WCU Alumni Association begins work on 2010 edition of registry

Plans are under way for the 2010 edition of the Western Carolina University Alumni Directory, and representatives of the Harris publishing company soon will be contacting WCU alumni seeking updated information for the popular resource book.

“The directory will enable alumni to reconnect with their classmates, locate fellow alumni who live within their own communities and keep up-to-date with some of the latest happenings at their alma mater,” said Marty Ramsey ’85, alumni affairs director. “When the folks from Harris get in touch – by mail, by phone or by e-mail – we strongly encourage all alumni to take the time to respond so that the 2010 directory is as complete and useful as possible.”

A questionnaire is scheduled to go online in October, followed by home mailings to more than 40,000 alumni, and phone calls in December. In past directories, alumni have shared information that includes e-mail address, mailing address, degrees held, job and family. Listings have been presented alphabetically and by class year, geographical residence and career.

“When I was contacted for information concerning the last edition, it got me reminiscing about my time on campus and brought back many memories,” said David Andrew ’83, president of the WCU Alumni Association. “I am looking forward to this new directory to be able to keep in touch with old and new friends I have made while in service to the university.”

Andrew said the comprehensive directory also will be a great accessory to, and could help invite participation in, online communities such as WCU’s controlled-access alumni network, which can be accessed from the alumni Web site at

Betty Allen ’68, president-elect of the Alumni Association, said the directories have been especially useful for reaching out to reconnect with sorority sisters and planning events for Western Carolina alumni in her home community in Lincoln County. “The directories have been great to look up friends that I didn’t keep as close touch with and didn’t know where they are now,” said Allen. “It has really been worth the money to me over the years.”

The most recent alumni directory was published in 2000. The new directory is set for delivery in June 2010. For more information about the directory project, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs toll-free at (877) 440-9990 or e-mail