Western Carolina University “Paints the Town Purple”

Local business are showing their Catamount pride. Photo. Bayleigh Davis

Businesses in Sylva, Dillsboro and Cullowhee will be covered in purple and gold as part of the installation of the WCU new chancellor. Local shops and restaurants are displaying their Catamount pride by “Painting the Town Purple” and WCU students are helping.

“Paint the Town Purple” is part of the Western Carolina University’s installation week of activities to celebrate the installation of David Belcher as the 11th chancellor of the University. The installation activities were designed to bring the student body together with the local community. A large number of WCU alumni live and work in the surrounding area.

“I graduated from Western in 1973 with a degree in biology so I am happy to show my support for the university,” said Norma Clayton, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce member.

Winners for the best decorations during the “Paint the Town Purple” week will be announced on March 26 at 6:30 pm. The announcement will be made at the Sylva fountain.

Questions or comments can be directed to Lynda Sossamon at sossamon@usa.net. Other information about installation week can be found by on the WCU Installation page, Jackson County Chamber Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mountainlovers or the Western Carolina University Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/#!/WesternCarolinaUniversity.