Thursday, April 17th 2014
2014 WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni
This year's Academy of Distinguished Alumni are true visionaries who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The Class of 2014, pictured with President E. Gordon Gee, includes (l to r): Dr. Vince Anido Jr., Dr. Gopala Krishna, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk and Joseph Steranka. Hear their stories.
It's all fun and games for WVU alum Sean Gaston
Educational applications for smartphones are on the rise throughout gaming world. And WVU grad Sean Gaston is using his technical knowledge and passion of Asian culture as an employee of XING to build educational applications for children. The Morgantown native's passion and educational experience provided a natural fit for his global adventure. Read more about Sean's amazing journey.
Mountaineers on a mission in Haiti
A group of Mountaineers participated in a medical mission to Haiti. During the five-day trip, members saw more than 1,200 Haitians in need of medical assistance. The group included: John Anderson ('70 BSBA); Marcia Hetzel Anderson ('72 BS English Ed); Catherine Greenwald Perry ('72 BS Elementary Ed); Shelly Marsh Hodges ('91 Pharmacy); Lora Higginbotham Hayes ('71 BSN); Rick Hayes ('70 BA Zoology, '74 MD); Emily Jeffrey ('99 Pharmacy); and Mark Painter ('14 Pharmacy).
WVU alum helps businesses fend off cyberattacks
For a small business owner, preparing for a cyberattack could mean the difference between maintaining a successful business or closing its doors for good. In fact, research has found that nearly 60 percent of small businesses will be forced to close within six months of a cyberattack. Unhappy with these odds, WVU alumnus Marc Kramer and his business, CDIA, is helping to reduce the chances of these harmful attacks while increasing the number of successful, booming small businesses. Read more about Marc.
WVU alum involved in case 70 million years in the making
It's hard to say "No" to the president of a country when he calls asking for help concerning the auctioning of a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton, or at least that's what Houston attorney and WVU grad Robert Painter learned early last summer. Read his amazing story. - Photo courtesy of Painter Law Firm, Andrew King, photographer.
Showing the love for WVU
Saeid Houshmandyar (PHD '10) and his wife, Nafiseh Bayat ('11), took this beautiful photo at Tochal on top of Tehran, Iran. What a wonderful way to show off that Mountaineer spirit!
If you've visited a Burger King, Sheetz or Five Guys recently, you've likely encountered an innovative fountain machine that provides more than 100 different drink options. That is Coca-Cola FreestyleŽ one of the "coolest products of the decade" (along with Apple's iPhone and iPad), as named by Forbes.com in 2011. And the man behind Freestyle just happens to be a WVU graduate. Read more about the man behind Coca-Cola Freestyle.
New alumni chapter in Shanghai Extends WVU's Global Footprint
WVU grads never truly leave their alma mater behind. They constantly serve as ambassadors; always proudly carrying the Flying WV. That Mountaineer pride is felt all over the world, thanks to the efforts of international graduates. The University recently helped to officially launch the Shanghai Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association to bring graduates together and provide opportunities for them to become more involved in the life of WVU. Read more about the new chapter.
Where in the world has your Flying WV been?
Nathan & Kacey Hoot showed off their Flying WV at Cataratas Cortes in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Nathan and Kacey are both 2007 grads of the WVU College of Business & Economics. Show us where your Flying WV has been - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.