Student Affairs

133
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88% of 150 Donor goal
$12,144
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This campaign ended on April 04, 2024, but you can still make a gift to Western Carolina University by clicking here!

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Tenisea Higgins photoTenisea Higgins matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $50Just for Classes between 2014 & 2023

An Anonymous DonorElizabeth Thier & Jeff Thier matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $50

An Anonymous DonorDick Freeman matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $50

An Anonymous DonorEdward J Burks matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $50

Rebekah Cheney photoRebekah Cheney matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $50Just for Faculty/Staff

An Anonymous DonorRandy Shaw matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $100

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $150

An Anonymous DonorLaura Rabb matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $200

Allison M. Hinson photoAllison M. Hinson matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $250

An Anonymous DonorConstance M Haire matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Student Affairs Emergency Fund

An Anonymous DonorDennis A. Fox & Susan Fox matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $500

An Anonymous DonorHenry S Hodge & Gin Hodge matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Student Affairs Emergency Fund

Robin Parton Pate photoRobin Parton Pate matched $5 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500

An Anonymous DonorKelli R & Dennis Brown matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Student Affairs Emergency Fund

An Anonymous DonorMike and Gina Crawford matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $500
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An Anonymous DonorAlexandra M. Fields gave $50 because $50 was given by donorsJust for Student Affairs Emergency Fund

An Anonymous DonorPaul Drew Barefoot gave $500 because 100 donors gave

Zach Shatley photoZach Shatley gave $500 because 50 donors gave
Gifts to Student Affairs contribute to...
One Day for Western 2024
1,142 Donors - $494,043 Donated
95%
🐱About

One Day for Western is an opportunity for you to show your support and commitment to students in need. Your gifts will help provide critical funding to support the Student Emergency Fund and the General Scholarship fund. Last year, we raised nearly $23,000 through 125 donors for these priorities... let's help even more Catamounts this year!

Join us on One Day for Western and make a direct impact on our students and their experience at WCU. Our goal is to secure 150 donors to make a gift on April 3, but we can only get there with your help.

💜Updates
Drumroll, please... 🥁

The results are in, Catamounts: we surpassed last year's totals! Your generosity will help make one day possible for so many students at Western. 

We are blown away by your response and generosity (again) this year during One Day for Western! And you helped us Fill the Western Sky by turning the map purple: we secured gifts from 49 of 50 states! 

Check out some highlights of our results below and visit oneday.wcu.edu for even more information about the impact of your giving. Go Cats!

86 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
One Extra Email...

Hey, Catamounts! You may have received an email from GiveCampus this morning that re-sent our "Wave the royal banner high" post featuring our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and asking you to participate in One Day for Western. Our partners at GiveCampus let us know this was just a bug in the system that affected a few campaigns that have already ended, so no cause for alarm. We received your gift and appreciate your generosity! Our team is still working hard to share finalized totals in the coming days, so we'll provide a (real) update soon.

In the interim, we hope you're having a great week and send our gratitude to members of Catamount nation far and wide!

Gratefully,

Rebekah B. Cheney

Director of Annual Giving 

93 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Thank you, Catamount Nation!

What a day (and then some), Catamounts! Thank you to every single person who helped make one day possible for our students. Whether you made a gift, shared our message, cheered us on, or did all three - your contributions matter and impacted our success this year.

We will be finalizing our totals in the coming days and are excited to report more on the impact of your generosity. Until then, please know that we are incredibly grateful for your support!

Go Cats! 

Warmly,


Rebekah B. Cheney 

Director of Annual Giving

99 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
One Day Update!


You are still showing up, Catamounts! 

With just a few hours left, we are nearly 90% to our goal. We are so close, and your advocacy is making a huge difference.

We are also making great progress on turning the map purple to Fill the Western Sky! We still are looking for gifts from:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont

Do you know someone in any of these states? Consider asking them to make a gift before 5 p.m. to help us Fill the Western Sky.

Your generosity and advocacy are helping make one day possible. We're almost to the finish line... GO CATS!

99 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Western Wednesday Highlight: Zach, Sion, and Landon


Yesterday's special live edition of Western Wednesday focused on One Day for Western! Here's a clip of three current students who talk about their hopes for the future.

If you didn't catch our special LIVE Western Wednesday podcast, you can rewatch the whole show here! James, Ben and Stacey chat with students, donors, and staff about programs and dreams that are worth investing in. 

99 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
One Day More... (yes, we get the joke)


Catamounts: there's still time to make one day possible. We're still reaching for the biggest giving day goal we've ever aimed for, and we know we can accomplish it with your help! Beyond making a gift, the best way you can help is to share our message with your networks and remind your fellow Catamounts to give and share, too! We'll keep counting until 5 p.m. Thursday, so keep advocating for our incredible programs and students. GO CATS!

99 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Tune in to a LIVE Western Wednesday at 6 pm Eastern!

Hear directly from students, faculty and staff about One Day for Western and why it matters during this special broadcast. Watch the live podcast here!

100 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
One Day Update!

With about nine hours left, we are over 40% to our goal. Let's keep going, Catamount nation!

We still want to turn the map purple and Fill the Western Sky! If you know Catamounts in the following states, give them a shout:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
100 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Students Say Thank You!

Check out some photos from our student event: One Day of Thankfulness... you may even receive a handwritten note from a student in the coming weeks!




We're 40% to our donor goal... let's keep it up! GO CATS!

100 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Wave the royal banner high, and let it fill the Western sky!

Catamount nation, this is what happens when we come together... 

Last year, One Day for Western donors supported countless projects and programs to make one day possible for Catamounts. Remember how the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band was preparing to travel to Dublin, Ireland for their first international trip? One Day for Western donors played a critical role in these students' experience.

What cause (or causes) will you support this year as we work to fill the Western sky? Help us turn the map purple by encouraging donors from every state to support WCU today.

Video courtsey of Dean George H. Brown; Kilkenny Castle, March 14, 2024.

100 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
It's here: Happy One Day for Western!

One Day for Western exists because of our AMAZING students... join the fun by making your gift or sharing on social media today!

100 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Can we Fill the Western Sky?

Catamounts, we want to turn the map purple on April 3. We need at least one donor from all 50 states to fill the Western sky, so reach out to Catamounts (and friends of Catamount nation) far and wide! After all, what's more beautiful than a sky full of purple?

States we've already received gifts from are North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Colorado, and Hawaii. Only 38 to go!

101 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Support WCU Students on One Day for Western

Many of WCU’s best students bring extraordinary financial needs with them to college. Even as Western strives to remain an affordable and accessible university, many of our students continue to need assistance paying for their college education. 

Our General Scholarship Fund provides need-based financial aid to students who deserve to be at Western but struggle to afford the cost of attendance. These scholarship dollars ensure that WCU continues to attract the very best future Catamounts from across our region, state, and country.

The Student Emergency Fund helps students who encounter unexpected, critical needs during their time in Cullowhee. This resource has supported students who have lost their housing, helped feed students battling food insecurity, fixed a car that broke down, or purchased a required textbook after a parent lost her job.

Every dollar given to the General Scholarship and Student Emergency Funds will be spent ensuring our students make it across the finish line here in Cullowhee. Your gifts will help make one day possible for our students and will assist them in being better prepared to begin their careers as Catamounts. Thank you for your support on One Day for Western and every day!

101 days ago by Rebekah Cheney

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