Cullowhee Lily

Cullowhee Lily flowerThe memories and lore surrounding the Cullowhee lily once common on campus have inspired an effort to bring the flower back. Western Carolina alumni and staff and Jackson County community members have partnered to launch an initiative to raise money to plant the flower on campus and sell the hard-to-find bulbs in the community, with proceeds supporting ongoing care for the plants and the WCU Alumni Scholarship Fund. “In cultivating the lily we are also cultivating our heritage and our students,” said Susan Belcher, wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher and a leader in the initiative.

Supporters who give a $50 donation toward planting and maintaining a lily bed on campus will be honored as members of the Cullowhee Lily Society. The first bulbs planted on campus are in the Centennial Garden, located near the curve in the road above the Central Plaza fountain.

To make a donation to the Cullowhee lily initiative at the $50 level or purchase note cards, contact Stephanie Gibson with the Office of Alumni Engagement at 828.227.7335 or or print the order form below and mail it with your payment to:

WCU Office of Alumni Engagement | 242 HF Robinson | 1 University Dr | Cullowhee, NC 28723

Cullowhee Lily Order Form (pdf)

Cullowhee Lily Society Charter MembersKathy Abbott-Beam and David Beam
Betty Allen
John and Carol Anderson
Leslie Anderson in honor of Myra Grant
Neal and Jo Andrews
Mary Arbaugh
Gerald and Sylvia Austin
Maureen W. Ballsieper
Shawn Barsness
David and Susan Belcher
Mary Jo and Charles Boswell
Julia Moody Britt in memory of Lily Calloway Moody Cabe
Robert A. Byrd, Jr.
Donna Plott Carter
Jennifer Castner in honor of Wilbur and Janet Castner
Joe and Carol Crocker
Polly Davis
Raleigh R. (Dick) Davis
Gail and Jack Debnam
Ann Duelfer
Randy and Jeannette Eaton
Betty Farmer
Dr. Mimi Fenton
Craig and Cathy Fowler
Elaine Franklin
Ginger Fullbright
Colleen Gambill
Robert Gibson
Myra Grant in honor of Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at WCU
Glenda Hensley
Sandra K. Hodges
Janice and Bob Holt
Jack Hudson
Joe and Peggy Hurt
Jennifer Davis-Jackson and Jay Jackson
Dana and Kristi Jones
Mike and Rachel Jordan
Pat and David Kaemmerling
Pat Kaemmerling in honor of Glenda Sichelstiel
Kathy Kay
Gaither and Beverly Keener
Dick Lankford
Sandra Liles
Sara and James Madison
Cindi Magill
Alden and Linda McCracken
Kam A. McDonald
Suzanne Hill McDowell
Jeanne and Patrick McGuire
Phil and Julia McManus
Melanie Clark and Kenny Messer
Terry Michelsen
Tara Melton-Miller and Jim Miller
The Sam Miller Family
Bruce and Sheilah Moyle
Cindy R. Parker
Robin Parton Pate
Sherrie Peeler
Tony Perkin
Scott and Susan Persons
Brien Peterkin
Mickey and Sondra Pettus
Tom and Clara Pittman
Roger Plemens
Joyce Fay Powell
Philip and Catherine Preston in honor of Jean Preston
Philip and Catherine Preston in honor of Becky Starling
Joe Sam Queen
Jimmy and Laure Ramsey
Keith and Ann-Marie Ramsey
Keith Ramsey in honor of Marc and Lou Ellen Hawk
Marty Ramsey
Gary W. Sain
Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity
Frances Owl-Smith and Doyle Smith
Zeta Smith
Lynda and Boyd Sossamon
Danna Harrell Stansbury
Linda and Jimmie Stewart
Wade and Elisabeth St. John
Dave and Bonnie Thompson
Brenda Finley Warlick
Brenda Wellmon
Dottie Whitesides
Michael Wilmoth
Ted and Jackie Yoder
Cullowhee Lily Society MembersLisa Campbell
Wil and Sylvia Coudriet
Betty Dickson in honor of Judy Leavitt
David Martin
Charles and Linda McCluskey
In memory of our parents, Lee and Jean Miller, by their children
The Mugrage Family
David and Shreita Powers
In loving memory of Dr. George Reeser
Mark and Anne Reeser
Jeff and Miriam Tomberlin
Jenny and Jon Van Pelt
Honorary Cullowhee Lily Society MembersClarissa Adams
Lydia Barfield
Stephanie Beard
Megan Burrell
Bertsie Cantu
Daniel Duarte
Jeremiah Grimes
Natalie Hylton
Sarah Martin
Royale Nichols
Christopher Adam Ray
Carmen Rice
Victoria White
Brittany Wiley
Sandra Yankah