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Greyson Rowlands

Alumnus gets second chance with Fulbright award

The old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” For alumnus Greyson Rowlands, trying one more time for a Fulbright Award was exactly what he needed to succeed.  

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School of Nursing receives $2.1 million boost to launch Conway Scholars initiative

The School of Nursing is the recipient of a $2 million contribution from the Bedford Falls Foundation-DAF that will provide scholarship support to undergraduate nursing students and enable the hiring of additional faculty to guide them in their clinical experiences.  

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Catamount crew crisscrosses Ireland for WCU travel series maiden voyage

From a chance for a proposal “do-over” on the Cliffs of Moher to a mother-daughter first visit to ancestral homelands, WCU’s inaugural Catamount Adventures trip offered an array of experiences both shared and personal in Ireland.  

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Catamount community gives back during annual service weekend

Members of the WCU family from as close as the Cullowhee campus to as far away as Ohio recently took time out of their schedules to provide a helping hand to their local communities for the second annual “Cats Give Back” service weekend.  

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Additional donations boost estate gift, enable patron to see impact on parks, rec students

Michael G. Paysour, a 1974 graduate of WCU, wanted to see firsthand the impact of his philanthropy and meet the young people he was helping.  

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WCU Catamount Adventures travel series bound for Montana

With the inaugural trip of a recently launched travel series sponsored by the Division of Advancement about to embark, plans are now underway for this year’s second excursion – a cross-continental journey to Montana.  

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Alumna is North Carolina’s Beginning Teacher of the Year

Abby Bentley worked as a research scientist after her undergraduate studies. In the field, she was concerned with environmental toxicology – she would test water near agriculture sites for certain pollutants.   

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Ex-football player makes $150K gift to WCU athletics facilities after tour reveals few upgrades in 40 years

When John S. Martin returns to WCU in the fall to watch a college football game, the former four-year starter on the Catamount offensive line notices that E.J. Whitmire Stadium looks much like it did during his playing days in the late 1980s.  

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Highlands Biological Station receives $150,000 gift to continue renovation of historic building

A nearly 100-year-old building at WCU’s Highlands Biological Station is receiving a new lease on life thanks in part to a recent contribution of $150,000 from a Highlands resident   

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