April 15, 2013

In the news:

  • UPDATE: UC Professor Brad Deel is OK! Professor Deel finished today’s Boston Marathon before the explosions occurred.


  • Dr. Derrick Kolling, Assistant Professor of Chemistry from Marshall University, visited University of Charleston and gave a research seminar entitled “Toward a Better Understanding of Molecular Photosynthesis: Using Fundamentals to Improve Biofuels” on Tuesday, April 9. Eighty-six UC science students attended the seminar, and its educational value has been highly recognized and evaluated by the students. Dr. Kolling also had conversations with chemistry and biology faculty before the seminar. His visit has strengthened the faculty collaboration in teaching and research at UC and Marshall University. Currently, Dr. Kolling is collaborating in research with Dr. Xiaoping Sun, Professor of Chemistry at UC. Very recently, the Marshall and UC science faculty worked together and received a major research grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kolling is the Principal Investigator for the grant. The co-PIs (co-Principal Investigators) are M. Norton (MU), M. Castellani (MU), X. Sun (UC), N. Santanam (MU), X. Fan (MU), and M. Babiuc-Hamilton (MU). This grant will be used to purchase an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectrometer, a major research instrument, which will promote faculty-student research and science curriculum at the two institutions. Since the UC faculty (X. Sun) is co-PI, it will give the UC students and faculty an opportunity to access to this major research and educational tool in the near future.
  • The University of Charleston TOMS Club is asking Golden Eagle students to go barefoot all day tomorrow, April 16, as the group participates in TOMS “One Day Without Shoes” global event. “One Day Without Shoes” looks to bring attention to the need for shoes around the world and the issues surrounding that need. Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease. According to the TOMS website, over 740 million people worldwide are affected by hookworm, a soil-transmitted disease that can cause stunted growth, decrease cognitive development, anemia and chronic fatigue. Last year, people went without shoes at over 1,000 events in over 25 countries around the globe.

Upcoming events:

  • The second annual Red Carpet Event takes place tonight in the Geary Auditorium.  Guests can walk the red carpet at 6 p.m. and awards will be handed out at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and appetizers will be served!
  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the John Yurick Quartet will be jamming to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at the University of Charleston-Beckley Library. The group members share a vast amount of experience.  They will also be speaking about the music form, sharing first-hand stories that will recount the work of jazz greats such as Woody Herman and Al Cohn. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History established Jazz Appreciation Month to encourage Americans to listen to, read about, and appreciate this significant American art form.  The University invites the community to come out to experience the fun and significance of great American jazz.  Admission is free.
  • Start something that matters! On April 17 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., the First Year Learning Communities will be holding a TOMS “Style Your Sole” event as part of the UC Living the Mission Week. Students and community members will be able to come to the Ballroom and get a pair of TOMS styled by a local artist. TOMS shoes will be able for purchase at the event or you can bring a pair of your own.


  • The Academic Showcase is an opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements of UC students. Academic work is presented in a variety of disciplines and formats. Presentations range from a mini health fair in the Rotunda, a newborn simulation in the new assessment and simulation lab to a presentation by the award-winning Enactus student group. Showcase activities will take place on Wednesday, April 17th from 9 a.m. – noon campus-wide. A full schedule of events can be found on the UC website here: http://www.ucwv.edu/Students
  • UC Choir’s Spring Concert is this Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. in the Erma Byrd Gallery.  There will be no admission fee.  We hope to see you all there!

Spring Music Concert 2013

  • The Office of Student Life will be holding a UC Day of Service on Monday, April 22nd (Earth Day).  They are looking for students and faculty/staff members to help make the UC Day of Service a great success.  Volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks including planting flowers, spreading mulch, picking up trash, washing down benches, and more.  All participants will receive a free t-shirt.  Sign up with Megan Sparrow to participate!
  • Join us on Saturday, April 27 on UC’s beautiful riverfront lawn for a special concert featuring the Davisson Brother, Owen Schmitt and Joe Taxi. The event is sponsored by WQBE. Learn more here: http://www.ucwv.edu/admissions/Preview_Day/


  • Get ready for an unforgettable day of inspiration, learning, networking, and more. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is one of the largest events of its kind, broadcasting world-renowned content to hundreds of locations around the world. Join us on on May 10 as we serve as the exclusive host site for Charleston, W.Va. You will hear from some of the world’s top leaders, including former Chairman & CEO of General Electric Jack Welch, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. You can expect to be challenged. Inspired. Encouraged. You will learn how to improve your own leadership skills and also have the opportunity to network with other leaders in your area. To learn more about this incredible event, visit: http://www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com/location/universityofcharleston

Cheering section:

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  • The baseball team won two of their four games: one on Tuesday over Wheeling-Jesuit (9-7) and two on Saturday against Bluefield State (8-4, 10-2).
  • The men’s tennis team bounced back from their first loss after an eight game winning streak, beating D&E 8-1 on Thursday, Fairmont State 9-0 on Friday, and Concord 7-2 on Saturday.
  • The women’s softball team had a great week, sweeping West Liberty (4-3, 3-2) on Wednesday and D&E (3-1, 4-3) on Saturday, and winning one of two games against Wesleyan (5-4) on Sunday.
  • The men’s golf team lost to Concord by just one stroke last Wednesday, 304-303.  UC’s Jamin Smith placed second, and Shane Chaplin finished third.
  • The women’s tennis team won two out of their three games this past weekend, beating Bloomsburg University 5-1, Kutztown University 5-0, and then unfortunately falling to Slippery Rock 1-5.
  • The women’s track team placed second of five times at the Glennville State Invitational over the weekend!

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This Talon was prepared by UC junior Megan Bauman. Megan is a communications major interning in the UC Communications Office, and a member of the women’s soccer team.


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