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...
Locally executed, state-managed and federally supported. That’s how the Federal Emergency Management Agency has long described the ideal way to respond to major disasters. Graduates of WCU’s MPA program are on the front line of this‘locally executed’ response to COVID-19.
Sue Lynn Ledford learned to care for sick people as a young nursing student at Western Carolina University. Today, she uses the same approach as director of population health and field services for WellCare of North Carolina, a provider health plan for Medicare and Medicaid.
Beat the quarantine blues with everyone's favorite Catamount! While you're at home, download one of our coloring pages and join in on the fun with the Catamount Coloring Contest.
Master of Arts in History Alumni Frankie Bauer's research explores historical, cultural, political and personal connections that cross tribal designations. The first-generation college student hopes his story will inspire someone else to reach their full potential as a student and a tribal member...
Residents of Scott and Walker halls share their memories of the iconic high-rise dormitories, scheduled for demolition later this year. The box fans in the windows. The panty raids. The middle-of-the-night fire alarms. The in-room movie nights. The climbing of nine flights of stairs to avoid the long lines at the elevator on move-in day. The developing of lifelong friendships and relationships.
Late Western Carolina University Chancellor Myron Coulter, who led the university from 1984 to 1994, was looking to create a symbol worthy of representing the institution when he proposed the construction of what is now known as the Alumni Tower. The 66-foot-tall brick structure was built on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center in 1989, WCU’s centennial year, and officially presented to the university as a gift from the WCU Alumni Association on Homecoming day that October.
The ground upon which Western Carolina University is built — and continues building today — has centuries of stories to tell. Some are told in history books and museum exhibits, while others are buried away. Some reemerge through archaeological research sparked by new construction on campus, as the university upgrades, renovates and expands its facilities. Hidden below WCU’s surface is Tali Tsisgwayahi, or “Two Sparrows Town,” the first Cherokee town of the Tuckaseigee River valley.