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January 2017 Newsletter


Chili's is Officially Open

After a couple of years of planning and months of construction, Chili's opened at the east end of Noble Hall on Monday, January 9, 2017.  A ribbon-cutting celebration was held prior to the opening.  The restaurant is a full-service Chili's seating 125 indoors, another 75 outdoors, and serving up all your favorites.  

Faculty and staff can use CatCash at Chili's to pay for food; you cannot use it to purchase alcohol or leave a tip. WCU students with meal plans will be able to use their declining balance, or exchange meals, to dine.  


Parking and Transportation Update

Retail businesses are now open in the bottom of Noble Hall.  As part of this project, Parking and Transportation has opened two new meter areas (lot #75 and nine parallel spaces in front of Noble) that will be monitored from 7am-11pm seven days a week.  Both meters will take credit/debit cards as well as CatCards. Lot #75 is $1.00 per 30 minutes and is located on the East end of Noble next to Chili’s.  For the nine parallel spaces in front of Noble, the rate is 25 cents per 20 minutes with a 20 minute limit. 

Noble residents now also have two 30 minute loading zones available next to the dumpster in the Methodist Church Lot (lot #65).


Review Your Deductions in the New Year

The January paycheck will reflect changes made to health insurance, NC Flex, and withholdings for the new year. Please take a look at your January paycheck to make sure you have the correct deductions. If you find that there is an error, please get in touch with Human Resources (828-227-7218) as soon as possible.


Community Service Leave

Did you know you get 24 hours of community service leave every year? Employees can use their community service leave to volunteer for non-profit organizations, schools, and other community activities. If you’ve always wanted to volunteer for a cause, remember you can use your leave to do it! Let’s make 2017 the year we give back to our community, one community service day at a time.

To check your service leave balance, visit the employee section of myWCU and select "check leave balances." For questions about community service leave and using this time, contact the Human Resources office at 828-227-7218.


State of Sustainability Forum

DISCOVER CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY!  Have you ever wondered how much energy we consume and what efforts are being taken to reduce our carbon footprint? Do you want to know what is recyclable and how we are revamping our campus waste reduction program?

In the past 15 years, we have reduced our energy usage by 42% and avoided over $25M in energy costs through conservation measures.  Over the last five years our recycling volume has increased by 85%.  If you would like to know how we achieved this, learn about future goals, and how to make a positive impact everyday then consider this opportunity.

Please join us on February 15th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the UC Theatre for a campus wide open forum hosted by Staff Senate and the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management.  We will explore our current state of sustainability, energy management, and recycling at WCU. This will be followed by a panel discussion with campus experts to field questions and gather input to help guide our future.

We are a university defined by its people. Let’s build a community that fosters a sustainable future.  Together we can transform WCU!


Staff Spotlight:
Nathan Allison

What is your job title and department?
My position is Support Center Analyst at the IT Help Desk.

Where are you from?
I am from Sylva.

How long have you worked at WCU?
I have worked here for almost four and a half years.

What is your academic background or special training you'd like to share?
I have an Associate's Degree in Computer Science from Southwestern Community College and also hold the title of Apple Certified Support Professional.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
The thing I like most about working at WCU is the fact that I grew up here at the University. I have many ties through family members and grew up doing many activities that the University put on. I feel like this place is a second home to me.


Senator Spotlight:
Hunter Yarborough

What is your job title and department?
I work in the Grounds Department - Facilities Management.

Where are you from?
I am from Gastonia, NC, but I got here as soon as I could! I have lived in Sylva for three years.

How long have you worked at WCU?
Two and a half years.

What is your academic background?
I did my undergrad at Brevard College where I received a degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. I am currently halfway through the Master's program for Higher Education Student Affairs here at WCU.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
My favorite thing about working at WCU is the sense of community and all the opportunities to learn. Since I started here two and a half years ago, I have been able to obtain my Public Applicator Pesticide License, get a commercial driver's license, and work on getting my Master's degree at WCU.


Upcoming Events


Open Forum: Degree+
February 9
UC Theatre

Open Forum: State of Sustainability
February 15
​UC Theatre

Advising Day
February 21

Spring Break
March 6-10


Happy belated holidays from Staff Assembly!