The Talon: March

We began the month of March with no sign of Spring in sight. Large amounts of snow fell in our region across multiple days. This caused a handful of school closings and  delays. Despite the inconvenience, campus and our surroundings were a beautiful sight to be had during the snow. Check out this short, scenic video of campus captured via drone! –>


Recent Happenings

Recap: Close the King

Alumni, current students/faculty/staff and UC supporters alike all came together on Saturday, February 28 to help “Close the King.” Several alumni gathered for the weekend to meet with old friends and reminisce on their days in the Eddie King Gym as coaches, former players and students.

The day began with an informative presentation by Dr. Welch on the up and coming Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center. Dr. Welch went over details on the layout and purpose of the new facility and answered guests’ questions.



Guests spent the afternoon enjoying the last basketball games in the Eddie King Gym. Both Men’s & Women’s teams won their matches against West Virginia State University. The final score of the Men’s game was 87-71 (full recap: Our Women’s team finished the game with 71-60 win, in addition to winning a share of the MEC regular season title (full recap:! During halftime, notable coaches were recognized.

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The eventful day capped off with an alumni reception, in which guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and additional time spent with their fellow alumni and friends.

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Former Gazette Reporter Draws a Crowd

On the evening of Tuesday, March 17, guests from the surrounding community and UC colleagues alike enjoyed a humorous and personable presentation by Dave Lieber, former Gazette reporter and Manhattan Native.  Lieber spoke about his treasured and memorable time in West Virginia, then elaborated on funny tales of his adjustment to the state of Texas, his current home. He even told the crowd the story of how he met and proposed to his now wife. It was an enjoyable evening for all filled with many laughs and smiles. In case you missed it, you can catch the entire talk on UC’s YouTube channel:


Spring Break Highlights

Global Student Organization Spring Break – Washington, DC

Bright and early on Sunday morning, six adventurous members of the Global Student Organization boarded an Amtrak train headed for our nation’s capital. The six members included Linh Vu (Vietnam), Prakriti “Dikila” Lama (Nepal), Kingkamon Laoratanakul (Thailand), Doanh Pham (Vietnam), Jason Cheung (Australia), and Cheexiang “Wayne” Yang (Australia). Seated comfortably in reclining seats not far from the Dining Car, the students took in all the sights along the nearly nine-hour long Cardinal route that operates between Chicago and New York City, passing through Charleston and Washington, D.C.

Highlights from the first day included an all-day trolley bus tour and ethnic food. Students boarded the trolley at 9 am and toured the major monuments and Smithsonian museums. Views of the White House were slightly obstructed due to Presidential Motorcade activity and resulting Secret Service presence, but seeing the security in action was an experience in itself.  Later on, students explored downtown D.C., even finding an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant! On the second day, students enjoyed a tour of the US Capitol Building and free time at the Smithsonian Museums. The trip concluded with a visit to Tyson’s Corner Shopping mall, and a return train ride with the same breathtaking scenery as the first.DCgso3

“We hope students had a wonderful time and that they built lasting memories to be shared with friends and family for years to come.” –Elizabeth Slack, Director of International Programs

Sports Highlights

Spring Break means traveling and continued dedication to one’s sport for most athletes in spring sports. Below are some of the athletic highlights from Spring Break:

  • Softball competed against 5 schools from the PSAC while in Florida. They defeated # 7 nationally ranked West Chester, Millersville University and Kutztown University.
  • Men’s Tennis defeated 3 PSAC teams and 1 CIAA school while competing in Hilton Head, SC. They finished undefeated after a close 5-4 win over Edinboro University.
  • Women’s tennis went to Florida and competed against some nationally ranked teams. They defeated West Chester, Catawba and Minnesota State – Mankato to finish the trip with a 3-2 overall record.
  • Baseball took three out of four games against Mountain East opponent Fairmont State to open the 2015 season. They have a 3-3 in conference record.

General Announcements

UC’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Project is up and running!

The 5-year project, “Increasing Postsecondary Success through Support for Distance Learning,” focuses primarily on improving retention and completion rates of students in online or hybrid programs, while also serving the entire campus community with technology support and training.

Indre CucklerIndre Cuckler is the project’s full-time faculty member. She will be teaching UNIV or First Year Experience courses online. She is based in Beckley.

RussDuncan Stokes is the project’s Help Desk Administrator. Duncan is charged with finding ways to expand Help Desk hours and improve satisfaction with Help Desk support. He is the linchpin between the project and UC’s IT department. He is based in Charleston.

SScott Mahaneycott Mahaney is Title III’s Academic Advisor. Scott will be working with students in hybrid or online programs to help bridge the gaps that can occur between being admitted and enrolling in online programs. He will also be the go-to contact person for students in nline and hybrid programs who need help navigating UC processes, or who need help overcoming other barriers to academic success. Scott is based in Charleston.

KenCraddockKen Craddock comes to Title III from UC’s IT department as the Educational Technology Specialist. He will work with Jamie Kipfer to provide training and support on academic technology (eLearn, Chalk & Wire, iCloud, etc.) for the entire UC community. Ken is also based in Charleston.

The Title III team’s first project is identifying training needs and establishing a baseline for satisfaction with technology infrastructure and support. Please take the survey if you have not already done so. It is available at:

The team is also accepting applications for faculty stipends for the development of online courses, and gathering data about retention in online courses and programs.

Admissions is Working on their Fitness!

The UC Admissions staff has come together toward a common goal of improving their health and fitness efforts. The group has been encouraging each other to practice healthy eating habits, and have even started exercising together. Most recently, they participated in a Zumba fitness class instructed by Admission’s own, Jessica Johnson. “We accomplish more together,” Johnson said. Keep up the good work!


Campus Spotlight

You See UC Bluebirds

A new project has begun to take shape on the Charleston campus. It all started when Gary Boyd, Director of Facilities Services, met Loren Smith, Director of the Lincoln County Health Department through the Alum Creek Lions Club, an organization the two men belong to. Boyd and Smith became friends through the organization and soon learned they both share an appreciation for nature. Aside from his appreciation for nature in general, Loren Smith also has a fond appreciation for bluebirds. He is a member of the North American Bluebird Society and often keeps a close watch on the birds.

Smith approached Gary Boyd a few months ago and asked if he could donate bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on UC’s campus. They discussed involving a student group to assist in the project, and that’s when the ENACTUS group popped into Boyd’s mind.

“I contacted their advisor, Mr. Eddie Lamb to discuss the possibility of joining efforts. He supported the project and we scheduled a meeting with Loren and the students to plan the project. Loren built and donated the boxes, Facilities installed the poles, and the students painted and mounted the boxes with Dr. Smith, as he shared his knowledge and love of bluebirds. The project represents sustainability, community, environmental awareness, and hands on natural science education.” – Gary Boyd

The students named the project “You See UC Bluebirds.” Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for the birds while enjoying the lawn this spring!

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar. 21: UC Half Marathon and 5k
  • Mar. 21: President’s Circle Scholarship Comp.
  • Mar. 23-29: Dorm Wars
  • Apr. 2: UC’s Got Talent
  • Apr. 9: Speaker Series: The Changing Shape of the US Religious Landscape
  • Apr. 11: 9th Annual CANstruction WV Competition
  • Apr. 12: UC’s The Power of Sport
  • Apr. 15: Academic Showcase
  • Apr. 16: SGA Block Party
  • Apr. 20-24: Live the Mission Week
  • Apr. 22: Earth Day
  • Apr. 22: Groundbreaking Ceremony


This issue of The Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend,
Digital Media Specialist. For all inquiries or future submissions, please email or dial ext. 0082.

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