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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, including Western Wednesday, Student Send-offs, and the 2021 Chancellor's Tour. Please also explore our recorded events, and to contact us if you are interested in hosting an event in your area.

Upcoming Events

WCU Chancellor's Tour 2021

Please join us for one of the 2021 tour stops with Western Carolina University’s Chancellor Kelli R. Brown, along with WCU athletics staff, senior university leaders, and WCU alumni and friends. 

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Please join us for a reception with Western Carolina University’s Chancellor Kelli R. Brown, along with senior university leaders, WCU alumni, and friends. 

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Reception 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Vidrio Restaurant, Suite 100 500 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27603 vidrioraleigh.com

RSVP by July 13, 2021 to: Elizabeth Honbarger, Administrative Support Associate, Office of Alumni Engagement at 828.227.7335 or aehonbarger@wcu.edu.

Please join us for a reception with Western Carolina University’s Chancellor Kelli R. Brown, along with senior university leaders, WCU alumni, and friends. 

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Reception 5:30 p.m., Picnic Buffet: 6:15 p.m., Game 6:30 p.m.

Location: First National Bank Field, Sunbrella Shade Zone 408 Bellemeade Street Greensboro, NC 27401

RSVP by July 21, 2021 to: Elizabeth Honbarger, Administrative Support Associate, Office of Alumni Engagement at 828.227.7335 or aehonbarger@wcu.edu.

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Reception time TBD

Location: TBD 

RSVP to: Elizabeth Honbarger, Administrative Support Associate, Office of Alumni Engagement at 828.227.7335 or aehonbarger@wcu.edu.

Details coming soon. 

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WCU Alumni Midlands SC Club Meeting

Now that things are opening up, the South Carolina Catamounts are planning an in-person meeting to gather and catch up! Join WCU alumni from Midlands, SC for a club meeting at River Rat Brewery in Columbia. 

Location: River Rat Brewery 1231 Shop Rd, Columbia, SC 29201 
Date: July 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

RSVP

Western Wednesday: Pride of the Mountains Director Jack Eaddy

Date: Wednesday, August 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

August's Western Wednesday features Dr. Jack Eaddy, director of athletic bands and Pride of the Mountains at WCU! Dr. Eaddy joined WCU in May - so this fall will be his first season in his new role. Dr. Eaddy previously served as the assistant director of bands at McNeese State University and the University of South Carolina. 

 

Join us for a special Western Wednesday event with Dr. Eaddy as he reflects on the legacy of Pride of the Mountains and his plans for an exciting fall!

 

RSVP

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New WCU Student Send-offs 

Please join WCU alumni, family and friends to celebrate the departure of our future Catamounts from the class of 2025 to Western Carolina University.

Explore our upcoming student send-offs below….

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Date: Wednesday, July 21st from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Brown Residence. Contact alumni@wcu.edu for details. 

Please RSVP to:  alumni@wcu.edu with the subject line "Raleigh Send-off" or call 828-227-7335.

 

Please join us as we welcome the future Catamounts of the Triangle with special guest Chancellor Kelli R. Brown. There will be food, fun and fellowship as we welcome the incoming class of 2025. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and business casual attire is recommended. Becky ’71 and Frank Brown, the WCU Triangle Alumni Club, and the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement are excited to host this celebration. 

Date: July 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Schlosser Residence. Contact alumni@wcu.edu for details. 

Please RSVP to:  alumni@wcu.edu with the subject line "Greensboro Send-off" or call 828-227-7335.

 

Please join to welcome the Catamounts of the Triad with special guest Chancellor Kelli R. Brown. There will be food, fun and fellowship as we welcome the incoming class of 2025. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and business casual attire is recommended. Rebecca ‘73 and Michael Schlosser, the WCU Triad Alumni Club, and the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement are excited to host this celebration. 

Date: August 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: The Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 22 to:  alumni@wcu.edu with the subject line "Atlanta Send-off" or call 828-227-7335.

 

Please join WCU alumni, family and friends to celebrate the departure of our future Catamounts from the Triangle area to Western Carolina University. There will be food, fun and fellowship as we welcome the incoming class of 2025. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and business casual attire is recommended. Bob ‘70 and Suzanne Thomas ‘70, the WCU Greater Atlanta Alumni Club, and the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement are excited to host this celebration. 

Date: August 11th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Residence of Kathy '73 and J. Wells Greeley. Contact alumni@wcu.edu for details. 

Please RSVP to:  alumni@wcu.edu with the subject line "WNC Send-off" or call 828-227-7335.

 

Please join us to welcome future Catamounts from Western North Carolina with special guest Chancellor Kelli R. Brown. There will be food, fun and fellowship as we welcome the incoming class of 2025. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and business casual attire is recommended. Kathy '73 and J. Wells Greeley and the WCU Office of Alumni Engagement are excited to host this celebration. 

Location: Ramsey Regional Activity Center (adjacent to the WCU football stadium)

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Cost: Complimentary breakfast and beverages

Parking: Limited parking is available in the parking deck across from the Ramsey Center, as well as the HFR Administration Building parking lot approximately ¼ mile from the Ramsey Center.

Please RSVP all names of your guests and their relation to you to the WCU Legacy Event by Friday, September 10, 2021 to: Elizabeth Honbarger, Alumni Engagement | 877-440-9990 | aehonbarger@wcu.edu

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Date: September 24-26 

Fall Catamount Soccer Alumni Gathering

Women’s Southern Conference games:  

  • WCU vs. Mercer on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m.
  • WCU vs. The Citadel on Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m.

After dinner social at the Comfort Inn Ballroom on Saturday, September 25 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. for parents, alumni, and friends. We will provide snacks and beverages for a nominal fee of $10.00 at the door.

 

Catamount Soccer Alumni has blocked 25 rooms at the Comfort Inn, Sylva, NC  with a rate of $149. When calling to reserve your room, ask for one of the rooms held for the “WCU Soccer Parent’s Weekend.” We will send out reminders and updates as the event approaches.  

 

Please RSVP to alumni@wcu.edu with the subject line "Soccer Alumni Gathering" or call 828-227-7335.

Mountain Heritage Day 

Date: September 25, 2021 

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WCU Houston Alumni Evening Sip and Stroll

Date: Postponed. New data TBA.

Location: Clay Family Eastern Glades in Memorial Park: Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Parking: The Clay Family Eastern Glades lot is $1.00 for 3 hours and can be paid for with cash, credit card or with the Park Houston app.

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Clay Family Eastern Glades

WCU Alumni Engagement and the WCU Greater Houston Alumni Club invite you to the WCU Houston Alumni Evening Sip and Stroll at Clay Family Eastern Glades in Memorial Park. Join us for a behind the scenes walking tour of Eastern Glades and learn about the history, architecture and restoration of 100 acres of newly accessible park land. The walk is about one mile and is on gravel, wooden boardwalk and grass. Families are welcome to attend and complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP to: Elizabeth Honbarger, Administrative Support Associate, Alumni Engagement: aehonbarger@wcu.edu or 828-227-7335.

Western Wednesday Replays

Our Western Wednesday events are recorded for you to revisit any time!

Recording coming soon. 

The Office of Alumni Engagement and the Department of Athletics are excited to present a preview of this Fall Catamounts Sports season! With a new head coach in football and a new director of athletic bands and Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, it's shaping up to be an exciting fall in Cullowhee!

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Special guests include: 

Alex Gary – Athletics Director

Kerwin Bell – Football Coach

Karen Glover – Volleyball Coach

Chad Miller – Women’s Soccer Coach

Jesse Norman – Cross Country Coach

WCU’s Sports Information Director, Daniel Hooker, will moderate the event.

June's Western Wednesday featured Professor and Program Coordinator for Interior Design at WCU, Erin E. Adams! In 2018, Professor Adams sold her traditional 1200 square foot home to live in a 265 square foot tiny home that she custom-designed. Discover what Professor Adams experienced about the reality of day-to-day living in a space that could fit inside most people’s living rooms! View the recording

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This Western Wednesday includes 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. VIEW THE RECORDING 

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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

 VIEW THE RECORDING

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

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