The tumor is affecting Dr. Belcher's speech and expression, according to the email he sent out to the campus Thursday morning.
“The resulting condition is called expressive aphasia. At this point, I do not have many specifics to share; however, I am optimistic and in the process of engaging with medical specialists to learn more,” Belcher wrote in the email.
“I felt it important that you hear this news immediately and directly from me. I know that you care deeply for our university and I also know that you care for me personally. I am sure that this news will prompt many questions, many of which I cannot currently answer.”
“Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar will be my primary representative when I am unavailable. That said, I am fully committed as chancellor of Western Carolina University and will fulfill my executive responsibilities even when I am not on campus. That has not changed,” Belcher wrote.
The Spring Football Game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network and live streaming video on the SoCon Digital Network. Saturday’s activities kick off at 9:30 am with tailgating. The Stadium Lot and a portion of the Fieldhouse Lot are reserved for Catamount Club members by permit. General parking & tailgating will be available in the Creek Lot, Camp Lab, Belk Building and the Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center.
Bryan Sammons has been named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for competition held March 16-22, the league office announced Wednesday.
Sammons led the Catamounts’ to a 6-2 victory and series win over Big 12 foe Kansas State on Saturday. The left-hander from Wilmington, N.C., tossed seven shutout innings against the Wildcats and allowed only two singles on the day. Sammons retired the first nine batters of the game, and recorded seven strikeouts.
Western Carolina Catamount outfielder Bryson Bowman and left-handed pitcher Tristan Baker were named the Southern Conference "Player" and "Pitcher of the Week", for games played March 14-20.
The Catamounts swept the awards after posting a 4-0 record that included a win over a Gardner-Webb squad that entered the contest 17-1 on the year and a three-game sweep at the Big 12’s Kansas State. Tristan Baker earned a save and a win on the week to win the Pitcher of the Week honors. He struck out eight against just three walks and did not allow a run. The rookie from Charlotte, N.C., went 2/3 of an inning against Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, walking two and striking out two in a scoreless outing to nail down his first collegiate save. Baker went a season-high seven innings Sunday in picking up his second career win, not allowing a run on six hits and a walk. He struck out six and retired seven straight batters from the third through fifth innings.
Bryson Bowman hit .471 and slugged 1.118 on the week, posting three multiple-hit games. Eight of his hits were for extra bases as he hit three home runs and two doubles and totaled nine RBIs and RBIs and three runs scored. He had a three-run home run in the first inning, a solo homer in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth. He went 5-for-12 against the Kansas State Wildcats in their first nonconference three-game sweep at home since 1993. Bowman had two hits in each of the first two contests, including the eventual game-winning three-run homer in the seventh inning of Friday’s 7-5 victory. He had an RBI double and scored twice in Sunday’s 10-2 win.
The Catamounts will play in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational (CBI)
The Cats will travel to the University of Vermont on Wednesday night at 7 pm in Burlington, Vt.
"We are very pleased and excited to be selected to play in the College Basketball Invitational," said head coach Larry Hunter. "Our team is in a good mindset to continue to play and compete. The tournament will give our team, and in particular our seniors, an opportunity to extend our season and experience a post-season tournament atmosphere. Vermont is a quality opponent who has had a terrific season. They lost in the American East championship game to Stony Brook and were 12-3 at home this season."
For the first time since the 2009-10 season, Wester will be participating in a postseason tournament. The Vermont Catamounts compete in the America East Conference and advanced to the AEC Championship game where they fell to top-seeded Stony Brook. The match-up Wednesday will mark the first meeting between the Catamounts in any sport.