News From Around UC

New York Times Columnist to Speak

Join us on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 for the latest speaker in our Speaker Series. David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of  The Road to Character and  The Social Animal, will offer his thoughts on "What is the Path Back to Civility in American Politics?" The event will be held in the Geary Auditorium in Riggleman Hall.

MEC Honors Dr. Welch

If making it to the MEC Men's Basketball Finals wasn't exciting enough, getting to honor our very own President Welch made the tournament even more special.

During the quarterfinal game Friday, March 2, the Golden Eagles defeated the Shepherd Rams, moving on to the semifinals.  While the game was certainly exciting, a very special event occurred at halftime. President Welch was honored by the Mountain East Conference with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions and dedication to both t he MEC and WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Not only was he recognized by receiving the award, the award was also renamed in his honor, and will now be known as the Dr. Edwin H. Welch Lifetime Achievement Award.

Award Winning Dean

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Easton, recipient of the Lena Lowe Yost Educating Women Award from the West Virginia Women's Commission. The awards recognize outstanding West Virginia women for their work, accomplishments and efforts. Dr. Easton is being recognized for her accomplishments in education at the elementary, high school and college levels, as well as through statewide appointments. She received her award at the 2018 Legacy of Women Awards Celebration Thursday, March 29 at WV State University.

Pharmacy School
Since January, the UC School of Pharmacy has participated in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. To cap off the 2018 national Script Your Future campaign, UCSOP student pharmacists and faculty spent spring break hosting three health fairs in Clay and Roane counties in West Virginia. The rural health outreach served as a platform for students to provide services such as point-of-care testing, blood pressure screenings, education pertaining to medication adherence, and encouraged the public to take the Medication Adherence Pledge.

You can keep up with the UCSOP and learn more about their initiatives on safe medication usage online via their blog or podcast.
Alumni Spotlight

Military Spouse of the Year UC Grad

Each year, Armed Forces Insurance recognizes one spouse from across all six branches of the military to honor as the "Military Spouse of the Year." Now in its eleventh year, over 800 spouses were nominated nationwide; the 2018 Military Spouse of the Year is 2009 UC grad, Megan Harless. Harless, a veteran herself, has been stationed at Fort Eustis in Virginia for the past eight months with her husband, Aaron, and their three children. Among many community and national organizations, she is actively involved with her post PWOC, Spouse Club, and Unit FRG programs; she currently focuses on providing labor and postpartum doula support to new and expecting families. About her award, Harless said, "Supporting military families has always been near and dear to my heart, and I am just so happy that I am able to bring some insight and support to families who are going through a special time in growing their families."

Incredible work, Megan!

UC Alum Leader in Cyber Security Operations

William "Wally" Whittington, a 1988 graduate of UC, was recently named the new Associate Director for Cyber Security Operations Center in the Department of Veteran Affairs. Wally served as a Lieutenant Colonel and squadron commander from the WV Air National Guard for 30 years and has a background in numerous information technology domains. In his newest role, he is responsible for the overall management of the Cyber Incident Response, Advance Analytics and Digital Media Analysis teams. Wally is a Certified Information Security Manager, a Certified Incident Handler and is certified in Cyber Security Leadership, among many other certifications.

Congratulations, Wally! 
Golden Eagle Athletic Updates

Track & Field and Cross Country Earn Regional Honors

The men's and women's track & field and cross country teams have had an impressive season so far. In the beginning of March, Jaylond Butler and Jamaicia James swept the Mountain East Conference Athlete of the Week awards as they both claimed the title. At the end of the month, three Golden Eagles set new UC records at the 49er Classic in Charlotte. Christov Cornish  broke the Charleston triple jump record with a NCAA DII national qualifying jump of 14.81 meters. Stephen Brown  set a new Golden Eagle mark in the javelin, throwing it 48.38 meters while distance runners Hunter Riffle  (5k) and Kevin Charette  (10k) set new Golden Eagle records in each of their distance events.

MEC Offensive Player of the Week Three Times, One Season

Junior attacker and midfielder, Aryanna Jones has made a name for herself on the field so far this lacrosse season. After several consecutive games scoring at least 6 points for the Golden Eagles, Jones was named the MEC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Overall, Jones has 42 points on the season, scoring 33 goals and completing 9 assists. 
Upcoming Events

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 will be open on their website until Friday, April 6 at noon, but there will be race-day registration from 5:30-7:00 a.m. 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.

I-3 Day Judges Needed

The 2018 I-3 Day (Ideas, Invention, Innovation) is coming! On April 18th, students and faculty alike will present their projects in the  categories of products, innovative process, service or project, innovative work of art, design, performance or creation, research and a non-competitive category. The presentations are the final step in the competition, where students, faculty and staff compete for a total of $20,000 in prizes. I-3 Day is expected to be bigger this year than last, so more judges are needed. If you would like to be a judge or just want more information, you can reach out to Travis Kahle.

UC Night at Power Park 

Thursday, April 26 is UC night at Appalachian Power Park. When you go to and use the promo code "UCWelch," half of your ticket purchase will go back to support the Welch Athletic Complex. 
Alumni Resources and Information
Alumni Weekend Information Coming Soon!
O fficial invitations for Alumni Weekend 2018 have been sent and are arriving in mailboxes all over! If you don't receive one, make sure your contact information is up to date and be sure to check the Alumni Events web page frequently for the most updated information.  Mark your calendars for June 15, 16, and 17 - you won't want to miss it!

Share Your Big News!
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