February 3, 2014

Meet the President!


Have a question?
Need an answer?
Just want to shake hands?
President Welch will be in the Coffee Tavern every Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. through the spring semester. This is an opportunity for you to talk to the man in charge, and a chance for Dr. Welch to mingle with students on a more informal basis. Please stop by the CT on Wednesday, even if it’s just to say hello.


Congratulate new PA Director Jennifer Pack!


Jennifer joined UC in 2011 as assistant director to help build the PA program from scratch. She developed the syllabi, policies, assessments and admission procedures so that the program could get accredited. The accrediting body required two assessments and a syllabus for all 39 courses offered in the program. Thanks to Jennifer and her team, the department received their provisional accreditation in April of 2012.

Outside of UC, Jennifer serves as president for the West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants (WVAPA). She has served as a speaker at the WVAPA’s annual continuing medical education conference in 2009, 2011 and 2013.


Welcome new ESL Director Elizabeth Slack!


Elizabeth is a Charleston native. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and was certified to teach English as a Foreign Language at Ohio University. After two years in the Peace Corps training teachers of ESL in Nicaragua, she went on for a master’s degree in international education at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She has experience teaching ESL and working with both inbound and outbound study abroad programs for high school, college and adult students. Her office will be in GSU 308. She can be reached at (304) 357-4881.


Congratulate Dr. Sun, Dr. Haas, and UC Chemistry graduates!

Dr. Xiaoping Sun published a research paper titled “Investigations on the Lewis-acids-catalysed electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions of thionyl chloride and selenyl chloride, the substituent effects, and the reaction mechanisms” in the December 2013 issue of Journal of Chemical Research. The co-authors were Dr. David Haas and the recent chemistry graduates Samantha McWilliams, Benjamin Smith, and Katrina Leaptrot.


Congratulate Dr. Martin!


Michael Martin’s paper has been selected for inclusion in the “Native American Common” seminar at the annual C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference, to be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March. Another paper of his, “My last long dreamless sleep”: Mythologizing the Female Pastoral in Antebellum Appalachian Travel Narratives,” has been accepted for the annual Appalachian Studies Association conference, to be held at Marshall University in March.


Congratulate UC Business Students!


UC students Rhys Batt, Marc Jn Louis, and Tyler Donnellan finished in second place at the Peoples Business Case Competition in Marietta, Ohio. They won a $1,000 cash price and are donating a portion of their winnings to Enactus to be used for future service projects. The competition consisted of preparing a 30-minute presentation to deliver to the executives of Peoples Bank. The presentation was to consist of recommendations for three specific problems that arose during a recent bank merger/acquisition, as proposed to the students in a mock case.


Note to Staff:

The 2013 Form W-2s are now available for viewing on Web Adviser. To view your Form W-2, you will need to access Web Adviser through the My UC portal, select Employee Profile, then W-2 statements, then 2013.

In departments where employees do not regularly check email, please post this information.


SOP-LogoThe School of Pharmacy will hold free health screenings and host a guest speaker as part of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7, from 1-3:30 p.m. Events will take place on the first floor of the UC School of Pharmacy Building in Room 105, as well as in the PharmUC Patient Care Clinic.

The program will provide free blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) checks, as well as a My Life Check Health Assessment and a customized personal medication chart. Dr. Sarah Nease, a cardiovascular disease specialist at CAMC, will speak at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and all attendees will receive a commemorative Go Red dress pin.


Laws of Attraction

It’s time to get creative! As part of its annual Script Your Future project, the School of Pharmacy would like to invite you to join them in promoting medication adherence throughout the month of February by participating in Script Your Future’s national comic strip contest. For more information, visit http://www.scriptyourfuture.org.

Please submit your comic by February 10, 2014 to johnmuller@ucwv.edu. Any further questions can be directed to the same E-mail address.



Peer tutoring is available for all students on campus in a variety of subjects. Help is available by appointment by calling 304-357-4776 or stopping by the main desk on the 2nd floor of the Schoenbaum Library (8am-10pm). Appointments are one on one.Students must make these appointments 24 hours in advance.

UC also has online tutoring available for students. In Spring 2014, each UC student will have access to two free hours of Smarthinking Online tutoring. An overview of this tool along with log-in and password information can be found at http://www.ucwv.edu/ASC/Smarthinking/


Have you signed up for Spring Intramurals yet? 
Come play Broomball on Monday nights at 9:15 in the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena!
https://i2.wp.com/cdn3.sportngin.com/attachments/photo/2060/7227/eIMG_0134_large.jpgContact sports not your style? Join us for Intramural Bowling at 9:20 p.m. on Wednesdays at Kanawha City’s Galaxy Lanes. http://recsports.umich.edu/files/recsports/field/image/IM%20Bowling%20(33).jpgContact Grant Brinson at grantbrinson@ucwv.edu for more information.


This Week in Sports:


Basketball takes on Wheeling Jesuit at home tonight. The women’s team tips off at 5:30 and the men follow at 7:30.

Both teams are at home again on Thursday versus Wesleyan, with the same start times.

On Saturday the teams travel to Glenville to take on Glenville State.

4.15 4Women’s track is away at Marietta on Friday.




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.

Please print and post if there are people in your department who do not have access to email. Have news you’d like to share? Email scottcastleman@ucwv.edu

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