Fall is Here…

October is a great time of year to be on a college campus. Football season is at its peak, the leaves are changing colors, and the most exciting event of the year takes place – Homecoming!

This year’s Homecoming Week took place from September 29th through October 4th. The week included several daily activities leading up to the big game. Each day included a dress-up theme in which students could choose to participate in. The first 25 participants to show the Student Life staff their costumes received a free UC Homecoming t-shirt as well as a chance to win the “Best Costume of the Day” contest. Dress-up themes included: Decades Day, Celebrity Day, Anything But Clothes Day, Holiday Day and Spirit Day. Below are some of the costume highlights throughout the week, in order of themes:






Aside from dress-up days, each day of Homecoming Week held an additional event. Monday was the “Snack Attack” in Mo Harv’s Food Court, in which students could load up on delicious snacks dipped in a chocolate fountain.



Tuesday night of Homecoming Week was deemed UC Bowling Night. Everyone was invited to join in on the bowling fun at Galaxy Lanes, a short drive away from campus. Laser Tag took place on Wednesday evening in the Middle Hall Parking Lot, thanks to an elaborate setup by TRONSystem. A Fall Festival was held on Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. Students enjoyed getting into the Fall spirit by participating in several activities. A hayride provided a fun break to enjoy the breeze while riding around campus. A pumpkin carving contest took place as well as pie-eating. A table was also set up for bracelet making, pictured below. Plenty of traditional Fall treats were available such as hot apple cider, kettle corn and caramel apples.



After an exciting week of events leading up to the game, University of Charleston alumni and current students headed over to the tailgate at UC Stadium. Festivities began at 11am. Below, generations of Morris Harvey and UC alumni enjoy catching up with good friends and good food before the game:

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We would like to extend our congratulations to members of this year’s Homecoming Court. The court was comprised of the following individuals:

Undergraduate Court

TJ Lucas

Ben Guell

Andrew Adkins

Kourtney Willey

Kelsey Hensley

Nichole Perry

Raven Martin

Lindsay Stahlman

Pharmacy Court

Katie King

Albert Won

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TJ Lucas and Nichole Perry were named Homecoming King and Queen:

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The Golden Eagles played a good game vs. Shepherd University and had a strong first half. Unfortunately, they ended up losing in the end with a final score of 24-15 (Shepherd).

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Campus News

University of Charleston Has Record Enrollment

UC President Ed Welch made the announcement on September 11, 2014 that full-time student enrollment is the highest in the school’s history. There are 1,895 full-time students enrolled, an increase of 36 percent in just two years. The total enrollment at UC this fall is 2,111, a two-year increase of a whopping 48%!

University of Charleston Named to Military Friendly Schools List

For the sixth consecutive year, UC was named to the Military Friendly schools List, as chosen by Victory Media. The list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Veterans and current military member make up 258 of UC’s 2,111 students.

UC Welcomes New Vice President for Marketing

James Bessette has been named Vice President for Marketing. He will be responsible for taking the lead in the marketing, advertising and public relations efforts of the University. He will serve as chief communications officer, overseeing marketing, research and production of both internal and external publications and materials. Bessette was most recently Director of University Relations at the University of Montevallo, a nationally-recognized liberal arts institution located in Montevallo, Alabama. If you find yourself near the Communications Department anytime soon, we encourage you to stop in and give him a UC welcome!

Student & Faculty Accomplishments

  • Michael Martin, Assistant Professor of Humanities and English: The Secluded Ravine: Poe’s American Mountain Landscapes in ‘Landor’s Cottage’ and ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains'” has been accepted for inclusion in the program of The Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on February 26 through March 1, 2015.
  • Meaghan Windors, a Junior Radiology student, was the top fundraiser in West Virginia for “West Virginia Can Climb,” a fundraiser to support WV Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN)’s mission of restoring the lives of abused children.


  • Sarah Levine, UC senior, was one of 15 students nationwide to have their original campus photography featured in USA Today’s College Guide Magazine. Levine submitted this unique shot of Riggleman Hall, which landed a full-page spread on the first page of the 2015 issue.


Sports News

UC Men’s Soccer Remains Undefeated

UC Men’s Soccer has remained undefeated this season. The team is currently ranked third in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II men’s national rankings. The Golden Eagles (11-0-1) are ranked behind Southern New Hampshire University (10-0-1), number one, and Saginaw Valley State University (9-0-2), number two.

Golden Eagles Win Inaugural Kanawha Classic

On Thursday, October 16, Frontier Communications hosted the inaugural Kanawha Classic at UC Stadium. The Golden Eagles played West Virginia State University’s Yellow Jackets. The event featured Landau Eugene Murphy singing the national anthem, a steak dinner, t-shirt giveaways and inflatables. UC took an early 7-0 lead over the visiting Yellow Jackets after a 10 yard Touchdown rush by Jermaine Kelly that capped off a 13-play, 68 yard drive midway throw the first quarter. Both Charleston and WV State struggled to get any offense going the entire second half, but UC struck first midway through the third when Kelly found a cutting Joey Augustin in the middle of the endzone from three yards away that have the Golden Eagles its biggest lead of the night at 28-3. Ultimately, the Golden Eagles won the game 28-10 and received the first ever Kanawha Classic Trophy.


UC Women’s Tennis Wins MEC Semi-Finals

During the second semi-final at the Mountain East Conference event, Charleston was on the winning side of three close doubles matches that propelled it to a 5-0 victory. Toni Katipa and Kelsey Hensley won 9-7 at No. 1 doubles, Jackie Backos and Marieve Edwards won in a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles, 9-8 (7-4). Taylor Todd and Ana Pena edged their opponents, 9-7, to put UC up 3-0 after doubles.

From there, Backos won at No. 5 singles and Todd won at No. 6 singles to lift the Golden Eagles to victory.

The team then moved on to the MEC Championship, where top-seeded West Virginia State defeated UC, 5-4, to claim the 2014 Mountain East Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament title.


Upcoming events

  • October 28: Speaker Series: How Healthy Is Healthcare? 6:30pm in Geary Auditorium
  • November 7: School of Pharmacy Open House
  • November 8: Diabetes Awareness Day. 8am – 12pm in School of Pharmacy building
  • November 15: Maroon & Gold Day – Charleston
  • November 17 – 21: International Education Week
  • November 26 – 28: Thanksgiving Break

This issue of The Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend, Administrative Assistant to the Communications Department. Please send any announcements you would like to be considered for the next issue to: laurentownsend@ucwv.edu.