The Talon: May

Congratulations to the class of 2015! At the beginning of May, one of the largest classes to date received their diplomas from UC. The group spanned over 300 individuals and included both regional and online students. To view photos from commencement and hooding ceremonies, visit
UC Goes Out and About This Summer

Next time you’re enjoying your Friday evening at Live on the Levee, be sure to stop by the UC tent and say hello! UC will have a presence at several of the free concerts throughout the summer. If interested in volunteering for tent duty and showing off your UC pride, contact the Communications Office. In addition to Live on the Levee, UC is also sponsoring two events during Festivall. You can run into some of your colleagues on Carriage Trail, June 21 as we sponsor the Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk. It doesn’t end there… stop by the University of Charleston stage in Davis Park on Saturday, June 27 for some free live music.

UC School of Pharmacy Wins National Recognition

Our School of Pharmacy has been recognized by the National Consumers League with two national awards for its top-performing, multidisciplinary teamwork in the 2015 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge. The Challenge is a competition designed to engage health profession students and faculty across the nation by encouraging teams to develop creative ideas, events and initiatives to raise public awareness about the importance of medication adherence. For their contributions to the competition, the UC School of Pharmacy received the overall National Challenge Award – Honorable Mention and the Focused Award in the area of Health Disparities, Under-represented Community Outreach. This is the second time the school has received top recognition from this challenge; the school won the National Challenge Award in 2013. Read more here.

UC Enters Partnership with National Guard

The University of Charleston has entered into an agreement with The Lavern E. Weber Professional Education Center, located at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two organizations, creating a partnership to expand, enhance, and improve the educational opportunities available to National Guard members. The University will have an on-site location at the facility for classes and meetings with prospective and current students. “The University of Charleston is honored to begin our relationship with PEC,” said Dr. Ed Welch. “We look forward to helping the National Guard members meet their higher education goals and help them advance in their careers.” Read more in the State Journal.

Cabinet Retreats to Lewisburg

Dr. Welch and the cabinet just returned from a working retreat spent in Lewisburg, WV. The group enjoyed their getaway, but spent the majority of their time working and planning for the 2015-16 academic year. We’re looking forward to seeing their innovative ideas come to life!
MBAL Students Head to Brazil

Graduate students in the MBAL program are currently in Brazil for their international practicum. The students have taken over the UC MBAL social media channels to help document their trip and share exciting updates! Keep up with the group by following them on Twitter: @UCMBAL and Instagram: @ucwv_mbal. They are set to return on June 20.


Coming Up….

  • Corporate Cup: Now – June 20. [Check your UC email for updates from John Blankenship. Contact him if interested in participating. Canned goods are still being accepted in the Fitness Center!]
  • Ribbon Cutting in Little Rock, AR: June 22
  • SOAR I: July 7
  • SOAR II: July 11
  • SOAR III: July 15


This issue of The Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend, Digital Media Specialist. Have something interesting you’d like to share with the UC community next month? Email

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