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Brinson Honors College launches new initiative through 1889 Impact Grant

The Brinson Honors College recently launched a new initiative designed to recognize current student leaders and build stronger connections with young alumni of the college through a project made possible by donors to the Fund for WCU.  

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Alumnus providing leadership gifts for scholarships, athletics

Steve Couch, a 1985 graduate with a degree in industrial technology, is having a major impact on the lives of current students and student-athletes.  

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Research classroom in Apodaca Building named in recognition of gifts from Jay, Susan Strum

Alums Jay and Susan Strum had a classroom named after them in the Apodaca Science Building.  

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New scholarship to support students with interest in exploration and travel

A recently established scholarship at WCU is designed to celebrate the life of a late professor of business law by supporting students who share her passion for travel, teaching, research and helping others.  

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Highlands couple establishes funds for study abroad, undergrad research for WCU students, faculty

Students and faculty in the Brinson Honors College will have increased access to international study and undergraduate research opportunities, thanks to the support of Gayle Watkins and Andrew Chmar.  

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CEAP alumna wins NC Student Teacher of the Year Award

Caitlin Lambert, a 2021 graduate of WCU, was named North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year.  

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Communication alum wins outstanding graduate award from Society of Professional Journalists

Sara Stanley, a 2022 graduate, was recently awarded the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.   

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Memorial scholarship fund to serve as final curtain call for theatre professor, director

A final curtain call for Stephen Michael Ayers, a former WCU theatre professor and director, is in the works through the establishment of an endowed scholarship in his memory.  

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Shetland Society faculty, staff giving campaign to kick off Sept. 15

It was 23 years after the founding in 1889 of what is now WCU that campus leaders purchased a set of Shetland ponies to haul supplies from Sylva to Cullowhee so faculty and staff could better serve a growing student population.  

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