The Western Carolinian had the opportunity to delve into a great resource of opportunity at Western Carolina University.
The Canary Coalition formed in 1999 as an environmental organization dedicated to improving the air quality of western North Carolina. “We felt like focusing on air quality would reach a broader range of the population because of the health issues associated with poor air quality,” Avram Friedman, Executive Director, said of the coalition.
Western Carolina University is a great place to live and learn, but for many of us, both of these things come to an end in early May each academic year. However, Western Carolina offers courses all summer long, and according to Dr. Lowell Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success for Western Carolina’s Office of the Provost, summer courses are not only widely accessible but can also be just as valuable as their fall and spring counterparts.
On January 21, Western Carolina University was honored to have Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, as a keynote speaker for part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. week of events.
The Little Rock Nine was a group of black students who were the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. They were challenged by racist mobs, unaccepted by many peers, teachers and administrators, and had to be accompanied by U.S. military soldiers when entering the school and going to class in order to protect their safety.