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WCU Catamount Adventures travel series bound for Montana

With the inaugural trip of a recently launched travel series sponsored by the Division of Advancement about to embark, plans are now underway for this year’s second excursion – a cross-continental journey to Montana.  

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Alumna is North Carolina’s Beginning Teacher of the Year

Abby Bentley worked as a research scientist after her undergraduate studies. In the field, she was concerned with environmental toxicology – she would test water near agriculture sites for certain pollutants.   

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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   

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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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‘I Love WCU Month’ is set for February including ‘Cats Give Back’ service weekend

February brings “I Love WCU Month,” a time for the WCU family to express affection for the institution and to participate in community service activities to benefit worthy causes.  

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Former WCU tennis player serves up $1 million fundraising campaign gift

A former tennis player and his wife have served up an ace for the Catamount athletics program in the form of a $1 million contribution to the university’s “Fill the Western Sky” comprehensive fundraising campaign.  

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Former Catamount kicker splits the uprights with $100k in support for fundraising effort

John Clayton “Clay” Cox, a 1991 graduate of WCU, has made gifts and pledges totaling $100,000 to help improve athletics facilities at his alma mater.   

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WCU alumni don’t wait until 60s to make planned gifts to help future students

Although most people delay creating a will until they are in their 60s, that’s not the case for a pair of WCU alumni who have recently made planned gifts that include the university as a beneficiary of their estates.  

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