The Talon: November

As we embark on another Thanksgiving break, there is a lot to be thankful for at the University of Charleston. For starters, we are getting closer and closer to having a Vice President – Chief Innovation Executive. The search has been narrowed down to three qualified candidates as of this week. To learn more about the search process and the vision for the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, click here.

In other news, our fall sports teams have had quite the successful season. UC Football made it into their first ever NCAA play-off game after accomplishing an impressive season record of 10-1. Despite the team’s  loss to IUP (47-21), our Golden Eagles have a lot to be proud of. Congratulations to the players, Coach Kirkland and his staff on a terrific season!

UC Men’s Soccer has once again made it into the NCAA Division II Final Four after defeating the LIU Post Pioneers in the quarterfinals 2-1. The Final Four match will be held on December 3rd in Pensacola, Florida. We are continually amazed by the talent and teamwork possessed by this group. Enjoy the following photos capturing the team’s excitement after Saturday’s win:



November at a Glance…

Military Appreciation Day

UC School of Business & Leadership organized a “Military Appreciation Day” event on November 11 (Veteran’s Day). Special guests included Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard, and a performance by the 249th Army Band. Prior to the event, the School of Business conducted a “Learn from a Veteran” essay competition. The first place winner was Nola Todd, a sixth grader from Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Second place was  awarded to Cari Hively, an eighth grade student from Elkview Middle School. They each received a Samsung Tablet, a certificate, and the opportunity to attend our Military Appreciation Day event. The winners also received General’s coins from Major General James Hoyer and WV Army Reserve Ambassador Corrina Boggess, and were congratulated at the event by Senator Joe Manchin.

International Education Week

International Education Week was held November 16 -20 and granted students, faculty/staff, and members of the community an inside look into various international customs. Visitors had the opportunity to learn five minute language lessons, get a henna tattoo, learn to salsa dance, and more. The Ten Thousand Villages sale also took place all week long featuring unique artisanal crafts for the home. Special guests included an international grocer equipped with tasty dorm-friendly cuisine from all over the world, a representative from the Peace Corps and a representative to discuss study abroad opportunities.


Coming Up…

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Additional Events

December 2: National Youth Science Foundation Presents Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. Dr. Tanzi will be honored as the  2015 Alumnus of the Year. Following the award, he will give a lectured on “Decoding Alzheimer’s Disease: From Genes to Therapy.” To register for the event, please visit:

December 6: What Sweeter Music, The University Singers: 4pm

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!



This issue of The Talon was written by Lauren Townsend, Digital Media Specialist. Photos by Brock Burwell. For inquiries and future submissions, please email