Western Roundup

To my new campus community, I write to you with the utmost enthusiasm and gratitude in my heart as I begin my first fall semester as chancellor of Western Carolina University.

Taking The Reins

It was November 1981 when a 23-year-old Kelli McCormack first graced the cover of a magazine. The publication was The Ohio Quarter Horse Association News, and the reason for the prominent placement of her smiling visage was that McCormack had recently won the title of Miss Rodeo Ohio and was in contention for Miss Rodeo America.

Qualla Connection

Unassuming and humble to the point of charming, the log building that is home to Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Center is located at 1594 Acquoni Road, past the tourist attractions of downtown Cherokee and shaded by trees near the junction of U.S. 441.

Curb Appeal

This is clearly not your parent’s campus. WCU is in the midst of a campuswide construction boom. Even what you see today will be drastically different in the next couple of years as WCU upgrades, renovates and expands its facilities to accommodate the unprecedented growth it continues to see.

Course Of Action

When the weather outside is frightful, the Western Carolina University golf teams don’t miss a beat. They just head to the Cordelia Camp Gymnasium and step into what feels like a virtual video game where they can practice nearly every aspect of their golf game — all with detailed feedback on how they’re doing.

In The Trenches

They were a little older, a little wiser and most liked to play poker. And with nicknames including Pee Wee, Buffalo and Pinball, you knew they were going to make something happen — and they did.

Food for Thought

It’s time for breakfast and more than 50 NFL football players show up. For Joey Blake ’12, this is not an anxiety dream; it’s a great reason to get up in the morning. Blake has two years under his belt as the head dietitian for the Los Angeles Rams and revels in his work.

Courtroom To Campus

The idea of building a career in the field of law didn’t come overnight to Mark Martin ’85. He received some hints along the way from individuals who were important in his life.

Taking Center Court

Kiley Hill was excited when he was named the new head coach of Western Carolina University’s women’s basketball program on July 8. Yet, Hill knew he was stepping into a difficult situation.

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