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Kappa Alpha alumni raise $170K in WCU Greek Challenge, pushing fraternity’s total above $1 million

The Delta Alpha chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order at WCU raised more than $170,000 for the Catamount Club, the university’s fundraising organization for Catamount Athletics.  

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New Hampshire family establishes nursing scholarship to honor memory of '17 alumna

The family of the late Alexandra Puntin Pilsbury has established a scholarship to benefit future nursing students at WCU in memory of the 2017 graduate of the School of Nursing who died after a battle with cancer.  

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Former underachiever credits WCU for 40-year career in education, future spouse

As a self-professed underachiever growing up in a Lincoln County mill village in the 1950s and 1960s, lifelong educator Allen Queen was on the verge of giving up on any thoughts of attending college after being rejected by every school to which he had applied.  

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WCU alum Preston Blakely to speak in February at Chancellor’s List event

Blakely will be the keynote speaker for the Chancellor’s List Award Ceremony. The event will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall.   

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Chief diversity officer creates endowed scholarship to honor mother

Ricardo Nazario-Colón recently took his commitment to diversity to a new level by establishing an endowed scholarship fund designed to support students from traditionally underrepresented groups seeking careers in teaching and educational leadership.  

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EMC alumnus honored for work in Operation Warp Speed’s COVID-19 vaccine development

John Eric Powell, a 1991 graduate of WCU’s Emergency Medical Care Program currently working as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services science adviser, is the recipient of multiple national honors.  

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WCU’s foremost ‘head resident’ is turning in his keys after more than 34 years in student housing

Keith Corzine is stepping down Jan. 1 as associate vice chancellor for auxiliary enterprises.  

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Advancement office sets holiday hours for year-end giving assistance

Advancement staff members will be available from 8 a.m. until noon on both Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30  

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Scholarship funds to honor careers of retiring accountancy professors Kauffman, Swanger

N. Leroy Kauffman, a faculty member since 1994, and Susan L. Swanger, a faculty member since 1997, have established separate scholarship funds to provide financial assistance to deserving accountancy students.  

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