She was first influenced as a child by television pictures of 15th-century temples in China’s Forbidden City and elaborate, ornate churches in Europe, beautifully designed structures, all of which left an indelible mark on a little Chinese girl growing up in Vietnam.
It was officially a fundraiser, complete with fancy dresses, smart suits, great food and a silent auction. But to many in attendance, the 2018 University Participant Program Benefit Gala was like a family reunion, with picture taking, memory sharing, handshakes and hugs.
Erin West knows the value of a scholarship can go well beyond its dollar sign. A senior in the College of Business, West has received slightly more than $17,000 in WCU scholarships since her sophomore year.
Worth, money, knowledge. They are everything and nothing to David Rathbone, a 14-year employee of Western Carolina University’s Facilities Management Department, a perennial donor and one of WCU’s biggest advocates, thanks to the 2011 arrival of Chancellor David O. Belcher.
February was a big month for Western Carolina University as a record number of faculty, students, staff, friends and alumni showed their love by giving or pledging more than $600,000 during the second annual “I Love WCU” initiative, which ran from Feb.1-28.