Partnerships across the WCU campus

We're especially proud of the partnerships we've created with our Western Carolina University colleagues. These partnerships result in students and classes creating real-world products used by the Mountain Heritage Center in its exhibits, its collections, and online at

Arledge Armenaki

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Stage and Screen, College of Fine and Performing Arts

Arledge Armenaki's students have produced multiple videos on a variety of subjects for the Mountain Heritage Center's website Examples of their work can be seen on this Digital Heritage entry about the Shelton Laurel Massacre.

Jane Eastman

Associate Professor, Director of the Cherokee Studies program
Anthropology and Sociology Department

Dr. Eastman has developed a walking tour of the historic Native American sites on campus including the site of the mound and the town that surrounded it. The Mountain Heritage Center has collaborated with Dr. Eastman in publicizing the connection to Cherokee and pre-Cherokee people living in the Cullowhee valley by creating a brochure, hosting exhibits and programs.

Sue Grider

Learning Management Systems Manager
Coulter Faculty Commons

Ms. Grider's fall 2013 class will be creating an App for a walking tour of historic Native American sites on campus. The app will combine a walking tour created by Dr. Jane Eastman of the Anthropology Department, video created by one of Arledge Armenaki's students, and still photography from historic and contemporary sources.

Mark Matthies

Assistant Professor
Communication Department, College of Arts and Sciences

In 2013, Dr. Matthies' classes have filmed concerts, lectures, and the Liars Bench series to better learn how to record live events with all of their variety and complexity.

Jessie Swigger

Assistant Professor
History Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Swigger's students have worked in several different types of partnerships at the Mountain Heritage Center. In the Spring of 2010, one of her classes created an exhibit on Bar-B-Que for the MHC entitled Feeding the Social Fire. In 2011, her students began a three-semester project that culminated in an exhibit at the Jackson County Library; an online presentation of the same exhibit; and the experience of installing, docenting, and evaluating a Smithsonian exhibit,  Journey Stories.


Mountain Heritage Day

This one-day festival is only pulled off through the assistance of numerous students and faculty. Individual volunteers, service organizations, and classes all help out in the days and weeks leading up to the event, and during the event over 150 students participate in volunteer activities such as manning the information table, assisting at the various stages, taking audience surveys, monitoring tractor rides.

Faculty and groups that have aided Mountain Heritage Day over the years include:

Russell Binkley: Elementary education classes

Carroll Brown: Hospitality and Tourism classes 

Center for Service Learning: Recruiting and organizing volunteers

Construction Management Department: Creating the field layout

Sports Management Association


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