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Women’s, men’s basketball programs receive support from Fund for WCU, 1889 Impact Grants

The Catamount women’s and men’s basketball programs are among the beneficiaries of financial support awarded to a variety of campus partners as part of the latest round of 1889 Impact Grants.  

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Club for first-generation WCU students relaunched with financial support from 1889 Impact Grants

The revival of the First Gen Club, an initiative sponsored by the Mentoring and Persistence to Success Program, was made possible by $5,000 from the 1889 Impact Grants initiative through the Fund for WCU.  

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Fund for WCU enables leadership, public speaking training for Chancellor’s Ambassadors

Members of the Chancellor’s Ambassadors received specialized leadership and public speaking training last semester to assist them in their roles as student representatives.  

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Leaders urge ‘Fill the Western Sky’ campaign steering committee to ‘ride the momentum’

“Ride the momentum.” That was the request from Chancellor Kelli R. Brown to the steering committee working behind the scenes to lead the university’s recently announced “Fill the Western Sky” comprehensive fundraising campaign.   

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Brinson Honors College dean launches scholarship fund in memory of father, grandfather

From her vantage point as dean of the Brinson Honors College, Jill Granger has seen firsthand the powerful impact that scholarship support has on students who need financial assistance in order to pursue their educational goals.  

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It’s ‘game on’ at Hunter Library, thanks to support from the Fund for WCU

Hunter Library recently launched a new collection of popular board and role-playing games designed to help students develop stronger skills in problem-solving and teamwork through a project made possible by donations to the Fund for WCU.  

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Athletics facilities improvements tip off this fall with renovations for both Catamount basketball teams

A long-range list of upgrades to WCU athletics facilities tipped off this fall with a project in support of the Catamount men’s and women’s basketball programs.  

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Chemistry classroom named in recognition of gifts from alumnus Peter Newsome

A chemistry program alumnus with more than a dozen U.S. pharmaceutical patents to his credit has made financial contributions to WCU designed to help fill a growing demand for graduates of STEM disciplines.  

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New scholarship in communication sciences, disorders celebrates retiring professor, spouse

Creation of the Billy Townsend Ogletree and Julia Katherine Tweedy Ogletree Endowed Scholarship in Communication Sciences and Disorders comes as Billy Ogletree has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2024, after 32 years as a WCU faculty member.  

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