Tuesday, August 30th 2016
A Homecoming: WVU Grad Returning Home to Lead WVU Alumni Association
Retired Colonel Sean M. Frisbee is returning to the place that gave him his start—West Virginia University—as the new executive director of the Alumni Association and vice president of Alumni Relations, effective Oct. 16. Read More.
Celebrate the life of Steve Douglas
WVU mourns loss of long-time WVU Alumni President and CEO Steve Douglas, who passed away on May 19, 2016 after a battle with brain cancer. "The entire West Virginia University community is deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Douglas," President Gordon Gee said. "Steve personified the Old Gold and Blue spirit and shared his love for this University with alumni, family and friends around the world. His legacy is one of passion, commitment and dedicated service to his alma mater. We will miss his enthusiasm, his good humor and his tireless efforts to forever connect the Mountaineer family." In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Steve's memory be made to the Stephen L. Douglas Scholarship Fund for educating future West Virginia University alumni. Checks should be made to the Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund c/o the WVU Alumni Association, attention: Irene Bowers, P.O. Box 4269, Morgantown, WV; 26504.
Very best of West Virginia University honored through new display
To lift up and celebrate those professional success stories, an anonymous donor generously provided a gift to establish the Academy of Distinguished Alumni interactive display at The Erickson Alumni Center. With the touch of a finger visitors can learn about members of the Academy, including bios of each distinguished alumnus, media clips and other information about this elite group. Read more.
WVU Alum turns challenges into opportunities
Lt. Col. Eric Amissah dreamed of becoming a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. While enrolled in the WVU ROTC program he learned during a flight physical that he had scarring in the back of the retina and his dream of competing for a pilot slot was no longer a reality. And while many people would have given up, Amissah pushed on with the rugged determination that defines so many Mountaineers. Read more.
Andrew Worob takes on role as #socialworker for Bed Bath & Beyond
Andrew Worob ('05 BSJ) seizes every opportunity to learn new skillsets. In his role with Bed Bath & Beyond, he is shaping the company's social media presence to engage customers and build brand loyalty. He credits his WVU professors, hard work and the ability to adapt for his success. Learn more about this young alum.
At age 89, Lou Birurakis remains Mountaineer Strong
As a young boy, Lou Birurakis spent an abundance of time figuring out ways to watch WVU football. He sold Coca-Cola at games so he could watch his favorite team. And while Lou never played organized football growing up - he played at home with a milk can - he would become part of a team that eventually won the 1949 Sun Bowl. Hear more about Lou's story.
Couple's gift honors Mountaineer Mascot's hard work, determination
To don the buckskins and represent West Virginia University as the Mountaineer mascot is an honor that has been bestowed on fewer than 65 alumni. The mascot, a beloved symbol for fans, students and alumni all over the world, embodies the true spirit of the University. Alums Steve and Karen established a special endowment to support the efforts of this beloved WVU icon. Read more.
Academy of Distinguished Alumni Class of 2015
Four extraordinary Mountaineers joined an elite group of fewer than 100 West Virginia University graduates. Judith Hayes, Dr. Thomas Menighan, Dr. Rustin Moore and James Valenti are the newest members of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates. Hear their stories.
This 94-year-old started his college career way back in the 40s and is finishing up some 70 years later. This Morgantown native will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University. Read his story.
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.