Following a gut-wrenching overtime loss to Wofford in October, Western Carolina football coach Mark Speir MAEd ’95 did not ride the team bus back to campus. Emotionally drained over wasting an opportunity to defeat the fifth-ranked Terriers, Speir climbed into a rental car alone and drove seven hours to see Cam Brown, a recruit who will never play a down for the Catamounts.
When Todd Vasos ’83 returned to Cullowhee to receive the Professional Achievement Award from Western Carolina University’s Alumni Association during Homecoming 2017, the Dollar General chief executive officer didn’t quite recognize the campus he was so fond of during his undergraduate years.
Self-admitted class clown and a performer who once prowled the stages of Hoey Auditorium and Niggli Theatre while a student at Western Carolina University, Sean MacKenzie Bridgers ’92 can now be seen on the television screen in the dark comedy “Get Shorty.”
Dr. Irene Hamrick ’91 had dreams of becoming a physician even as a 9-year-old growing up in Germany, but she had to battle some long odds on the road to earning her medical degree in the U.S. and becoming a nationally recognized expert in geriatrics.