1962

Paul Morrow has initiated Computers for Kids, a program through Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C., that collects computers and recycles them, free of charge, for students to use to accelerate their reading habits.

1976

Rick Fulton has joined Catamount athletics as the business officer. Fulton played two years of minor league baseball with the Detroit Tigers organization and then taught psychology at Tuscola High School and coached football, basketball and baseball. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry.

Original photos that Will McIntyre captured of the four-man Jamaican bobsled team training for the 1988 Winter Olympics accompanied a television advertisement by Visa that ran during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. People magazine sent McIntyre to Jamaica in December 1987 to photograph that iconic inaugural bobsled team. The advertisement, with voiceover by actor Morgan Freeman, is available for viewing on YouTube. McIntyre operates Will and Deni McIntyre Photography in Winston-Salem with his wife, Deni, who attended WCU before graduating from Wake Forest University.

1978

Wayne Tolleson was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Tolleson spent 10 years in the major leagues at second and third base and shortstop with the Texas Rangers (1981-85), Chicago White Sox (1986) and New York Yankees (1986-1990). At WCU, he was named Southern Conference baseball player of the year in 1977, and as a wide receiver on the football team led the nation in 1978 with 73 catches for 1,101 yards and seven touchdowns.

Gary Walker MS, professor of biology at Appalachian State University, won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 2010 Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students. Walker has been the graduate program director in Appalachian’s department of biology for almost 20 years. Under his guidance, 125 students have completed master’s degrees.

1979

Brig. Gen. Katherine P. Kasun (pictured with Chancellor John Bardo during a campus visit) has been named the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) stationed at Fort Bragg. Civil Affairs soldiers identify critical requirements of local citizens in war or disaster situations, while Psychological Operations soldiers convince foreign audiences to take action favorable to the United States and its allies. The command’s mission is to organize, train and equip Army Reserve Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations forces. “Civil Affairs is the direction I feel the Army should be going,” Kasun said. “The Army is no longer involved in strictly kinetic operations.” Kasun deployed to Baghdad in 2005 and Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2006.