News From Around UC
Students worked from sun up to sun down to spread the word about the campaign and send personal thank-yous to donors.
Alum and Athletic Director, Bren Stevens, rallied coaches, athletes, and the community to #GiveForGold.

We #GaveForGold!

It was a team effort - in every sense of the word. Our first 24 hour crowd funding effort, #GiveForGold , resulted in an amazing 594 donors raising $62,135 towards the Welch Challenge Campaign - thanks to our friends, alumni, faculty/staff, students, and a generous matching offer by Drs. Ed and Janet Welch.

The team with the most donors was our softball team, with 110 donors. Baseball came in second with 92, and lacrosse was third with 83. The baseball team had the most donations, raising $6,475. Softball raised $3,101, and Men's soccer raised $3,008. 

Thank you to everyone who #GaveForGold!

President Welch Featured 
As President Welch nears his retirement date after nearly thirty years of service to the University of Charleston, he shared a few thoughts with 13 News, saying, " When you come to commencement day and you realize you've had a role in shaping the institution and shaping the processes for those students - it's extraordinarily rewarding." For those interested in his retirement plans, Dr. Welch told The State Journal, "My own vision for my post-retirement activity is to find the best ways to work with nonprofits, businesses and government entities to foster innovation throughout the Kanawha Valley and beyond. Innovation is not a luxury. It is the bedrock for change, growth, and life."

ADN Program Will be Offered in Charleston
Starting this fall, more students will be able to pursue their dreams of becoming a nurse as UC will offer a hybrid weekend Associate Degree in Nursing program on the Charleston campus.
Similar to the program at our Beckley location, the Charleston program is designed for non-traditional students who want to complete their degrees without interrupting their busy schedules. It will be offered on alternate weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and online throughout the week. The program can be completed in 16 months of full time study. Student cohorts are accepted every semester (3 cohorts a year), with 20 students in each cohort. The new program will start in August, 2018, and those interested can begin applying now.
The ADN will continue to be offered in Beckley as well.
Alumni Spotlight

Most Recent Hire to Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Staff is UC Alum

Blaine Stewart, a 2017 graduate of the UC MBA program, was recently named the new offensive assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stewart played football through his undergraduate career at James Madison University and continued his athletic career as a wide receiver for the Golden Eagle football team. Many may know Blaine as son of the former West Virginia University head football coach, Bill Stewart, but Blaine is proving to make a name for himself on his own. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin commented that Blaine "is an impressive young man" who has "matured beyond his years."

We think so, too! Congrats, Blaine!

From UC to CEO

Meet Angie Settle, a 1993 graduate from the UC Nursing program. Angie is a southern West Virginia native and currently serves as the CEO and director of West Virginia Health Right, a Charleston-based clinic that provides free medical care for the working poor. After graduating magna cum laude from UC, Settle went on to eventually earn her doctorate in nursing. She discovered Health Right during a clinical rotation; this rotation introduced her to future, and she began working at the clinic in 1997. Now the CEO, Angie says Health Right is "like no place else [I've] ever seen." Settle shared more of her incredible story in the Gazette this past month.

Way to go, Angie!

Jordan Paul Enters the German Football League

2016 grad, Jordan Paul, is the newest quarterback for the Allgau Comets, a professional team in the German Football League. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Paul played both quarterback and wide receiver for UC. Jordan is no stranger to European sports; shortly after graduating, he moved to Italy to play for the Torino Giaguari. Head coach of the Comets, Stan Bedwell, had this to say about his newest recruit:  "The quarterback position is perhaps the most important role in any offense, but in our system it's even bigger... Jordan is an experienced quarterback that has played at a high level. He has a big body, throws well, and is able to make plays with his feet if the pocket breaks down."

Congrats, Jordan!
Golden Eagle Athletic Updates

Honors All Around for Student Athletes

The Mountain East Conference released its Fall Academic awards, with 103 Golden Eagles earning honors.  UC had 51 athletes named to the Commissioners' Honor Roll team (GPA of 3.25-3.69), while 52 Golden Eagles were named to the All-MEC Academic team (GPA of 3.7 or higher).
With 103 honorees, the Golden Eagles are third overall in the Mountain East Conference. 

Football led the awards for UC with 28 players earning academic honors, followed by women's soccer with 16. The National Champion men's soccer team saw 13 honorees and women's volleyball rounded out top honors for the Golden Eagles with 10 athletes earning honors.  Other sports honored include: men's cross country with 7, women's cross country with 9, men's golf also with 9, women's golf with 6, and women's tennis with 5.

Men's and Women's Tennis Earn High Regional Ranking

Both tennis teams were selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to earn a Top 10 spot in the first set of NCAA Division II Atlantic Region rankings for 2018. The women's team was ranked at number 4, and the men's team is ranked at number 6.

Upcoming Events

Spring Career Fair 

The Spring Career Fair will be held Wednesday, March 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Geary Student Union Ballroom. Employers from a variety of professions will be on campus offering internships, part-time, and full-time positions for students and alumni alike. The Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet employers from all over the state; bring 5-10 resumes and join us!

UC's Rhododendron Run and Festival

The University of Charleston Welch Colleagues will once again be hosting the annual UC Rhododendron Half Marathon/5k and Festival on Saturday, April 7. The Rhododendron Run is the only half marathon in Charleston, and the race begins and ends on UC's campus. Registration is now open on their website, and there is a special alumni discount offered to any alumni who inquire. Not into running but still want to join? Come for the festival portion of the afternoon. Local vendors, live entertainment, micro brews, and lunch will be available for purchase on UC's riverbank. All proceeds raised during the event will benefit the University of Charleston students.

Spring Sports in Action

Spring sports are in full swing on campus, and you won't want to miss any of the action. The women's tennis team will take on Bluefield State College Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. They will play again on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. against University of Southern Indiana.  The men's tennis team plays Shepherd University Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m.

Softball takes the field against WVU Tech Sunday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and again Tuesday, March 6, at 4:00 p.m.

Lacrosse takes on Lawrence Tech (Michigan) Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. at Schoenbaum Stadium. They will play Walsh University (Ohio) Tuesday, March 6, at 4:00 p.m.

Baseball takes the field against the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Both teams play again on Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m.

It's Tournament Time!

Both men's and women's basketball teams are competing in this year's Mountain East Conference tournament. The Golden Eagle women won their first round of play and advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday, March 1. The men take the court for the first time on Friday, March 2 at 8:15 p.m. Both games will be held at the Charleston Civic Center.

Join us before the men's game on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. for a casual alumni gathering at the Charleston Marriott by the Town Center Mall. Enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar before heading over to watch the men play. For more information, please call 304-357-4734 or email  
Alumni Resources and Information

Share Your Big News!
If you have news you'd like to share - a new job or promotion, a big move, a recent retirement, or an addition to the family, for instance - let us know by contacting Molly Ballard. We will include all updates in "Class Notes" in the summer issue of the  Maroon & Gold

Alumni Opportunities
Have you checked out the job opportunities listed for alumni on Handshake? Handshake is a posting system offered specifically to UC alumni from the Center for Career Development where students and alumni can find updated job postings. For more information about the system and to access it for the first time, please contact 

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