Skip to main content

WCU Stories


CCPD to host fashion show, open clothing closet

After a four-year hiatus, WCU’s Center for Career and Professional Development is bringing back its Hire Attire Fashion Show, while introducing a clothing closet.  


WCU alumna, Cherokee Center director named EBCI Secretary of Education

Sky Sampson, director of WCU’s Cherokee Center and alumna, has accepted the position of Secretary of Education for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  

Cody Dalton thumbnail

Cody Dalton | Pride of the Mountains

Meet Cody Dalton, the man of many talents at Western Carolina University. As a political science major, he's got the academics covered, but he also takes the lead as the drum major for the Pride of the Mountains marching band. Dive into his world as a student at Western Carolina University.  

Watch The Video  

Chancellor Kelli Brown

Notes from Chancellor Brown

This fall I celebrate my third anniversary at WCU and I’m looking forward to the first normal campus year in Cullowhee since 2019.  

wcu student working in a costume shop

A Photographer's View

In each issue of WCU Magazine, our photographers will not only give you a glimpse of the beauty that exists but also a look at what's taking place on campus.  

billy ogletree

New scholarship in communication sciences, disorders celebrates retiring professor, spouse

Creation of the Billy Townsend Ogletree and Julia Katherine Tweedy Ogletree Endowed Scholarship in Communication Sciences and Disorders comes as Billy Ogletree has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2024, after 32 years as a WCU faculty member.  

new statue37

WCU unleashes a bigger, meaner, more ferocious Catamount

There’s a new cat on the prowl and he’s waiting to greet all who enter WCU’s campus.  

The Gordons

A Cullowhee Romance

Walking into the first day of their introductory English class in the spring of 1994 taught by the late Nell Holtzclaw, Ilona and Andrew Gordon ’04 had no idea this freshman course at Western Carolina University would be the start of their life as husband-and-wife bestselling authors.  

Alaysia Black Hackett

Climbing Capitol Hill

In the middle of bustling Washington and just a few hundred feet to the right of the Capitol Building, is the office of the chief diversity and equity officer for the U.S. Department of Labor and Western Carolina University alumna, Alaysia Black Hackett ’01, MPA ’02.  

Office of Web Services