Western Carolina University paid tribute Saturday, Oct. 4, to five highly distinguished alumni – a national award-winning after-school programs director, a recently appointed college vice president, an international business leader for Pfizer Inc., and a couple who are longtime supporters of WCU.
Amanda Buchanan, a 2002 graduate of Andrews High school and daughter of William and Randi Buchanan, is the first member of her family to go to college. Now with a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University, she has become the first student from Cherokee County to be admitted to North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.
Western Carolina University spanned the country to pay tribute to illustrious alumni Saturday, Oct. 14, honoring a Haywood County teacher whose volunteerism has benefited WCU students and community, an Asheville-based certified public accountant considered one of the most influential in the nation, and the Los Angeles-based featured vocalist with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpet player Chris Botti.
An Asheville native who is a co-owner of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team has stepped up to the plate on behalf of his college alma mater through financial contributions that have enabled Western Carolina University to create an endowed professorship in the field of business education.
Western Carolina University spanned the state to pay tribute to illustrious alumni Saturday, Oct. 29, honoring a 30-year veteran of corporate and retail banking from Hickory, a successful businessman and entrepreneur from Greenville, and a community-minded healthcare professional from Indian Trail.
“Our Purple and Gold,” Western's alumni newsletter, has taken on a new life as a 32-page full-color magazine that went into the mail last week. The magazine features nationally known comedian Jay Leno, host of “The Tonight Show on NBC,” on the front cover and includes a major story about the new Fine and Performing Arts Center's gala opening on Oct. 22 with Leno as headliner.
Western alum Army Lt. Col. John T. “Tim” Ryan ('85) is gaining national media attention not only for his unit's success in finding hidden weapons in Iraq, but also for his outspoken criticism of reporters' coverage of the war.
If you're a fan of professional football and the Catamounts, it may be hard to decide whether to root for the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers during Sunday's (Jan. 23) AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh. The game, which will be carried by CBS beginning at 6:30 p.m., will include two former students at Western playing on opposite sides of the field. And a Western alum is on standby as an alternate official.