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“We engage our students right from the start,” said Thom Brooks, Southwestern Community College vice president of instruction and student services.

At their very first meeting on campus as a group, new students experienced interacting with each other during Orientation Thursday, Dec. 1, on the Jackson Campus.

“That’s one of the reasons Washington Monthly ranks us a Top 10 USA Community College,” said Brooks.


A discussion titled “The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Toward the Success of North Carolina Education” will be held on campus Monday, Dec. 5.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, is designed to bring faculty, staff, students, political leaders and WCU community members together to talk about the effects of budget cuts to education and what community members can do to affect changes. More than $400 million was cut last year from the budget for the University of North Carolina system.


Students at East Franklin Elementary have officially found their way into the pages of the Guinness World Records. Last Thursday, 421 students gathered throughout the day in the gym at East Franklin to participate in Guinness World Records Day. The students came prepared to join students from around the world working together to beat last year’s record set during the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”

During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all corners of the world began stacking cups in various pyramids and prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities.


A one-day workshop in building free personal and business websites will be offered Friday, Dec. 2, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education.

Participants will learn how to create, design and publish personal Web pages on the Internet using no-cost online resources. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 137 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.


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