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At Western Carolina University, we know that a university isn't just a place, it's a community. A community that's built from and defined by the people who call Western Carolina home, first as students and then as alumni. Our Alumni Association fosters a lifelong connection to WCU through programs and services so that no matter where you are, you'll always have a home in Cullowhee. Learn more about the Alumni Association...

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Care, concern shown from WCU anesthesiologist graduate

Ann Crosby, a certified registered nurse anesthetist with Physicians Specialists in Anesthesia at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, found inspiration for her career during a difficult time for her and her family, and Western Carolina University helped provide the means for her goals.  

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It’s ‘stop the presses’ for WCU’s longtime print shop director

It seems the stars were aligned for Tom Frazier to live a life of paper and ink, of milestones and memories, of students and their dreams. Even he will acknowledge the ease with which new doors opened as others closed, always leading him to places that seemed to need him most.   

Bill Studenc

WCU ‘spin daddy’ is hanging up his reporter’s notebook

Our December Alumni Spotlight: Bill Studenc - In 1988, Ronald Reagan was president, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister of the United Kingdom and Bill Studenc started working at Western Carolina University in what was then called the Office of Public Information.   

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Congratulations Class of 2020 from the WCU Alumni Family

Welcome to the Catamount Alumni family graduates from the class of 2020! We're so proud of you! Go Cats!  

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Welcome to the WCU Alumni Family, Class of 2020

WCU Alumni from across the Catamount family welcome the newest graduates from the class of 2020.  

Hank Henderson and Chancellor Belcher lead the Freshman Run

Young Alumnus of the Month: Hank Henderson

For Hank Henderson 17’, there was never a question if he would stay engaged with Western Carolina University once he graduated.   

Veterans Day service honoring Oscar Metcalf

WCU launches Veterans and Military Alumni Society

Melissa Metcalf Le Roy believes her father, the late Oscar William Metcalf Jr., would have been the first to apply for membership in Western Carolina University’s new Veterans and Military Alumni Society. Metcalf, a decorated Vietnam War vet, died Oct. 18, at the age of 72 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. “He dearly loved Western,” said Le Roy. “He was proud of his alma mater, the opportunities it gave him. He went to college while working full time and raising a young family. The university supported him, and (his bachelor’s degree) really meant something.”   

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Going Viral

The cover of the Fall 2020 publication of the Western Carolina University Magazine highlights a small portrait of the many ways the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted our faculty, staff and students. Inside this issue, we take a look at how in times of adversity, our Catamount Community displayed innovation, creativeness and a willingness to support Western North Carolina.  

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Winds of Change

In the midst of nationwide civil unrest, Western Carolina University renews its commitment to inclusive excellence. When Charity Leigh Moon Henry ’93 was studying theatre in the early 1990s, she had no inkling while on stage in what was then called Hoey Auditorium that she was performing in a building named to honor an individual who would have vehemently disapproved of her selection of a spouse and denied their multiracial children enrollment at her alma mater.  

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