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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...

Donna Winbon and her blue BMW convertable

Donna Winbon to lead WCU Foundation board

It’s no surprise that Donna Winbon drives a bright blue BMW Z4 roadster. They’re both sporty and fun, and in BMW’s words: an irresistible force that provides maximum excitement. (Sounds like Winbon, doesn’t it?)   

Neal Andrews

May alumnus of the month has head and heart for teaching, and for WCU

When Neal Andrews takes over as president of Western Carolina University’s Alumni Association on July 1, don’t be surprised if he pulls a few tricks out of his award-winning teacher’s bag to work his magic on his beloved Catamount Nation. After all, once a teacher, always a teacher, no matter how old the students are.  

Read His Story  

Paul and Vicky Faris

Alumni of the Month: Paul and Vicky Faris

Meet Catamounts Paul and Vicky Faris  

2020 Jan Jeff Dowswell

Jeff Dowswell Alumnus of the Month

January 2020 Alumnus of the month.  

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  

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.  

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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