Homecoming 2012


Don’t forget to save the date for Homecoming 2012. Meet up with pals, watch a parade, cheer on the Catamount football team, cross the street to visit our newest building (the first on the new West Campus) and reacquaint yourself with Cullowhee. Find a schedule of events below, and as the date gets closer, get the very latest online at alumni.wcu.edu (click on “Homecoming”).


The Last Lecture | 3–5 p.m.
David Dorondo, associate history professor, will deliver the annual “Last Lecture” at the A.K. Hinds University Center theater. The annual Last Lecture event honors a faculty member who teaches with passion and enthusiasm. Information: Laura Cruz, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, at 828.227.7196 or lcruz@wcu.edu.

Volleyball | 7 p.m.
Cheer on the women’s volleyball team as it takes on rival Appalachian State in the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Admission is free. 800.344.6928.


Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament | 11 a.m.
The tourney (with a four-person captain’s choice format) tees off with a shotgun start at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. The cost is $85 per person and includes fees, cart and barbecue dinner to follow. Refreshments available during play. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 28. Information/RSVP: Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990, 828.227.7335 or magill@wcu.edu.

Homecoming Parade | 6:15 p.m.
Cheer as community and student floats, WCU cheerleaders, the 2012 Homecoming Court and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band parade down Main Street in downtown Sylva.

Spirit Night | 8 p.m.
Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to enjoy music and food on Central Plaza, adjacent to the Alumni Tower.


Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Honoring the Alumni Association award recipients and the university’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom. Honorees are Bob Buckner ’67, Distinguished Service Award; Ron Morrow ’78, Academic Achievement Award; Gaither Keener ’72, Professional Achievement Award; and Wade Livingston ’04 MEd ’06, Young Alumnus Award. Cost is $15 per person, business attire.

RSVP by Friday, Sept. 28. Information/RSVP: Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990, 828.227.7335 or magill@wcu.edu.

Health and Human Sciences Building Open House | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Visit the new Health and Human Sciences Building, the first on WCU’s West Campus. From Sylva, continue south on Highway 107 just past the WCU main entrance. At the next light, turn right onto Little Savannah Road, and the building is three-fourths of a mile on the right. Information: 828.227.7271.

’80s DJ Jam Party | 12–3 p.m.
Join the Eighties Strike Back effort and tailgate with former classmates to the tunes of a live DJ spinning great songs from the ‘80s in the Cordelia Camp Building lot. Sponsored by Alumni Affairs and the Loyalty Fund. Information: Natalie Clark at nclark@wcu.edu or 828.227.3090. Online at facebook.com/WCU80s.

Tailgating | 12–3:30 p.m.
Enjoy food, friends and games prior to kickoff in the parking lots around Whitmire Stadium.

Ceremonial Planting of  Cullowhee Lily | 12:30 p.m.
Join the effort to bring back the Cullowhee lily on campus at the Centennial Garden near the curve in the road above Central Plaza. Information: Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990, 828.227.7335 or magill@wcu.edu.

WCU v. Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m.
Shut down the grill and suspend the tailgating fun to go inside the gates for Purple and Gold football as the Catamounts take on the Eagles at Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field. Tickets: 800.344.6928.

African-American Alumni Postgame Reception | 6:30–8 p.m.
Relive the game and catch up with old friends in the Peele, Westmoreland Suhre, Hartshorn Hospitality Room, in the Ramsey Center. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 28. Information/RSVP: Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990, 828.227.7335 or magill@wcu.edu.

Volleyball | 7 p.m.
Stay after the football game and catch women’s volleyball in action at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center as the Catamounts host the Davidson Wildcats. Admission is free. 800.344.6928.

Stompfest | 7 p.m.
An annual stepping competition performed by black fraternities and sororities in the Coulter Building recital hall. Sponsored by the Organization of Ebony Students and the Department of Intercultural Affairs. Tickets/information: 828.227.2276 or ica@wcu.edu.


Inspirational Choir Concert | 12:30 p.m.
Close out Homecoming weekend with a perennially crowd-pleasing performance in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom. Information: Department of Intercultural Affairs at 828.227.2276 or ica@wcu.edu.


WCU to hold its first all-sports reunion for former athletes, coaches, trainers and managers

Western Carolina University will host “The Catamount Legacy: All Sports Reunion,” the university’s first-ever reunion for all former student-athletes, coaches and support personnel, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, as part of the 2012 Homecoming weekend.

All Sports Reunion

Catamounts who played one of the school’s current 16 sports plus participants of sports no longer in competition, such as wrestling, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, rifle and gymnastics, along with the former coaches, trainers and managers from those teams, are invited back for the inaugural event.

Included in the weekend’s activities are the official WCU Homecoming events, plus a Friday night meet-and-greet at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel, a basketball alumni game Saturday morning and a pregame tailgate event prior to the Catamounts’ home football game against Georgia Southern.

The cost to attend is $25 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. For more information about hotel accommodations and a complete schedule of events, visit CatamountSports.com online or contact Stefanie Conley ’08, director of special events, at 828.227.2401 or slconley@wcu.edu.



For better or worse, Homecoming brings back the memories

Several alumni wrote in to share their memories and photos of Homecomings past. What stuck out for Dwaine Simpson of Weston, Fla., was 1953, the year he was starting guard on the basketball team and inducted into the Monogram Club. One of the initiations, held during Homecoming weekend, required new members to dress in costume. “I had a hot temper and sometimes a bad attitude, so the wise guys dressed me like Little Lord Fauntleroy. I wore a girl’s shorts, blouse ribbon tie, long white hose and carried a parasol,” Simpson recalled. Rites included Simpson and a teammate being dropped blindfolded in the woods to find their way back to campus, which they did three hours later.

Hal W. Misenheimer ’81 of Charlotte joined the Homecoming parade driving his 1976 Triumph TR6 when the parade was still held on the WCU campus. Swimming at Bear Lake, skiing at Cataloochee, drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway, backpacking and “becoming a professional Frisbee thrower” all stood out for Misenheimer as part of his WCU experience, as did the weather. “I lived in Leatherwood Dorm and loved it because it was right across from the gym,” Misenheimer said. “I can remember going back to the dorm and my hair getting ice in it from the cold.”

Share your Homecoming memories and photos on the WCU Alumni Association Facebook page, accessed directly at facebook.com/WCUAlumni or through alumni.wcu.edu.