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Alumni Awards

Join us for the Awards Celebration

During Homecoming, on Saturday, October 9, 2021, four individuals will receive special recognition by the Western Carolina University Alumni Association. All WCU Alumni are invited to attend a brunch celebrating the achievements of these Catamounts. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grand Room, Hinds University Center, cost $15.00. RSVP by October 1 to Elizabeth Honbarger at 877-440-9990, 828-227-7335 or aehonbarger@wcu.edu.

  • Mr. Aaron Marshall ’14 will receive the Young Alumni Award for exceptional professional achievement within a ten-year period following graduation.
  • Ms. Laura Leatherwood ’93, MSHR ’96, PhD ‘07 will receive the Professional Achievement Award for exceptional professional achievement in her career.
  • Dr. Kathryn Rentz ’75, M.A. ’77, PhD ‘86 will receive the Academic Achievement Award for exceptional academic achievement in her career.
  • Mr. Bryant Kinney ‘82 will receive the Distinguished Service Award for providing exceptional service to Western Carolina University.

Award Categories

Academic Achievement Award

The Alumni Award for Academic Achievement is given annually to a Western Carolina University alumnus/alumna who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in academe and has demonstrated exceptional leadership.  The award recipient should have achieved state, regional or national recognition.  Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at WCU, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna for an Academic Achievement Award.

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Professional Achievement Award

The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement may be awarded annually to no more than one Western Carolina University alumnus/alumna who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in a career field outside of academe and who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained community leadership.  The award recipient should have achieved state, regional, or national recognition. Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at Western, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna for a Professional Achievement Award.

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Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Young Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes established and future leaders among Western Carolina University’s young alumni. The nominee must have graduated within the past ten years, be less than 40 years of age, attained a level of distinction in his chosen field of work, demonstrated a commitment to the service of others and shown the potential for future leadership/distinction. Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at WCU, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving candidate for a Young Alumnus / Alumna Award.

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Past Award Winners

 

Academic Achievement Award – Dr. Jason E. Bond – '93

Professional Achievement Award – Dr. Carol Burton – '87, '89

Young Alumni Award – Mr. Jake Robinson – '10

Distinguished Service Award – Mr. Bob Folsom – '66, '68

2019 Alumni Award Winners

2019 Chancellors Alumni Awards Brunch: L-R Ed Holland '75 WCU Alumni President, Pat Kaemmerling '71 Distinguished Service Award, Matthew Hickey '88 Academic Achievement Award, Chancellor Kelli R. Brown, Danita Johnson '05 Professional Achievement Award, Tyler McKenzie '13 Young Alumni Award, Marty Ramsey '85 Director WCU Alumni Engagement

 

Academic Achievement Award – Mr. Matthew Hickey – 88, B.S.

Professional Achievement Award – Ms. Danita Johnson – 05, B.S.

Young Alumni Award – Mr. Tyler McKenzie – 13, B.A.

Distinguished Service Award – Mrs. Pat Kaemmerling – 71, B.S.

Academic Achievement Award – Dr. Elizabeth Ransom – 94, B.A.
Professional Achievement Award – Mr. Kenny Messer – 86, B.S.
Young Alumni Award – Dr. Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker – 10, B.A.
Distinguished Service Award – Mrs. Susan Belcher

Young Alumni- David Joy ’07, MA ‘09
Professional Achievement- Todd Vasos ‘83
Academic Achievement- Dr. Irene Hamrick ‘91
Distinguished Service- Ed Broadwell

Mitchell Hutchings ’07
Dr. Richard Starnes ’92 MA ‘94
CAPT Alan Parham ’87
Terry Welch

Brandon A. Robinson ’05 MA ’10
Michell Hicks ’87
Dr. Keith M. Ramsey ’73
Teresa Holland Williams

Dr. Martha J. Powell ’69
Robert W. "Bob" Thomas ’70
Jarrett Frazier ’12
Robert Edwards ’77
Four WCU alumni honored during Homecoming ceremony

Dr. Johnny L. Carson ’71
Wesley "Wes" R. Elingburg ’78
Manteo Mitchell ’09 MAEd ’12
Joan MacNeill
Three alumni, former trustee honored at ceremony 

Dr. Ronald "Ron" G. Morrow ’78
Gaither M. Keener, Jr. ’72
Dr. Wade G. Livingston ’04 MEd ’06
Bob Buckner ’67
Alumni honored with achievement, service awards 

Dr. Cecil L. Adderley, III ’85
G. Dale Sims ’78
Bobbi Baker James ’01
Dr. Myron L. Coulter
WCU presents 2011 alumni, service awards

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