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Honors College reading project donates to local school meals program

With WCU's 'Book Buddies' program cut short this year, the Honors College is donating $450 to help cover expenses for Smokey Mountain Elementary School's meals-at-home program.  

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Educational Outreach unit donates WCU-branded hand sanitizer to Irene Wortham Center

Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach recently donated 500 bottles of WCU-branded hand sanitizer to Buncombe County’s Irene Wortham Center.  

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Engineering students triple WCU's output of face shields for medical worker use in pandemic

Students from the College of Engineering and Technology have checked out 3D printers from the university and are using them from home to help produce face shields for use by health care professionals during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  

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An abbreviated Spring Literary Festival moves online

Originally scheduled with events on campus, the Spring Literary Festival's presence will now completely be digital during the COVID-19 pandemic, with live and recorded interviews and book readings.  

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Highlands Biological Station stays on task, provides learning resources to region

With 'stay home, stay safe' orders in place and even the great outdoors seemingly closed, Highlands Biological Station, an installation of Western Carolina University, remains at work to meet the conservation and educational needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Professors go high-tech to share their music with local churches

Two Western North Carolina music professors have joined forces to help area churches fill the void of missing choirs this Easter Sunday, silenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Engineering college using 3D printers to make face shields for COVID-19 fight

Faculty, staff and students in the College of Engineering and Technology are using 3D printers in the college’s Rapid Center to develop visors for face shields for use by health care workers in their battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Primary care nursing residency pivots standard training to assist during pandemic

As COVID-19 protocols began taking effect in the Asheville area, registered nurses in a primary care residency and fellows program made a quick shift to assist an at-risk population while still continuing their training.  

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Down, But Not Out: WNC Hospitality and Tourism Industry Expected to Bounce Back

WNC hospitality and tourism industry may be down, but WCU professor Angela Sebby believes they will bounce back in the coming months.  

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