Western Carolina University supports employee health and wellbeing through the efforts
of the Employee Wellness Task Force, ‘WHEE for Life’. The taskforce was launched in
2009 and works to help employees access the knowledge and tools necessary to make
good decisions and choices about their health and wellness. We encourage you to become
familiar with the resources available to you as a NC state employee and to take advantage
of the wellness opportunities available to you here in Cullowhee and our surrounding
In support of the NC State Health Plan’s wellness initiatives, we will continue with
efforts related to these core focus areas:
campus recreation & wellness
The Campus Recreation Center includes more than 9,800 square feet of fitness space featuring cardiovascular and
weight equipment, two multi-purpose courts, a three-lane indoor jogging/walking track
(each lap = 1/8 of a mile), two group exercise/multipurpose studios; a 48-foot climbing
wall with belaying and bouldering, full locker room facilities and two assessment
rooms. Co-located in the recreation center is WCU's outdoor program, Base Camp Cullowhee.
As a member of the Campus Recreation Center, employees receive the benefits of the
center's programs and services including Family Swim, Climbing Wall access, equipment
checkout, Group Xercise classes, Intramural Sports, and Personal Training.
Visit the CRC membership page for eligibility, policies, and procedures.
disc golf course
Managed by the Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness, this 12- hole disc golf
course is available most hours of the day. Free disc rental is available at the CRC
WCU faculty and staff are welcome to visit Health Services in situations where "urgent care assessments, treatments, and procedures are needed".
Health Services, however, cannot serve as the employee's primary physician for acute
and/or chronic medical conditions. In addition to urgent care, Health Services provides
immunizations, limited laboratory tests, nutrition consultations, and referrals for
outside specialty care.
WCU faculty and staff are urged to consult with their primary care provider for all
non-emergency health care needs. Urgent care is defined as treatment for most acute,
non-life-threatening medical problems, including allergies, coughs, cold, flu, controlled
asthma, sinus infections, rashes, etc.
Employees who are injured on the job may receive care at Health Services. Workers'
compensation visits will be charged directly to the department in which the employee
works. Employees are responsible for following university and department policies
and procedures for reporting workers' compensation injuries.
Fees are assessed for some services and are due at the time these services are rendered.
Health Services does not file for health insurance, although a receipt will be provided
so that the client/ patient may file an insurance claim. Health Services accepts cash,
check, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
Any employee who pays the $3 monthly access fee receives three free office visits
each year (i.e. July 1 - June 30). Services such as laboratory tests, procedures,
allergy shots, and medications are not covered in the office visit and will be charged
to the employee.
on campus dining
Managed by Aramark, there are a variety of locations and dining choices on campus.
Aramark understands the power and centrality of food in our daily lives and interactions,
and recognizes that our food choices have a significant impact on our health, culture,
environment, and local and global economies. We are committed to fostering new connections
from field to fork and changing the culture of food by nourishing our guests with
menus that emphasize fresh whole foods that are raised, grown, harvested and produced
locally and/or sustainably wherever possible, and prepared in ways that respect and
maintain quality, freshness and pureness.
There are fields located at Camp Lab and Norton Hall as well as an outdoor track located
by the Soccer and Tennis complex. These spaces are available for use unless reserved
for an athletic or departmental event.
outdoor gear rentals
Managed by Base Camp Cullowhee and located in the CRC, a variety of outdoor gear is
available for short and longer term rental at reasonable rates.
There is a picnic area located by the university's softball field. The picnic area
is a great place for lunch or relaxing and can be reserved for events.
The Ramsey Regional Activity Center facility includes five racquetball courts and
two gymnasiums and the Concourse is open for walking or jogging. Five laps around
the outside of the concourse equals 1 mile. Facility access is subject to change depending
on Ramsey Center events. Check thier website or contact x7677 for up to date building schedule of operations.
recycling on campus
Western Carolina University has a long history of providing recycling services for
campus. Our recycling program begin in the early 1970’s with the creation of our food
waste collection program. All food scraps generated during meal preparation and left
over consumer waste was collected and picked-up by a local hog farmer as a feed source
for their operations. This program still exists today, with the same family-owned
business, and has saved us a large amount of money by diverting our food waste from
the landfill. Our recycling program has expanded over the years to include other waste
stream items such as separated paper, metal, aluminum, and cardboard. In the past
5 years, our recycling volume has increased by 85% and our waste diversion rate for
2014-15 was 19%.
In addition to university recycling efforts, our dining services provider, Aramark,
has a strong commitment to sustainability and the responsible management of waste.
Aramark is commited to minimizing their environmental footprint by fostering a culture
that reduces, reuses, and recycles waste. To support a closed-loop waste management
processes, Aramark's innovative practices include partnering with suppliers who share
their vision, working to reduce source packaging, enabling recovery and reuse of discarded
materials, and recycling waste to create raw materials for other purposes.
Located inside the Reid Gymnasium building, the Reid Pool is available for free to
all WCU employees with presentation of your Cat Card. Family swim is available for spouses and dependents (under the age of 17) of WCU employees
for a nominal fee by visiting the Campus Recreation Center. Check out the website for hours.
Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of buildings on Western Carolina University’s
campus under a policy that took effect Tuesday, July 1, 2008. Smoking receptacles
were removed from building entrances and placed beyond the 50 foot perimeter of buildings.
Informational signs are prominently posted on campus. Students who do not follow the 50 foot smoking perimeter can be issued a “citizen”
citation and face a potential violation of the Code of Conduct. Employees not following
the 50 foot smoking perimeter may be subject to disciplinary action on performance
soccer & tennis complex
Managed by Athletics, the complex is available to campus when not reserved for athletic
or departmental events.
walking & multi-use trails
The campus is a beautiful location to walk or jog. The CRC has mapped out walking
routes of varying lengths on the main campus and manages WCU's multi-use trail system.
With over six miles of single-track trails, it's perfect for mountain bikers, hikers, and