A Thankful Time of Year

Thanksgiving is just a few short days away. As the semester draws to an end, we reflect on how thankful we are to be a part of the UC community– full of talented students, faculty and staff. Here are some of the highlights from the month of November:

UC Receives Major Gift for Sports Center

Mr. and Mrs. William “Bill” Rice have donated a gift of approximately $1 million towards the University’s Sports Center campaign. The gift is in the form of a home valued at over $900,000. The property is located on Roberts Bay near Venice, Florida. The Sports Center is the last remaining piece to the $100 million renovation and rebirth of UC’s Charleston campus over the last decade.  The Eddie King Gym, built in 1947, is the only facility on campus that has never been renovated. Regarding the project, Rice stated:

“My family and I have a long relationship with the University. My father and my wife are graduates of Morris Harvey College, and our son received his EMBA from UC. I am currently an emeritus trustee, and have seen first-hand the growth and vision of the University. My wife and I are pleased to offer our support for this important project.”

Renovations will include:

  • A second-floor entrance where visitors can look down on the court below
  • A walking track around the seating
  • A new concession area near the entrance
  • Coaches offices, meeting rooms and a presidential suite for hosted guests on the third floor
  • Video screens in two corners of the court
  • Locker rooms below the grand entrance

School of Pharmacy holds Diabetes Day

The School of Pharmacy held a Diabetes Day event open to the public on Saturday, November 8. The event was targeted towards patients at risk for diabetes, patients with pre or existing diabetes, caregivers and anyone interested. Informative health information and screenings were held, including several free services such as blood pressure checks, BMI measurement, heart health risk assessments, lipid panels and diabetes risk tests. Tours of the School of Pharmacy were also given.

Maroon and Gold Day

November’s Maroon and Gold Day was held on Saturday, November 15 on the Charleston campus. Guests had personal tours of campus, had questions answered by a student panel and learned about available programs and scholarships. Speaking of scholarships, two lucky winners were chosen. Congratulations to Isiah Smith, pictured with Joan Clark, VP of Admissions; and Lily Kennedy, posing with alumnus Michael Cary, who made a surprise scholarship donation.


Mariah Cook, pictured below with Joan Clark, won the Kindle giveaway!


Men’s Soccer Heading Towards another Championship

UC Men’s Soccer has continued to blow everyone away with their stellar performance. The team remains undefeated and well on their way to the championship. Most recently, our team won both of their games at Merrimack College and earned the title of being the Champion for Super Region #1, which is comprised of teams from the Atlantic and East regions. The men now advance to the Final Four, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, December 4th and Saturday, December 6th. Tickets are $15 per person per event and $5 for students.


International Education Week

The annual International Education Week, organized by the Global Student Organization, was held the week of November 17 – 24. Events were held in the Frankenberger Art Gallery each day, and included a number of interesting activities. Several international students held 5-minute language lessons in their native languages. Other activities included origami making, henna tattoos and traditional dance lessons. One of the highlights of the week was the Ten Thousand Villages sale which featured fair trade artisanal crafts, jewelry, clothing, household items and more. Ten percent of the proceeds went to UC’s Global Student Organization. The Dining Hall prepared authentic dishes each day from student-submitted recipes. Each day held a different theme, such as India day featuring Chicken Tikka Masala, curried cauliflower and naan. Below are some highlights of the week of events:


IEW2IEW5IEW4Student Spotlight: Joseph Youssef

Joseph YoussefNovember has been a great month for UC’s Joseph Youssef, MBAL student. Youssef was featured in the State Journal this month highlighting his very interesting journey from Syria to the United States. Additionally, he made it into the semi-final round of the West Virginia State Business Competition. On November 21 he joined 191 other students for the semi-final round at Shepherd University, where he competed again nine other entries in the STEM category. Youssef submitted a feasibility study, completed a 2-minute pitch and a round of “speed interviews” with ten different judges. Scoring was recently tallied and the news was released that Youssef’s business, ConvertOil, has been selected to advance to the final round. He will have the opportunity to develop a full business plan and presentation in April. The grand prize is $10,000, plus accounting and legal services, to help start his business.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 3: Holiday Dinner, 4 -7pm in the Ballroom
  • Dec. 7: Winter Commencement, Auditorium
  • Dec. 7: Holiday Gala ft. the University Singers, Erma Byrd Gallery
  • Dec. 7: Midnight Breakfast, 11-1am Dining Hall
  • Dec. 8-12: Finals Week



This month’s issue of The Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend of the Communications Department. For inquiries or future submissions, please email: laurentownsend@ucwv.edu.