The Talon: February

February has been quite an eventful month! Several events have taken place on campus, in addition to a few snow days and extreme weather. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the past month:

Career Development Week

The month of February kicked off with a wonderful week of events known as Career Development Week. Each day beginning on Monday, Feb. 2 through Thursday, Feb. 5, included a different guest speaker. Topics included business etiquette, interview tips and networking 101. This year’s event was a success with a record number of 324 students in attendance!


Hannah Johnson, Director of Career Development, introduces guest speaker Dr. Bruce Lund.


Packed house for Motivational Speaker and Author, Micheal Burt.


There’s a New Dean in Town!

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee has officially joined the UC Community as of this month. Dr. Brownlee will serve as the new Dean of students for University of Charleston and will be responsible for the retention and co-curricular engagement of students. He will also oversee the functions of residence life, judicial affairs, and student activities, working closely with faculty and staff to create a welcoming environment that nurtures student growth and develmordecai_brownlee_fullopment.

A native of Ohio, Brownlee most recently served as the Dean of Student Life for Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He has over 8 years of experience in higher education administration, and over 11 years of fiscal, operations, project management, and public relations experience.  If you see him around campus (which you surely will!) be sure to give him a warm welcome.

Harvard Lecturer Talks Patient Safety

Despite the snow, guest lecturer Jim Conway of the Harvard School of Public Health still made his way to Charleston to deliver an informative lecture about patient safety on Tuesday, February 19. The presentation covered a variety of topics, including how important being a partner in your own healthcare is, and the number one thing you can do to make your own health care better and safer.  The crowd enjoyed Conway’s insightful presentation.


Jim Conway chats with guests


Jim Conway talks patient safety

WorldFest 2015

Global Student Organization hosted their annual WorldFest event on Thursday, February 19. Guests enjoyed a variety of international dishes prepared by UC chefs. Students showcased their talents during an entertainment portion of the evening, featuring traditional dances from various cultures and an International Fashion Show. In addition, students also worked hard to create informative displays about their home countries. Fun was had by all, as you will see in the following photos!


Students wow the crowd with their dance moves!


GSO poses for a silly photo along with their Advisor, Elizabeth Slack.


International presentations

Full Accreditation Affirmed by ACPE for UC School of Pharmacy

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) affirmed the full accreditation of the University of Charleston’s Doctor of Pharmacy program and alerted the University of its decision on February 5.

The School of Pharmacy enrolled its first students in 2006, and received full accreditation when the first class graduated in May 2010. Each year, the school educates over 300 student pharmacists in its technology-filled building. The program is known for the close cooperation between students and faculty, an emphasis on professionalism and advocacy, and PharmUC Patient Care Clinic, an on-campus provider of medication therapy management and chronic disease education services for patients.

“This affirmation of full accreditation is due to the hard work of many people in upgrading policies, strengthening institutional relationships, and adding seven faculty and administrative members to the School.  Thanks are due to Dean Michelle Easton, Provost Letha Zook, the faculty and staff of the School as well as many others in the University.  This is a wonderfully positive affirmation of the School and of the learning experiences it provides to each and every pharmacy student,” says Dr. Edwin Welch, President of the University of Charleston.

Coming Up…..

“Close the King” Celebration

The Eddie King Gym will host its last games Saturday, February 28. The “Close the King” celebration honors the history, traditions and memories that were a part of the 65 year old structure. Former players, coaches and alumni have all been invited to the games.

The Gym, named for legendary coach and athletic director Carl Edward King in 1964, will be completely renovated and transitioned to the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, with a groundbreaking ceremony slated for April, 2015.

The final games will be played beginning with the UC Women’s Team at 2:00 PM. The UC Men’s team will play at 4:00.

Preceding the games, President Edwin Welch will offer a preview of the new Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, including architects renderings of potential floorplans, as well as an overview of the Innovation concept.

Between the games, former UC athletes will be recognized, and during half time of the men’s game, former coaches will be honored. Following both games, a reception will be held to allow fans to meet UC coaches in the Geary Student Union.

ASID Student Chapter to Participate in CANstruction Event

UC’s ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Student Chapter has teamed up with U.S. Green Building Council – WV for the 9th Annual CANstruction event. CANstruction is an event in which architects, engineers, contractors and other volunteers design and build large sculptures using cans of food. All the canned food used to build the structures/sculptures will be donated to the Covenant House food pantry. Any donation is appreciated! If you choose a certain donation amount, your name or business logo will be listed on the display board next to the sculpture during and after the competition. Email for inquiries. Come see the finished design at the WV Home Show at the Charleston Civic Center on April 12th.

UC is Losing It/UC Half Marathon 5K & Wellness Festival hosted by Welch Colleagues

As part of their senior project, UC Welch Colleagues are hosting the UC is Losing It and UC Half Marathon/5K & Wellness Festival. The project began in January 2015 with the UC is Losing It program. Its purpose is to encourage the UC community to band together and strive for a healthier lifestyle. Participants track progress with self-reported weigh-ins each week at the athletic center locker room. Results are then posted each Monday using ID numbers rather than names to ensure confidentiality. The program will conclude on the day of the UC Half Marathon/5K with the announcement of the total amount of weight lost by all participants.

The UC Half Marathon/5K will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 with the start line at Riggleman Hall. Registration is open and fee pricing is available on the race website.

In addition to the race, there will be a Wellness Festival featuring several businesses from the Kanawha Valley. These organizations provide education and services related to health living. Small races and prizes will be available for children.

Mark your calendar!

  • March 9: Spring Break begins
  • March 17: Speaker Series: Dave Lieber
  • March 21: UC Half Marathon

This month’s Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend and Amanda Hinchman of the Communications Department. For inquiries and submissions, please email