Skip to main content

WCU Stories

Alumna Sue Lynn Ledford

Alumni Spotlight: Sue Lynn Ledford

Sue Lynn Ledford learned to care for sick people as a young nursing student at Western Carolina University. Today, she uses the same approach as director of population health and field services for WellCare of North Carolina, a provider health plan for Medicare and Medicaid.  

A cartoon of WCU mascot Paws

Catamount Coloring Contest

Beat the quarantine blues with everyone's favorite Catamount! While you're at home, download one of our coloring pages and join in on the fun with the Catamount Coloring Contest.   

Scott and Walker Hall

Soon-To-Be Gone

Residents of Scott and Walker halls share their memories of the iconic high-rise dormitories, scheduled for demolition later this year. The box fans in the windows. The panty raids. The middle-of-the-night fire alarms. The in-room movie nights. The climbing of nine flights of stairs to avoid the long lines at the elevator on move-in day. The developing of lifelong friendships and relationships.  

Alumni Tower in the snow

Not Just Brick and Mortar

Late Western Carolina University Chancellor Myron Coulter, who led the university from 1984 to 1994, was looking to create a symbol worthy of representing the institution when he proposed the construction of what is now known as the Alumni Tower. The 66-foot-tall brick structure was built on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center in 1989, WCU’s centennial year, and officially presented to the university as a gift from the WCU Alumni Association on Homecoming day that October.  

Image from the archaeological dig

Two Sparrows Town

The ground upon which Western Carolina University is built — and continues building today — has centuries of stories to tell. Some are told in history books and museum exhibits, while others are buried away. Some reemerge through archaeological research sparked by new construction on campus, as the university upgrades, renovates and expands its facilities. Hidden below WCU’s surface is Tali Tsisgwayahi, or “Two Sparrows Town,” the first Cherokee town of the Tuckaseigee River valley.  

Paul and Vicky Faris

Alumni of the Month: Paul and Vicky Faris

Meet Catamounts Paul and Vicky Faris  

WCU Alumnus Matthew Hessburg

Food. Fire. Friends.

Matthew Hessburg, an alumnus of the University Participant program, used the skills he learned while working at the acclaimed Haywood Smokehouse to create a barbecue sauce of his own.  

Natalie Newman in her store

Drive, Ambition and Entrepreneurship: How One Alumna Stayed Local to Apply Her Degree

Natalie Newman knew she had the drive and ambition to run her own business, but what she needed was direction and inspiration. She found both in Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in innovation leadership and entrepreneurship through the College of Business.  

Marianne Leek Hiking

Marianne Leek Alumna of the Month

Meet Marianne Leek, two time alumna of Western Carolina University.  

Office of Web Services