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Campaign: Geology professor starts scholarship

For more than 30 years, geology professor Steve Yurkovich has taught students history – ancient history. Yurkovich takes them back more than 450 million years to the collision of the North American and African plates that formed the Appalachian Mountains. He has shown them how to read geological clues in the rocks during field trips to rock formations near the Jarrett House in Dillsboro, Arby’s in Sylva, Mount Rogers in Virginia and points further west.
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Campaign: Scholarship to honor dean of education

Friends and colleagues are creating a new scholarship fund in honor of Michael Dougherty, the soon-to-be-retiring dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions, to recognize his more than 30 years of service to the university.
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Campaign: Scholarship helps student-athletes

A retired academic and athletic leader from Western Carolina University, Bobby N. Setzer, and his wife, Anne, have established a $10,000 endowed scholarship fund that will generate an annual $500 award for football student-athletes, with preference given to engineering technology majors.
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Campaign: Staff Forum at WCU awards first scholarship

Four years after Western Carolina University Staff Forum members set out to create an annual scholarship for the children of staff members, the $10,000 fundraising goal has been reached and the first $500 scholarship awarded to Jer-Mayne White, a sophomore forensic anthropology major from Asheville and the daughter of Angela Smith, technology support analyst at WCU.
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Campaign: SunTrust gift marks a first for Catamount Club

The check wasn’t in the mail. This time, the check was in the handshake, when Catamount Club president Tobe Childers ’61 recently accepted a gift of $25,000 from E. Jerry Coleman III, executive vice president for private wealth management with SunTrust North Carolina in Charlotte.
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Campaign: New scholarship helps WCU students afford to research

The rich biodiversity surrounding Highlands Biological Station attracts researchers from around the world, and Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research, takes pride knowing Western faculty are among them. Higgins just wishes more of the students conducting research at the nearby interinstitutional research station in Highlands were Catamounts.