The Talon: September

What a month! So many events and accomplishments have taken place in the University of Charleston community over the past few weeks. Please enjoy the following updates to get you caught up to speed.

September Recap

Maroon Madness was deemed the theme for UC Football’s home opener on September 3. The Golden Eagles ended the game vs. Notre Dame with a 56-point win, making for a great start to the season.


New and returning students attended the Involvement Fair on September 9 to meet and join the many clubs and organizations UC has to offer. There’s something for everyone when you choose to become involved!

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Campus is quite a bit brighter these days thanks to the University of Charleston Builders. A Lighting Ceremony was held on the evening of September 9 to honor the group as they celebrated the installation of ten new lampposts on campus. Four of the lamps were provided through collective gifts from the Builders, one of which was dedicated to former UC women’s basketball coach, Sherry Winn, ’86. An additional lamp was provided through a corporate sponsorship from Alpha Natural Resources. The remaining five lampposts were provided through generous gifts from individual UC Builders members, most of which were made in memory of loved ones.

“The UC Builders looks forward to continued work with the University as it takes on greater challenges to meet the needs of students and to further its standing as one of the leading universities of West Virginia” -Pat Moyers, President of the UC Builders

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The UC School of Pharmacy Gamma Chi chapter of Phi Delta Chi was awarded the 100% Achievement Award at the 70th Grand Council held August 4-8, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Phi Delta Chi’s Achievement Award is a program involving submission of several chapter reports. The program promotes community service, scholarship, correspondence with the national office, encourages communication between Chapters, and improves Chapters’ relations with alumni Brothers. The extent of a Chapter’s involvement in the program indicates the efficiency and activity of the Chapter, as well as the responsibility that Brothers are willing to assume. Chapters who receive the 100% Achievement award are considered outstanding chapters who are exceptional in all of the categories mentioned above. The chapter was also awarded the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) Leaders in Action Scholarship while at Grand Council. This award was given to one chapter per region, and winners were selected based on their leadership not only in Phi Delta Chi, but in the pharmacy profession as a whole.

On Wednesday, September 16, UC SOP hosted a luncheon for Dr. Michael Brumage, the new Director of the Kanawha- Charleston Health Department. Pictured below is a group photo of attendees:



University of Charleston’s enrollment has increased by 10% from the previous academic year to 2,327 full-time students. The increase is partially due to our online leadership programs which more than doubled in students this year, including many active-duty military members taking classes all around the world.

UC Master’s of Business and Leadership students recently reached a milestone in their academic careers. The group completed their international practicum presentations centered around their educational trip to Brazil earlier this year. We know this group will go far! Photo below courtesy of Katee Lester:


Congratulations to Dr. Mordecai Brownlee on being elected to serve as the President-Elect of West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators (WVASPA) for a three-year term! WVASPA is the West Virginia state student affairs and student services professional organization, serving both public and private colleges and universities.


Kudos to the 47 UC Radiology volunteers who volunteered their time during United Way’s Day of Caring on September 16. Partnering with Kroger and United Way, the group collected nearly 36 shopping carts full of groceries which were donated to several local foods banks including: Covenant House, Heart & Hand, Nitro Food Pantry, Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Service and the Salvation Army. 

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Physician Assistant student Jackson Austin has been selected for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship. The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. This is a big accomplishment and the PA program/UC community is very proud! For more information on this scholarship, visit:



Athletic Updates

Have you heard the exciting news? The city of Charleston has officially deemed October 1st “University of Charleston Appreciation Day” in recognition of all of the ways that UC has a positive impact on the Charleston community. The holiday is also in celebration of being recognized by a national audience next week.  The UC vs. Concord game will be broadcasted live on ESPN 3 as the NCAA II game of the week. This is yet another reason why you should wear your gold and come out to support the team at 7pm the evening of the 1st. The photo below was taken at City Hall after the proclamation for UC Appreciation Day was signed:


Other updates via Dr. Bren Stevens:

  • Football: Our team pulled out a terrific win by defeating Glenville State (31-30) on Saturday. Our very own kicker, Brett Benes was named as the MEC “Special Teams Player of the Week”. The guys are back in action this weekend when we take on WV State at 1:00 pm (Sat.). We have some free tickets for the game so you just need to stop by the athletic office to pick up your tickets from Pam O’Brien. In addition, the first 500 people into the game will receive a free t-shirt from Frontier who is the sponsor of the game. This game is viewed as a rivalry event and I am sure our team would love to have your support at the game.
  • Women’s Soccer: The Lady Eagles defeated Fairmont on Sunday (3-0) and Alice Broadbent was names as the MEC “Defensive Player of the Week.” Coach Diuguid’s team will play again on Thursday at 1:00 pm at Trace Fork Field and they will take on the Mountain Lions of Concord University.
  • Men’s Soccer: Coach Grassie’s team defeated Seton Hill (3-0) last week and remains unbeaten with a (5-0) overall record. We are proud to announce that Conor Branson was named as the MEC’s “Defensive Player of the Week.” The team will play this Thursday night at home (Schoenbaum Stadium) at 7:00 pm v. Concord.
  • Men’s Cross Country: This is truly a surprising achievement as the guys won again for the second weekend in a row when they took first place honors at the Rio Grande University Invitational meet. Again, this is a remarkable feat as this is only the second year that we have sponsored this program. Congratulations to Coach Bias and his young men.


Don’t miss the following events…

Convocation – Sept. 27: Student Leadership and Engagement has been working hard to plan this year’s Convocation with the goal of making it fun! A social mixer has also been added to the agenda.

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GOLD RUSH – Oct. 1: UC vs. Concord broadcasted live on ESPN3! Please come out to support the team and fill the stadium. If Football isn’t your favorite, not to worry– the game will feature a halftime show by the Dare Devil Dogs, fireworks once the game concludes, and much more. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy– so bring the whole clan along!

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UCPASA 5K Run/Walk – Oct. 3: Join the PA folks for their second annual 5k run/walk. Registration is $25, with all proceeds going to fund community health outreach. UC faculty/staff receive a discount. For full details, visit and search “UC.”

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Nexus for Leadership Symposium – Oct. 11 & 12: Join the School of Business and Leadership for this year’s Nexus for Leadership Symposium. Develop valuable leadership skills through academic presentations and workshops. The keynote speaker is retired 4-star Navy Admiral, Eric T. Olson. The event will also feature special guest, Chris Ring, Navy Combat and UC student who is currently in the process of becoming the first American to swim the entire length of the Mississippi River. For more details and to register:

Homecoming Weekend – Oct. 16-18: The best time of year is almost here! Join us for homecoming starting on October 16. Several events are taking place, some of which require RSVP. Be sure to check the schedule!


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This issue of The Talon was prepared by Lauren Townsend, Digital Media Specialist. Photos by Brock Burwell (unless otherwise indicated). If you would like to submit information for the next Talon, please email