News From Around UC

Welcome Dr. Roth!

On Tuesday, January 16, incoming president Dr. Martin Roth addressed staff, faculty, and students in a brief press conference. Dr. Roth will be succeeding Dr. Welch as the 26th president of the University. Accompanying Dr. Roth was Chairman-elect of the Board of Trustees, Pat Graney. The duo will officially take office this summer. You can read more here

Army University Chooses UC
The University of Charleston was one of only five schools chosen to be part of Army University's Continuing Education Degree Program (CEDP) initiative in Leadership. The program is available to all enlisted soldiers in the US Army to improve their leadership skills using voluntary education.
The University signed an Articulation of Understanding with The Army University for the awarding of course credit for two programs - the Associate of Science in Frontline Leadership and the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. (UC is the only school chosen for both an Associate Degree program and Bachelor Degree program.)

The Army University is a multiyear organizational effort to create a flexible, professional military education process. It was designed to create a learning environment to produce agile, adaptive and innovative leaders across the Total Force in support of the Army Operating Concept.
Army University became fully operational in November, 2017, and will provide the force with a single point of contact for all Army education matters to address the educational needs of the Army while providing individual soldiers and civilians the opportunity to accomplish their own respective academic goals.
We currently have 496 undergraduate and 110 graduate students who are veterans or current military members enrolled, some of whom are defending our country while participating in courses via WebEx. We were recently named a Military Friendly School for the eighth year in a row by Victory Media, and we are also the highest ranking West Virginia school on the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list.

Sign(age) of the Times
The Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center was awarded the Top Application award in the Best Digital Signage Solution for Students or Visitors in the 2017 AV/IT College Standings. 

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

The Gift of Data

The University of Charleston has received a $1.2 million gift from the Maier Foundation, Inc. for start-up funding for a Data Analytics Laboratory and program.

The Foundation board of directors unanimously elected to grant the $1.2 million dollars to the project, funded over a five year period.

"We expect this program and laboratory to be a key addition to the innovation activities taking place at the University of Charleston," stated Brad M. Rowe, president of the Maier Foundation, Inc. "Our only request was that the laboratory be named the "Welch Laboratory," in honor of Dr. Edwin Welch's service and leadership at the University of Charleston."

Meet Alum and Mentor, Jason Elliott!

Jason is a 2016 graduate of the UC MBA program and currently works as a financial analyst for Quality Insights in Charleston, West Virginia. Shortly after graduating from UC, Jason inquired how he might get involved and give back to the program that helped him accelerate his professional career. It was then that he learned of the mentor program, which he saw as the "perfect opportunity to give back to the UC MBA program and help develop the next generation of business professionals that will become West Virginia's future business leaders."

Jason had this to say about his time so far as a UC mentor: " I cannot speak highly enough about the UC MBA mentor program.  It's given me the opportunity to work with some amazing young students that are just on the verge of beginning their successful careers.  While I've certainly been able to offer advice and recommendations based on my past experiences, I've also learned a tremendous amount from working with these students as well.  I've thoroughly enjoyed the mentor experience, and would strongly encourage other UC alumni to consider becoming a mentor."

Interested in joining Jason and other alumni by becoming a mentor to a UC student majoring in business?  The time commitment is low - one hour every two weeks. 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 interest, please contact  Travis Kahle 
Alumni Spotlight

SOP Alumni Named as Kentucky Magistrate

Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Brian J. (B.J.) Slone, of Lovely, as Magistrate for the Fourth District of Martin County in Eastern Kentucky. Sloan graduated from the UC School of Pharmacy, and currently serves as the pharmacist-in-charge at the Martin County Community Health Center in Inez. 

Congrats, B.J.!

UC Alum Named new Director of Consumer Health and Media Relations for the U.S. Apple Association

Meet Tracy Grondine, a 1995 graduate of the University. Before accepting her position at the U.S. Apple Association, Grondine served as the Director of Media Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation for 11 years. Tracy has spent much of her professional life in the agriculture and media worlds. U.S. Apple President and CEO Jim Bair said he believes Tracy's wide range of experiences and "ability to see the whole playing field will be a valuable asset for U.S. Apple." 

Congrats, Tracy!
Golden Eagle Athletic Updates

Golden Eagles Recognized

Football athletes John Cominsky, Kahzin Daniels, and Jalen Nelson have been nominated for the 2017 Cliff Harris Award. The Award is presented to the top defensive player in the country representing Division II, III and NAIA colleges and universities.
UC women's soccer junior midfielder Marlee Coleman was named to the Second Team of the NCAA DII United Soccer Coaches Women's Soccer All-Atlantic Region.
Congratulations to Ashlie Santolla, Sports Information Director, and Travis Chandler, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Media Relations, who were named National Champion Sports Information Directors of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

More Wins for our National Champions

Honors continue to come in for our National Championship men's soccer team. Coach Dan Stratford and his assistants were named NCAA Division II Men's National Staff of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. Stratford, along with assistants Scott Wells, Daniel Smee, Alexander Simmons and Romain Folz, earned the award in their very first season together as a staff.

The UC staff will be honored at the annual Awards Banquet on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the 71st United Soccer Coaches Convention.

To relive the excitement of our journey to the National Championship, the UC Athletic Department have put together a great  video

Thomas Vancaeyezeele claimed the NCAA DII Men's Soccer Player of the Year title.
The UC defender was named by United Soccer Coaches, and becomes only the second Golden Eagle to earn the National Player of the Year title. (Ajamu Gaines earned NCAA DII Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2000). Vancaeyezeele was honored with the award at the All-America Luncheon January 20 in Philadelphia. The team captain and DII Player of the Year also spent a week in Orlando, Florida as an invitee to the MLS Player Combine, participating with 70 of the best collegiate players in the country leading up to the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar! 

Both basketball teams are back in action! On Saturday, January 27, both basketball teams play at home against Notre Dame College of Ohio. The women play at 2:00 p.m. and the men play at 4:00 p.m.  Both basketball teams will play against West Virginia Wesleyan College on February 1 - the women's team at 5:30 p.m. and the men's team at 7:30 p.m.
Pictured: UC alum Jeff Green of Enterprise Holdings in Charleston, WV.

Career Development Week

Career Development Week will take place February 12-15, with a range of helpful seminars from resume preparation to study abroad opportunities. All events will take place in the Appalachian Room. Details of the seminars will be available soon.


On February 8th, UC is launching a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign to raise support for the Welch Athletic Complex. The project encompasses new playing fields for the men's and women's soccer team, the women's lacrosse team, and the baseball team, as well as expanding innovation into the surrounding Charleston area. You can show your support by making a donation, using the hashtag #GiveForGold, and spreading the word to your friends! More information will be shared on social media, so stay tuned!

Welch Challenge Campaign Breakfast

The Office of Advancement will be hosting a free breakfast on Thursday, January 25th from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery. The breakfast will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Welch Challenge Campaign and have the chance to give in support of the project. For more information, or to RSVP for the breakfast, contact Catherine Eckley

Scholarship Competition Day

The Admissions office will be hosting two scholarship days coming up - one on Saturday, January 27th and another on February 17th. Scholarship Days are great opportunities for alumni to show pride in their alma mater and refer students they know to the University.  For more information, please visit our website or contact Joan Clark
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

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