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Aaron Marshall

Forestview High School, WCU graduate’s life of service leads to a new post with the US Congress

Aaron D. Marshall, a 2010 graduate of Gaston County’s Forestview High School and the son of a doctor and a nurse, chose to follow in the spirit of his parents’ footsteps of providing care to those in need. But instead of waiting for the injured to come to him in a nice sterile clinic, he goes to them, following the trail of chaos and destruction left by terrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other disasters.   

Lori and Andy Anderson

Lori and Andy Anderson establish endowed scholarship for HHS students

Even before her first day on the job as WCU’s new dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, Lori Anderson knew she and husband Andy would establish an endowed scholarship for students.  

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Advancement staff sets holiday hours to assist with year-end giving

The Division of Advancement will be open for several hours on the last two days of December to assist donors with year-end giving.  

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday goal exceeded as donors provide more than $443,000

WCU blew past its goal of raising $250,000 for general scholarship support on Giving Tuesday as 443 donors contributed a total of $443,517.  

Doris

Six-figure bequest pushes WCU past its Giving Tuesday goal

Western Carolina University has met its Giving Tuesday goal of raising a minimum of $250,000 to broaden access to scholarship support for students, thanks to a six-figure bequest from a New Mexico teacher who wanted to recognize her late mother’s love for the university.  

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Giving Tuesday efforts to focus on broadening scholarship support for students

WCU will focus its annual Giving Tuesday initiative on raising $250,000 for scholarship assistance for those students who all too often fall through the cracks between merit-based awards for top scholars and income-based aid for those facing the greatest financial hardships.  

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Centenarian Cats Celebrate

Lorene Browning Collins, class of 1942 and Sally Campbell, class of 1937, are celebrating big birthdays this week. Browning Collins is turning 100, while Campbell is turning 104, making her Western Carolina University’s oldest alumna.  

Pat Kaemmerling

Former WCU board chair shares her experience as both a scholarship recipient and donor

Pat Kaemmerling, former chair of Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees, has experienced life from both sides of higher education’s philanthropy equation – students who benefit from the contributions of strangers, and benefactors who make those contributions out of a desire to help others.  

Nicholas Fasanello

Nicholas Fasanello, Three-Minute Thesis Competition, People's Choice Award Winner

Nicholas Fasanello, current Communication Sciences and Disorders student, was selected by popular vote for the People’s Choice Award in the 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Fasanello’s presentation on “Reviewing a framework for Concealable Stigma in Communication Disorders: Addressing Adverse Outcomes and Promoting Inclusion” highlights research on the various impacts of stigmatization that people with communication disorders experience  

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