A group of four Western Carolina University geology students and alumni kept an eye out for grizzly bears and other wildlife last spring while working on a project to map landslides in one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system – Yellowstone.
A research paper by Chris Tennant ’07 on the measurement of snowpack, the amount of snow and ice on the ground in high western mountain ranges, received an Editor’s Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research. Only about 1 percent of articles published annually in the journal receive that recognition.
Five members of the Catamount family are currently working at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, representing Western Carolina University in the opposite corner of the state.
When Don Carringer (right), WCU’s longtime Health Services physician who retired Jan. 1, and wife Belinda bought 6 acres and an old farmhouse in Franklin 10 years ago, one of their first projects was to plant a vegetable garden.
Thanks to a painting by a Western Carolina University alumna, a new bridge over Cullowhee Creek near the campus picnic area was installed last November and is now in use for pedestrian traffic.
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.
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.
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.
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.