Skip to main content

WCU Stories

billy ogletree

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.  

hc award winners

WCU to honor regional development leader, three prominent alumni as part of Homecoming ’23

Members of the WCU family will come together to recognize three prominent alumni for their career accomplishments and to honor a longtime proponent of economic development across WNC as part of Homecoming 2023.  

campaign steering committee

‘Fill the Western Sky’ fundraising campaign steering committee announced

Membership is now complete on the 43-person steering committee that will help guide WCU’s recently announced comprehensive fundraising effort, the “Fill the Western Sky” campaign.  

legacy pinning speaker

Annual Legacy Pinning ceremony connects generations of Catamounts

For some students, attending WCU means a little bit more than just pursuing a college degree – an important goal, to be sure. But for several new first-year and transfer students, it also means carrying on a family tradition.   

bob and suzanne thomas

Social science degrees lead alumni to business success, planned gifts for ‘Fill the Western Sky’ campaign

For WCU alumni Robert and Suzanne Thomas, the seeds for two successful careers in international business were planted in the late 1960s and early 1970s during their time as students majoring in social science.  

phil cauley graduation

Longtime staff donor gives in honor of those who supported him as a WCU student

A WCU staff member for nearly 40 years and a two-time alumnus, Phil Cauley has donated to the Catamount Club for 37 of those years.   

randy white co-chair

White, Hunter co-chair WCU fundraising campaign, make leadership gift to support athletics

Alumnus Randy White and spouse Kim Hunter have been named to co-chair the recently announced comprehensive “Fill the Western Sky” campaign.  

mae claxton

From Power Five to SoCon, English professor’s affinity for athletics leads to providing financial support

Professor of English Mae Miller Claxton has become a long-time supporter of the athletics program at the institution where she works.  

shetland society 175

Shetland, 1889 event celebrates impact of WCU student, faculty, staff giving

WCU leaders took a brief break from their typical opening-of-the-semester chores Sept. 6 to pay tribute to the more than 550 faculty, staff and student philanthropists who have made financial gifts to the university over the past year.  

Office of Web Services