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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.

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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Amanda serves as primary support for the Director of Campus Activities. Amanda processes purchase orders for the department. Amanda supervises the budgets for Campus Activities. Got a contract? Amanda facilitates all contracts within the Department of Campus Activities for performers, speakers, artists, and more! She is the supervisor of the administrative staff.

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Amanda Maggard


Catherine serves as primary support for the programs at Campus Activities. Catherine handles student contracts for payroll, processes DCA professional staff and student travel, and supplemental funding for clubs and organizations. 

Catherine MacCallum


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Nicole assists the Student Activities unit with budgeting and purchase orders. Nicole assists in the operations of Last Minute Productions and the DCA Marketing Team


Matt Buck assists the Business unit with ongoing operations. 

Students at Carnival

Homecoming Carnival!

Students can broaden their horizons with the office of Student Activities by joining a club or attending an event. The Student Activities 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. 
Also under Student Activities is the 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 provides vision for, creates, and implements programs for Student Activities. Palin supervises the Associate Director for Campus Programs, Senior Assistant Director for Leadership Programs, and the Marketing Manager.  Palin teaches LEAD classes. Palin co-advises the Miracle at WCU Executive Committee. 

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The Associate Director for Student Programs supervises the student programming board, Last Minute Productions and advises the executive branch of Student Government Association. 


Leslie oversees Recognized Student Organizations on campus. She advises the Executive Branch of the Student Government Assocation. Leslie is charged with the development of Leadership Programs on campus. 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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This position will oversee Cat Camp and Freshman Leadership Initiative.


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. In the interim, Diane currently supervises the student programming board, Last Minute Productions, and assists with campus activities

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

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


Wil supervises the Assistant Director for Operations and the Assistant Director for Resource Management. Wil assists in the event review process and other operations at the UC. 
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Paul serves as the University's liasion for 25Live. Paul manages the reservations for all UC operated spaces. 
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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


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


Brandon is a housekeeper with DCA.
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Brian is a housekeeper with DCA. 
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Roman is a housekeeper with DCA.
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Sherita is a housekeeper with DCA.
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Tim is a housekeeper with DCA.
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