During Homecoming, on Saturday, November 5, 2022, four individuals and a couple will receive special recognition from the Western Carolina University Alumni Association. All WCU Alumni are invited to attend a brunch celebrating the achievements of these Catamounts. Must RSVP to attend.
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.
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.
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 their 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.
Academic Achievement Award - Dr. Kathryn Rentz ’75, M.A. ’77, PhD ‘86
Professional Achievement Award - Ms. Laura Leatherwood ’93, MSHR ’96, PhD ‘07
Young Alumni Award - Mr. Aaron Marshall ’14
Distinguished Service Award - Mr. Bryant Kinney ‘82
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 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
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
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