Matthew McDonough could have followed his friends to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he graduated from Asheville High School in 2015, but he didn’t. He chose to study at Western Carolina University instead, to better find out who he was — by himself.
If there was one thing that Emma Hand was certain of coming out of high school, it was that she wanted no part of running cross country or track and field in college. After suffering through shin splints, and the stress and anxiety that come with running, Hand simply wanted to go to college and focus on her studies in emergency medical care. That was until former Western Carolina University cross country/track and field coach Danny Williamson convinced to her join his team in Cullowhee.
Interim Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar announced the change in the structure of the Office of the Provost in a message to WCU faculty and staff.
The award was presented in recognition of services that have been provided by the program’s students and faculty at state cross country and wrestling tournaments since 2004.
The honor is presented by WCU’s Division of Undergraduate Studies and includes a one-time stipend of $2,500.
Madison Hale, originally from the North Carolina town of Albermarle, calls herself quiet, an introvert—but she’s already carved out an adventurous path for herself. After graduation, she plans to hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail with her brother, who is graduating from high school. “We’re both taking a year to do this,” she says. “It’s been a dream of ours.” Though it could take four to six months, she wants to take her time. “I want to see everything I can,” she says, “since it’s a once in a lifetime thing.”
Grants were awarded in April 2019 for a variety of projects involving university faculty, staff and students.
The sessions will include classes for three age categories – “shark” for children 6 and up; “fish” for ages 3-5; and “minnow” for children 6 months to 3 years.
WCU’s contingent at the event included more than 20 individuals representing the university’s faculty and staff, current students and alumni.