September 17, 2013


UC once again ranked among the top Regional Colleges in the South according to the 2014 U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges and the Princeton Review’s2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “The University of Charleston is honored to be recognized yet again by U.S. News & World Report as a top Regional College in the South,” said President Welch. UC is number 19 of the 117 colleges that made the list.


Congratulations to Dr. Julie Testman, Associate Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, who recently fulfilled the requirements to qualify as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). ASCP Fellowship is a special honor bestowed upon pharmacists who meet the highest standards in Senior Care Pharmacy and have demonstrated an extraordinary level of service and dedication in professional practice activities. Dr. Testman earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2005. She completed a PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va.


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Looking for a fun way to get fit? Join Kellie Lewis in the fitness center on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for free Zumba classes!

Upcoming Events:

bigstock-syria-3770337The University of Charleston will host a panel discussion on Syria this Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Geary Student Union Appalachian Room, located on the second floor.

The discussion, titled “Syria, a Human Tragedy: How Does the World Respond?,” will be moderated by UC President Ed Welch and feature experts on the various sides of the conflict. The event will also touch on whether the United States should intervene. Panelists include:

•       Haris Tarin is currently the Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In his capacity as the D.C. Director, he engages various agencies within government including the White House, Department of Justice, State Department, Department of Homeland Security and offices on Capitol Hill. This past summer, President Obama called on Tarin to discuss various policy issues, including national security, countering violent extremism, the American Muslim community and civic engagement. Tarin has been published in various national and international publications including the LA Times, CNN and has a regular column on the Huffington Post. He has spoken at various domestic and international conferences and media outlets on topics such as National Security, Islam and governance, US-Muslim World Relations, Role of American Muslim institutions in Policy Formation, Religion and Public Life, and Civic Engagement. Tarin is a Truman National Security Fellow and a USC/Georgetown AMCLI Fellow and is also the author of Intro to Muslim America.

•       Rev. Jim Lewis is a retired Episcopal minister and one of the original founders of West Virginia Patriots for Peace. The group currently consists of 1,000 West Virginians across the state and has held two demonstrations over the past week in Charleston in regards to the current Syrian conflict. Rev. Lewis was part of a peace delegation sent to Iraq four months prior to the Gulf War in 1990 and has also participated in other delegations sent to Libya, Jordan, Palestine/Israel, Cuba and Central America. He has also been a part of several fundraising efforts over the years for Syrian humanitarian efforts.

•       Brad Deel is the director of the political science program at the University of Charleston. Deel is also a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and will speak about the United States interest in Syria and possible military involvement.

The event will also include accounts from two dissidents who fled Syria. Ahed Al Hendi was imprisoned and tortured by Syrian authorities for establishing a secular anti-regime student organization. He is now the Arabic Programs Coordinator at, a New York-based human rights organization that amplifies the voices of pro-democracy bloggers in the Middle East. His wife, Hadeel Kouki, was an active dissident on Facebook prior to the Arab Spring, and quickly became one of the most prominent and outspoken anti-Assad voices following the outbreak of the Syrian uprising that began in January, 2011. After realizing that she was wanted by Syrian intelligence forces, Kouki left Syria on December 23, 2011.

PrintIn honor of Civic Awareness Month, the UC-Beckley Library will host a presentation by Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Yeager’s art show, titled “In Rerum Natura,” will be on display through November 14 in Bluefield College’s Art Gallery in Lansdell Hall. Open and free to the public, the exhibit will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the BC Art Department at 276-326-4558 or by e-mailing the BC Office of Public Relations at Visit to learn more! Post writer, movie producer and author of the new book “The Butler: A Witness to History,” Wil Haygood will kick off the 2013-14 University of Charleston Speaker Series sponsored by Dow Chemical Company Foundation on Tuesday, Sept. 24th:

UC will host the WV High School Quiz Bowl Kick-Off tournament on September 28, 2013 on the UC campus in Charleston, W.V.a. All teams will play morning and afternoon rounds.

Cheering Section:

anaAna Maria Pena was named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after going 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles at the Converse Classic.

erikaThe women’s soccer team beat Ashland 1-0 at home on Wednesday and tied Shepherd 1-1 on Sunday.

martinezThe men’s soccer team shut out Alderson-Broaddus 2-0 on Wednesday night.

tennisThe women’s tennis team beat Fairmont State for their first MEC victory Saturday afternoon.

footballThe football team fell to Division I Southern Illinois 31-10 on Saturday.

xcThe women’s cross country team won the Coastal Carolina Invitational with a total score of 27. Kourtney Willey was the top DII finisher coming in 11th place.

rp_primary_LathamThe women’s volleyball team finished the UC Invitational with a 2-1 record.

This Week in Sports:

  • The men’s and women’s soccer teams play at Notre Dame (Ohio) on Wednesday and Urbana University on Saturday.
  • The volleyball team heads to West Liberty for the weekend for the MEC/PSAC Crossover Tournament.
  • Women’s golf plays at Wooster Saturday and Sunday.
  • Women’s cross country is at Concord on Saturday.
  • Football is away at the University of Virginia @ Wise on Saturday afternoon.
  • The women’s tennis team is hosting the ITA Regional Tournament this weekend. Times and opponents to be announced.

This Talon was prepared by UC senior 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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