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2000

Todd Delp MAEd ’04 is assistant dean of students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A newlywed and member of the Navy Reserve, Delp was scheduled to return from Iraq after his tour there ended in spring.

Paula Wood Tate recently received the teacher of the year honor at the newly opened Draughn High School in Burke County. She lives with her husband, Justin, and their two sons in Morganton.

2001

Matthew Lawing MBA ’05 of Maiden received a master of divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in May. He is a member of Boger City United Methodist Church in Lincolnton.

Entrepreneur magazine named Heidi Smith Price’s construction company, Spartan Constructors LLC, the No. 1 fastest-growing women-led company in its November issue. Price bought majority partnership of the industrial construction company, based in Sugar Hill, Ga., in 2004 and immediately certified it as a Women’s Business Enterprise, which expanded its contracting opportunities. The company’s 2007 sales were $136 million. In an interview with the magazine, Price said earning respect from peers in the male-dominated industry was a challenge. “You just have to stand your ground and not let other people walk all over you,” she said.

2002

Natalie Sipe Campbell MS ’04, a speech-language pathologist in Hickory, and her husband, Tate, welcomed the birth of Elizabeth Joyce Campbell, their second daughter, in December.

Dan Foley opened Foley Performance in Christiansburg, Va. His fitness center is geared toward developing programs tailored to individual client needs. “Our philosophy is to give our clients every tool they need to achieve whatever their goals are,” Foley said in a newspaper interview. Foley evaluates clients by investigating connections between an individual’s body and his or her chemical, physical and lifestyle factors.

2004

Ecological Land Clearing, a business owned by geologist and conservationist Luke W. Garland, recently received attention in the trade magazine Dixie Contractor. Garland, based in Macon, Ga., launched his environmentally friendly land-clearing business about five years ago. “Our new land-clearing method is setting a higher standard for low-impact vegetation management,” Garland said in the article. Garland’s goal is a landscape hospitable to wildlife and vegetation that serves the landowner’s needs.

Alyson Moyer Ward, who cheered at WCU from 2000 to 2004, is an account executive with DataFlux for its Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. In 2006, she married Daniel Ward ’03, who works for Professional Builders Supply in Morrisville as an account coordinator.

2005

Mary Elizabeth Adams-Vassey graduated from East Carolina University in December with a master’s degree in criminal justice. In April, she accepted the position of college liaison for high school programs at Isothermal Community College. Her husband, Phillip Aaron Vassey, who also received his master’s degree in criminal justice from ECU, recently accepted the distance learning advisement coordinator position in WCU’s department of criminology and criminal justice. He also will serve as an adjunct professor. They have a daughter and live in Rutherfordton.

2007

Kyle McCurry is program director at classic rock station WNGZ-FM in upstate Elmira, N.Y. Since arriving in Elmira, McCurry has served as announcer during the Elmira College women’s and men’s lacrosse and basketball games and hosted a sports show on WNGZ called “Elmira College Corner.” Elmira College athletics recently recognized McCurry for his support. “Elmira is a purple and gold school too,” McCurry said. Before taking his new position, McCurry, formerly of Weaverville, hosted the midday shift and served as station manager at WWCU-FM, WCU’s student-run radio station.

An essay by Jennifer Veilleux MA ’08 won first place in creative nonfiction at the annual convention of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society in March in Minneapolis. The essay, which carried a $500 prize, was titled “Becoming My Mother” and was about eye surgery that Veilleux’s mother underwent. Veilleux wrote the piece while she was a student in a nonfiction writing class with Deidre Elliott, an associate professor in the English department. Veilleux also presented a critical essay about Jane Eyre. It was the second year running that two of her essays were accepted for presentation at the convention.

2008

Fiona Ferron MAEd, a teacher at St. Aloysius Primary, earned an award for most outstanding teacher in her region (one of six) from the Ministry of Education and LASCO, a group of companies involved in manufacturing, packaging and distribution of food, beverages, personal care items, household products and pharmaceuticals. Ferron, honored during a ceremony held in Kingston, Jamaica, also was a candidate for overall teacher of the year.

Chris Wofford (second from right, with co-workers) was hired recently as event coordinator at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a venue in Salinas, Calif., that hosts car and motorcycle racing events. Wofford’s responsibilities include managing aspects of food operations and acting as a contact for caterers and vendors. Wofford, who majored in sport management with a concentration in event and facility management, interned at the track from August to October without pay, supporting himself with money he had saved and riding a bicycle to and from work each day. When his internship ended, Wofford was offered a full-time position. “Without hesitation, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Wofford, who had followed the track “for a long time.” Wofford, formerly of Cullowhee, is the son of Sandra Patterson, an Aramark employee and a supervisor at the Starbucks in the Courtyard Dining Hall.