WCU to observe Homecoming with host of activities Oct. 4-7

The Catamounts take on Georgia Southern on Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of Western Carolina University’s Homecoming 2012.

With a theme of “Tradition Long … Catamount Strong,” Western Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2012 with a host of activities Oct. 4-7.

David Dorondo, associate history professor, will deliver the annual “Last Lecture” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the A.K. Hinds University Center theater on the WCU campus. The “Last Lecture” event honors a faculty member who teaches with passion and enthusiasm.

The annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament (with a four-person captain’s choice format) tees off with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier.

Cheer as community and student floats, WCU cheerleaders, the 2012 Homecoming Court and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band participate in the Homecoming Parade, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, on Main Street in downtown Sylva.

After the parade, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to enjoy music, dance and food on WCU’s Central Plaza, adjacent to the Alumni Tower, during Spirit Night, beginning at 8 p.m.

The Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards, honoring the WCU Alumni Association award recipients and the university’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center. Honorees are Bob Buckner (class of 1967), Distinguished Service Award; Ron Morrow (class of 1978), Academic Achievement Award; Gaither Keener (class of 1972), Professional Achievement Award; and Wade Livingston (class of 2004, master of education degree in 2006), Young Alumnus Award.

After brunch, join the effort to bring back the Cullowhee lily on campus with a 12:30 p.m. ceremonial planting of the flower at the Centennial Garden near the curve in the road above Central Plaza.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, attend an open house at WCU’s new Health and Human Sciences Building, the first on the university’s West Campus.

Also on Oct. 6, let the tailgating fun begin at noon with food, friends and games prior to kickoff in the parking lots around Whitmire Stadium. Alumni from the 1980s will gather in the Cordelia Camp Building lot from noon to 3 p.m. to hear a DJ spinning songs from their decade. Kickoff for the WCU football game versus Georgia Southern University is 3:30 p.m. at Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.

Choose from a number of activities after the game, including the African-American Alumni Postgame Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Peele, Westmoreland Suhre, Hartshorn Hospitality Room, in the Ramsey Center; a 7 p.m. Catamount volleyball game versus the Wildcats of Davidson College in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center; and at 7 p.m., Stompfest, an annual stepping competition performed by black fraternities and sororities in the Coulter Building recital hall.

Bringing Homecoming activities to an end on Sunday, Oct. 7, is a 12:30 p.m. performance by the Inspirational Choir Concert in the UC Grandroom.

For more information about WCU’s Homecoming events, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 877-440-9990 or 828-227-7335, or email magill@wcu.edu.