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For several years, Western Carolina University had an unofficial group of African-American alumni who stayed connected through a website and planned a biennial reunion and various events during Homecoming. But after a series of diversity-related events and concerns that took place on campus in recent years, Pam Degraffenreid ’80, director of the WCU Bookstore, felt it was time to form an official African-American alumni organization.  

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A member of a European royal family, who lived quietly in Cullowhee for two years while attending WCU classes, will marry his college sweetheart this summer.   

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Psychology graduate student conducts research on issues of gender bias

When Hannah Leigh Buie completed her undergraduate degree in political science, she had no idea that her passion for advocacy and interest in institutional bias would lead her to a graduate degree and inspire her to study the relationship between humor, competency and gender.  


Purple Thunder drum line to perform during NBA All-Star weekend

Plans call for the percussion ensemble, along with members of cheer and dance squads, to perform at an event being billed as B/R x NC.   

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WCU holding Open House for prospective students, families Feb. 23

Afternoon activities will include general tours of campus, an opportunity to visit a residence hall and a variety of information sessions addressing topics such as paying for college.  


Ethics, confronting oppression to be topic of Jerry Jackson Lecture

Lee McBride of the College of Wooster will present “Ethics and Insurrection: Boldly Confronting Oppression” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.  


Hillary Matthews joins university staff as associate auditor

The Sylva resident will share responsibility for on-campus audits, institutional risk assessment and compliance with a variety of laws, regulations and policies.  


Students, faculty, staff lead with love during ‘I Love WCU’ month

The WCU community can show its love for the university throughout February with social media posts, hand-written notes on paper hearts and financial contributions to help students.  


Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet celebrates 25 years 'and going strong'

The Sylva-based ensemble will present a concert marking two-and-a-half decades of music, travel and fun on Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library.  

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