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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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Highlands Biological Station receives $150,000 gift to continue renovation of historic building

A nearly 100-year-old building at WCU’s Highlands Biological Station is receiving a new lease on life thanks in part to a recent contribution of $150,000 from a Highlands resident   

Vonterius Woolbright

Vonterius Woolbright

It started with being named the Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year. From there, the accolades and honors have just been pouring in for Western Carolina University’s Vonterius Woolbright, a senior on the men’s basketball team.  

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Project CARE inspires alumna toward service

Nia Blackwell was quiet, shy in high school. She knew she needed to get out her shell, make friends and connect with community when she came to WCU.  

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Fellowship supports research into rural businesses

WCU faculty member Lane Perry is working to understand the nuances of successful entrepreneurship in rural communities.   


WCU Board of Trustees to hold quarterly meeting March 1

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.  

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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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Catamount Compass Program leads SCC graduates to WCU

WCU Chancellor Kelli Brown and Don Tomas, president of Southwestern Community College, recently met to sign a renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.  

Armani Blair

Armani Blair

Armani Blair has run track for as long as she can remember. She inherited the passion of running from her mother, Jamicka Abraham, who also ran track. But Blair, a junior from Charlotte and a member of Western Carolina University’s women’s track and field team, will be the first to tell you she’s not your average track athlete. Track is not at the forefront of her life. For Blair, a double major in political science and sociology, it’s grades first.  

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