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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...

2020 Jan Jeff Dowswell

Jeff Dowswell Alumnus of the Month

January 2020 Alumnus of the month.  

WCU Alumnus Matthew Hessburg

Food. Fire. Friends.

Matthew Hessburg, an alumnus of the University Participant program, used the skills he learned while working at the acclaimed Haywood Smokehouse to create a barbecue sauce of his own.  

Marianne Leek Hiking

Marianne Leek Alumna of the Month

Meet Marianne Leek, two time alumna of Western Carolina University.  

Darrin Hemphill

Darrin Hemphill Alumnus of the Month

November 2019 Alumnus of the month  

Dan Robinson

In the Trenches

They were a little older, a little wiser and most liked to play poker. And with nicknames including Pee Wee, Buffalo and Pinball, you knew they were going to make something happen — and they did. Welcome to the 1949 football team at Western Carolina Teachers College, which 70 years ago this fall won the North State Conference championship — the only championship a Catamount football team has ever won.  

Mark Benge Alumnus of the Month

Mark Benge Alumnus of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Mark Benge! He graduated from WCU in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  

Joey Blake

Food For Thought

It’s time for breakfast and more than 50 NFL football players show up. For Joey Blake ’12, this is not an anxiety dream; it’s a great reason to get up in the morning. Blake has two years under his belt as the head dietitian for the Los Angeles Rams and revels in his work.  

Jimmy Ramsey Alumnus of the Month

Jimmy Ramsey Alumnus of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Jimmy Ramsey! He graduated from WCU in 1973 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  

Alumna Elise Holbrook

Alum of the Month: Elise Holbrook

A May 2019 graduate, she has a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. My fondest memories are any classes I had with Dr. Betty Farmer! She was such an incredible influence on me in so many ways. I genuinely loved going to her class every day, and there was never a day I didn’t learn something new. I particularly loved her Gender Communication class.  

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