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Forensic Anthropology Program Gains Prominence

Forensic anthropology is offered as a bachelor’s degree concentration and as a minor. The program has grown to more than 200 students enrolled today.  

Shack-lete soccer


Soccer player Aliyah Milicia is among the first at Western Carolina University to capitalize on a new NCAA policy allowing college athletes to strike deals and earn money from business partnerships using their name, image or likeness.  

Laura Sanchez

Fighting For A Dream

To some people, entering a caged ring to face off against a highly- trained martial arts fighter sounds like the stuff of nightmares. For Laura Sanchez '12, it’s hard work paying off. A dream come true.  

Alan Beck

Alan Beck

On June 10 Alan Beck ’04 was announced as the 11th head coach in the history of the Catamount baseball program. When Beck and his family arrived in Cullowhee, they brought a deep familiarity of the program with them.  

Ronnie Carr

Ronnie Carr

Ronnie Carr put himself and Western Carolina University into the record books on Nov. 29, 1980, when he made the first intercollegiate 3-point shot.  

David Joy and Billy Bob Thornton

From Novel to Big Screen

David Joy produces novel worthy of Hollywood nod.  

Preston Blakely with dog

Change Maker

Preston Blakely becomes the youngest serving mayor in NC  

Cats Musical

Once a Cat, Always a Cat

Musical Theatre alumna is currently starring in Broadway's 'Cats'  

Ryan Hill

Action Packed

Construction management alum soars to new heights  

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