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Young Alumni

Group of students from Homecoming 2016

  

Young alumni traditionally consists of graduates from Western Carolina University from the last ten years. They have a unique opportunity to benefit from resources provided by the WCU Alumni Association and other partnering divisions.

Resources

Once a Catamount, always a Catamount! We want to help you even after you graduate. Find all the resources available to you or see our highlights below.

An official academic transcript is a complete and accurate reflection of a student’s record. It contains all coursework taken while enrolled at Western Carolina University. The Office of the Registrar can assist you in obtaining a copy of your transcript. Learn more

The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Alumni Affairs office offer a variety of opportunities and support for both alumni and students to help each other and pursue career-related goals. These offerings range from broad networking and affiliation to specific services and tools. They include formal and informal job shadowing, internship and job listing services and job searching assistance, guest speaking, career counseling and consultation, and on-campus recruiting. Learn more

Learn about the latest news in campus life, arts & culture, events, research, awards, and more! Read our latest WCU news articles, view photos in our visual stories, browse our magazines, or even submit a story. Learn more

Information regarding the Fall 2020 semester can be found at wcu.edu/operations-procedures and campus updates regarding Covid-19 can be found at wcu.edu/coronavirus.

Be sure we have up-to-date contact information so we can fill you in on upcoming events, opportunities, and ways to engage with us! Not only will this help us to stay in touch with you, but having accurate information on file helps us to accurately represent our alumni base when recruiting new students.

The Office of Alumni Engagement at Western Carolina University has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to publish the first WCU alumni directory in more than ten years. When you update your contact information, you will have the option to purchase a directory. Learn more

Homecoming King and Queen for 2016 

Get Involved

There are ways to get involved with WCU after you graduate.

From local events like Homecoming and the Purple and Gold Reunion to digital engagement opportunities like socials and our monthly newsletter, we have a little something for everyone. Here's one of our upcoming events:

Young Alumni WCU Trivia Night

August 27th at 6pm EST via Zoom

Are you a WCU graduate of the last decade? Show us your knowledge of WCU at this Trivia Night for Young Alumni. The winner will receive a prize! To RSVP, email Elizabeth Honbarger at aehonbarger@wcu.edu.

Explore all the ways to stay invovled with WCU:

  

Few people know you as well as your college buddies. Stay connected with them and WCU through your local alumni club or society. We have a variety of regional clubs, affinity groups, and societies available. See the full list

Questions about Regional Clubs? Contact Beau Busby at bbusby@wcu.edu

Questions about Affinity Groups and Societies? Contact Elizabeth Qualls at equalls@wcu.edu

From Homecoming to Legacy Pinning to the Purple and Gold Reunion, we have a variety of in-person events we host for our alumni to enjoy. A variety of campus-wide events, such as Mountain Heritage Day, are also available to alumni. Learn more

The WCU Alumni Association is proud to announce it's partnership with PBC Guru to provide a book club to Alumni & Friends of WCU. Participation is free and entirely digital! Learn more

The Advancement Office and College of Business are partnering to launch the P.A.W.S. (Professional Alumni Working with Students) Program. P.A.W.S. is a mentor program that will provide a valuable and meaningful experience for our alumni and students. LEARN MORE

We are so proud of what our alumni have accomplished, and through this mentorship program they will be able to use their expertise to guide WCU students through challenges that approach them during their academic careers and help prepare them for success after graduation. Alumni have the opportunity to provide WCU students with resume building, successful networking, crushing their upcoming interview, sharing personal experiences, and more. If you're interested in applying to be a P.A.W.S. Mentor, apply. Interested, but have some questions? Please contact Toni Nelson at nelsona@wcu.edu. 

*Please note that there are limited number of mentor and mentees matched for this program to ensure a more meaningful and engaging experience. For that reason, you may not be chosen.

You don’t have to be a seasoned spokesperson to successfully advocate for WCU. Legislators are people just like you and with our Advocacy 101 Guide, you’ll have a great way to get started speaking with your local legislators whether it’s in-person, by email or on the phone. WCU has several legislative priorities that supporters can advocate for.

Introduced in 2001 under the association’s then-President-elect Laura Leatherwood, the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund provides support for relatives of alumni currently attending WCU. To date, over $335,000 has been raised and 25 recipients of the scholarship have been named. If you have a family member who is eligible, or if you know someone who is eligible for this scholarship, please visit scholarcat.wcu.edu. If you are interested in contributing to this fund to help fellow alumni, please make a gift.

The 1889 Club recognizes donors for annual gifts made to the Fund for WCU, which supports scholarships, student programming, professional development, and our ongoing stewardship efforts. Named in honor of the year of WCU’s establishment, this society embraces gifts ranging from $18.89 to $1889 a year. The giving level for young alumni is $188.90 per year. Benefits include specialized thank you cards, invitations to 1889 Club events featuring traditional and contemporary music of the region, and a collectable 1889 lapel pin. Learn More

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