Event set for alumni, friends from Stanly, Montgomery counties

Western Carolina University alumni, students and friends from Stanly and Montgomery counties will gather Thursday, May 13, for an evening of barbecue and a presentation by Gibbs Knotts, head of the WCU political science and public affairs department and co-editor of the book “The New Politics of North Carolina.”

The evening, sponsored by the WCU Alumni Association, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Community Building of Morrow Mountain State Park near Albemarle. The festivities will include a dinner catered by Bud’s Bodacious Barbeque.

Knotts, Western Carolina’s recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the WCU University Scholar Award, is scheduled to speak during a program to start at 6 p.m. His book examines the changing nature of politics in the Tar Heel State.

The free event is hosted by WCU alumni Cindy Beane (class of 1971) of Beane Swaringen & Company, PLLC; Claude Rogers (class of 1969) of Crook Motor Company Inc.; and Doug Stafford (class of 1979) of Griffin Stafford, LLC.

“WCU has experienced tremendous growth and increases in academic quality in recent years,” said Stafford. “While there are more than three dozen current WCU students and more than 200 alumni in Stanly and Montgomery counties, many are not familiar with the wonderful accomplishments in Cullowhee.  This evening is planned as a way to reconnect alumni and interested parties with WCU.”

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, May 7, to Chris Mueller, executive director of resource development in WCU’s Office of Development, at 828-227-3052 or clmueller@wcu.edu.