The Talon: January/February

It has been a busy start to the second semester! January kicked off with a welcoming ceremony for residency students in the Doctor of Executive Leadership program. Senator Joe Manchin addressed the group about lessons in leadership throughout his life and career.

The Doctor of Executive Leadership program is a 58-credit hour, 3-year doctoral degree for scholar practitioners. Residency activities include executive leaders as guest speakers; activities to develop both leadership, professional writing, presentation and research skills, as well as networking and opportunities to engage in the intellectual community. UC alumni, George Walker Fellows, and faculty come to each residency to work with the students.

DEL students represent 17 different states and the following professional industries: federal government, insurance, education, military, computer industry, veteran affairs, legal, logistics, non-profit, ministry, cyber security, public affairs, hospitals, urban planning, first responders, corrections, and the business/finance industry.



The Physician Assistant program welcomed their 4th cohort, the class of 2018. The group represents 12 different states.


We also welcomed new international students, freshmen and transfers the weekend of January 9-10. The Student Activities Board hosted a week of welcome to kick the semester off on a fun note! Events included Broomball, Bingo, Casino Night and a Snack Attack.

Omelets will never taste quite the same again after Chef Jack’s retirement. Students and faculty had the chance to enjoy one of his famous omelets one last time on January 13. We thank him for 30 years of dedicated service and for starting countless students days with a smile.


Have you visited the Dining Hall lately? A fresh new look showcasing Golden Eagles memorabilia is all thanks to Student Leadership & Engagement and Facilities. Check it out:

UC participated in West Virginia Higher Ed Day on January 19 at the state capitol. Admissions staff and Dr. Welch were present. The annual event recognizes colleges and universities across the state and highlights available opportunities.


The city of Charleston has advanced to the semifinals in America’s Best Communities Competition! The winning community will receive $10 million towards revitalization projects. We are proud of our little city and hope we can continue to grow and thrive. Read more about the competition here.


Winter Storm Jonas

Charleston received the most snow we have seen in years during winter storm Jonas! Some areas in our region received up to 20 inches of snow. Students had fun playing out in the snow and also volunteered to help out our local neighbors.

Kudos to all of our University grounds crew, food service team, and facilities staff for continuing to serve our students despite the conditions.

Dr. Brownlee, Dr. Forster, Chief Randy Ross, Gary Boyd, John Blankenship, and Nicholas Bias led a group of more than 50 UC students around the community to assist in snow removal for 20 families who were unable to do so themselves. A true display of teamwork, student leadership, and living the mission. Thanks again to all.

In case you missed it, check out Brock Burwell’s latest video of a snowy UC:


Heroes are among us. In August, 2015, three University of Charleston students were traveling in Ohio when a log truck overturned in front of them. The driver of the rig was ejected from the cab, but was pinned underneath a log from the truck as it caught fire.

The students – Conor Branson, Jordan Lavender and Elle Martin – went to the aid of Mr. Lewis, joined by two people who lived nearby, despite the danger of the burning truck.

The students were recently honored at a reception in the Erma Byrd Gallery. Representatives from the Ohio State Police, the West Virginia State Police, and from Senator Joe Manchin’s office were in attendance. Read more about the full story here.



Coming Up…

  • 2/4: SAB Movie Night: The Ugly Truth, 9pm, Appalachian Room
  • 2/8: SAB Mardi Gras Mystery Party, 9pm, Rotunda
    • SAB Blood Drive, 11am-4pm, Rotunda
    • Broomball, 8pm, Ice Arena
  • 2/9: WorldFest (Dinner, Talent Show & Fashion Show), 4-9pm, Ballroom
  • 2/10: Bowling, 9:20pm, Galaxy Lanes
  • 2/12: SAB 1950’s Dance, 6-8pm, Ballroom
  • 2/13: SAB UNO Tournament, 2pm, Ballroom
  • 2/15: SAB Pinterest Party, 3-6pm
    • Broomball, 8pm, Ice Arena
  • 2/16: SAB Snack Attack, 11am-1pm Food Court
  • 2/17: Bowling, 9:20pm, Galaxy Lanes
  • 2/18: SAB Couples Challenge Game Show and Perfect Match Show, 9pm, Auditorium
  • 2/24: Corks and Canvas, 6pm, Ballroom
    • Lunch and Learn: Reading and Interpreting Financial Statements and the move to International Financial Reporting Standards. More information:
  • 2/25: SAB End It Movement, 11am-1pm, GSU Lobby
  • 2/26: SAB Winterplace Ski Trip
  • 2/27: UC SOP Women’s Health 5K. Register here.