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Summer Woodard

Bigger and Better

Longtime Franklin town manager heads to Reidsville to serve as city manager. ummer Woodard ’08, MPA ’10 recently left her hometown of Franklin, where she’s served as town manager since 2014, for bigger pastures across the state in her new role as city manager of Reidsville. Alpaca pastures, to be exact.  

Jacqueline Grant

No Objections Here

Gov. Cooper appoints WCU alumna as a Superior Court Judge. After serving more than 25 years as a law clerk, attorney and partner at Robert and Stevens law firm in Asheville, Jacqueline Grant ’92 is gaining a new perspective from the other side of the bench.  

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Heavy rain forces cancellation of Homecoming Parade

WCU’s annual Homecoming Parade in downtown Sylva has been cancelled due to weather forecasters’ prediction of heavy rain.   

Michelle Stephens

Teaching Below Zero

North Carolina native finds meaningful work teaching at remote Alaska school. Michelle Stephens ’17 had a few adjustments to make when she moved from Western North Carolina to Selawik, Alaska, three years ago to teach elementary school. But they weren’t anything a good day of ice fishing couldn’t fix.  

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Class Notes

Take a look at what Catamounts from across the world are up to and their career accomplishments.   

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Obituaries

Remembering our Catamounts who are no longer with us.  

Gretchen M Thomas

A Student's View

School was online, my friends were online, my life was online. The last year and a half as an undergraduate through remote learning has been the most challenging academic hurdle I have endured.  

Chancellor Kelli Brown

Notes from Chancellor Brown

It is hard to imagine that I have been at WCU for two years and most of that time was spent leading our university through a historic pandemic. Although as challenging as it has been for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, we never allowed the pandemic to hinder the work we are doing to deliver a quality, affordable, educational experience.   

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Homecoming 2021 to be ‘Roaring with Pride’

“Roaring with Pride” will be the theme for Homecoming 2021 at Western Carolina University, with a variety of festivities scheduled from Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10. Highlights include the homecoming game against Mercer, performances by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, a series of alumni brunches, tailgating parties, and receptions, plus tours of the new, state-of-the-art Apodaca Science Building along with the traditional parade through downtown Sylva.  

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