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What does a spike in positive COVID cases mean for NC?

Yesterday on June 4, North Carolina completed 19,039 diagnostic tests. This is by far the most in a single day so far, and it's well above trend. North Carolina's test numbers spike on Thursdays. The reasons are complicated, but many of those reasons reflect...

Catching up with Ann Bennett

We occasionally use this blog to catch up with our former students who are now onto great things. In this installment, we are “Catching up with Ann Bennett.” Ann is a 2018 graduate of WCU with an interdisciplinary degree in Spanish, Japanese, and economics. For the...

Catching Up with Alex Kanode

We occasionally use this blog to catch up with our former students who are now onto great things. In this installment, we are “Catching Up with Alex Kanode”. Alex is a 2016 graduate of WCU with dual majors in Sociology and International Studies and a minor in...

Speaker Series

Podcast S2, E5: EPIC Innovation

Podcast S2, E5: EPIC Innovation

Dr. Edward Lopez continues this seasons’ discussion with an interview with EPIC Innovation, a student-professor collaboration group on the Western Carolina University campus known as Elevating Potential Imagination and Collaboration.

Podcast S2, E4: Steve Ha & Samuel Myers

Podcast S2, E4: Steve Ha & Samuel Myers

Dr. Edward Lopez continues this seasons’ discussion with an interview of WCU Faculty Steve Ha & his guest Samuel Myers on their new book “Race Neutrality.”

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