Spring (Semester) Has Sprung

Semester two of the academic year has officially begun! Faculty and staff of the university attended this semester’s Opening Session on Wednesday, January 7 during the first week back. New employees were introduced followed by the presentation of the UC Heisman and UC Shell awards.

  • The UC Heisman was awarded to Chris Grassie, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, for leading the Men’s Soccer team to the Division II championship.
  • The UC Shell was awarded to the Faculty Manual Convergence Task Force, composed of Erika Zimmerman, Rebecca Linger, Jay Wildt and Rick Ferris. The group consolidated polices from the undergraduate and graduate schools to update the faculty manual.

Members of the cabinet presented status updates on the five goals for the institution which were stated at the beginning of the academic year. Following the overview of goals, Dr. Barnette took the stage to discuss the growing success of UC’s Leadership programs. The Opening Session concluded with a lesson in teamwork by Dr. Welch. He reiterated an excerpt from the book The Boys in the Boat, which taught readers a lesson in excellence through teamwork.


What’s Happening around Campus?

New Students have Arrived!

Orientation for new students was held during the second weekend of January. Faculty and staff put in extra time and effort to help new students check-in and be set up with all the resources they need for the semester ahead. Pictured below are new students going through the check-in process:




Student Activities Board Hosts “Welcome Back Bingo”

To welcome all students back to campus, Student Activities Board kicked off the week with “Welcome Back Bingo” in the Food Court. The crowd was large and lively, most likely due to the abundance of prizes that were available. Prizes ranged from laundry detergent and snacks, to fit bits and Apple TVs.


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Men’s Volleyball is Here!

Dr. Bren Stevens announced the hiring of Michael Crane as the brand new Men’s Volleyball coach on January 9. Crane has previous experience as both a collegiate player and coach. This is the first time in UC history that there has been a Men’s Volleyball team, which also happens to be the only one of its kind in the state of West Virginia. For more details on the team click here.

UC Hosts ‘An Evening with Oliver Luck’

Oliver Luck, NCAA Executive Vice President and former WVU Director of Athletics, was the featured guest and keynote speaker during the University of Charleston Athletic Department Annual Dinner. The event took place the evening of January 20 with a reception in the Rotunda followed by a sit-down dinner in the Ballroom. All proceeds went toward the University of Charleston Athletic Network (UCAN) in support of UC student-athletes and the athletic program.

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Student Spotlight

2014-15 MBAL Cohort: George Davila, Tianni Kelly, LeAnne Ross, Kaitlin Lester, Landon Bonner, Andreea Slusarciuc, & James Bolton. Pictured below is the group of students with Carte Goodwin, the youngest U.S. senator.


While most students, faculty and staff were enjoying their time off during the holidays, this group of students spent their time showing their passion and dedication to learning.  They were assigned to read a total of four books over the holiday break, followed by completing certificate testing of two of those books in addition to a comprehensive exam on the others. This work was completed in addition to working on a major project for local organization, the Greenbrier Pool, on customer satisfaction. Upon their return from break, the group presented their results to the board who in turn was very impressed. Despite the heavy workload, LeAnne played and Tianni assistant coached for Women’s Basketball; James and Landon left late and returned early from break to fulfill their Residence Life duties; and Andrea contributed all of her hard work while being at home with her family in Romania. “This is a dedicated, talented and motivated group of bright young future leaders.  They know that work doesn’t end just because the semester is over.” – David Luechauer, MBAL Program Coordinator

Honorable Mention: International student Iago Ghedin was recently featured on Brazlian talk show, Tempo Real with host Léo Ladeia. Ghedin talked about what it’s like to study in the U.S. as well as the admissions process. Photos from the show:

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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

  • Dr. Xiaoping Sun, Professor of Chemistry at School of Arts and Sciences, published an article titled “Recent Advances in Mechanistic Studies of the Aromatic C-H Bond Substitution and Related Chemistry – A Mini-Review” in Current Organic Chemistry in late December 2014 (See Sun, X. Current Organic Chemistry, 2014, 18, 3066-3077)
  • Anthony “Tony” Giaimo , Superintendent, Tredyffrin Police Department, on 9 January was installed as the President of the Chester County, PA, Police Chiefs Association.  Tony is an adjunct faculty member in the University’s Leadership Program.  Tony has also been instrumental in assisting the University in gaining membership in the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA), the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP), and the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police (PFOP).

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 24: Men’s Volleyball vs. George Mason University, 2pm (home)
  • Jan. 24: Women’s Basketball vs. Fairmont State, 3pm (home)
  • Jan. 24: Men’s Basketball vs. Fairmont State, 5pm (home)
  • Jan. 26 – 29: Spring Greek Rush
  • Jan. 30: Men’s Volleyball vs. North Greenville University, 7pm (home)
  • Jan. 31: President’s Circle Scholarship Competition Day
  • Feb. 2 – 5: Career Development Week


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