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The umbrella is a tool which shelters us from rain. It can also be seen as a symbol of the WCU community, representing compassion and unity.

The WCU campus theme for the 2023-2024 academic year is “Community and Belongingness.” In designing this year’s Staff Senate ornament, we wanted to recognize our connection to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose ancestral homeplace is also home to our university and whose identity and culture we work to honor.

We chose to include the Cherokee word SGA DU GI (ᏍᎦᏚᎩ), which translates to “community,” to recognize the importance of this relationship to the health of our region. In sharing a historic landscape, the ECBI and WCU stand under the same umbrella – both figuratively and literally!

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors alike have learned quickly when touring campus that WCU has long stood not only for Western Carolina University, but also “Whee Carry Umbrellas!” Our region is part of the Appalachian temperate rainforest, so it is not uncommon to be caught in a rain shower in the 15-minute walk from one corner of campus to another.

Whether you’re gathering in this community for a workday or game day, let this year’s Staff Senate ornament be a reminder: don’t forget your umbrella!

For the 6th year in a row, the Staff Senate ornament was produced by students in the Rapid Center. Special thanks to the Rapid Center faculty and students for their continued partnership!

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