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It was a trip from the land of purple and gold to the red carpet of Hollywood recently for Katie Spear ’03. A close friend and trusted confidant of comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, Spear attended the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30 with the co-star of the popular NBC television comedy series “30 Rock.” She also was Morgan’s guest at Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, sitting in a private suite and rubbing elbows with the celebrity likes of Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Cameron Diaz, Derek Jeter and Demi Moore, and posing for a photo while holding Warren Buffett’s wallet. Spear’s exploits prompted her friend Lashonda Lewis Jones MPT ’06 to exclaim, “And we thought that we were doing big things that time we sat up in the Catamount Club section and got free popcorn, M&M’s and drinks! Now you’ve moved on up into the big leagues like the Jeffersons.” Spear, a former intern in the WCU Office of Public Relations and former staff member in the Office of Admission, is currently living in New York City, where she is executive assistant to Martha Stewart.