A group of four Western Carolina University geology students and alumni kept an eye out for grizzly bears and other wildlife last spring while working on a project to map landslides in one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system – Yellowstone.
A research paper by Chris Tennant ’07 on the measurement of snowpack, the amount of snow and ice on the ground in high western mountain ranges, received an Editor’s Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research. Only about 1 percent of articles published annually in the journal receive that recognition.
When Don Carringer (right), WCU’s longtime Health Services physician who retired Jan. 1, and wife Belinda bought 6 acres and an old farmhouse in Franklin 10 years ago, one of their first projects was to plant a vegetable garden.
For several years, Western Carolina University had an unofficial group of African-American alumni who stayed connected through a website and planned a biennial reunion and various events during Homecoming. But after a series of diversity-related events and concerns that took place on campus in recent years, Pam Degraffenreid ’80, director of the WCU Bookstore, felt it was time to form an official African-American alumni organization.
There are no words sufficient to express the magnitude of the loss of our beloved chancellor, David Belcher. The sad fact of the inevitability of his passing on June 17 following his decision to go on medical leave at the end of 2017 does absolutely nothing to lessen the sting of our heartbreak. Chancellor Belcher changed the culture of Western Carolina University, and he touched the soul of everyone he met.