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DCA Staff

Department of Campus Activities staff is here to offer students new experiences, and enrichment that goes beyond the classroom. We strive to provide quality programs, services and facilities.  Our department is dedicated to assist in the development of students, faculty, and staff of Western Carolina University to foster a vibrant and inclusive campus community.

Dept. of campus activities directory

Our Admin office oversees the department's daily business.  


Jeff Hughes


Jeff Hughes oversees the University Center's operations, staff, and offers support to student media groups. 

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Leigh Hudspeth, assistant director for business operations

Leigh Hudspeth serves as primary support for the Director of Campus Activities. Leigh handles student contracts for payroll, processes DCA professional staff and student travel, and supplemental funding for clubs and organizations. He is the supervisor of the administrative staff. 

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Leigh Hudspeth


Dianne Harris, Business Manager

Dianne Harris


Dianne can help any student group with an 8000 account to budget and manage their fund. Dianne assists the Campus Activities staff with budget needs and ensures events are ready for purchase. If there's a problem with the register, Dianne is your first step.

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Photo of Amanda Maggard

Amanda processes purchase orders for the department. Amanda supervises the budgets for Leadership Programs and Miracle at WCU. Got a contract? Amanda facilitates all contracts within the Department of Campus Activities for performers, speakers, artists, and more!

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Students and Presenter, Dr. Carol Burton, at Whee Lead Conference

Participants at Whee Lead Conference

LeaDership Programs

Catamounts can reach their leadership potential by participating in Leadership Programs. 

Committed to student growth and development, we provide students with the formal and informal leadership opportunities they need to prepare students to be active participants in their communities after graduation. New students can jump right in and get involved with Cat Camp - a leadership retreat for new first-year students - and the Freshman Leadership Institute.




PALIN BERKANA-WYCOFF, Associate director for leadership

Photo of Palin Berkana-Wycoff

Palin provides vision for, creates, and implements leadership programs for the Leadership Programs Unit. Palin teaches LEAD classes. Palin co-advises the Miracle at WCU Executive Committee. 

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Leslie Cavin, Assistant Director for Leadership

Leslie maintains and curates leadership programs such as Cat Camp, Whee Lead, Whee Takeover, and the Freshman Leadership Initiative. Leslie also teaches LEAD classes.

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Leslie Cavin


Students at Carnival

Homecoming Carnival!

Office of Student Involvement

Students can broaden their horizons with the office of Student Involvement by joining a club or attending an event. The Student Involvement Unit provides a variety of entertainment and educational opportunities for our Catamounts. Last Minute Productions, our student programming board, hosts comedians, spoken word artists, concerts, movies and other fun events. The Arts and Cultural Events series focuses on the arts for programming such as ballet, graffiti artists, and DIY art workshops.

Stephanie Sue Rowell, Associate Director for Student Programs & Activities

Stephanie Sue supervises the student programming board, Last Minute Productions and advises the executive branch of Student Government Association. In the department, Stephanie Sue is over assessing the departments goals and achievements. Stephanie Sue directly supervises the Student Involvement Unit. 

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Stephanie Sue Rowell


VACANT, Assistant Director for Student clubs & organizations


Brandon Lokey, Assistant Director for Campus Programs

Brandon Lokey oversees Arts and Cultural Events including the Annual Drag Show, Make It Workshops, Holidays at the UC, main stage performances, and other events/trips. Brandon is also an advisor for Miracle at WCU.
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Brandon Lokey


Diane Swenson, Assistant Director for Communications

Diane Swenson

Diane Swenson maintains the department's social media accounts and other marketing channels such as digital signage in the UC, digital assests, advertisements, print materials, promotional materials. Diane supervises the DCA Marketing Team and advises the Miracle at WCU external operations. 

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Katie Sorel assists the Student Involvement unit with budgeting, contracts, and purchase orders. Katie also assists Clubs and Organizations with their budget accounts.
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Katie Sorel

Office of Operations

When our Cats need a space to meet, our Operations team is there to help. 

Michael Rymell, Associate director for operations

Saw an awesome set-up at the UC? Michael is the person to assist with operations. Michael supervises Linda, Wes, and James on the daily operations of the UC and the Blue Ridge Conference Center. 
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Michael Rymell


Linda Snyder, Guest Services Coordinator

Do you need a meeting space or place to host an event? Linda is there to help! Linda is in charge of reservations at the UC, Blue Ridge Conference Center, picnic area, and Electron Garden. Have a great banner? Linda can reserve a spot on the front of the UC for you. Need a permit? Linda is your person. 
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Linda Snyder


James Houtzer, Assistant Director for Operations

Having equipment at your event? James can assist with that. James oversees the Tech Crew and technical set-ups for reservations in the department. 
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James Houtzer


Wes Taylor, Assistant Director for Resource Management

Wes Taylor


Wes oversees the building managers and housekeeping in operations. Borrowing a laptop? Wes manages that WCU asset and other assets in the department. 
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eddie pettway, housekeeping supervisor

Eddie supervises the housekeepers at the UC and other DCA run operations. 
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Eddie Pettway


Brandon lee, housekeeper

Brandon is a housekeeper with DCA.
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Brian Bradley, Housekeeper

Brian is a housekeeper with DCA. 
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roman rogers, housekeeper

Roman is a housekeeper with DCA.
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sherita fizer, HOUSEKEEPER

Sherita is a housekeeper with DCA.
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tim watson, HOUSEKEEPER

Tim is a housekeeper with DCA.
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brenda henkel, HOUSEKEEPER

Brenda is a housekeeper with DCA.
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