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GREEKS GIVE BACK

Fraternities and sororities answer the Catamount Club’s challenge

By DANIEL HOOKER ’01

In addition to the letters “WCU,” the marks associated with Greek student organizations are among those long-lasting ties that bind. They are badges of membership, association and sources of pride for both current and former students alike. Every year, Western Carolina University alumni return to the beautiful valley campus where memories stream back more swiftly than Cullowhee Creek. Friendships and affiliations made over a four-year collegiate career are rekindled each fall weekend, stoked by pregame tailgate festivities and cheering on the Catamount football team at E.J. Whitmire Stadium and Bob Waters Field.

The Western Carolina athletics fundraising arm, the Catamount Club, announced the Inaugural Fraternity-Sorority Challenge this past fall. The challenge was designed to allow alumni to celebrate those bonds of brotherhood or sisterhood that cross the decades at WCU while also helping to increase scholarship support for WCU student-athletes. The initiative brought in 481 new members to the Catamount Club and just under $70,000 in new support for WCU student-athlete scholarships for 2015.

The winning fraternity and sorority were recognized during a special ceremony between the first and second quarters at the October Homecoming game. Winners of the fraternity challenge were Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, with 35 percent alumni and student participation. Winner of the sorority challenge was Alpha Xi Delta, with 14 percent alumni and student participation. In addition, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity raised the most overall new money with $23,800 in contributions.

For more information about the Catamount Club and being a part of the 2015 Fraternity-Sorority Challenge, contact Stefanie Conley ’08, associate director of the Catamount Club, at slconley@wcu.edu or 828.227.2013.