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Lifelong love of libraries leads to couple’s philanthropic support of Hunter Library

A North Carolina couple’s lifelong affinity for libraries has inspired them to direct gifts and pledges totaling $25,000 to provide a boost for initiatives and services provided by Hunter Library.  

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Gifts in honor of retired physical therapy professor support WCU program, students

Three WCU physical therapy students will gain valuable hands-on experience this summer providing pro-bono treatment and services to residents of a community in Honduras with limited access to health care.  

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New scholarship for criminal justice students honors memory of alumnus, police officer

Family and friends of the late Trevor Arrowood, a Polk County native who died in 2021 after a three-year battle with cancer, have established a scholarship fund for future students majoring in criminology and criminal justice.  

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Senior Toast celebrates student philanthropy, ongoing engagement with WCU

More than 50 soon-to-be graduates raised their glasses in a celebratory salute to their forthcoming designation as alumni.  

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Gratitude for education, experiences at WCU inspire decades of support for Catamount athletics

Kenny Messer, who grew up in rural Haywood County plowing tobacco fields behind a mule, providing philanthropic support to WCU is a way to show appreciation for an institution that saved him from a future of staring at the back end of a pack animal.  

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Alaska to Appalachia: One family’s ties to WCU

When John Riddle came to Western Carolina University, he was worried about the change in lifestyle he would face.   

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Nearly 1,150 donors make gifts to WCU on ‘One Day for Western’

Nearly 1,150 donors made gifts and pledges totaling more than $494,000 during the second annual ‘One Day for Western,’ an all-in day of giving designed to provide financial support to multiple areas of WCU.  

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From anthropologist to educator, alumna shares unconventional journey

Alumna Camille Casses had an unconventional path to becoming an educator, but her journey to becoming a middle school principal in Mexico has proven she was on the right path all along.  

Greyson Rowlands

Alumnus gets second chance with Fulbright award

The old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” For alumnus Greyson Rowlands, trying one more time for a Fulbright Award was exactly what he needed to succeed.  

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