When Mitchell Boughman ’11 proposed to his girlfriend, WCU student Molly Leikam, in January, he did it with the help of a Catamount Legacy Walk brick inscribed “Will U Marry Me?”
Because the couple met through WCU’s chapter of the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry, Boughman proposed in front of Cullowhee United Methodist Church and even had a mock Wesley Foundation banner to mark the event hung at the adjacent campus ministry entrance. Following an elaborate ploy that included Leikam believing she would be part of a film commemorating late Wesley founder Milford Thumm – a ruse that allowed for recording the entire proposal on film – Boughman produced the brick from his bag and asked his love to marry him.
Though the couple had discussed a future engagement, the proposal caught Leikam completely off guard. “I read it and was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’” recalled Leikam, who accepted the proposal.
Leikam, an Honors College student who is double-majoring in social work and psychology, plans to graduate in May. After pursuing a graduate degree in social work, she hopes to work in child protective services. Boughman, who was an Honors College biology major, is pursuing his master’s of divinity degree at Duke Divinity School with hopes of becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church. The couple have set a May 2014 wedding date.
Bricks purchased for the Catamount Legacy Walk support a WCU student emergency fund. The proposal brick is the couple’s to keep; a duplicate will be placed on the Legacy Walk this spring beside the one that Boughman’s mother gave him upon graduation.