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Western graduate Capt. Tracee Putnam Ray tends to rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch

As the world watched prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch arrive at an air base in Germany on Tuesday, April 1, after her dramatic rescue in Iraq, the family of Western Carolina University graduate and U.S. Air Force Capt. Tracee Putnam Ray looked on with special pride. Ray, 30, an Air Force doctor and a 1994 graduate of Western with a degree in chemistry, was the attending physician and head of the critical care air transport team that flew Lynch to Ramstein, Germany.
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First CulloWHEE! ArtsFest truly did provide “hot jazz in the cool Smokies”

“Hot jazz in the cool Smokies” proved more than just a promotional slogan for Western Carolina University’s inaugural CulloWHEE! ArtsFest, as attendees of the new outdoor celebration of the fine and performing arts bundled themselves in sweatshirts and braved record low temperatures for a sizzling performance by The Manhattan Transfer Saturday evening (June 15).
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Overflow crowd of 2,000-plus sees Glover, Justice program at WCU

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 2,000 people watched and listened Wednesday (Feb. 9) at Western Carolina University as acclaimed African-American actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice became the living embodiment of the words of poet Langston Hughes and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.