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Alumni Events

In addition to our annual Homecoming celebration in the fall, 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 and to contact us if you are interested in hosting an event in your area.

Upcoming Events

Western Wednesday: Reminiscing with the 1983 Catamount Football Team

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




Western Wednesday: Alumni Awards Virtual Ceremony

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


Western Wednesday featuring Chris Cooper

Lori Anderson


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

Western Wednesday featuring Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson


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


Western Wednesday featuring Ron Rash

Ron Rash


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


Western Wednesday featuring Pam Buchanan

Pam Buchanan, Director of Health Services


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

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