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Former player’s gridiron memories, love of WCU inspires support for athletics facilities improvements

A former two-time Academic All-American football player who still gets chills thinking back to his own gridiron glory days wants to help ensure that future Catamount student-athletes have similar experiences.  

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WCU giving societies recognized for philanthropic impact at annual Planting Day event

The nearly 400 current members of WCU’s two most influential giving societies received recognition from school officials and from the students who benefit from their generosity during an annual celebration of philanthropy Friday, June 9.   

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Stanberrys continue tradition of supporting Catamount athletics with campaign leadership gift

Insurance company co-owner Kevin Stanberry and wife Lynn Stanberry will soon be sponsoring a lot more than just first downs, thanks to recent gifts and pledges totaling $400,000 for the Catamount athletics program.   

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CoB alumna uses business and sport management skills in job with Milwaukee Brewers 

Maya Kelnhofer is a Western Carolina University alumna who currently works as a ticket sales representative for the Milwaukee Brewers, a major league baseball team in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   

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Gifts for student scholarships result in new name for business dean’s suite

The dean’s suite of offices in the Forsyth Building has a new formal name that celebrates five generations of a family’s connections to WCU dating back to the early 1900s.  

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WCU in final planning stages for new travel series to begin in 2024

WCU will be launching a new travel program in 2024 designed to help alumni and friends explore different places, meet new friends and engage in lifelong-learning activities.  

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‘One Day for Western’ was one day to remember, with more than 1,100 donors

The inaugural all-in day of giving to benefit multiple areas of WCU proved to be one day to remember as 1,128 donors made gifts and pledges totaling $316,337, blowing past an original goal of 800 donors.  

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Alum Artley Porterfield finds his niche at the Titanic museum

Artley Porterfield is a storyteller from Jonesborough, Tennessee. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from WCU and now works as a cast member at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.   

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One Day for Western challenges include $25K match for POTM Ireland trip, $5K for speech, hearing clinic

Challenge gifts issued so far include an anonymous donor pledging to match up to a total of $25k to help send the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band to Ireland in 2024 and a $5k dollar-for-dollar match for donations to the Speech and Hearing Clinic.  

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