News From Around UC

April 19th will be a truly epic day at UC with three related events taking over campus! The I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Invention) competition presentations will take place from 9:00-noon and from 1:00-5:00 pm in the Innovation Center. There will also be poster presentations set up in the Sports Arena for people to view.  There are 132 entries in the inaugural year of this competition, and winners will receive cash prizes. We invite you to attend this student showcase which is sure to impress!

In addition to the presentations, there will be lots of other activities around campus. The Innovation Fair will include a healthy smoothie/juice bar, scavenger hunt, coloring contest, a Food Truck Fair, VR demonstration, craft beer brewing demonstration, a puppy pit and more. 

UC's Innovation Days/Open House will take place from 3:00-6:00 pm. Current high school seniors will be on campus to learn more about what UC is all about. They will also be invited to stay for EagleFest 2.0, a festival on UC's riverbank  beginning at 6:00 pm featuring food, activities, and fun. Think mobile gaming trucks, bubble ball, a zipline, pontoon boat rides, paddle boarding and more.

The University of Charleston has been ranked as the second highest ranking Bachelor of Science Nursing program in West Virginia by, a  website created by an organization of registered nurses who promote excellence in nursing through equipping future nurses with the tools they need to succeed.

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond, including past and present NCLEX-RN "pass-rates" - weighted by year.

The UC BSN program received a 93.81 score, just .07 behind the top ranked school. The site particularly noted "Partnerships, interactive faculty, assignments with other students, and collaboration with outside clinicians all make the BSN program at University of Charleston stand out. Upon completion, graduates are geared for success with confidence, knowledge, and skills." Congrats to the Nursing Program!

BB&T and the University of Charleston will present Linda Duessel, Senior Equity Strategist at Federated Investors, as part of the University's ongoing Speaker Series, Thursday, April 20, in  the Geary AuditoriumDuessel will offer valuable tips and insights into personal finances during her economic forum at the University. 

She routinely discusses investing and personal finance with audiences across the country, with topics ranging from the impact of the alternative minimum tax to planning for retirement.  With more than 30 years of experience as a market strategist and a senior portfolio manager, she has been a contributor to CNBC's "Closing Bell" and has appeared on "Your World With Neil Cavuto" and Bloomberg Television.  Duessel has been regularly quoted by the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and Barron's and featured in annual roundtables for USA Today and Smart Money Magazine.

The economic forum event is free and open to the public, and starts at 5:30.

Congratulations to the  33 student athletes inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma last week! Chi Alpha Sigma is the National College Athlete Honor Society.  Chi Alpha Sigma honors and recognizes deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments and colleges in much the same way as Phi Beta Kappa honors scholars.

In addition to the 33 new members, the UC chapter also has 36 current members, bringing the total number to 69 upperclassmen athletes who have a 3.4 GPA or higher, and have completed 60 credit hours. 

Calling all UC Business Alumni! Please make plans to join us as The School of Business and Leadership hosts a  professional networking event on Thursday, May 18th in the Innovation Center. The event will celebrate business alumni, mentors and friends and will honor Professors Armando Alcazar and Dennis McMillen and UC's MBA Mentors as the guests of honor. In addition to providing food, drinks and a great networking opportunity, the event will feature Professor Alcazar sharing pictures and speaking about the international practicum which is a hallmark of the UC MBA Program. Please contact Ashley Calvert to RSVP for this exciting event. 

The UC Builders 6th Annual "Artists Among Us" Luncheon featuring the works of Susan Petryszak, Maggie Starcher and Chris Krupinski will be on Wed., April 26 in the Erma Byrd Gallery. Early art viewing will be at 11:00 a.m. with meeting and luncheon at noon. Reservations can be made by contacting Stephanie Martin . The luncheon is $18.00 and payment must be made in advance

Our Physician Assistant program recently held its Commitment to Excellence Program on campus. The program exists to encourage our first year PA students to commit to excellence in the field of medicine. Students got creative and used 3-D printers to construct an EKG model consisting of words that convey what excellence in medicine means to them.

Students in the 2017 Senior Class have been challenged to start a culture of philanthropy and to give a gift to UC as part of the Senior Give Day Campaign ( #2017EaglesGive). The giving campaign  is an opportunity for the Class of 2017 to join generations of Golden Eagles in showing their appreciation for the school through a gift to The Annual Fund for scholarships, athletics or graduate programs. The campaign kicked off this morning and runs through the end of April.

The Athletic Department recently held a "Women of Distinction" networking event for junior and senior female athletes. The athletes  were able to meet and make professional connections with local mentors representing various career fields. One mentor was seated per table while the mentees traveled from table to table meeting and interacting with the various mentors.  

A special thank you to the scholarship donors who were able to attend the Scholarship Luncheon last week. This is an annual luncheon where scholarship donors get to meet the student recipients of their scholarship. The photos above are of the four students who were highlighted during the luncheon for their outstanding academic achievements and community involvement: (top row) Trenton Barnhart, Eric Constant, (bottom row) Cierra Smith and Bethany Kinder.
Golden Eagle Athletic Updates

Men's Golf took second place at the MEC Spring Classic at Edgewood Country Club last week! In addition to the high honors for the golf team, UC golfer Victor Putswo earned the MEC "Player of the Year" honors for the sport. Way to go Victor!

Men's Baseball is having a winning season so far with a 19-14 record. The team plays at home today and tomorrow against Glenville State and on Monday against Alderson Broaddus. Game times today are at 2:00 and 4:30 pm, tomorrow are at 1:00 and 3:30 pm and Monday is at 5:00 pm.  Come out and enjoy the nice weather at Triana Field while supporting the team!

Looking for something to do outside tomorrow? Please join us at Schoenbaum Stadium to watch the Women's Lacrosse Team take on WV Wesleyan University at 11:00 am. The team under new coach Elizabeth Gainer is much improved over last year. This is sure to be a great game!

Women's Softball is having a great season under new coach Kimberly Stiles! The team has an overall record of 26-11 and just split games with WV Wesleyan at the beginning of the week. The team is back in action at home on April 22 as they take on Glenville State.

Men's Tennis is having a winning season with an overall record of 11-7 currently. The team has two more away games in the regular season before postseason play.

Women's Tennis wrapped up its regular season with a loss to the Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. The tennis team has had a great season with an overall record of 18-3 and now awaits the NCAA selection show later this month to learn of its seed heading into the NCAA DII Women's Tennis postseason. Congrats! 
Upcoming Events

Schedule for Commencement:
All Ceremonies are in the Auditorium, and receptions are in the Rotunda, other than the School of Business & Leadership ceremony and reception, which will be at the Equities House.
Friday, May 5
6:30 p.m. Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony (reception following ceremony)
Saturday, May 6
1:00 p.m. School of Pharmacy Hooding
2:30 p.m. School of Pharmacy Reception
3:00 p.m. School of Business & Leadership Hooding
4:30 p.m. School of Business & Leadership Reception
5:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Nursing Reception
7:00 p.m. PA Hooding Ceremony
8:00 p.m. PA Reception
Sunday, May 7
10:30 a.m. Graduate check in/rehearsal Innovation Center Lobby
11:30 a.m. Receptions:
School of Pharmacy Frankenberger Gallery
School of Health Sciences Ballroom
School of Arts & Sciences Dining Hall
School of Business & Leadership Appalachian Room
Noon President's Luncheon
1:15 p.m. Grad Lineup Riggleman Hall 3rd Floor
2:00 p.m. Commencement Riverfront Lawn 

Alumni Weekend
June 23-25, 2017

Friday, June 23
Make plans to visit your alma mater this summer during FestivAll a city-wide, multi-arts summer festival! Join us for an alumni gathering on the Party Deck at Appalachian Power Park on Friday evening.  Watch the baseball game from the best seats in the house while enjoying all you can eat food and drinks until the 7th inning. Space on the Deck is limited and tickets are $15 each (offered to alumni at 1/2 the normal ticket price).  There is a maximum of 2 reduced-priced tickets per alum and tickets must be purchased by June 14th . Please contact  Stephanie  for more information and to RSVP. 

Saturday, June 24
The fun continues on Saturday with the annual Wine and All That Jazz festival on UC's Riverbank. Event and ticket information will be posted on the alumni events page when available, so be sure to check back!

Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday, October 6
- King Adams Kovach Reunion Reception
- SGA Pep Rally
- Bonfire and Cookout on Riverbank
- Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Inductions

Saturday, October 7
- Pre-game Tailgate 
- Golden Eagles Football 
- Milestone Reunion Celebration Dinner
All alumni are invited to attend!
(celebrating class years ending in "2" & "7") 

Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion

Sunday, October 8
- Farewell Brunch

Invitation to follow.
Alumni Resources and Information

Maroon and Gold Magazine - Winter 2017
The newest issue of the Maroon and Gold Magazine is out! If you didn't receive your copy of this alumni magazine in the mail, please make sure that we have your most current mailing address by updating your contact information here. Additionally, you can enjoy an electronic version of the magazine here.

Wanted: Alumni Mentors for UC Business Students
The Center for Career Development is seeking alums who would be willing to serve as professional mentors for students majoring in business. The time commitment is low- we ask for 1 hour every two weeks, and the mentorship can be as short as one semester, but can be longer if mentors have a good experience and wish to continue. For more information and to express your interest, please contact  Travis Kahle, the Associate Director for Experiential Learning at UC. 

Share your BIG NEWS in the Maroon & Gold Magazine
If you have news you'd like to share -- a new job, a big move, a job promotion or retirement, or an addition to the family, for instance -- let us know by contacting  Stephanie Martin. We will include all updates in "Class Notes" in the next issue of the  Maroon & Gold

Update Your Contact Information
We want to make sure we have your most current information so we can keep in contact with you. Please take time to update your information here. It's easy to complete online and will only take a few minutes!

Job Searching? UC Can Help!
Don't forget that alumni have access to UC's online job portal, Eagle Link, and to resume writing help through Eagle Link features job opportunities for UC alumni. There are more than 1,400 registered employers and an average of 80 job postings on Eagle Link per month! Additionally, alumni can also set up a phone or Skype appointment with  Hannah Kennedy, the Director of the Center for Career Development, to discuss resume writing, interviewing, etc. Learn more about the career resources available to you at the  Center for Career Development.
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