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Alumni Events

The WCU Alumni Association hosts events on campus, in local communities across the state, and online. We invite you to join us for upcoming events, explore our recorded events, and to contact us if you are interested in hosting an event in your area.

Upcoming Events

Shades of Green Walt Disney Resort Tour 

Date: Thursday, May 6th from 6:00 PM-7:00 pm

The Office of Alumni Engagement, in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, is excited to offer an exclusive look into The Shades of Green Resort for our Military and Veteran Alumni Society. The Shades of Green Resort is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located right on Walt Disney World property near Orlando, Florida. You will learn about Armed Forces Recreation Center Resorts across the world and have the chance to participate in a Q & A at the end event.

The Military and Veteran Alumni Society is open to members of the armed and uniformed services. There is no financial commitment to become a member of the society, and all military and veteran alumni are welcome to join!

Join us on May 6th from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM to learn more about The Shades of Green Resort and to participate in a Q & A with resort staff. 

Details and registration coming soon. 

Western Wednesday: Live with Buddy Jewell

 

Date: May 5, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST. 

Join us for a special Western Wednesday performance from Nashville Star's season one winner and certified gold country artist, Buddy Jewell! Buddy Jewell is an award-winning country singer/songwriter with a storied career in the music industry. In this special live concert, get to know Buddy Jewell and the meaning behind his music. 

The Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to present this event with Clifton Lambeth '82 MBA '84, a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors and former Alumni Board of Directors member, and the WCU Middle Tennessee Alumni Club. Western Wednesday is a monthly virtual event series featuring special members of the WCU community. 

Western Wednesday: Prospects for COVID-19 Economic Recovery in North Carolina

Date: April 28, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST. 

Join us for Western Wednesday on April 28 at 6 pm for a presentation about the impact of COVID-19 on North Carolina's economy and its projected road to recovery.

Special guests include Dr. AJ Grube, newly appointed dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Edward Lopez, professor and director for the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise. Dr. Grube has served as a faculty member at WCU for more than 20 years and has held numerous leadership positions in the College of Business and throughout the University. Dr. Lopez has been a faculty member at WCU for nearly a decade and has served in leadership in both the College of Business and the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of program.

The Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to present this event as part of our Western Wednesday series, a monthly virtual event featuring special members of the WCU community. 

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Recorded Events

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March’s Western Wednesday highlights the 1996 Catamount men’s basketball team to reminisce about that magical Southern Conference Championship season and punching their ticket to the 1996 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Former longtime WCU Sports Information Director and Catamount Historian, Steve White '67, moderates the reminiscing session and offers Catamount alumni and fans the opportunity to ask questions at the end of program. The Office of Alumni Engagement, in partnership with the Division of Athletics, is pleased to present this special event as part of our Western Wednesday series, a monthly virtual event featuring special members of the WCU community. VIEW THE RECORDING

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Revisit this special panel edition of Western Wednesday! Western Carolina University leadership and key faculty discuss WCU's new COVID-19 vaccine clinic and its plans to serve the Western North Carolina region. Guests in attendance had the opportunity to ask questions to the panel, followed by closing remarks from Chancellor Kelli R. Brown. VIEW THE RECORDING

Campus Leadership Panelists

  • WCU Chancellor Kelli Brown
  • Cortnee Lingerfelt, Director of WCU Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
  • Mike Byers, WCU Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance
  • Melissa Wargo, WCU Chief of Staff
  • Kellie Monteith, WCU Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs – Health and Wellness
  • Lori Anderson, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Sam Miller, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Moderator:

  • Brian Mullen, WCU Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Faculty Contributers

    • Austin Mandeville, MHS, NRP, EMC Distance/Online Program Coordinator
    • Tamera Pearson, PhD, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Professor
    • Lydia Elliott, DNP, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director/Assistant Professor
    • Maria D. Gainey, PhD, Chemistry and Physics Assistant Professor

 
 

Host:

  • Marty Ramsey '85, Director of Alumni Engagement

Western Wednesday is a monthly virtual event hosted by the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement featuring special members of the WCU community. February's Western Wednesday features Danita Johnson, who recently joined Major League Soccer club, D.C. United, as President of Business Operations. Johnson is the first Black president of a Major League Soccer club, and is one of the highest-ranking female executives in the sports industry. She was previously the president of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and its chief operating officer. Johnson is a 2005 graduate of the WCU Sports Management program, the 2019 recipient of the WCU Alumni Professional Achievement award, and a native of Fayetteville, N.C. VIEW THE RECORDING 

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Western Wednesday is a monthly virtual event hosted by the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement featuring special members of the WCU community. December's Western Wednesday highlights the 1983 Catamount football team who will reminisce about that magical season and their run to the ‘83 NCAA National Championship game. Former longtime WCU Sports Information Director and Catamount Historian Steve White '67, moderates the reminiscing session and allows Catamount alumni and fans the opportunity to ask questions at the end of program.   View the recording

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The Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to present this special event as part of our Western Wednesday series, a monthly virtual event featuring members of the WCU community. Learn more about the four WCU Alumni Association Award recipients below and watch the recorded ceremony.

Mr. Bob Folsom ’66, ’68
Distinguished Service Award

Mr. Jake Robinson ’10
Young Alumni Award

Dr. Carol Burton ’87, ’89
Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Jason E. Bond ’93
Academic Achievement Award

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Topic: Election 2020

Western Wednesday is a monthly event featuring a WCU faculty or staff member who will speak about their area of expertise. October's Western Wednesday features Dr. Chris Cooper, Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Political Science and Public Affairs at WCU. Dr. Cooper is a recipient of WCU's highest awards for research and teaching, the University Scholar and Board of Governors Teaching Award, respectively. He was also named the 2013 North Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His areas of scholarship include elections as well as the politics of North Carolina and the South overall. He publishes widely on these areas and has been quoted in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

VIEW THE RECORDING 

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Topic: The Trials and Tribulations of Simulation in Health Professions Education

Dr. Anderson is the Dean and Professor of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University. She has over thirty years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various roles ranging from staff to administration and academia. Dr. Anderson has utilized simulation since 2000 and has led various initiatives to establish and expand simulation in health professions education. Her research interests include investigating the utilization of simulation in academia and in the healthcare setting, critical thinking and clinical decision-making and learning outcomes. Dr. Anderson has published in the area of clinical simulation and serves as a simulation consultant and as an associate editor and members of the editorial board for the multidisciplinary journal Simulation in Healthcare. With her national reputation and connections in simulation, she has been a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study section for Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research and a current grant reviewer for the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
VIEW THE RECORDING

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Western Wednesday is a monthly event featuring a WCU faculty or staff member who will speak about their area of expertise. August's Western Wednesday featured Ron Rash, an accomplished author and English professor at WCU. He will be discussing his newest book titled "In the Valley,"  a collection of stories that feature the return of characters that made his book "Serena" popular.  VIEW THE RECORDING

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Topic: Fall 2020 Campus Health

Western Wednesday
 is a monthly event featuring a WCU faculty or staff member who will speak about their area of expertise. July's Western Wednesday is with Pamela ("Pam") Buchanan, WCU Director of Health Services. View the Recording

Pam Buchanan, Director of Health Services

 

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