support and guidance is provided from the point of inquiry through graduation.
Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park
Western Carolina University offers a broad range of instruction at the graduate level in Asheville. The programs of instruction, intended primarily for the adult professional student, are taught late afternoons, evenings and weekends. The WCU Programs at Biltmore Park office is located in Suite 355 at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803, 828-658-6498. The School of Nursing is located in Suite 309, 828-654-6499.
For a complete list of graduate degree programs and certificate and licensure programs offered in Asheville please visit the Programs Offered at Biltmore Park website. Students enrolled in some programs will need to enroll in some coursework offered in Cullowhee.
Research and Service Facilities
Highlands Biological Station. The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a field station for biological research and education focused on southern Appalachian ecosystems and organisms. Founded in 1927, HBS has been an Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina since 1976. Western Carolina University has provided UNC administrative services for the Station since 1981. Thirty regional colleges and universities also participate in the Station’s programs as member institutions.
HBS is located on the Blue Ridge Escarpment about 30 miles south of Cullowhee in the town of Highlands, North Carolina. The topography, latitude, and high rainfall of the area combine to yield extremely rich biotic and environmental diversity, making the Station an ideal locale for field studies in environmental biology, conservation, aquatic ecology, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology, and systematics. Its facilities are open to students and senior investigators engaged in research on the organisms and environments of the southern Appalachian region. Station facilities include housing (38 beds in several residences), a dining hall, well-equipped research space, and teaching classrooms and laboratories. The campus also includes the Highlands Nature Center, which offers educational exhibits and K-12 and public programs, and the Highlands Botanical Garden, which features hundreds of native plant species in a variety of southern Appalachian habitats.
Each summer HBS offers up to a dozen one- to two-week courses and workshops, taught at the advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate levels. Academic credit through WCU or UNC-Chapel Hill is available for most courses and workshops. Limited financial aid is available for courses, and a grant-in-aid program also provides financial assistance to graduate students conducting thesis research on the biota of the region. Since 2001 the Station has hosted a fall semester-in-residence undergraduate program in environmental biology in cooperation with the Carolina Environmental Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. WCU students majoring in biology or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply to this unique program.
To learn more about the programs, courses, and research opportunities at the Highlands Biological Station, see the HBS website (http://www.wcu.edu/hbs) or write to Dr. James T. Costa, Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services facilitates the determination of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and may include but are not limited to housing accommodations, testing accommodations, sign-language interpreters, note takers, books in alternate formats, adaptive equipment and software, and priority registration. To receive services, students must submit current documentation of a disability. Career advisement, awareness activities, self advocacy training, and coaching are also available. Dr. Lance Alexis, Director, 828-227-2716. (disability.wcu.edu)
Center for Rapid Product Realization. The mission of the Center for Rapid Product Realization is to match the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology’s resources of laboratories, faculty and students with the needs of Western North Carolina. The goal of this engagement is to grow and transform the region’s economy, to enhance student learning through real project experience, and to improve the quality of life. The RAPID Center has special expertise in four areas: rapid prototyping, adaptive technology, intelligent sensors and optoelectronics. The Center in collaboration with the SBTDC and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves as the US Economic Development Administration University Center for North Carolina. Faculty/student projects, particularly the two semester senior capstone projects, are one of the principal avenues for interacting with the WNC community. Projects include improvements to wheelchairs, sensors to help persons with dementia, new products for the Christmas tree industry, rehabilitation devices for children and the elderly and devices to help our men and women of U.S. Army Special Forces. Commercialization of technology is the central theme of these regional and statewide initiatives. To see more student/faculty projects and get more information on the Rapid Center’s laboratories, go to http://rapid.wcu.edu.
The Hunter Library provides high-quality information support services to students, staff and faculty as its primary mission. Librarians provide both individualized research assistance and classroom instruction. The library is open more than 96 hours per week during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. The library’s vast digital resources are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The collections and services that support student and faculty research include:
- Main book collection consisting of over 700,000 books and bound periodicals. This collection is augmented by a cooperative agreement with UNC Asheville and Appalachian State University through the use of a shared online catalog and delivery service. Students can readily borrow items from these other libraries and generally receive them in 2 days of less. The combined collection is over 2 million volumes.
- 200+ electronic databases and 60,000+ electronic journals that can be accessed remotely
- Free document delivery service that provides access to articles from approximately 25,000 journal titles that can be accessed remotely.
- Electronic reserves collection that can be accessed remotely
- 1,200 print journal subscriptions
- Free interlibrary loan service for all students and faculty
- Microform collection of 1.5 million pieces
- Government documents providing access to over 227,000 government documents representing both the Federal government and the North Carolina government
- Special Collections containing manuscript collections, books, photographs and other resources documenting the history of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia, the history of the Cherokee Indians, and literary works and papers of Western North Carolina authors
- Online digital collections of photographs, maps and multimedia files focusing on the Western North Carolina region.
- The Map Room collection contains more than 122,000 sheet maps and an extensive collection of digital mapping data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to support it
- An extensive collection of CDs, videotapes, DVDs and other media
- Curriculum Materials also maintains collections of state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, children’s literature and other classroom instructional materials in support of the university’s professional education programs
Information Technology. The Division of Information Technology is responsible for providing technology assistance, information and services in support of WCU’s mission and aspirations. These services include providing information resources to students, faculty, staff and administration to support teaching, learning, research, administrative and regional engagement efforts. Information Technology provides advice, planning and technical guidance for the appropriate use of technology in support of the university’s educational endeavor. Information Technology is located in various campus buildings with assistance available at many of WCU’s facilities beyond the Cullowhee campus. The university is an active member of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
Information Technology has over 70 staff and is comprised of the following units: the Office of the Chief Information Officer, IT Administration, Academic Engagement & IT Governance, Applications & Systems, Chief Technologist & IT Security Office, Coulter Faculty Commons, Networking & Communications, Project Management, and IT Finance, HR, & Procurement. The university uses a state-of-the-art administrative system that allows students and faculty to do virtually all of their business with the university, such as register for courses or post grades, online. All students receive a WCU email account that allows them to communicate with their peers, faculty members, and university offices. The My Cat portal is the primary tool used by students to access email and other campus and course related information. Blackboard, is the primary instructional delivery system in support of traditional classroom and online courses.
There are over 3,000 microcomputers in offices, classrooms, and lab facilities all with connections to high speed broadband networks. Students enjoy high-speed network connectivity from their residence hall rooms, with two ports per room, or from the wireless network available throughout the Cullowhee campus. There are three general student computer lab facilities which are open at least fifty hours per week. The Technology Commons located in Hunter Library is open the same hours as the library, including 24 hours a day during the fall and spring final exam weeks. Users may call the Information Technology Help Desk locally at 227-7487 or toll free at 866-928-7487, email email@example.com, or use the Online Help Desk/Self-Service Log-In: http://help.wcu.edu/ for assistance with any Information Technology service or resource. Users may also visit the Technology Commons for in-person help. Visit the Technology Commons web site, tc.wcu.edu, to learn more about services available. Faculty routinely work with the Coulter Faculty Commons, http://facctr.wcu.edu/, to integrate technology into their teaching activities.
Information Technology supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems along with various software applications including a focus on Microsoft Office products. Office products are provided for faculty, staff and students along with upgrades for the Windows operating system. Information Technology also provides computer virus protection software to all students, faculty, and staff and is committed to keeping computers safe, secure and current in a highly networked campus computing environment. Many software packages are centrally licensed with a limited number of licenses available in labs and classrooms. Statistical packages include SPSS and SAS which is provided by a grant by the SAS Institute. Other specialized software found in labs include digital media editing, geographical information system, and engineering design programs.
The campus network interconnects with the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which provides WCU access to interactive videoconferencing as well as a very high speed network path to the Internet (655-megabit). IT’s Web Services unit supports the WCU web site at http://www.wcu.edu and provides the campus with web publishing assistance by providing departmental access to the Red Dot Content Management System. The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) web site at http://doit.wcu.edu provides a variety of useful technology information and self-help resources, as well as links for downloading software for personally-owned computers and accessing computer purchasing information.
International Programs and Services. The Office of IPS serves WCU students, faculty and staff with Study Abroad Programs, International Student Services, Faculty-led Travel Courses, International Faculty Visas, and the Intensive English Program. Advising and pre-departure orientations are available for the International Student (ISEP), the University of North Carolina (UNC-EP), and WCU bilateral exchange programs. For incoming international students, IPS provides an on-campus orientation, visa documents and counseling, student support services, and Host Family Association. Faculty-led travel courses are coordinated through IPS, and international faculty and visiting scholar visas. The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides English competency training before starting an academic program in the U.S. IPS also coordinates the K-12 International Outreach Program; Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars; international university linkages; International Education Week; International Festival; and the Study Abroad Fair. Call (828) 227-7494.
Mountain Heritage Center. The center collects, interprets, and disseminates knowledge about the southern Appalachian region and its people. The center’s research and artifact collections promote public awareness of the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage using publications, electronic media, exhibitions, presentations, and demonstrations both on campus and throughout Western North Carolina. The center also collaborates with public schools in preparing programs for educational enrichment and provides a learning experience for university students through internships, work study, and co-op opportunities.
Myron L. Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Coulter Faculty Commons provides services designed to assist and support all part and full-time faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants in seeking, achieving and maintaining excellence in their teaching. Training and guidance are available for those who wish to use instructional technology in their teaching. The Coulter Faculty Commons’ website is located at http://facctr.wcu.edu/ and includes a GTA page.
Activities and services most relevant for GTAs include:
- Consultation on course syllabi, course development, teaching goals, active learning, and applications of instructional technology
- Faculty Sandbox http://sandbox.wcu.edu, a place where faculty and GTAs can develop instructional materials via computer
- Computer classroom orientation and training
- Schedule of semester presentations and workshops
- Training in the use of WebCT to enhance classroom courses
- Faculty Forum a monthly publication featuring evocative opinion pieces of WCU faculty
- MountainRise, an eJournal on the scholarship of teaching and learning
- Renaissance of Teaching and Learning Booklet Series published each semester
- A lending library of professional literature on college teaching that is located in Hunter Library 240
The Coulter Faculty Commons can be reached at 828-227-7196.
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1985 as a statewide center to recognize and support outstanding North Carolina pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade school teachers and to enhance teaching as an art and profession. The center has two campuses, one located west of the WCU campus and one on Ocracoke Island. A center of The University of North Carolina, it is governed by a board of trustees, and its programs and activities are conducted by a professional staff of administrators and faculty.
School-University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP). SUTEP, housed in the College of Education and Allied Professions, partners with more than 100 schools in the 18 western North Carolina school systems. These partnerships are designed to enrich school-university relationships, strengthen teacher preparation, and provide professional development for teachers and school administrators.
Speech and Hearing Clinic. The Speech and Hearing Clinic’s (SHC) fundamental mission is to provide quality clinical education for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the discipline of communication disorders. As a critical adjunct, the SHC provides diagnostic, treatment, and consultative services to citizens with known or suspected speech, language, and/or hearing disorders in its catchment area of western North Carolina. The SHC also strives to serve as a community resource for allied professionals and agencies requiring information about human communication and its disorders. The center derives its strength from a combined academic/clinical orientation that directly fosters the delivery of state-of-the-art services. The SHC’s services are available to persons of all ages. In addition to traditional speech/language/hearing services, the SHC offers the following:
- hearing aid evaluation and dispensing
- otoacoustic emission diagnostic testing
- brain stem evoked response screening for newborns
- augmentative communication evaluation
- interdisciplinary evaluation
- assistance with assistive technology
- training on various topics related to communication disorders
Testing Services. The Continuing Education Testing Center oversees administrations of a variety of tests. Testing includes TEAS, SAT, CLEP, DSST and MAT and other national exams. The Center also serves as a testing site for a variety of high-stakes/professional exams and is an approved site for proctored testing for distance learners. Each test will have specific requirements for registration. For a list of all testing and requirements, visit the website testing.wcu.edu.
Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC). The Writing and Learning Commons seeks to enhance the academic environment and raise the level of academic discourse at WCU by providing tutoring, academic skills consultations, workshops, online learning resources, and faculty consultations. Writing Assistants collaborate with students from all classes and majors at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and prewriting to drafting and revising. Course tutors facilitate collaborative group sessions and offer strategies for effective study. Academic Skills Consultants conduct in-class workshops and one-on-one consultations focused on improving students’ reading, note taking, time management, test preparation, and test taking skills. Call 828-227-7197 for writing appointments and 828-227-2274 for course tutoring and academic skills consultations. Visit the website, http://walc.wcu.edu, for additional learning and writing resources, hours of operation, and appointment information. All consultations and tutoring sessions take place in the WaLC, 207 Belk Building, or in designated classrooms on campus. Distance students and students taking classes at Biltmore Park are encouraged to use Smarthinking an online tutoring service, and WaLC’s online resources.
Centers and Institutes Affiliated with Graduate School and Research
Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) is a research and educational outreach center. The primary mission of PSDS is to conduct scientific research into coastal processes and to translate that science into management and policy recommendations through a variety of professional and public outreach mechanisms. PSDS personnel foster faculty and student participation in these areas of research through grant writing and active engagement of students in research projects.
Public Policy Institute. The Public Policy Institute is a multidisciplinary applied research and outreach arm of the University concerned with promoting effective public policy in the region. Faculty and students from across the University participate in the institute in a variety of ways. Interested students and faculty should contact the director via email for more information.
Division of Advancement and External Affairs
The Division of Advancement and External Affairs is responsible for the University’s comprehensive public relations, communications and marketing programs, creative services, photographic services. Public relations, publications, and media services, including electronic and print communications, promotions, imaging, and positioning; alumni affairs; and development of private financial resources beyond state appropriations. The division supports student recruitment and serves as the university’s liaison with alumni; regional, state, and national organizations; and government agencies.
The division includes the offices of Communications and Public Relations, Creative Services, Development, Alumni Affairs, and Regional Affairs; and the Mountain Heritage Center. The division administratively houses the Western Carolina University Foundation, chartered in 1971 to promote University goals and private-sector fund-raising.
Office of Communications and Public Relations. The Office of Communications and Public Relations is responsible for the administration of University programs in public information, media services, publications, and web-based public information services. It is the liaison between University personnel and the news media, including newspapers, radio and television stations, and coordinates the planning, design, and production of all University publications, including the Western Carolina University magazine, exhibits, and displays, including those in electronic formats. It is responsible for producing or arranging for production of all University film, video, electronic media, and slide-tape presentations intended for the public.
Social Media and Events Calendar. The Office of Communications and Public Relations works with units across campus to integrate social media into the university’s communications and marketing strategies. Faculty and staff receive help with university-related social media activities including blogging, friending, tweeting, flickering, podcasting, ninging and youtubing; developing a strategy for using these relationship-building tools; collaborating with colleagues; and exploring ideas.
Office of Creative Services. The Office of Creative Services designs and produces distinctive communications tools for the purpose of promoting awareness of and appreciation for the University’s numerous programs and partnerships.
Marketing, Event Planning and Management. The Office of Marketing, Event Planning and Management coordinates promotional efforts for public events that enhance the University as a cultural destination through a full range of event planning and marketing services.
Office of Development. University Policy #55 assigns the Office of Development responsibility for private-sector fund-raising on behalf of University units and programs. The Office of Development receives, records, receipts, and acknowledges all private gifts to the University; conducts annual fundraising activities for support of academic and other programs; and guides and coordinates the systematic pursuit of major and planned gifts. Any fundraising activities for voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, or philanthropic agencies conducted on behalf of the University or any unit thereof must be coordinated through the Office of Development.
Foundation. The Western Carolina University Foundation is the primary volunteer organization engaged in cultivating and directing significant private resources to the University.
Office of Alumni Affairs. The Office of Alumni Affairs maintains all alumni records; organizes and coordinates meetings of alumni groups, alumni reunions, and alumni homecoming activities; works directly with the Board of Directors of the Western Carolina alumni associations and Western Carolina clubs (alumni chapters); assists with publications and all electronic communications with alumni; and general serves as a communications link and support structure for alumni.
Office of Partnership Development. The Office of Partnership Development for the WCU Millennial Initiative is responsible for exploring and developing outside/external partner proposals and opportunities for the Millennial Initiative. The Office works closely with the Millennial Initiative Policy Group (MIPG) in developing and coordinating policy interpretations and business practices relating to Millennial Initiatives and external partners.
Student Life and Services
Western Carolina University is dedicated to the academic and social growth and development of students. The Division of Student Affairs has general responsibility in this area, and its functions include providing housing, counseling and health care services, recreation and wellness programs, and enhancing the college environment with social, educational, and leadership activities. The Division’s website is available at http://www.wcu.edu/experience/dean-of-students/About.aspx.
Residential Living. The university’s residence halls are an integral part of campus life, offering a variety of experiences that contribute to intellectual, personal, and social development. The residence halls are staffed by Resident Directors and professionals responsible for both the residential community as well as each student’s personal growth and development.
The residence halls are open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, to the extent available. First and second year students, along with some transfer students are required to live on campus. This requirement may be waived if the student is married or lives with parents in a county contiguous to Jackson County. For full details regarding the residency requirement, please read University Policy #96 at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/legal-counsel-office/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-96.aspx.
A variety of accommodations are available including, private and double rooms, suite style buildings, and graduate housing. Each room is furnished with computer data ports, single beds, study desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Students provide their own pillows, bed linens, towels, lamps, clocks, wastebaskets, and telephones. (A list of suggested items to bring can be found on the Residential Living website.) Cable television is provided in student rooms, as well as designated public areas. Other amenities include vending machines, washers, and dryers. Mail service is provided to all residential students at the Student Mail Center located in the University Center. Mailing addresses are assigned by the Department of Residential Living and will be provided when students receive housing assignments.
Please visit http://housing.wcu.edu to learn much more about Residential Living and life in the residence halls at Western Carolina University.
Off-Campus Housing. Students that are eligible under University Policy #96 to live off-campus and choose to do so, are responsible for making those arrangements and the associated obligations. While the University does not endorse any off-campus housing, an on-line service is available to help University community members explore off-campus options: http://offcampushousing.wcu.edu/.
Please review the Dining Services website at http://wcudining.wcu.edu for comprehensive information about eating on-campus.
Food service may not be provided when dining locations are closed during holidays and other periods when the university is not in session.
Students living in university residence halls are required to purchase a campus meal plan each semester. Participation in a food service plan is optional for commuting students. Special dietary requirements are accommodated by contacting WCU Dining at 227-7396.
Student Activities and Services
A variety of programs, activities, and services identified with everyday living are available on campus. Students are encouraged to choose and participate in co-curricular activities wisely and balance them with their academic endeavors. The student activity fee helps to support many of these activities and services as well as a number of cultural programs. The fee also supports the campus media including the radio station, newspaper, literary magazine, and student television station.
Student organizations are recognized as an important part of the educational process. More than 150 recognized campus organizations provide students opportunities to explore their religious, political, professional, social, or special interests and to be recognized for their academic and personal achievements. Learn more about the ways students can get involved on-line at http://westerncarolinauniversity.orgsync.com/SO_home.
A.K. Hinds University Center
The University Center (UC) is your gateway to involvement at WCU! From programs and student organizations to dining options and conference rooms, the UC is the central facility for student participation! The UC provides a wide range of services, programs, and organizations aimed to improve student involvement and to provide a well-rounded collegiate experience for students. The A.K. Hinds University Center provides an inclusive student-centered community that supports and encourages student learning, leadership opportunities, personal development, and active learning, in a caring atmosphere.
Named for the late Anthony Keith Hinds, former dean and professor of mathematics at WCU, the University Center is the hub of student social life on campus. The UC features a two-story atrium, meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, a 170-seat movie theater, Club Illusions, Catamount Clothing, a food court, and the student mailroom. The additional space also includes the Department of Intercultural Affairs, Department of Greek Student Engagement and Development, and the Center for Student Involvement with offices, workspace, and conference rooms for student clubs and organizations. Also a vital part of the UC is the Student Media Center, which houses student-run media groups that include radio, newspaper, television and literary magazines. The UC also works with the student leaders of Last Minute Productions (LMP) and Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) to provide student-initiated programming for the entire campus. These groups work to bring concerts, speakers and a variety of performers to the campus community. The website is available at: http://www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/visit-wcu/wcu-virtual-tour/hinds-university-center.asp.
Campus Recreation and Wellness
The mission of the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) is to create a campus-wide culture of recreation and wellness through a comprehensive array of programs and services that educate, empower, and engage individuals to pursue and sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles.
Located in the 73,000 square foot Campus Recreation Center (CRC), CRW offers many opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Programs and services include use of the CRC, access to Reid Pool, group exercise classes, intramural sports, equipment checkout, personal training, wellness programs, club sports, and Base Camp Cullowhee. Base Camp Cullowhee is WCU’s outdoor program and offers a wide array of outdoor trips, equipment rentals, special events, and outdoor leadership training.
In addition to the CRC and Reid Pool, CRW has other facility resources for students to get active. Check out our 13-hole disc golf course, single-track hiking and mountain biking trail system, intramural field space, and campus walking routes. For more information, please visit our website at http://reccenter.wcu.edu.
Western Carolina University is a NCAA Division I institution with membership in the Southern Conference. With over 300 student athletes competing in 16 sports, WCU students have many opportunities to support their Catamounts. The mandatory Athletic Fee provides support for WCU Athletics and so students have free tickets to all Athletic events. More information about Catamount Athletics is available on the official website: http://www.catamountsports.com/.
Western Carolina University Health Services is designed to meet the healthcare needs of the WCU community to enhance the physical, psychological, environmental, and health education needs of the campus. The medical practice serves as primary care for students while in attendance, and functions as a hybrid of a traditional primary care practice, with urgent care services added. The staff includes physicians, midlevel practitioners, registered nurses, medical and laboratory technicians that offer a variety of healthcare services. Those include well physicals, well visits, medication management, sick visits, women’s health, immunotherapy/allergy and injection clinic, suturing, splinting and many other minor procedures. Health Services offers on-site laboratory testing, as well as operating a smaller scale pharmacy that stocks both prescription and over the counter medications. All services are designed to allow patients convenient, affordable access to timely medical care.
Campus EMS is also a part of Health Services. The BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance service, is staffed by certified student workers that provides on-campus coverage for medical emergencies 24 hours a day while classes are in session. The EMS service performs patient assessment and care along with providing transportation to either Health Services on campus or the Harris Hospital emergency department for continued medical services.
Health Services is funded by the mandatory Student Health Fee. The fee allows students to have unlimited access to care, there is not a restriction on the number of visits to the medical providers. Through the course of care, the provider may order lab testing or perform a procedure that is not considered part of the routine visit and the patient may incur separate charges for those services. Charges are also billed for any items purchased through the Health Services pharmacy. Charges can be paid at the time of service or as part of the student’s WCU account. Although Health Services is not considered in-network with major insurance carriers, insurance forms are available and can be filed as a patient courtesy. As part of the University of North Carolina System, WCU participates in the mandatory health insurance requirement imposed on all UNC system students. Students will be automatically enrolled in the school sponsored plan, unless the student provides proof of other insurance coverage during the waiver process. Students do not have to be enrolled in the school sponsored plan to utilize care in Health Services. Insurance is intended to assist the student with any medical expenses that are incurred beyond Health Services, medical care such as surgery, hospitalization or emergency department visits.
Upon acceptance, and before class registration, incoming students are required by NC law to comply with immunization requirement. Students must provide proof of immunization history to satisfy those requirements, and the student’s registration status may be restricted until the requirements are met.
More information about Health Services, immunizations and the health insurance requirements are available on-line at http://healthservices.wcu.edu.
Counseling and Psychological Services. The mission of WCU CAPS is to empower students to engage in and be successful in a full range of academic, social, and cultural endeavors through fostering psychological wellness. CAPS provides free and confidential counseling and emergency services for students. Other services include groups, psychiatric medication assessments, referrals, and outreach presentations. The staff is comprised of licensed mental health providers (psychologists, a social worker and a professional counselor). Additionally, graduate interns and practicum students in training provide services to students. Please refer to our website at caps.wcu.edu for further information. Initial appointments can be made in person (Bird Bldg. 2nd floor) or by phone (227-7469). For daytime emergencies, contact the CAPS office. For after-hours mental health emergencies, call 828-227-8911 and ask to speak to the counselor on call.
Career Services and Cooperative Education
The Career Services/Cooperative Education Office is multi-faceted and student service oriented. We are committed to providing up-to-date services which: assist in career/major decision-making; promote career experiences, and job search learning; and then facilitate contact with employers and graduate schools.
Activities/services include the following:
On campus student employment (http://careers.wcu.edu/nws-jobs.asp), web-accessible job listings, programs, individual conferences with career counselors, vocational and interest testing (both on-line and in person), cooperative education and internship programs, resume and cover letter critiquing services, an on-line mock interview program, a career library with a university-wide computer-aided career guidance programs and multiple career events.
The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (http://careers.wcu.edu).
Educator Licensure Assistance. All students and alumni seeking initial or advanced teacher or school professional licensure will find assistance in the Office of Field Experience and Licensure, Room 230 Killian Building, 828-227-2000.
Intercultural Affairs sponsors a variety of programs throughout the academic year to highlight some of the many cultures represented in the campus community. ICA staff serves as educators, resources, advocates, and foundations of support for the Western Carolina community with an emphasis on creating a culture of inclusion. Located in the second floor of the University Center, Intercultural Affairs is a resource for all WCU students.
Ramsey Regional Activity Center
Western North Carolina’s most versatile entertainment complex, the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center provides quality programming for the entire community. The 8,000 seat arena hosts major concerts, national touring acts, commencement and Catamount basketball and volleyball. Student tickets to major events are often available at a discount.
The arena, concourse, meeting rooms, outdoor patios, and other reservable spaces are available to the public for banquets, trade shows, conferences and meetings. Students may utilize the Ramsey Center’s full line of event services including event planning, equipment reservations, and room set-ups.
The Ramsey Center offers opportunities to enjoy regular fitness activity. Students have free access to five racquetball courts, two basketball courts, walking or jogging around the concourse, and a lighted outdoor rollerblade and skateboard area.
Students play a major role in the operation of the Ramsey Center. Student managers keep the Ramsey Center open for activity during evenings and weekends. Stage crew, lighting operators, and promotion and event staff help with concerts and other major productions. Utility crew and office assistants work closely with staff to handle day-do-day operations. Ramsey Center team members work flexible hours; gain leadership experience; and develop communication, teamwork, and time management skills.
For more information about the Ramsey Center and its programs and services, go online to http://www.wcu.edu/ramsey/.
The Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) works with the University community to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as stated in the Western Carolina Creed, and the Code of Student Conduct. DSCE works to help students and organizations who violate University living and learning expectations become more responsible members of the Western Carolina University Community. DSCE also collaborates with academic leaders, University Police, and other University officials to help keep our campus community safe. The DSCE facilitates education about the Western Carolina University Community Creed:
Western Carolina University Community Creed
Creed: a system of beliefs, principles, and aspirations
- I will live by high standards of personal integrity.
- I will embrace my responsibilities as a member of this community.
- I will respect the rights and well-being of others.
- I will engage myself in the artistic, cultural, and academic life of my University.
- I will celebrate and express pride in Western Carolina University.
The WCU Community Creed also serves as the basis for the Code of Student Conduct. All students are held accountable to the principles expressed in the Community Creed and the standards for behavior found in the Code.
The DSCE website can be found at http://dsce.wcu.edu and includes important information about the Community Creed, alcohol and other drug education, as well as student rights and responsibilities under the WCU Code of Student Conduct.
Campus Safety Report and Emergency Preparedness
Western Carolina University Police work to keep the campus community safe and help prepare the campus for emergencies. An annual safety report is posted online at http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/AFSSR.pdf and http://www.wcu.edu/experience/dean-of-students in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act). A link to an Emergency Information website is included at the bottom of all WCU web pages or can be opened at http://emergency.wcu.edu/ for details on campus preparedness and emergency notification systems. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to carefully review this information.
WCU Campus Police and Law Enforcement
The University Police department is responsible for providing law enforcement, criminal investigation, and protective services on campus. University Police officers are certified by the N.C. Attorney General’s Office and meet all standards set by the Attorney General for law enforcement officers in this state.
All crimes that occur on the campus of WCU should be reported to the University Police Department. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 from a University telephone or by dialing 828-227-7301 from your cellular telephone; non-emergencies may also be reported by dialing 828-227-7301. Reports for crimes may be filed by visiting the University Police Department, located in the Camp Building Annex, or by contacting an officer on patrol. Officers may also be summoned for emergencies by activating any of the emergency blue-light call boxes which are placed at various locations throughout campus. Information regarding crime reports, statistics and prevention programs is available at the University Police department and http://police.wcu.edu website.
Traffic and Parking. The University Police department is responsible for the administration of Western’s parking system, vehicle registration, and traffic and parking regulations enforcement. State statutes provide that campus traffic and parking regulations have the full-authority of law, and violators may be subject to the penalties such law prescribes.
Everyone parking a vehicle on campus must register that vehicle with the Parking Services Office and display a current decal on that vehicle. Parking and traffic regulations literature is made available in the Parking Services Office, located in the Cordelia Camp Building. These same regulations are made available on-line at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/university-police/parking-services/parking-traffic-regulations/.
The Parking, Traffic, and Safety Committee, composed of students, faculty, and staff, functions as an appellate board for faculty and staff members wishing to contest parking citations that they have received. Appeals concerning student violations are heard by a similar SGA appellate committee. The faculty and staff parking citation appeal form is available at http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/police_appeal_form_faculty_staff.pdf , or in the Parking Services Office. The student parking citation appeal form is available online at https://www.wcu.edu/discover/leadership/student-government-association/student-parking-ticket-appeals.asp. For more information, contact the University Parking Services Office at 828-227-7275 (PARK).
Shuttle Bus System (CAT-TRAN). The shuttle bus system, or Cat-Tran, is operated through the University Police Department. Cat-Tran provides shuttle service according to prescribed routes throughout the semester during day-class hours. Reduced shuttle service is available during evening, weekend, and summer hours. The Cat-Tran does not operate during holidays, spring or fall breaks, or semester breaks. The Cat-Tran buses are used for the daily shuttle routes and are not available for special event or group use. For information regarding routes, hours of operation, or other issues, please visit the Cat-Tran website at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/parking-and-transportation/cat-tran/index.aspx or call the Cat-Tran office at 828-227-8726 (TRAN).
Other Services and Facilities
Bank Services. A Wachovia ATM is located on campus. State Employees Credit Union and BB&T ATM’s are located in the Hinds University Center. Additionally, branch offices of Wachovia Bank, BB&T, State Employees Credit Union, Sun Trust Bank, Entegra Bank, Carolina First Bank, Mountain Credit Union, United Community Bank, First Citizen’s Bank, Jackson Savings Bank are located in or near Sylva.
Books, Supplies, Clothing and Gifts. The Catamount Bookstore offers students a variety of educational materials and supplies. An extensive selection of paperback books is offered for class use and extracurricular reading. All books for graduate students, distance learning and supplemental text and course-related materials for undergraduates are sold by the store. Caps and gowns, graduation invitations, and class rings also may be purchased at the store. In addition, a variety of clothing, gifts, greeting cards and miscellaneous items are offered in the store. For more information, call 828-227-7346 or visit our Web site at http://books.wcu.edu.
Center for Service Learning. The Center for Service Learning helps WCU students, faculty, and staff find service opportunities in the region. The office plans and promotes volunteer opportunities, facilitates course-based service learning projects, and helps arrange mandated community service for students who violate the University’s code of conduct. Service opportunities are available at over 120 community agencies, and include many types of projects. Through service learning, students can improve their understanding of course content, meet community needs, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens. Each year, there are more than 100 courses with service learning components, spread across every college and school of the University.
Mail Service. Students residing on campus are assigned a mailbox with their room assignment. All other students may rent a mailbox in the Cullowhee Post Office.
Recreation. The Campus Recreation Center is considered the playground of Western Carolina University’s campus and home to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Within the 73,000 square foot facility there is a 48 foot climbing wall, three lane indoor track, gymnasium, two multi-purpose studios, and full locker room amenities. The fitness area includes selectorized weight machines and an assortment of free weights and cardio equipment which provides options for every fitness level. Additional programs offered by the center include: personal training, fitness assessments, group exercise, and other wellness activities that contribute to health, well-being, and social development.
Housed in the Campus Recreation Center is the Intramural Sports Program which offers sports in more than forty individual, team, and co-ed activities allowing students an opportunity to participate in sports in a fun and competitive atmosphere. In addition, the Intramural Sports Program has 14 established sport clubs. These clubs are open to all students regardless of skill level. Students are also encouraged to develop new sport clubs.
Additional recreational facilities on campus include: Reid and Breese pools, Ramsey Center racquetball courts, tennis courts, and a 12-hole disc golf course.
Student Support Services (http://sss.wcu.edu) is a comprehensive academic support program which assists eligible students in choosing and working toward their academic, career, and personal goals with programs tailored to meet individual needs. Services include academic advising, career and personal counseling, mentoring, and tutoring. Students may qualify for all free services if they meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR they have a documented disability; OR meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines.
The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University (SBTDC at WCU). The SBTDC center at WCU is staffed by eight dedicated business professionals who provide comprehensive business counseling for small to medium-sized companies. These counselors serve the 14 western counties of North Carolina through two convenient locations at Western Carolina University and downtown Asheville.
Most business owners or their executives come to the SBTDC initially for confidential counseling to assess their business and develop a plan to make their business better. Together, the counselor and company select tools to implement that plan - financial analysis, market studies, focus groups, strategic needs assessments, government procurement assistance, and/or strategic planning retreats to name a few. Should funding be needed, the SBTDC is an approved technical assistance provider for North Carolina and the SBA programs. For companies involved in scientific research & product development, we assist with federal SBIR and STTR grants.
As a program of the university system, the SBTDC strives to leverage the assets of WCU to benefit businesses in the region. Last year, over 100 students from WCU were placed into applied learning projects designed to assist companies improve and grow. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for students and much needed resources for businesses.
The Kneedler Child Development Center provides affordable, accessible childcare for approximately 60 children of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The center operates four classrooms (ages 1-5) staffed by qualified teachers who are committed to early childhood education. Each classroom offers developmentally -appropriate activities designed to stimulate social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. The facility is located in the remodeled west wing area of the Cordelia Camp Building. If you would like further information, please visit (http://www.wcu.edu/engage/community-resources/kneedler-child-development-center/) or contact the center at (828) 293-1530.
The Office of Intercultural Affairs (intercultural.wcu.edu) strives to have programs that are fun as well as educational. Cultural awareness programs are great for learning about the heritage and customs of others. The Multicultural Center sponsors programs during nationally recognized celebratory months to highlight some of the many cultures represented on campus.
The center serves as resource, advocate and foundation of support for the Western community on issues of diversity and multiculturalism. The Multicultural Center works to promote an inclusive community for students with diverse needs. For more information visit our website or call 828 227-2276.
Study Abroad. Graduate students are eligible to study for a semester and/or summer, with advisor approval, in 37 countries world wide through the following programs administered by the Office of International Programs and Services: the University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNC-EP), the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), and several Western Carolina University exchanges. Graduate students pay Western Carolina University tuition and fees to WCU and comparable room and board charges to the host institution. Financial aid assists students with study abroad costs and scholarships are available through external grant agencies. Summer programs including intensive language courses and internships are available through many of our overseas partners and financial aid, grants, and scholarships are available. For more information call 828-227-7494. Summer abroad programs by Western Carolina University faculty are handled by the Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397.
Wellness Program. The goal of the Wellness Program is to provide students, faculty, and staff a positive and healthy environment in which to live and grow. The program provides services on health and wellness issues, including health presentations; resources to help individuals with projects and personal issues; a wellness resource library; and events centered on national awareness topics such as sexual health, fitness, nutrition, AIDS, alcohol, and tobacco issues. For further information, call 828-227-3471.
Women’s Center and Women’s Programs. The Women’s Center provides resources, support and advocacy for women as they empower themselves and each other in their individual and collective pursuits. Opportunities include: leadership development, Women, Leadership and Social change class, programs about gender and women’s issues, book club, volunteering, internships, sexual assault awareness and education programs, student employment, and more! The Women’s Center is located at 334 University Center. For more information call 828-227-7450 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.