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School of Nursing receives $2.1 million boost to launch Conway Scholars initiative

The School of Nursing is the recipient of a $2 million contribution from the Bedford Falls Foundation-DAF that will provide scholarship support to undergraduate nursing students and enable the hiring of additional faculty to guide them in their clinical experiences.  

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Catamount community gives back during annual service weekend

Members of the WCU family from as close as the Cullowhee campus to as far away as Ohio recently took time out of their schedules to provide a helping hand to their local communities for the second annual “Cats Give Back” service weekend.  

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Additional donations boost estate gift, enable patron to see impact on parks, rec students

Michael G. Paysour, a 1974 graduate of WCU, wanted to see firsthand the impact of his philanthropy and meet the young people he was helping.  

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WCU Catamount Adventures travel series bound for Montana

With the inaugural trip of a recently launched travel series sponsored by the Division of Advancement about to embark, plans are now underway for this year’s second excursion – a cross-continental journey to Montana.  

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Ex-football player makes $150K gift to WCU athletics facilities after tour reveals few upgrades in 40 years

When John S. Martin returns to WCU in the fall to watch a college football game, the former four-year starter on the Catamount offensive line notices that E.J. Whitmire Stadium looks much like it did during his playing days in the late 1980s.  

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Second annual ‘One Day for Western’ set for April 3

The 24-hour fundraising event is designed to benefit all areas of the university by inviting members of the WCU community to make donations to the institutional priorities that mean the most to them.  

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Former WCU tennis player serves up $1 million fundraising campaign gift

A former tennis player and his wife have served up an ace for the Catamount athletics program in the form of a $1 million contribution to the university’s “Fill the Western Sky” comprehensive fundraising campaign.  

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Former Catamount kicker splits the uprights with $100k in support for fundraising effort

John Clayton “Clay” Cox, a 1991 graduate of WCU, has made gifts and pledges totaling $100,000 to help improve athletics facilities at his alma mater.   

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WCU alumni don’t wait until 60s to make planned gifts to help future students

Although most people delay creating a will until they are in their 60s, that’s not the case for a pair of WCU alumni who have recently made planned gifts that include the university as a beneficiary of their estates.  

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