New Killian Student Commons Opens

The new Student Commons room in Killian 105 has opened for students to use.  The commons have six student workstations, wifi and power outlets for personal laptop use, and tables for small group meetings.  The presentation station will be active soon for students to practice using the Smart board or giving a presentation.

Faculty Selected for Japan Studies Institute Fellowship

Dr. Marie-Line Germain, a Human Services faculty member in the Human Resource master’s program received one of 16 university fellowships from across the United States to attend the Japan Studies Institute held at San Diego State University. The two-week program was designed promote good will and an understanding of how leaders in the Japan work to promote future growth while honoring traditional cultural foundations. While there, Marie-Line met and talked with Japanese corporation representatives, diplomats, film makers and scholars. The knowledge gained by Dr. Germain’s participation in this program will support the college’s initiatives to promote international competence of students and faculty.  For more information, see the Institute’s website.

Scholarship Applications Open for Fall 2012

Students can now apply for CEAP administered scholarships using our online form: The deadline for applications is December 1st. Some scholarships require additional materials to be submitted; see the criteria list (linked from the application form) for more information.

Public School Leadership Student Dies

Dr. Sherri P. Merritt of Cary, NC died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 13th. Dr. Merritt was actively enrolled in WCU’s Post Masters Certificate in Public School Leadership program. Dr. Merritt held degrees from Campbell University and NC State University including her doctorate. Dr. Merritt taught in the Wake County School System for many years and she also taught at UNC-Greensboro. She was currently serving as the Director of K-12 Literacy for the Wake County School System.

Student Affairs has contacted Dr. Merritt’s family to express the university’s condolences.

WCU trustees approve strategic plan « WCU News

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed a new strategic plan that is designed to guide the institution’s direction and development over the next decade while strengthening relationships with the communities and regions it serves. The plan calls for WCU to focus on curricular areas of creative arts, education, environment, health, innovation and technology, and recreation and tourism. See for more information. « WCU News.

Asheville-area programs moving to Biltmore Park « WCU News

Western Carolina University is consolidating graduate and undergraduate academic programs currently offered at locations across Buncombe County to a new off-campus instructional site in Biltmore Park Town Square effective this fall. For more information, see